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Husband Disappears on His Wedding Anniversary, Wife Marries His Best Friend

Lois Oladejo
Apr 03, 2022
05:40 A.M.
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Seventeen years after Mike Williams disappeared while hunting and was declared missing, authorities found him in a remote area. So what happened to Mike, and how did he disappear? Continue reading to find out.


In January 2019, a circuit judge sentenced a Florida woman identified as Denise Williams to life in prison without parole after being found guilty of first-degree murder and conspiracy to murder.

During the trial, Denise revealed via her testimony that she conspired to kill her husband, Mike, with the help of the latter's best friend, Brian Winchester, on her sixth wedding anniversary. Here are all the intriguing details of the story.

[Left] Mike's brother; [Right] Mike Williams and his wife Denise Williams. | Source: Crime Daily



On December 16, 2000, Mike Williams packed up his boat to go duck hunting on Florida's Lake Seminole. The man had planned to spend only a few hours and promised his wife that he would be back by noon for their sixth-anniversary outing.

Mike's boss, Clay Ketchman, confirmed that Denise's husband had informed him of his plans, which he thought was cool. But unfortunately, noon passed, and the day turned to night without any signs of Mike. 

Days passed, and the man had gone missing — beginning an almost two-decade mystery. Mike's father-in-law and his friend did everything possible to search for him. Eventually, they found his abandoned boat and his vehicle onshore.


Mike Williams and his wife, Denise Williams with their daughter pose for a family photo. | Crime Daily

According to the brother, Mike's abandoned boat was found with a whole can of gas as if it had never been used. In addition, he said the gun found was not Mike's regular hunting gun.


All of these made the man's disappearance seem suspicious. However, the police assumed that alligators had eaten Mike after falling into the water. 

A few months after Mike went missing, Denise and Winchester declared the man dead and cashed out on a life insurance policy worth $1.75 million. Five years after, Denise tied the knot with Winchester. They stayed married for more than ten years before divorcing in 2016. 

A poster of when they were searching for Mike Williams. | Source: Crime Daily



The following year, Winchester was arrested and pleaded guilty to kidnapping Denise at gunpoint, and he was sentenced to 20 years in prison. 

On December 22, 2017, not long after the court's decision, authorities revealed that they had found Mike's remains at the dead-end of Gardner Road. Sadly, Winchester confessed to shooting Mike and burying him in a remote area.

Brian Winchester, Mike Williams best friend. | Source: Crime Daily



The man alleged that he and Denise conspired to kill Mike so that they could be together and claim the life insurance money. On May 8, 2018, Denise was arrested on suspicion of Mike's death.

She was charged with Mike's murder, conspiracy, and concealing the wicked act. Winchester was granted immunity for the man's murder, as he stood as a key witness during the trial. During all of this, Mike's family was torn apart.


During an interview, his mother, Cheryl, explained that she loved Denise and thought she was perfect for her son. Also, Mike's brother said the deceased man gave his wife everything she wanted, even after she gave birth.

Finding out that Denise was responsible for Mike's death was one of the most disheartening news. Finally, the family got justice and can finally be at peace knowing what happened to their loved one.

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