Card did not give any indication that Williams was armed or dangerous, although at Air Force report on the case said he has been purchasing large amounts of alcohol at each stop.
“We just want to find him. Our biggest fear, if we don’t find him and he has mental problems or is suffering from depression, is that he would commit suicide,” Card said. “And on the flip side, we don’t want him to be a victim of foul play either. We know he is alive and moving as of Jan. 7. We want to stop him before he gets hurt.”
Williams’ mother, Lisa Biggs-Williams, would not comment when The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reached her at her home in Charlotte. But in an interview with Q City Metro, a black newspaper in Charlotte, family members said they were baffled by his disappearance.
His father, Robby Williams Jr., and his sister Virginia Williams told the paper that it was out of character for Williams to vanish. They described him as a “straight arrow,” who had grown up dreaming of becoming an Air Force pilot or astronaut. His grandfather served in the Navy and went on to work at Lockheed.
Family members told Q City Metro that Williams joined the Jr. ROTC at East Mecklenburg High School, where he graduated in 2002. They said he received a scholarship and earned an aerospace degree from Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University.
Card said once Williams is captured, military officials will determine his fate. She would not speculate on his sentence, adding that he would be afforded due process.
“All of that will be decided later. Once he is caught, he will be turned over to the authorities at the base he came from and the lawyers will decide if he had a good reason or not to leave,” said Card. She said he could face a court martial or a non-judicial punishment. “But until he is caught and we find out why he left, we won’t know.”
Card is asking anyone who spots Williams to contact local authorities or the Air Force Office of Special Investigations at 571-305-8484, or to text 'AFOSI' and their tip to 274637 (CRIMES); or submit a tip online.