Missing since Sept. 5, Deranisha Williams of Hammond, Louisiana, was last seen at a family gathering around 6 p.m. Then she left with her boyfriend to stop by a nearby convenience store.
She never returned to the gathering — and her family never spoke to her again.
At that point, police began searching for Williams' boyfriend, 55-year-old Randolph "Randy" Skinner, Sr., who was wanted for obstruction of justice.
They heard from him almost a month later.
On Oct. 2, Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call from the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office about a murder.
“They told us they received a call from a distressed male,” Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard said in a press release. “During this call, the male confesses to a crime. He claims to have murdered an acquaintance. He then details a possible crime scene — his home. His home ends up being located in Livingston Parish. We — along with TPSO — responded to Skinner Lane today.”
There, police discovered the body of Skinner, who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, as well as the body of a woman.
On Tuesday, the coroner positively identified the remains as Williams. Authorities have not released exactly when or how she died.
“[I'd] never know that I would be living in a movie. That’s how it feels, and I’m still waiting to wake up,” Deranisha’s mother, Danielle Williams, told WAFB. “And what hurts so much is that I can never hear her voice again, like I can never talk to her again, I can never … nothing with her.”
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Danielle Williams also said, “…I called [Skinner] every day, and he gave me a different story. Every day. … and when that Thursday came, I told him on the phone, something ain’t right, my daughter better talk to me by now."
Danielle’s mother told WAFB her 21-year-old daughter had recently broken up with Skinner and that the couple had a bumpy relationship.
“We would’ve found her. To the end of this earth, I was going to search, we were going to find her, even if there wasn’t nothing but bones, we was going to find her,” she said.
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