Last weekend a body found along the outskirts of Mobile near Prichard was identified by authorities as that of 20-year-old Timothy Javon Williams, who was reported missing from Chickasaw earlier this month. The confirmation came a day after Williams’ family members had disclosed the identity of the body to local television stations.

Williams

Williams

According to Police, Williams was last seen in Prichard after being dropped off by his cousin, Dewon Dewayne Jenkins, near the Gulf Village community. Police initially said they didn’t suspect Jenkins of any foul play in connection with Williams’ disappearance, but Prichard officials said last week that “foul play couldn’t be ruled out.” Several unsuccessful attempts to contact Jenkins were also made by authorities, and it’s not known at this time if he has been questioned.

Williams’ body was discovered near the Shelton Beach Road Extension, between Moffett Road and Bear Fork Road. Because the body was found in Mobile just past the border of Prichard’s jurisdiction, the Mobile Police Department is investigating the case.

“This has been a strange case,” said Philip Stiell, chief of staff to Prichard Mayor Troy Ephriam, who handled the case before the body was found. “It originated in Chickasaw and since he was last seen in Prichard, it became a Prichard case. With the body being found Mobile’s jurisdiction, their police department is handling the investigation at this point.”

Officials with the Mobile Police Department said the results of an autopsy are pending, but did confirm that case was being investigated as a homicide. A cause of death has yet to be released.

Police are asking anyone with information about William’s death or disappearance to call 251-425-2211.

Burglaries, assaults reported during holidays

An assault was reported at the intersection of Garland and Peabody streets on Christmas Eve, where a male victim was shot in the ankle. According the authorities, an unknown black male subject exited a gray Toyota Camry, and armed with a pistol, told the victim not to move.

The victim, who will remain unidentified, fled on foot and was shot in the ankle. The victim was treated at Providence Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. No arrests have been made in the case.

Three individuals were arrested for removing copper from an abandoned building at the Orleans Place Apartments on Michael Boulevard last Friday, Dec. 26.

After the incident was reported, officers responded to find three male subjects running from the scene. Two were immediately detained, and a K-9 unit responded and located the third suspect inside of another abandoned apartment building.

Eric Davis, 29, Jemiel Mitchell, 29, and Demario Stallworth, 27, were arrested and charged with third degree burglary possession of burglary tools and attempting to elude police.

Police yet to apprehend holiday thief

As is typical this time of year, police in the area have received several reports of packages being stolen from people’s homes. On Christmas Eve, the Mobile Police Department asked the public for help catching one such “Grinch.”

According to police, around noon Dec. 23, officers responded to Gold Mine Road for a report of a residential burglary. There, officers collected evidence linking 25-year-old James Markiese Wright to a burglary that included stolen Christmas gifts. As of Dec. 29, Wright had yet to be apprehended by authorities.