Sunday, Mar 9, 2014
Missing Woman's Family Pickets Local Police Department
WSIL -- The family of a missing Shawneetown woman says she sought help from authorities just a few days before her disappearance but was ignored.
Thursday marks a month since Chrissy Williams, 39, was last seen. Officials believe she left a gathering in Rosiclare and hasn't been heard from since.
In the past month, crews have searched for Williams on foot, by car, boat, and plane. Wednesday, her family and friends took a day off the trail to protest at a local police department.
"They didn't listen to her, but by golly they're going to hear me," said Williams' sister Tami Jackson of Norris City.
A month ago, Jackson's family filed a missing person's report at the Shawneetown Police Department. Now, family and friends are picketing in front of their building.
"The Facebook message that my sister sent to her friend two days before she went missing, on November 30th, said that she had come here for help and they didn't' do anything," Jackson explained.
According to the message, Williams had been threatened by a man, so she went to the Shawneetown police.
"They would never do anything until I come up dead was her exact words," quoted Jackson.
Williams went on to write that if she goes missing, they'll know who did it. Jackson says the person named in the text is an ex of Williams, who she had filed an order of protection against at one time.
"Whether or not it's got anything to do with her disappearance, I don't know, this department needs to take domestic violence more serious," she added.
"Her family says surveillance video from a nearby gas station reveals Williams was last seen driving down McLean Street on December 2nd.
It's believed Willams was at a mutual friend's house in Rosiclare, when she left for her place in Shawneetown around 9 p.m. that night.
"She wouldn't have just took off, she wouldn't have done this to herself, we can't find her, can't find the vehicle," said Jackson. "I think there's a lot more to this story."
Jackson says she took a day off from searching for her sister to stand against domestic violence in hopes others won't have to go through the same pain.
"I don't care how vocal I get, I don't care who I make mad over it, I'm going to find my sister," she insisted. "I'm going to get the help that we need, and I'm going to bring her home. And I won't stop until we do."
No one from the police departments involved in the search for Williams were available for comment because of the New Year's holiday.
Her sister says volunteers are planning another large search for Williams on Saturday.
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