Tuesday, December 20, 2011

A melancholy mystery hangs over Shockoe Bottom

The Williams family and friends have plastered Shockoe Bottom with posters
One week ago tonight, on Tuesday December 13, 2011, Matthew Henry "Chucky" Williams disappeared somewhere between his apartment at 1900 East Cary Street and a nightclub called "The Lucky Buddha," located at 1421 East Cary Street in Richmond, Virginia. The Richmond Times Dispatch explains:
Williams disappeared under suspicious circumstances on Tuesday night within a few hours after leaving Lucky Buddha, and police suspect he is a victim of foul play.

Surveillance cameras show Williams entering his apartment building, the Lofts at Canal Walk at 1900 E. Cary St., with three unknown males at 10 p.m. Tuesday and leaving with them an hour later.

A few hours later, about 1 a.m., two of the same men returned without Williams and were captured by surveillance video breaking into Williams’ apartment and leaving with his TV and a video-game console, said Dionne Waugh, a police spokeswoman.
Since then, Richmond Police have arrested three men in connection with the case and have spent at least two days searching the Kanawha Canal with divers.

On Sunday, December 18, 2011, I retraced Williams' steps at approximately the same time of night as his disappearance five nights before and I shot this sequence of photographs.

The sign of "The Lucky Buddha"

"The Lucky Buddha"

Looking East from "The Lucky Buddha"

The 1500 block of East Cary Street

Looking East from "Bottom's Up"

The 1700 block of East Cary Street

The 1800 block of East Cary Street

1900 East Cary Street, Mr. William's apartment building

The entrance to 1900 East Cary Street, where a security camera caught the suspects

If you have any information about this case, then for God's sake call the Richmond Police Department’s Tipsline at 514-TIPS (8477) or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000. Citizens may also text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by any information you may have regarding Mr. William's disappearance. Hopefully we can, as a community, bring some closure to Mr. William's family.

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