It seems likely tonight that a mystery is going to be solved, and not in a good way. Matthew Henry Williams disappeared on December 13, 2011. Today, walkers along Richmond's Great Ship Canal discovered a body in the drained canal near 21st and Dock Street where police have been searching for weeks. The canal had been drained as part of routine maintenance, revealing what police divers had been unable to find in the murky water. While we await confirmation as to the identity of the body, I walked down to the canal and took some pictures this afternoon.
UPDATE: The body has been confirmed to be Matthew Henry Williams, though in a strange twist Richmond police are saying that "foul play" is not suspected.
One of hundreds of posters spread by the Williams family in Shockoe Bottom.
The Great Ship Canal stands empty at 21st Street.
The Great Ship Canal below 28th street.
The Great Ship Canal's normal inhabitants wander in the shallows.
The flood wall gate at 17th Street was closed today, closing off water from Haxall's Canal.