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Family offers $10K for clues in NC man's Richmond disappearance

Posted December 17, 2011
Updated December 19, 2011

— The family of a Four Oaks native who went missing under suspicious circumstances from Richmond, Va., last week is offering a $10,000 reward for information that helps authorities find him.

Matthew Henry Williams, 23, recently graduated from Campbell University and moved to Richmond in late November for a job in finance.

"He is an energetic, larger-than-life you man who's a friend to everyone he meets," Williams' aunt Debbie Owens said. 

He was last seen on Dec. 13, when surveillance cameras at his apartment building show him entering his apartment with three unknown men and leaving about an hour later.

Two hours after that, cameras caught two of the same men breaking into the apartment and leaving with a television and video game system, police said.

Williams has not been seen since.

Police identified and arrested the three men who allegedly burglarized Williams' apartment. Tre S. Carrington, 24, Erik S. Finger Jr., 22, and Andrew L. Scott, 21, were each charged with felony conspiracy to commit burglary, and police said they are persons of interest in Williams' disappearance.

Williams is white with reddish-auburn hair and fair skin. He is about 6 feet tall and 180 pounds.

Anyone with information on Williams' whereabouts is asked to call the Richmond Police Department at 804-514-8477 or Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000. 


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  • bettyboop40 Dec 19, 2011

    Praying for his safe return!

  • stupiditydeservesnosympathy Dec 19, 2011

    It is reported that they are looking for his body in the river near his home. Richmond is a rough place with a high murder and crime rate. Throwing money around attracted the wrong kind of people and IMHO they killed him. I have friends who lived there in the late 80/early 90s -- they left because of the crime rate.

  • Uhavenoclu Dec 19, 2011

    Hope he is ok,he was new in town which means you should be suspicious of everyone even the friendly 90 year old lady who bakes you cookies,until you get to know the area and people.
    Hopefully the camera picked up a good description of the men he was with or police have an idea of what was taken and put a lookout for them.

  • nonemeant Dec 19, 2011

    Sounds like this guy got tangled up with some suspicious characters for sure. Sad to say. You can't be letting complete strangers whose last names, place of residence, etc. you do not know.

  • deconanny Dec 19, 2011

    We are all praying for Matt's safe return, and pray for a miracle. He was a smart little boy who lived down the street from us. Always knew he was going to make something out of himself...But not this. This is just not fair . We need him back in our neighborhood .All our neighbors are praying for that cute little redhead that grew up on our dead end street...Corry & Scott we are all so very devastated for you and if there is anything we can do we are here...We love you

  • Scubagirl Dec 19, 2011

    Such a sad thing. Hoping for a good outcome to this, but it sure doesn't sound good.

  • wlb0890 Dec 19, 2011

    This is a terrible thing to happen especially with it being so close to the holidays.This doesnt sound like it is going to have a good ending but i hope it does! Prayers for matthew and his family. God Bless!

  • Desiderata Dec 19, 2011

    Prayers for his safe return to his family, Praying for his family to have strength and faith at this difficult time.

  • sabby06 Dec 19, 2011

    Praying for a good outcome. doesn't look good. i will keep this family in my prayers

  • starshine Dec 19, 2011

    Pray he comes home soon.