Bradley Lee Williams

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Above Images: Williams, circa 2001


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: June 8, 2001 from Tampa, Florida
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: October 31, 1969
  • Age: 31 years old
  • Height and Weight: 6'2, 170 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, brown eyes.
  • Medical Conditions: Williams has an unspecified behavior disorder.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Williams was last seen in the 6300 block of south Westshore in Tampa, Florida on June 8, 2001. He did not report for work at the post office that day, and has never been heard from again.

    Williams was not reported missing for some time; his co-workers assumed he had simply quit his job and his family did not realize anything was wrong until Father's Day came and he did not contact them. Williams's mother then contacted police, who went to his apartment. All of his personal belongings, including his wallet and cellular phone, were found inside, and so were his two Persian cats and his parakeet; the animals were starving. His car was missing, but it was later found found abandoned in the parking lot of a strip mall on Kennedy Boulevard, near the Metropolis, a gay nightclub. There was no sign of Williams at the scene and it is unclear whether he visited the nightclub. He left more than $4,000 in his bank accounts when he vanished and there has been no activity on them since his disappearance.

    There is some speculation that Williams's disappearance is connected to the murder of Michael Wayne Wachholtz and the disappearances of Jason Galehouse, James Shumaker, and Mark Thompson. A photograph of Wachholtz is posted below this case summary. All of the men are gay, all are within the same age group, and they all disappeared from the same area. Thompson disappeared in 2001 from Clearwater, Florida, and his truck was later found abandoned in Tampa. Shumaker disappeared from Tampa in 1995. Galehouse and Wachholtz disappeared from Tampa on the same day in 2003. Wachholtz's body was found in mid-January 2004, wrapped in a sheet and stuffed in the back of his 1992 Jeep Cherokee SUV, which was in the parking lot of a Town 'N Country restaurant in Tampa. The other men remain missing.

    In May 2004, an affadavit was filed in the United States District Court of Tampa which accused Lorenzo of drugging Galehouse and Wachholtz, sexually abusing them, and causing their deaths. Scott Paul Schweikert was named as an accessory after the fact. Neither of them have been formally charged in Wachholtz's death and Galehouse's disappearance, however. Investigators alleged that Lorenzo and Schweikert gave the men gamma hydroxy butyrate (GHB), a "date rape" drug which causes people to become extremely drowsy and suggestible and, in higher doses, may put a person in a coma. They believe the two suspects lured men to Lorenzo's home, drugged them with GHB and tortured them. Lorenzo was convicted of ten GHB-related charges in 2006 and was sentenced to 200 years in federal prison. A photograph of him is posted below this case summary. Schweikert was sentenced to 40 years in prison for his role in the crimes.

    In spite of much speculation in the press and among the victims' families, police say that beyond the similarities in the missing men's lifestyles there is nothing to suggest that the cases are related. All of the cases remain unsolved.

    Williams is originally from Ferrysburg, Michigan. In December 2010, his family had him declared legally dead.

    Wachholtz Lorenzo
    Left: Michael Wachholtz;
    Right: Steven Lorenzo


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact
    Tampa Police Department


    Source Information
    The Weekly News
    Tampa Bay News
    The St. Petersburg Times
    Find Jason Now
    The Sarasota Herald-Tribune
    Help Find Bradley Lee Williams
    Tampa Police Department
    The South Florida Sun-Sentinel
    Florida Department of Law Enforcement
    The Tampa Tribune


    Updated 6 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated December 13, 2010; details of disappearance updated.

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