Human remains found in Saucier identified as missing woman

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - By Krystal Allan – bio | email

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Human remains discovered a year ago in Saucier have finally been identified as a missing woman. But investigators still aren't sure how she died.

Victoria Williams, 39, was reported missing on July 8, 2009. Family members told deputies they hadn't seen Williams since she was released from the Harrison County jail a month earlier on June 11, 2009.

Two days after she was reported missing, human remains were found on McHenry Road. But they were in such bad shape, no one could say for sure if it was Williams. Now, a full year later, family members and investigators have their answer.

"The DNA that we got back today just confirms we are looking at the right person. The problem we have here is that we cannot determine the cause of death," said Sheriff Melvin Brisolara.

According to the sheriff, Williams led a troubled life.

"She is known to be a drug user there's no doubt about that. Also, she had diabetes. She was very diabetic. So there's a number of things that could have caused death other than being a homicide," Brisolara said.

At this point, investigators don't believe Williams was murdered.

"None of the evidence pointed in that direction. The autopsy did not point in that direction from what we can tell, so we're back to square one," Brisolara said.

Throughout their investigation, Brisolara said they've interviewed friends and family members. A family member was the last to hear from Williams, but the sheriff said she was not in close contact with her family.

"The last contact that we know someone had with her was June 15th of 2009. If anybody had any contact with her after June 15th, 2009, we wish they would come forward."

Anyone with information is asked to call the Harrison County Sheriff's Office at (228) 896-0678.

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