Real Name: Carl Dean McWilliams
Aliases: None Known
Wanted For: Child Molestation, Rape
Missing Since: August 2000
Details: In Fall 1992 at State College, Pennsylvania, "Sarah", a young single mother was raising her three children when she met her neighbor, Carl McWilliams, whom she had gone to Penn State University with. The two became close friends and Carl practically became part of the family. Sarah remembered that he was friendly, personable, and close to her children. What she didn't know was that McWilliams was a convicted child molester who had served six years in prison for molesting his own eight year old daughter.
One day, Sarah came home to find that McWilliams had locked himself in a bedroom with her five-year-old daughter. Sarah and her children quickly moved away and for years she wasn't sure whether or not to report the incident. She feared that if she told the police, it would be worse for the children. Finally, eight years later, Sarah realized that the police needed to know what happened.
In August of 2000, authorities located McWilliams living with another woman and her children just a few miles from the neighborhood where he, Sarah, and her children had once lived. McWilliams was ordered to leave the house and relocate to a nearby motel while police investigated the allegations against him. He stayed one night, but checked out the next morning and was never seen again. McWilliams has been charged with rape, statutory rape, aggravated indecent assault, and indecent assault. He is known to change his appearance. Authorities and Sarah fear that he is living with another woman and her children.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the August 6, 2001 episode.
Results: Captured. In March of 2003, an Unsolved Mysteries viewer saw a re-airing of this story and recognized McWilliams as a man who was working in a restaurant on Prince Edward Island in Canada. The viewer immediately notified the Mounted Police and McWilliams was arrested. In August of 2003, he was extradited back to the United States to face the charges against him. In March of 2004, he was convicted of rape and assault and sentenced to forty years in prison. He died there in 2013.
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