Saturday, December 17, 2011

Family Offers Reward in Missing Person Case

The family of a man who went missing under suspicious circumstances this week is offering up to a $10,000 reward for any information leading to the discovery of Matthew Henry Williams.

“Matthew recently graduated from Campbell University and just moved here on November 26, excited and ready to start his new career in finance,” Aunt Debbie Owens said. “He is an energetic, larger-than-life young man who’s a friend to everyone he meets.”

Williams, who is seen in the attached picture, is approximately 6’ feet tall, weighs about 180 pounds, has red/auburn hair and is fair-skinned.

Williams, 23, of the 1900 block of East Cary Street, has been missing since late Tuesday evening when he was last seen at his apartment building in the company of three unknown males, two of whom were later seen breaking into his apartment without Williams.

The Richmond Police Department’s Major Crimes Division along with the help of the community quickly identified those three men and each has been charged with one felony count of conspiracy to commit burglary. They are and will remain persons of interest in the Williams’ disappearance.

“The Department is continuing its search for Matthew and using every available resource, both within the Department and with outside agencies,” Major Crimes Acting Capt. Emmett Williams said.

“We are encouraging anyone who may have any information to please call our Tipsline, 514—TIPS (8477). Every tip, no matter how small or may seem insignificant, is important in finding Matthew.”

Investigators would like to thank the community for the tips they have received, but are still asking anyone with any information about this incident or Williams’ whereabouts to call the Department’s Tipsline at 514-TIPS (8477) or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000. Citizens may also text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip.