Aletha Jo Williams

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Above Images: Williams, circa 2001

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: November 2001 - March 2002 from Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: April 16, 1976
  • Age: 25 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'2 - 5'4, 140 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: African-American female. Black hair, brown eyes. Williams's nickname is Ally. She has pierced ears and a pierced tongue. The name "Shawn" is tattooed on her wrist.
  • Medical Conditions: Williams was six months pregnant at the time of her disappearance. She also has an unspecified medical condition.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Williams was last seen on the corner of 1700 South and West Temple Street in Salt Lake City, Utah. She dropped her belongings off at the residence of a family member and indicated that she would return later, but never did. She has never been heard from again.

    Williams was reported missing in May 2002. For a long time authorities believed she had vanished on March 6, 2002, but later information indicated she could have disappeared as early as November 2001. She left behind a young son. She was involved with drugs at the time of her disappearance and has a criminal history with felony convictions for drug offenses and stolen property, and it wasn't uncommon for her to drop out of sight for short time periods, but she's never been out of touch with her family for this long before.

    In 2014, authorities reopened Williams's case and conducted searches of several locations, including the Jordan River and another body of water. They stated some people had come recently come forward with new information and they believe Williams was murdered. In March 2014, Ricky Lee Vincent was charged with felony obstruction of justice in connection with her case. A photo of Vincent is posted below this case summary. Authorities stated they didn't believe he was actually involved in Williams's disappearance, but he was a known acquaintance of their suspect. The suspect has not been publicly identified in the press. In a television interview, Vincent said the man is his brother, but police would not confirm this. No further arrests have been made.

    Foul play is suspected in Williams's case, which remains unsolved.

    Vincent
    Above: Ricky Lee Vincent

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Salt Lake City Police Department
    801-799-3000

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    Source Information
    NamUs
    Utah Department of Public Safety
    Fox 13 News Salt Lake City
    ABC 4 Utah
    KNRS 105.7
    The Salt Lake Tribune

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    Updated 5 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated February 18, 2017; details of disappearance updated.

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