Body found near home of missing Four Oaks man in Richmond
Posted January 8, 2012
Richmond, Va. — Richmond police said Sunday that a man's body has been found in the James River canal in Richmond, Va., not far from the apartment of a Johnston County native who has been missing since last month.
Matthew Henry Williams, 23, recently graduated from Campbell University and moved to Richmond in late November for a job with Wells Fargo.
"He was new in the neighborhood," said Margaret Schwartzberg, Williams' neighbor in Four Oaks. "He just wanted to make friends. He was making money and he was spending it and buying drinks for people."
On Dec. 13, investigators believe Williams left a nightclub, went to his apartment with three men and left about an hour later. Two hours after that, surveillance cameras caught two of the same men breaking into the apartment and stealing a television and video game system.
Williams has not been seen since.
"He was always a happy-go-lucky kid. That's all. He was always in a good mood. He always had a smile on his face," Schwartzberg said. "This shouldn't have happened to him."
Three men were arrested in connection with the break-in and police said they are persons of interest in Williams' disappearance. Tre S. Carrington, 24, Erik S. Finger Jr., 22, and Andrew L. Scott, 21, were each charged with felony conspiracy to commit burglary.
Police said that two people found the body, which has not been positively identified, on Saturday.
Williams' family is anxiously waiting for news, Schwartzberg said.
"It's tearing everybody apart," she said. "We want to help and we don't know what to do."