Laura Louise Smith Williams

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Above Images: Williams, circa 1994

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: July 25, 1994 from Connelly, New York
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: April 17, 1972
  • Age: 22 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'3, 130 - 145 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Williams's hair was straight at the time of her disappearance. She has a tattoo of the name "John" on her upper right arm. She also has a tattoo on her right leg above her knee of two hearts, which appears to be two rings. Williams has two scars on her stomach. She may use the aliases Laura Louise Smith, Laura Cogswell and/or Laura L. Williams. Her nickname is Lori (alternatively spelled "Laurie").
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A light-colored summer shirt and blue jean shorts.
  • Medical Conditions: Williams has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. She requires medication for her condition. She has trouble walking.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Williams's neighbor saw her enter an older model white four-door vehicle with two unidentified Caucasian men on July 25, 1994 outside of her Connelly, New York residence in the Connelly Trailer Park. Williams was carrying a beige duffel or tote bag with two handles at the time of her disappearance. She has never been heard from again. Her boyfriend reported her missing when he returned home from work and discovered she was not at the residence. There was no sign of a struggle inside Williams's home.

    Williams left behind three children when she vanished. She also left her multiple sclerosis medication. She has not used her credit cards or renewed her driver's license since her disappearance. At the time she went missing, Williams was separated from her husband, who is the father of her two older children, and was living with her boyfriend, who is the father of her youngest child.

    Foul play is suspected in Williams's disappearance. Investigators have a suspect in her disappearance, a man with a history of mental illness who told police he was involved in Williams case and in the disappearance of Cindy Rowles, who disappeared from Kingston, New York in 1986. He told authorities where they should look to find evidence in both cases. Police consider the man's statements to be credible, but he has not been charged in connection with either Rowles or Williams's cases due a lack of evidence to support his statement. Both disappearances remain unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Ulster County Sheriff's Department
    914-338-3640

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    Source Information
    TroubleShooters International Inc.
    Child Protection Education Of America
    Texas Department Of Public Safety
    Ulster County Sheriff's Office
    The Daily Freeman
    The Doe Network

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    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated November 4, 2006; details of disappearance updated.

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