Missing Lamar Co. woman found dead in Monroe woods

Body of missing Lamar woman found

The body of a missing Lamar County woman has been found.

Lori Williams was found dead Monday before 5 p.m. in the woods in Monroe County. Her body was spotted from a Department of Public Safety helicopter that was assisting in the search for her.

"While they were searching the area they saw some animal activity in the air, they investigated it themselves, took it upon themselves to land in an open field in the area, and responded on foot and located Ms. Williams," says, Sergeant Lawson Bittick with the Monroe Sheriff's Office.

According to Bittick, they are treating this as a death investigation. 

He also says Williams body had no signs of trauma. 

Crews began a search in woods in Monroe County on Monday.

The phone belonging to Williams was tracked to Gainesville on the day she went missing, according to an incident report. But according to Bittick, Williams phone was found on her body Monday afternoon. 

The missing persons report says her husband, Robert Williams, says she called him last Tuesday, May 2, and asked him to bring her some gas for her car. 

"Mrs. Williams sounded disoriented and slurring with her speech," and told him she didn't know where she was, the report says.

Robert Williams told a deputy that the phone call kept breaking up, as if she were in an area of poor service, and finally ended.

He says he called her office and could not confirm that Williams, a traveling nurse, reported to work Tuesday.

Their son tracked Lori Williams' phone to Gainesville, Georgia, contacted police, Robert Williams said. The two of them drove to Gainesville and drove around looking for her, he said.

Police there put out an alert for Lori Williams, and Robert Williams contacted the Lamar County Sheriff's Office the next day, Wednesday, the report said.

Lori Williams is 39, according to the report. She was driving a 2013 Nissan Maxima, which was found in the woods Sunday, about half a mile from where her body was found. 

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