UPDATE: 2/19/16 – A body has been found in the woods off Route 307 in Nottoway County, sheriff’s deputies said. The remains have not yet been officially identified.
UPDATE: 1/27/16 – William shot himself inside a Chester Street apartment when the state police, U.S. marshals and Fitchburg police arrived at his door to serve a search warrant. William was taken to the hospital where he was in critical condition. “As soon as they went to the door there was a single gunshot fired, and Mr. William was (found) suffering from a critical life-threatening injury,” said Kevin Connolly, a supervisor for the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force in Richmond. “No law enforcement weapons were discharged.” Brooks is still missing.
Original story: Olene Brooks, 68, from Virginia is missing after she was believed to have been abducted by her daughters’ former boyfriend, Dana William. Sheila Smith told NBC12 that she was there when her sister’s former boyfriend, Dana William showed up at the Brooks’ home with a gun.
“We were held hostage at gunpoint,” Sheila said.
William tied them up and using Olene’s granddaughters phone sent a text message telling her to come to the home at the 17000 block of Poorhouse Road in Amelia and bring a thermometer because the four-year-old was sick
Woodell Brooks’ death was ruled a homicide by asphyxiation, according to autopsy results.
His body was discovered in a house on Poorhouse Road in Amelia County on Thursday. William was released from prison last summer after he was convicted on rape and violating a protective order. It is believe that William took the family’s 2010 silver Dodge Caravan with Virginia handicap license plate 433114.and Olene with him when he left. Anyone with information was asked to call the Amelia County Sheriff’s Office at 804-561-2118