The Mike Williams mystery

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Six years ago Saturday, 31-year-old Tallahasseean Mike Williams didn't return home from duck hunting.

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tallypal

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Dec 18, 2006
 
this story needs to be examined closely. the widowed wife and ex-best friend are now married, and reports have them in an affair several years prior to the disappearance. oh, did i mention he was the insurance salesman. oh, did i mention the insurance was upped within 6 months of the disappearance.
tally4tell

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Feb 20, 2007
 
TallyPal, Your comments should be included with others on tallahassee.com ... Please go back to the article... but don't use above link as a technical problem occurred which makes the old link not work. Try clicking or copy and paste this new/repaired link in your browser address: http://www.tallahassee.com/apps/pbcs.dll/arti...

Also to see previous comments use this link: http://forum.tallahassee.com/viewtopic.php...

Since: Feb 07

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Aug 11, 2007
 
Sorry the 2nd link provided in Feb 20, 2007 post is no longer valid and according to the Democrat those comments are lost forever. However plenty of comments have been made on three different threads which are reachable from the first link. Here is that first link again to the "Six years ago, this hunter disappeared" article and from there you can view comments about that article and also reach the other two articles, their threads, photo gallery, and video: http://www.tallahassee.com/apps/pbcs.dll/arti...

Also if you can print a Mike Williams Missing Poster using this link: http://www.theyaremissed.org/ncma/gallery/ncm...

Since: Feb 07

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Aug 12, 2007
 
New 8/12/07 Tallahassee Democrat article "Officials again search for Mike Williams, but come up empty"
By Jennifer Portman:

[url]http://www.tallahassee.co m/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/2 0070812/NEWS01/708120371&G ID=kXB/oD0lQWM3fBEo2XpBVWZCz6G rvUm+xBhFdMF3vbM%3D[/url]
Sleepyrabbit

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Aug 20, 2007
 
Tally4Tell

Right around the time of this article I came across a picture of Mike that was basically the side of 8x9, colored picture with nothing but his name on the top and missing. Do you have any idea where it might be? I have looked and looked and can't find it. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Since: Feb 07

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Sep 16, 2007
 
Here is a recent article and photo gallery link:
Originally published August 11, 2007
New season, new search, same old Mike Williams mystery
By Jennifer Portman
Democrat senior writer
LAKE SEMINOLE The weeds were so thick last week...
http://www.tallahassee.com/apps/pbcs.dll/arti...

Since: Feb 07

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Sep 16, 2007
 
Sleepyrabbit,

Sorry I have not come across that particular picture yet. You might keep your eye on the website about Mike. It says they will have a photo gallery in the future.

I also noticed it is being updated fairly regular. That link is www.jerrymichaelwilliams.com
Ms Atlanta

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Dec 1, 2007
 

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To the mother of Mike Williams

I think you should go on Montel Williams Show and
let Sylvia Browne tell the story.. She knows he
was murder.
DeeMayor

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Dec 25, 2007
 
Sylvia Browne would scare the hell out of the former mrs.williams, now mrs winchester!!!
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Dec 16, 2008
 
http://www.tallahassee.com/article/20081215/N...

Eight years later, still no trace of missing hunter Mike Williams
By Jennifer Portman DEMOCRAT SENIOR WRITER December 15, 2008

Cheryl Williams won't do anything different Tuesday. She'll watch the babies at her home day care and wonder what happened to hers.

Eight years ago Tuesday her 31-year-old son, Mike, vanished.

And even though one investigator remains assigned to the cold case, and cadaver-sniffing dogs have been tromping in nearby woods, any hope that the Division of Insurance Fraud could break it open is gone.

"It makes me sick in my stomach," Cheryl Williams said. "I don't actually know a whole lot more today than I did eight years ago."

The Tallahassee real-estate appraiser was first thought to have drowned in Lake Seminole early one morning while on a solo duck-hunting trip. When his body failed to float as expected, fish-and-game officials said he must have been eaten by alligators.

Despite extensive searches, no trace of his body has ever been found. Law-enforcement officials today dismiss the alligator theory: It was far too cold for gators to be feeding and, if they had, there would have been remains.

They think Williams was the victim of foul play and have suspects in mind, but they won't name them.

"There are leads that are being developed," said FDLE spokesman Mike Morrison. "We are optimistic that we will bring this case to a close."

But the Division of Insurance Fraud, which took a fresh look at the case in February, has closed its Williams file.

"Our job was extremely difficult, and we were simply unable to develop enough evidence to proceed with the investigation," said Mark Schlein, senior attorney with the division.

Williams had life-insurance policies with two companies when he disappeared, and his wife, investigators said, collected at least $2 million.

Williams' best friend, insurance agent Brian Winchester, wrote him a $1 million policy about six months before he disappeared, investigators said. In 2005 Winchester married Denise Williams, whom he has known since preschool.

The two have declined to comment, saying in previous e-mails that they loved Williams and asking that their privacy be respected.

"At the very least, we wanted to bring some closure.... That is not the case," said a frustrated Schlein. "If there is new information that comes to light, a case can be reopened. We have suspicions, but what we need is evidence."

Morrison declined to elaborate on what leads FDLE is exploring, saying that the case is active and ongoing. Williams was included in this year's edition of the department's cold-case playing cards, which are distributed among convicts in an effort to generate tips.

Kentucky-based forensic psychological profiler Carrie Cox said she provided information to FDLE this fall that Williams' remains could be in a rural area of Wakulla County. She provided map coordinates that correlated to an area near a boat ramp.

While a search with cadaver dogs did not turn up any hard physical evidence, Cox said, "There was some validating stuff to say that we are moving in the right direction.... I think something is there."

Morrison confirmed that FDLE, which assumed the lead role in the case this year, has no physical evidence in its custody. Williams' disappearance was not considered suspicious at first and his boat, Ford Bronco and other items found at the lakeshore in Jackson County were returned to his former in-laws and friends.

Williams was declared dead at the request of his former wife six months after he disappeared.

It took Cheryl Williams three years to get the attention of law enforcement and persuaded them to look into the case, but its initial handling and lack of hard evidence has hamstrung investigators and left her with few answers.

"I still hold out hope that child is alive," she said, "but everyone thinks he's dead."
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Nov 29, 2011
 
I just saw the story ran today on investigation discovery im so upset on the results. Williams family is an example of a hardworking decent family. I may have to agree with the last poster tall...(forgot the rest) as an insurance agent myself I know for fact you can't cash a policy you recently bought in NY you can't cash on suicide within 2 years.
Let's take a look at some facts, Mike former boss says Mike told him he had problems in his marriage, Mike boss is a key person in the case seen from my angle. Let's see, wife was the first to report him missing the guy left in the morning is midday and she is "worried" I understand Mike was a successful real estate agent he required a lot of coverage. He had two large policies and "his friend" sell him a 1.5 million policy, wife decide to start process to collect life insurance money before the search ended, hold memorial for husband, make motion to report him dead. Oh I forgot, items start to appear in the lake, gets mad at the in law for pursuing a criminal case. Maybe she was afraid they would find something. Mike's friend simply wrote a check to himself for 1.5 millions betting mike was gonna die. He and his father and the wife have a lot to do. If Mike boss speaks breaking the promise of not talking about it, these two will find themselves in trouble in fact if I was a judge I would look for them lock them up til the start talking
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Nov 29, 2011
 
My heart breaks for Mike Williams' mother. The wife and best "friend" look very suspicious. Denise Williams tried to cash in a life insurance policy when he'd only been missing for 20 days?

What kind of heartless *itch would plan something like this to happen to the father of her child? "Best dressed" in high school. Might as well have voted her "most shallow." Now she can be "best dressed" for life. Only cost the death of daughter's father.
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As much of the information I've heard on the Mike Williamd case, I get so sick and tired of hearing that there are actually people in this world who continue saying Ms. Williams (Mike's mother), is crazy. HOW DARE YOU judge a Mother for doing what any parent should do. Because she sure isnt getting the kind of help she really needs.
Shame on those who call her crazy, if it were your own flesh and blood would you just sit back and act like nothing happend? Especially when any idiot can see there is definitely something fishy about this whole case.
I'am a mother, and if this happend to my children, I would be doing the same damn thing, especially if know one else was going to sit back and watch a Mother suffer all this time.
I, like many, pray for Ms. Williams and her family. I hope and pray to the Good Lord above that the truth will come to surface. And I pray that those involved who have been going through life these past 10 years like nothing happend
, will soon get what they deserve.
I praise Ms. Williams for doing all she knows to do. She is a loving mother who is not stupid and just quietly go away. Keep up all your hard work Ms. Williams, You and "your" family will hopefully get the answers and closure you need sooner than later. God bless you and your family
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Just saw this case on discovery ID.

Someday the truth will be revealed and everyone will get true justice

IMO, the wife and best friend were behind it.
Iam from the middle east, here we would have solved the case by bringing the wife and best friend, separating them and then used the 10th century interrogation techniques.....until one of them confesses on the whereabouts of the body.
Always works !
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This case happened in my own backyard, so to speak! I was born and have lived in the Tallahassee area just about my whole life. Have lived in Wakulla county since 1997. If Mike's here, I want him found. I have studied missing person cases for years, and this has got to be one of the most ridiculous cases I've ever run across. He was clearly murdered, and yet over 12 years later, still no conclusion to the case! Very upsetting. My heart goes out to his family, and I sincerely hope to see this resolved soon so his family can get the peace and closure they deserve.
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Since the wife of Mike Williams and Mr. Winchester were having an affair long before Mike Williams went missing, maybe perhaps the child Mike and his wife had was not in fact his or he had doubt and was considering leaving her, and he was going to take her off of his life insurance, and they killed him before he had the chance. It would not be the first time greed and lust has been a factor in killing someone. My boyfriend and I personally think you that a DNA test should be done on the child. That in itself may be your motive right there. The fact that the wife tried to collect the life insurance only 20 days after he had been missing shows greed right there. I feel for Mike's mother because one of them knows something and how they can go on living their lives is unfathomable.
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Aug 12, 2013
 

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You have to be braindead not to see that the wife and the best friend killed Mike! Duh!
The wife trying to get the life insurance proceeds 20 days into his disappearance! Drop hunting gear into the lake to conveniently be found so she can have him declared dead - 6 months after he disappears - and get her grubby paws on $1 1/2 million life insurance!

Florida is the most corrupt state in the country. Mike comes from a poor, working class family. His wife from a well-to-do, well connected one. Go figure. The wife and his "friend" (her new hubby) deserve to rot in hell.
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My heart goes out to Mike's Mom. What a strong woman. I have been thinking about her all morning since I saw the show. I pray that the investigators find more evidence in this case. It's obvious that several people are lying about what happened. Mike's Mom has lost so much and she deserves justice. This woman is the epitome of a Mother's loyalty and love for her child. I am certain that one day Mike's little girl will start asking questions about her father. I wouldn't want to be Denise on that cold day.
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JUST saw this case on id missing cases and I bet that ten tweenty or whatever years from now Mike's body would be found under the flower bed or swimming pool or whatever they have in the backyard. THe fact that they are still sitting in his house and havent left left or put it for sale to get their own raises a few questions. I second the opinion about wife coming from a well connected family and Mike from working helpless family, i have been watching missing person cases for two weeks now on netflix and everysingle case "almost every" they check the dissapeared house and past history when a spouse refuses to have them search the home and "luminol it" is a bit fishy.

INVESTIGATORS: You want plausibale cause, look into the fact that clean clothes appeared in the lake "magically" appeared to help the wife get death certificates. wife looking at insurance policies.

MY opinion the wife her new husband and her dad are all in on it or at least one of them knows something.

DEAR daughter of MIKE WILLIAMS, start searching for your dad and start asking questions because the snake and monkey you live with are NOT HIS OR YOUR best friends.

DEAR MS WILLIAMS: I bow infront of you for being a good mom, i hope you get some answers soon
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Alley wrote:
As much of the information I've heard on the Mike Williamd case, I get so sick and tired of hearing that there are actually people in this world who continue saying Ms. Williams (Mike's mother), is crazy. HOW DARE YOU judge a Mother for doing what any parent should do. Because she sure isnt getting the kind of help she really needs.
Shame on those who call her crazy, if it were your own flesh and blood would you just sit back and act like nothing happend? Especially when any idiot can see there is definitely something fishy about this whole case.
I'am a mother, and if this happend to my children, I would be doing the same damn thing, especially if know one else was going to sit back and watch a Mother suffer all this time.
I, like many, pray for Ms. Williams and her family. I hope and pray to the Good Lord above that the truth will come to surface. And I pray that those involved who have been going through life these past 10 years like nothing happend
, will soon get what they deserve.
I praise Ms. Williams for doing all she knows to do. She is a loving mother who is not stupid and just quietly go away. Keep up all your hard work Ms. Williams, You and "your" family will hopefully get the answers and closure you need sooner than later. God bless you and your family
wow what a narrow minded view of the facts of the situation. In stead of blindly defending a mother for doing "what any mother should do" and not taking I to acounts "what any wife should do" and wait longer than 20 days to file for a life insurance claim when your still receiving payments from his job for over a year. Or what any "friend" should do" and that is definitely not to get with your late vest friends wife. If they are presented the same evidence as everyone else why were they the only ones to give up so quickly. I seriously doubt when Mike's daughter is old enough to look at the facts herself she will be so quick to give up as her mother and stepfather were. She may be the one to make the connection between the two and the life insurance policy they've lived so comfortable on. Open your mind not turn mouth and just blindly defend a mother without even looking at the facts. Grow up you sheep

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