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Murder suspect remains on the loose

By Curt Yeomans

cyeomans@news-daily.com

Although Clayton County Police have found the pickup truck that belonged to College Park resident, James Anthony S. Williams -- in West Georgia -- the "strong person of interest" in the shooting death of an 18-year-old Mississippi woman remains at-large, a police spokesperson said on Monday.

Williams' 1988 blue GMC pickup truck showed up at an aunt's house in Temple -- which is in Carroll County -- late Saturday night, said Clayton Police Department spokesperson, Lt. Tina Daniel.

Williams, who turned 30 on Monday, was nowhere to be found on Sunday morning, according to Daniel.

"Supposedly, it just showed up in the middle of the night, and the relatives never saw him, and don't know where he is now," Daniel said.

While police continue their search for Williams, they have released the name and age of the woman found dead in his apartment. Daniel said the victim was 18-year-old Britney Stewart, who was a resident of Mississippi, although Daniel could not confirm which city the young woman is from.

Daniel also could not confirm if there had been a "missing persons" report filed in Mississippi for Stewart.

The police spokesperson, however, did release more information about how Stewart's body was found in Williams' apartment. She said it was Williams' parents -- who are from Jonesboro -- who contacted police last Friday about a possible dead woman being in their son's residence at the Lake Regency Apartments complex in College Park.

The parents had gone to the apartment because they were concerned about their son, Daniel said. "They just came to check on him, because they had not heard from him," she added. Previously, Daniel said, when police arrived, they determined that Stewart had been shot multiple times with a "high-powered weapon."

Williams is a "strong person of interest" in Stewart's slaying, since her body was found in his apartment, according to Daniel.

Daniel said police are continuing to urge people who encounter Williams to use "extreme caution" and call their local police department immediately.

Last Friday, she said there is an unrelated Atlanta warrant out for Williams on a possession of dangerous weapons charge. As a result, she said, police believe he may be "armed and dangerous."

Anyone with information about Williams' whereabouts, or Stewart's death, should call (404) 577-8477.