Police find body of missing Anchorage woman near Wasilla

Posted: Tuesday, September 04, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The body of an Anchorage woman, missing since mid-May, was found in a shallow grave near Wasilla, police said.

Tawni Williams disappeared May 18, the same day she received a $22,500 distribution paid out to shareholders of Cook Inlet Region Inc. The money was drained from Williams' bank account in the weeks following her disappearance.

Police are investigating Williams' death as a homicide. Detectives acting on a tip found her body last week under about two feet of dirt in ''a wooded area that was not too remote,'' spokeswoman Anita Shell said.

Williams was identified Friday, and her family was notified that evening and over the weekend.

Williams, 50, was last seen alive on May 18 when a friend saw her at the gas station at Northway Mall. She was last seen with her boyfriend, Antonio Garrison, who has since been jailed on a murder charge in an unrelated case.

No charges have been filed in Williams' death.

Police have not released details about the killing, including how she died and whether they have a suspect, Shell said.

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