Cash Reward Available For Cold Case Murder

It's a murder that has remained unsolved since 2003, but now investigators believe they are close to an arrest.

Rebecca Williams was 5'4" with dark brown hair and eyes. The 13-year-old had big dreams; she told her mother she wanted to be a writer or a pediatrician. That never happened. Williams was murdered; her body was found in a wooded area next to the trailer park near 114th and Ida.

Authorities told WOWT 6 News her body may have been there for more than two weeks, before it was discovered. More than a decade has passed and her killer is still on the run.

In 2003, Williams' mother, Shelly McCormick told WOWT 6 News, "It's hard to believe she's gone... I swear I hear her voice calling me."

Investigators have said they know who killed Rebecca and threw her body in a ditch. Lt. Mark Gentile said, "We have our number one suspect and has been our main suspect since the get go. We were able to develop enough information and talk to enough people where he's our suspect. we never went away from that."

Sheriff's officials are hoping that someone is now grown up enough to step forward and give them the tip they need to solve the cold case. Lt. Gentile said, "Back then, there were a lot of teenage children involved in this case. We went down different avenues, different paths, but always come back to the same conclusion on who this kid was. Now, these kids they're adults some of them even might have children of their own."

The Douglas County Sheriff's Department is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case. Anyone with information is asked to call 402-444-6000.

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