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Body found in Richmond canal identified as missing Four Oaks man

Posted January 9, 2012

— A body found in a canal in Richmond, Va., on Saturday has been identified as a missing Four Oaks man, police said Monday.

Matthew Henry Williams, 23, a recent graduate of Campbell University, moved to Richmond in late November for a job with Wells Fargo. He lived in an apartment not far from the James River canal, where his body was found. A cause of death has not yet been determined.

Investigators believe Williams left a nightclub on Dec. 13, 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 had not been seen since.

Richmond police said foul play is not suspected in his death.

Three men were arrested in connection with the break-in.Tre S. Carrington, 24, Erik S. Finger Jr., 22, and Andrew L. Scott, 21, were each charged with felony conspiracy to commit burglary.


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  • passport423 Jan 10, 2012

    Yeah, I read that Richmond article too. Still doesn't make sense to me. Sounds like the fellows witnessed him falling in (or pushed him in), didn't help him said "Oh, he's dead. He doesn't need that TV, etc. Let's go get it." Else it is just an amazing cooincidence that they robbed him the same night he accidentally drowned. I don't think I have an overactive imagination. I think the Richmond authorities do.

  • NCGirl09 Jan 10, 2012

    If you look this case up in the Richmond news they have updated and said that Matt fell into the canal and drown, after leaving the night club intoxicated. Such a tragedy. I went to school with him and he was very popular.

  • stupiditydeservesnosympathy Jan 10, 2012

    Richmond is not the place to flash cash... I knew it was just a matter of time before the body would be found. This alone is good enough reason not to move there-- Too many murders

  • itb4me2 Jan 9, 2012

    From the Richmond Times Dispatch 1/9/2012:

    "The three were later charged in connection with a burglary at Williams' apartment, and police initially said they were considered persons of interest in his disappearance.

    But Richmond police this morning said detectives do not suspect foul play and that no suspects are being sought in connection with his death.

    Police said Williams' body was found with his cell phone, wallet containing his North Carolina identification and credit cards, and his keys."

    Since all of his personal belongings were still on him, they are not suspecting foul play. But if something shows up in the autopsy to say different, they could change it.

  • NC_Beach_n_Mtn_guy Jan 9, 2012

    There seems to be foul play to me!!!! Really!!!! Where was the third person while the other two were breaking in? Dang, Barney could figure this one out!!!!

  • Wake1 Jan 9, 2012

    No foul play suspected??? Really????

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  • grant Jan 9, 2012

    Why isn't the inconsistantcy in the story the headline? What is really going on here?

  • FragmentFour Jan 9, 2012

    The Richmond police may not suspect foul play, but I do.

  • Tired of thoughtlessness Jan 9, 2012

    So if WRAL is copying stories, and incorrectly, why not give credit to who reported it first?