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Body found in woods identified as missing Hope Mills mother

Posted December 12, 2011
Updated December 13, 2011

— A woman's body found in a wooded area of Hope Mills Sunday afternoon was positively identified Monday as 50-year-old Edwardyne "Dynee" Williams, who had been missing since late November.

Authorities have not released a cause of death, but said they are treating it as a homicide.

The body was found by Gray's Creek Fire Department volunteer searchers about 200 yards off of Canady Pond Road, near the John McMillan Road intersection, around 2 p.m., according to the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office.

Williams, who was last seen by her sister on Nov. 27, lived on the 1800 block of Canady Pond Road. On Dec. 4, investigators found her abandoned SUV along Chicken Foot Road in Cumberland County, about 2 miles from her home.

Family members said her purse was found hanging on a nearby tree, and her house keys and cellphone were in the vehicle.

Her daughters said last week that they suspected foul play in Williams' disappearance, but did not offer any clues as to who might be responsible.

Authorities have declined to comment on a possible suspect.

Neighbors said knowing Williams was killed has made them feel uneasy.

"It is kind of scary because they don't know what happened and who did it," said Thomas Fulmore, who lives in the house next to Williams'.

Lisa Haywood said Williams was a wonderful neighbor and she couldn't understand who would want to harm her.

"We were so worried. We were praying for her," Haywood said. "I still can't believe it."


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  • didyouhearme Dec 13, 2011

    This really is scary. I'm happy the police are on this. As a woman, I have read in the past where keys and cell were left in the car and you just know that isn't possible with a woman. We always have the purse, keys and cell. It's a lifetime habit. Sweet little girls. Boy this is heartbreaking. But it is scary too. I wonder what would make a woman get out of the car though...I can't even imagine? anyone have ideas?

  • SAMCRO4ever Dec 13, 2011

    God be with her family....sad ending...I had hoped they would find her alive =(

  • esprg Dec 13, 2011

    I drive that way every day...my prayers go out to the daughters and it saddens me to know that this happened so close to home.

  • m121755 Dec 13, 2011

    As someone that has experienced a violent murder in the family first hand, if they ever find out out who committed this senseless act of violence, I can tell you that whatever punishment is dealt to the killer it will never fill the loss that this family is experiencing. Life in prison, the death penalty, what ever it is their is nothing that could "pay back" what this family has lost.
    I hope they find strength in God to carry on through everything that they must endure and somehow find peace.

  • davido Dec 13, 2011

    I saw the daughters speaking on the news last night. We are all thinking of you now.

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  • Tired of thoughtlessness Dec 13, 2011

    So sad for the family. :-(

  • lauren329 Dec 13, 2011

    Please, Lord, protect and comfort the family. Prayers for you all.

    SN: What bothers me is the fact this person is still out there. I also pray for swift justice. No one deserves this kind of heartache. Scrap the death penalty; we need a ridiculous system like cutting off body parts. It may be "cruel and unusual," but hey! It works. Crime rates are lower in those countries!

    By the way, as far as the comments about gun laws... Who said she was shot? Where does it say that? Criminals and killers will find a way to kill, no matter the weapon used. I'll keep my guns for my own protection, thanks. Whoever caomes after me has a surprise waitin'!

  • Wendellcatlover Dec 13, 2011

    Sad, sad, sad. Man I was hoping they'd find her alive and when they initially found a body, I was hoping that maybe she just wandered away or something, not that she had a brutal death. Hopefully, she's in a better place now and her family can grieve her loss. I pray they will be able to move past this event, even though it will stain every day of the rest of their lives. I can't imagine, and my prayers are so strong right now for her 2 daughters.

  • SARCASTICLES Dec 13, 2011

    Any possibility that the killer might have found her through an internet personal ad or facebook? She didn't seem to have any enemies, and her family has no idea who would want to harm her.