Kenneth Nevada Williams Wiki – Kenneth Nevada Williams Bio
Kenneth Nevada Williams, A 15-year-old boy, who died 44 years ago, has finally been identified by police. Kenneth Nevada Williams was identified as a runaway teen, who was never reported missing. His body was discovered on June 3, 1978, along Division Street and Corona Avenue in Long Beach, about an hour from his La Puente home.
Williams was only known as ‘John Doe’ despite several generations of homicide detectives trying to identify him. Over the years, due to a lack of new leads, the case went cold. Although the child’s fingerprints were taken at the time, there was no success. However, it was only after his skeletal remains were subjected to forensic-grade genome testing that police finally began to make progress. Authorities located his family and confirmed his identity.
Kenneth Nevada Williams died at the age of 15 years old.
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Williams’ family assumed the teen ran away from home and tried to start a new life. They tried to track him down but were unable to find him, despite hiring a private detective to verify. Roxanne Jones, Williams’ sister, reportedly said he often ran away from home, according to ABC 7. “As soon as they said there was a family DNA match, I knew who was who I had to be. He wanted to live in the city and clubbing and having fun and he just…wasn’t into drugs or anything, but you know, bright lights, big city,” Jones said. His cause of death has not been reported so far.
Williams, 15, ran away from his La Puente home the same year his body was discovered. He was never reported missing.
At the time of his death, he had the word “Paid” stamped on his hand.
“There was no identification, fingerprints were taken, the fingerprints did not match any databases and the victim, unfortunately, was only identified as John Doe,” LBPD Detective Shea Robertson told ABC7 of the initial discovery of the body of Doe. Williams.
John Doe 1978 was originally linked to convicted serial killer Randy Kraft. Sometimes known as the “Freeway Killer,” Kraft raped, tortured, and murdered 16 young men in Southern California between 1972 and 1983. After investigation, he was ruled out as a suspect.
The break in the 44-year-old case came in September when homicide detectives approached Othram’s lab in Texas to create a 1978 John Doe DNA sample for investigative genealogy. Subsequently, the sample was compared with Williams.
Williams’ death is one of several unsolved cases inching closer to a resolution thanks to advanced DNA technology. Police in Marysville, Washington, last month made an arrest in the 1998 murder of Jennifer Brinkman after DNA from the murder weapon was linked to a suspect.
“Solving this case has been at the top of the Marysville Police Department’s priority list for the past 24 years,” Police Chief Erik Scairpon said at the time.
“We never gave up or put this on a shelf. It was continually being investigated, with the belief that one day we could achieve some level of closure for the family and justice for Jennifer.”