Williams, approximately 1987
Date reported missing : 01/13/1987
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Missing
Gender : Female
DOB : 09/14/1964 (56)
Age at the time of disappearance: 22 years old
Height / Weight : 5'6, 130 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A pink sweatshirt, a black and white speckled coat, dark blue pants and flat black shoes.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: African-American female. Red hair, brown eyes. Williams may use the last name Thornton. Some Age at the time of disappearance: ncies give her name as Shirley Williams. She has previously broken her arm and she has a piece of metal surgically implanted in her elbow.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Williams was last seen on the morning of January 13, 1987 when she left her Philadelphia, Pennsylvania home to go to the store for groceries. She has never been heard from again. Few details are available in her case.
Other information and links : ncy
Philadelphia Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
The Philadelphia Daily News
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October 12, 2004. April 27, 2021; date of disappearance corrected.
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