Search for Kathleen Williams continues

Published 6:19 pm Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Victoria officials said the hunt for Kathleen Williams, a 53-year-old Victoria resident, is still ongoing following several days of intense searching by local and state authorities.

“Areas have been searched with dog teams, trackers, ground teams and equine teams,” said Rodney Newton, with the town and its rescue squad. “Areas around several bodies of water were searched with no evidence found and no dives have been conducted at this time.”

The law enforcement investigation and search is still ongoing, but the use of search and rescue resources was suspended at 5 p.m. Saturday until new clues are identified, Newton said.

On Saturday, there were approximately 100 people assisting in the search, he said.

“The investigation is continuing as a missing person case led by Victoria Police Department with assistance from other local and state law enforcement,” Newton said.

Williams, 53, has been missing since Saturday, Jan. 2. Authorities say she walked out of her house between 3-5 p.m. while her husband was gone to the grocery store. When he left, she appeared to be sleep, Phillips said. She left without even taking her purse, he said.

The efforts of Victoria Police have been assisted by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Virginia State Police, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Lunenburg Sheriff’s Office, the Kenbridge Police Department, Nottoway Sheriff’s Office and numerous search and rescue organizations from around the state and local emergency services personnel, Newton said.

The search Thursday through Saturday was coordinated by Virginia Department of Emergency Management Search and Rescue leaders with operations based out of Victoria Fire and Rescue, Newton said.

“Methodical searches were planned based on known information to attempt to locate Mrs. Williams,” he said. “As the search continued the search area expanded from the area immediately around the residence to an approximately two-mile radius around the residence.”