The body of a teenager was discovered on the side of a road in Florida. Almost 15 years later, police have found her killers.
Ralph Williams, 36, Tyjuan Williams, 32, and their half-brother, Jamaine Brown, are in custody for the 2006 murder of 16-year-old Amber Woods.
According to authorities, Woods’ aunt was the last person to see her alive around midnight on February 21, 2006. Later that morning, she was found shot to death off State Road 62.
Investigators were informed that Woods was dating Ralph Williams, and she believed she was pregnant with his child. Police were able to obtain a text message from Williams that showed he was concerned about the pregnancy because Woods was underage. He allegedly made a plan with his brothers to kidnap and kill her.
An autopsy revealed that Woods was not pregnant.
Investigators interviewed dozens of people after Wood’s body was discovered, but a lack of evidence made the case go cold.
However, with a newly developed cell phone tracking software, investigators were able to place a phone used by Ralph Williams near the area where Woods’ body was discovered.
In May, detectives obtained a warrant for Brown’s arrest, accusing him of kidnapping Woods. In a recorded interview, detectives say Brown confessed to kidnapping Woods and driving her to a rural location with his brothers. He said Tyjuan shot her once in the back, and he and Ralph dragged her body into high grass.
Ralph Williams and Tyjuan Williams were both charged with second-degree murder. The sheriff’s office said both men were already in jail on unrelated charges in Polk and Hardee counties. They will stay at those facilities without bond, awaiting extradition.
Brown pleaded to a charge of accessory to murder. He remains at the Manatee County Jail.