Disappearance of Christina Marie Williams

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Christina Marie Williams
Portrait of Christina Marie Williams.jpg
Portrait of Christina Marie Williams
Born (1985-05-01)May 1, 1985
Okinawa Prefecture, Japan
Died June 12, 1998(1998-06-12) (aged 13)
Cause of death Homicide of undetermined etiology
Body discovered January 12, 1999
Nationality American
Known for Murder victim

Christina Marie Williams (May 1, 1985 – June 12, 1998) was a 13-year-old American girl who was kidnapped in Seaside, California, on June 12, 1998, while walking her dog Greg in an area of Fort Ord.[1]

Early life[edit]

Williams was born in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan,[2] to a Filipino mother[3] and an American father who was a chief petty officer in the United States Navy.[2] She attended Fitch Middle School in Seaside, California, at the time of her abduction.[4] Before moving to California, Williams and her family lived at Yokosuka Naval Base in Japan.[5] It was the first time the family had lived in the mainland United States.


Williams left her home at around 7:30 p.m. PDT.[6] Greg returned home an hour later trailing his leash.[6] The case attracted widespread, national media attention.[7]

Exactly seven months later, a body was found on the former Fort Ord Army Base about 3 miles (4.8 km) from the Williams' home on January 12, 1999. The remains were positively identified as those of Williams. The area where she was found had been searched previously, but nothing had been found.[4]

Sketches of people suspected of the abduction, a man in his late teens and one in his early twenties, were widely released in the media but they did not help identification of the suspects.[8]


Several celebrities, including Clint Eastwood,[9] Mariah Carey,[10] and Reggie Jackson, made a public service announcement for Williams.[2] Her case was also aired on America's Most Wanted.[2] Williams was survived by her parents, and two siblings.[11] Many people, including Williams' former friends in Japan, were affected by her abduction. Her family later moved to Florida.[12] Investigators focused their efforts on finding a 1980s Mercury Monarch or Ford Granada car.[13] In 2006, the still-open case was featured on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360°.[14] Up to US$100,000 has been offered for information leading to those responsible for her death.[15]

The City of Marina erected a memorial in Williams' honor located at 15520 Imjin Road, across from Preston Park.[16] At University of California, Berkeley a scholarship in her name was established by a philanthropist.[17]

Suspect and arrest[edit]

It was reported that Charles Holifield was a suspect in Williams' murder.[18] He remains in prison for attempted kidnapping; he had raped teenage girls in the past.[19] In 2011, an ex-girlfriend of Holifield recanted an alibi for Holifield she made in 1998, saying she had previously been threatened with harm if she withdrew it.[20] On April 6th, 2017 the District Attorney of Monterey County announced that Holifield would be arrested and charged with the murder.[21]


  1. ^ Filipinas. Filipinas Pub. 1998. p. 225. 
    "Body found in Northern California is not missing girl". CNN. 25 June 1998. Retrieved 11 March 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d Lite, Jordan (9 August 1998). "Missing Girl's Family Refuses to Surrender Hopes for Her Safety". Los Angeles Times. Associated Press. Retrieved 11 March 2015. 
  3. ^ Rojas, Aurelio; Gaura, Maria Alicia; Finz, Stacy (26 June 1998). "Slain Woman Was Raped, Officials Say / Records confirm body not missing Seaside girl". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 11 March 2015. Christina's mother is a Filipina American. 
  4. ^ a b Finz, Stacy; Fagan, Kevin (15 January 1999). "Remains Identified as Christina / Seaside parents receive sad answer on missing daughter". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 11 March 2015. 
  5. ^ "FBI Searches for Girl, 13, Near Ft. Ord". Los Angeles Times. Associated Press. 17 June 1998. Retrieved 11 March 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "Christina Williams Foundation raising money for Sierra Lamar". KSBW. Salinas, California: Monterey Hearst Television Inc. 19 March 2012. Retrieved 11 March 2015. 
  7. ^ Zamora, Jim Herron (18 January 2000). "Missing cases bring out best". San Francisco Examiner. Retrieved 11 March 2015. 
    Finz, Stacy (12 January 2000). "Christina Williams' Family Waits for Answers in Slaying". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 11 March 2015. 
  8. ^ "Bay Area child kidnapping cases during era of Jaycee Lee Dugard abduction". Contra Costa Times. 27 August 2009. Retrieved 11 March 2015. 
    Thurman, Chuck (16 November 2000). "There were no signs of forced entry, and testimony from more than 100 people paint a profile of Mooren as someone who was particularly security conscious.". Monterey County Weekly. Retrieved 11 March 2011. 
  9. ^ "Actor Joins Search For Missing Girl". CBS News. 13 July 1998. Retrieved 11 March 2015. 
  10. ^ "FBI discovers tragic end to case of missing Mariah fan". Mariah Carey archives. The Mariah Carey Archives. 16 January 1999. Retrieved 11 March 2015. 
  11. ^ Devlin, Colonel Daniel (February 2015). "Globe" (PDF). Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center. Presidio of Monterey. Retrieved 11 March 2015. 
  12. ^ "Friends observe anniversary of Christina Williams's abduction". San Diego Union Tribune. Associated Press. 13 June 2003. Retrieved 11 March 2015. 
  13. ^ Pimentel, Benjamin; Finz, Stacey (13 January 1999). "Decomposed Body Found Near Fort Ord / Remains 2 miles from Christina Williams' Home". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 11 March 2015. 
  14. ^ "FBI's Mystery Case Files". CNN. 13 March 2006. Retrieved 11 March 2015. 
  15. ^ "Seeking Information". FBI. U.S. Department of Justice. Retrieved 11 March 2015. 
    Simon, Mark (22 February 2001). "Extra Feet Get Extra Sympathy / Fellow feeling nowadays is flying out the window". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 11 March 2015. The reward fund for Christina Williams, the Gilroy girl who disappeared and was murdered, reached $100,000. 
  16. ^ Taylor, Dennis (10 April 2015). "Navy volunteers clean up Christina Williams memorial". Monterey Herald. Retrieved 15 May 2015. 
  17. ^ "Philanthropist keeps memories of fallen youth alive through scholarships". UC Berkely News Center. UC Regents. 21 July 2010. Retrieved 15 May 2015. 
  18. ^ Hennessey, Virginia (6 September 2009). "FBI raid in Seaside linked to Christina Williams case". Monterey Herald. Retrieved 13 June 2015. An imprisoned sex offender, Charles Holifield, 48, has been identified as the chief suspect in the slaying of Williams, a 13-year-old Fort Ord resident. 
    "Law enforcers: Jennifer Morris, Christina Williams may have been slain by same person". KSBW. 26 August 2015. Retrieved 30 January 2016. 
  19. ^ "Father of suspect in Christina Williams' murder faces grand jury over e-mail to victim's parents". Enchemendia Law Firm. Enchemendia Law Firm. 24 November 2009. Retrieved 16 December 2014. 
    Hennessey, Virginia (27 January 2010). "Christina Williams grand jury to subpoena mom, reporter". Monterey Herald. Retrieved 15 May 2015. 
  20. ^ Hennessey, Virginia (4 December 2011). "Woman recants alibi for Charles Holifield in Christina Williams case". Monterey Herald. Retrieved 11 March 2015. 
  21. ^ "Salinas: Suspect to be charged in 1998 slaying of Christina Williams". Mercury News. Santa Clara County. 7 April 2017. Retrieved 11 April 2017. 
    "Rapist to be charged for 1998 murder of Fil-Am teen in Monterey". Philippines Daily Inquirer. Associated Press. 11 April 2017. Retrieved 11 April 2017. 
    Bucher, Chris (6 April 2017). "Charles Holifield: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know". Heavy. New York City. Retrieved 11 April 2017. 

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