Search exapnds for missing Shockoe Bottom man

RICHMOND, VA (WWBt) - Richmond Police said they have new information that is changing their strategy to find a missing Shockoe Bottom man.

Matthew Williams disappeared December 13 in the Shockoe Bottom area.

Police have interviewed three persons of interest in connection with his disappearance and searched the canal.

Now, they said they're expanding their search because of some tips that indicate he may have left the bottom the night he went missing.

The search started in Shockoe Bottom and in the Canal.

Williams was last seen at the Hat Factory around 11pm. There are surveillance pictures of him before he disappeared, being escorted out alone.

A blood hound indicated police may learn what happened in the canal, but after a long search, they say they're fairly certain he's there.

Police will get one more good look at the canal, and that's because routine maintenance is scheduled next week that should lower the water level. But at this point, police are not convinced this is the only place they should be looking.

"Based on the tracking of the blood hound," explained Cpt. Emmett Williams,  we've kind of primarily focused in Shockoe Bottom, but new information's come forward. We want to expand that focus now.

The missing person signs are tattered and worm, but police say their search is not. They have gotten several new tips that indicate Shockoe Bottom may not have been William's last stop.

"We want to look outside that area. We want people in different areas of the city. Southside, West end, North Side that may have seen Matthew not just in the bottom, but maybe outside after 11pm in one of these areas of the city," said Williams.

And that's why they're asking for the public's help.

"Somebody out there saw Matthew and all they need to do is give us a call and tell us where to go and we'll find him."

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