Timeline of search for 2-year-old Rodricus Fred Williams

Here is a timeline of the search for missing 2-year-old Rodricus Fred Williams:

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

7:35 p.m. - Police a receive a report that a boy had fallen over the Battery wall near downtown Charleston.

9:16 p.m. - Charleston County Volunteer Rescue alerts media that a search is underway.

9:20 p.m. - Charleston County Volunteer Rescue provides details that a 2-year-old has fallen over the wall at the Battery.

11 p.m. - A description of the missing boy is released. Authorities are no longer confident that the boy actually fell in the water. Search continues on land and in water.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

12:14 a.m. - Charleston police release the boy's name and a photo.

12:50 a.m. - Water search suspended. Officials say it will resume at 6 a.m. The search on land continues.

4 a.m. - Police arrest Roger Williams, the father of the missing 2-year-old boy, at a hotel in Summerville.

6 a.m. - Water search resumes near the Battery.

7 a.m. - The Charleston Police Department calls off the search for the missing boy, stating that the he never fell in the water or was anywhere near the Battery. The call was made up.

Noon - Berkeley County sheriff's office takes over investigation, says they will hold a press conference later in the day.

2:15 p.m. - Press conference time announced for approximately 5 p.m. in Berkeley County

4:40 p.m. - Sources begin reporting that a body was found in Orangeburg County.

5 p.m. - Sources with knowledge of the investigation into the disappearance of a 2-year-old Charleston boy say a child's body was found in a trash can in a rural town off I-26. Orangeburg County deputies assisting in the investigation said a body was found at the search site in Bowman. None of the agencies involved have said the remains found were those of the missing boy.

6:15 p.m. - Berkeley County Sheriff Wayne DeWitt said that law enforcement agencies were interviewing the child's father and his girlfriend. Based on information obtained in the interviews,  authorities were directed to an abandoned mobile home near Bowman in Orangeburg County where they found a cement-filled trash can. The can was transported to MUSC and the contents would be "forensically disassembled" to determine whether the boy's body was inside.


11:45 a.m. - The Berkely County Sheriff Wayne DeWitt confirms that the Medical University forensics experts isolate the remains of a boy in the cement-filled trash can found Wednesday.

"It's the body of a small, African-American boy," DeWitt said.

He added the hair was in small twists, consistent with the description of the missing boy released Tuesday night by Charleston police. The body was badly decomposed and an autopsy was pending to determine the boy's cause of death, he said. Officials are still waiting for DNA to confirm it is Rodricus Fred Williams.

Noon - Roger Williams, the boy's father and his live-in girlfriend, Grace Nichole Trotman, are charged with homicide by child abuse

6:30 p.m. -  Judge Ava Ayers denied bond for Williams and his girlfriend, Grace Nichole Trotman, 24. The couple face a sentence of 20 years to life, if convicted.

The affidavit called the actions that led to Rodricus' death "an extreme indifference to human life." The couple's next hearing is scheduled for Sept. 17.

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