Body found in woods identified as missing Hope Mills mother
Posted December 12, 2011
Updated December 13, 2011
Hope Mills, N.C. — 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."