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A Year Later, Genealogy Identifies Second Suspect in 1970 Homicide

March 22nd, 2024

A little over a year after identifying a suspect in the 1970 homicide of 16-year-old Pamela Lynn Conyers, the Anne Arundel County Police Department (Maryland) have identified a second suspect.

On March 10, 2023, the Anne Arundel County Police Department announced at a press conference the identification of a suspect in the 1970 homicide of 16-year-old Pamela Lynn Conyers.

On Oct. 16, 1970, Conyers' family reported her missing to the Anne Arundel County Police Department. The investigation indicated Conyers ran an errand at the Harundale Mall at approximately 8:30 p.m., but did not return. The vehicle she was driving when she disappeared was recovered on Oct. 19, 1970 in a wooded area in Anne Arundel County. During that time, the road was under construction.

A day later, Conyers' body was found a short distance from the vehicle. DNA was extracted from evidence collected in 1970, both at the scene and on Conyers' clothing and person. With advancements in technology and the use of forensic genetic genealogy (FGG) investigative techniques, those specimens led to the identification of Forrest Clyde Williams (III), 74, of Virginia.

After identifying Williams, the Anne Arundel County Police Department's Cold Case Unit, the FBI, and the Organized Crime Unit of the Office of the Attorney General for Maryland continued their investigation. Traditional investigative methods FGG led to the recent identification of a second suspect in the case—74-year-old Donald Willard, formerly from Montgomery County, Maryland.

Willard is now deceased.

Even though Forrest Clyde Williams, III and Donald Willard have been identified as suspects, the Anne Arundel County Police Department is asking anyone with information pertaining to the murder of Pam Conyers or with information about Willard and Williams to contact the department at 410-222-4731. You may remain anonymous and call the TipLine at 410-222-4700.

Another fire, evidence in jeopardy!
Unsecured evidence is a epidemic!
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