Mike Williams of Tallahassee, Florida, was reported missing on Saturday, December 16, 2000. He had reportedly gone duck hunting alone on Lake Seminole (Sneads, Florida) in the early morning hours of Dec. 16th. When he didn't return home by noon, his wife called family members who went looking for him. Take note that the temperature at that time was in the 20s and the lake water temperature was below 50. A search was conducted on the water as well as from the air, but nothing was found. His boat was found the next morning very near the primitive boat landing, where the truck and trailer were parked. The helicopter pilot had spotted it on Saturday, but due to the close proximity to the searchers, he thought it belonged to one of those searching. No search was ever done on the banks of Lake Seminole in that specific area. Law enforcement, especially the wildlife officers, concluded that Mike had hit a stump, was thrown out of the boat, drowned and later eaten by alligators.
Anyone who knows anything about alligators knows that gators CAN NOT eat when the temp is that low. They do come out for sun, but it is physically impossible for them to eat. The search was called off about two weeks later with no physical evidence regarding Mike, except for a hunting bootie and cap, discovered later.
The "grieving widow" held a memorial service for her missing husband, then petitioned a judge to have him declared dead in only SIX MONTHS. She used the argument that gators had eaten him and the evidence that conveniently popped up about a week before the judge declared him dead. Waders and a pristine Arkansas hunting license (not laminated and on paper) in a jacket pocket miraculously were found in the location where Mike supposedly drowned. The diver who found these items -- after being directed to the spot -- is now cooperating with law enforcement.
Mike's mother never believed he was in Lake Seminole and that he had been the victim of foul play. She even considered that he might have suffered a head injury of some sort. She persisted that something was wrong and two years after his disappearance, a criminal investigation was begun.
Mrs. Williams was threatened by her daughter-in-law that if she (Mrs. Williams) did anything to get a criminal case opened, she would never see her granddaughter again. To this date, Mrs. Williams has been denied any contact with Mike's only child.
The "grieving widow" collected over $2 million in life insurance money -- and there are questions regarding the upgrade of one policy and the purchase of another. She is now married -- after living together for some time -- to her late husband's best friend, who was also their insurance agent. His father owns an insurance business in Tallahassee.
Now that the public is involved and talking, the heat has been put on these "persons of interest." Missing posters are taken down by someone hours after they are put up.
Anyone interested in this case can log on to the Tallahassee Democrat website and peruse their blog on this case -- as well as read the entire, well documented article by Jennifer Portman.
If anyone out there knows anything about Mike Williams, please tell law enforcement immediately. Mrs. Williams only wants her son -- and her granddaughter -- back.
Thank you for your time.