Aletha Jo Williams
Williams, approximately 2001; Ricky Lee Vincent
Date reported missing : 11/01/2001
Missing location (approx) :
Salt Lake City, Utah
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
DOB : 04/16/1976 (45)
Age at the time of disappearance: 25 years old
Height / Weight : 5'2 - 5'4, 140 pounds
Medical conditions : Williams was six months pregnant at the time of her disappearance. She also has an unspecified medical condition.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: African-American female. Black hair, brown eyes. Williams's nickname is Ally. She has pierced ears and a pierced tongue. The name "Shawn" is tattooed on her wrist.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Williams was last seen on the corner of 1700 South and West Temple Street in Salt Lake City, Utah. She dropped her belongings off at the residence of a family member and indicated that she would return later, but never did. She has never been heard from again.
Williams was reported missing in May 2002. For a long time authorities believed she had vanished on March 6, 2002, but later information indicated she could have disappeared as early as November 2001.
She left behind a young son. She was involved with drugs at the time of her disappearance and has a criminal history with felony convictions for drug offenses and stolen property, and it wasn't uncommon for her to drop out of sight for short time periods, but she's never been out of touch with her family for this long before.
In 2014, authorities reopened Williams's case and conducted searches of several locations, including the Jordan River and another body of water. They stated some people had come recently come forward with new information and they believe Williams was murdered.
In March 2014, Ricky Lee Vincent was charged with felony obstruction of justice in connection with her case. A photo of Ricky is posted with this case summary. Authorities stated they didn't believe he was actually involved in Williams's disappearance, but he was a known acquaintance of their suspect. The obstruction charge against Ricky was later dropped.
In July 2021, Michael Vincent was killed in a domestic violence incident in Magna, Utah. Only after his death did it come out in the media that Michael, who was Ricky's brother, was the suspect in Williams's case. Michael knew Williams because his first wife, Wendy, was one of Williams's best friends. He had a criminal history for assault, domestic violence and drug-related offenses.
Michael's daughter said she saw her father "covered in blood" on the day of Williams's disappearance, and he told her he had killed a black female. He allegedly cut off the woman's fingertips after her death, to get rid of evidence. He was never charged in Williams's death, however.
Foul play is suspected in Williams's case, which remains unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
Salt Lake City Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
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