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Eagle Ford: Williams’ case takes grim turn
Posters bearing this photo were circulated throughout the area by the Heidi Search Center following the disappearance of Deborah Jean Williams, whose remains recently were discovered in Verdi.
VERDI -- The near-eight-month search for a woman missing from Bexar County has now turned into a homicide investigation, following the discovery of her remains here Nov. 24.
Atascosa County Sheriff David Soward said officials positively identified the remains as belonging to Deborah Jean Williams, who would have turned 51 on Dec. 23. Williams last was seen April 27 at approximately 10 p.m. by her boyfriend, mother, and stepfather, as she walked away from her home in a recreational-vehicle park on Donop Road in Southeast Bexar County.
Soward said property owners were working in a pasture on F.M. 1784, located approximately 2-1/2 miles from the Wilson County line, when they came upon skeletal remains. The sheriff said the bones are believed to have been there for six to eight months and were identified Dec. 13 with the use of dental records.
As of press time Dec. 20, Williams’ cause of death was unknown, Soward said. The investigation is ongoing.
Volunteers from the Heidi Search Center are among those who searched for Williams in the months following her disappearance. Bexar County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Paul Berry had said in August that there was no indication of foul play and that it appeared Williams might have stayed away willingly, despite no evidence of activity on her bank account or cellular telephone.
Anyone with information is urged to call the criminal investigations division of the Atascosa County Sheriff’s Office at 830-769-3434, ext. 2223 or 2228.
Anonymous tips -- for which cash rewards are available if information leads to an arrest -- can be furnished to Atascosa County Crime Stoppers at 830-769-2255.
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