Sunday, November 20, 2022

The Murder of David Carter

 

David Carter was brutally murdered in late September 2018. The then-39-year-old lived in Melvindale, Michigan at the time of his death. David was last seen by his loved ones on September 28th, 2018. That evening, he attended his son’s football game amongst several other family members. It appeared to be a typical evening; David’s family could have never predicted it was the last time they’d see him alive.

On September 30th, the mother of David’s son received a text from David’s phone saying that he was sick. As such, David’s son DJ went to his father’s residence so he could gather some belongings. Once there, DJ encountered David’s girlfriend Tamera ‘Tammy’ Williams taking out the garbage. When DJ asked where his dad was, Tammy told him he went for a walk. This seemed odd – as he was under the impression that his father was sick – but DJ initially did not think too much of it.

A few days later, David’s sister Tasia was notified that David had not shown up for work as planned. Tasia then decided to go to his apartment to check on him. She began to worry when she noticed that David’s front door was unlocked, and his bedroom was in disarray – which was unusual for him. Tasia also stated that she noticed a gunshot hole in his mattress, as well as a blood stain. She asked David’s girlfriend Tammy about David’s whereabouts, and she claimed she did not have a clue. David’s family reported him missing shortly thereafter, on October 2nd, 2018.

Unbeknownst to his family, David had already been found deceased. On October 1st, 2018, an employee with the department of transportation spotted a sleeping bag along a highway in Eagle Township, Ohio. Inside, a human male’s lower torso and legs were found. Although this was located nearly 100 miles away from David’s home in Melvindale, investigators were quickly able to determine the remains belonged to David by one of his tattoos.

Many questions remain about David’s death. He was dedicated to being a father and was also committed to his job. David was not the type of person to have enemies. A motive for his murder was initially very unclear. However, as detectives continued to investigate the case, they learned troubling information about David's relationship.

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David’s girlfriend Tamera ‘Tammy’ Williams.

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Tamera ‘Tammy’ Williams was David’s girlfriend of about six months. At the time of David’s disappearance, Tammy was working as a phlebotomist, but she previously worked as a travel agent. According to David’s sister Tasia, Tammy displayed “possessive behavior” in her relationship with David. Due to this, Tasia believed that David was going to end his relationship with Tammy. 

Tammy attended David’s son’s football game on the evening of September 28th. It was noted that the two of them arrived at the game together, but they did not sit together or interact at all whilst there. This further pushed Tasia’s belief that David and Tammy were going through a breakup. Unfortunately, before anyone could ask David about the status of his relationship, he vanished. 

David’s disappearance.

As previously noted, David’s loved ones were first notified about his disappearance on October 2nd, 2018. However, it is believed that he vanished a few days earlier.  David had a scheduled work shift on September 30th – which was a Sunday. He would have been paid triple time for this shift, but he never showed up. Once David’s family members learned he had been a no-show at work, they knew something was wrong – as it was unlikely that he would pass on an opportunity to get paid triple time. 

David was also supposed to see his son DJ on the evening of September 30th. As also previously stated, DJ’s mother received a text from David’s phone saying that he was sick and therefore he could not spend time with DJ. As such, DJ went to his father’s apartment to gather some of his belongings. Once there, DJ was told by Tammy that David was out taking a walk – even though he was allegedly sick.

Worries for David's safety escalated once his sister Tasia went to his apartment and discovered the bloodstains in his bedroom and the gunshot hole in the mattress. It's clear that something happened in that bedroom, but Tammy was still unable to tell David's family members about his whereabouts. 

Unfortunately, by the time David was finally reported missing, he had already been found. Once authorities in Melvindale learned that human remains had been found in Eagle Township a day before David was reported missing, it did not take long for them to identify the remains. 

The October 5th arrest.

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On October 5th, 2018, investigators officially named Tammy Williams as a suspect in David's murder. They brought her into custody for questioning - but she denied involvement in David's disappearance and death.

 Michigan law states that a suspect can only be detained for 3 days before they have to be let go - unless investigators are able to find more evidence of the suspect's involvement within that timeframe. After having Tammy in custody for 3 days, investigators were unable to find any other evidence of her involvement in David's murder - so they were forced to let her go. 

The discovery of more remains.

As previously noted, David's lower torso and legs were found on October 1st, 2018. The rest of his remains were still missing. However, a few days after Tammy was released from police custody, another suspicious duffle bag was found along the I-75 highway - close to where the first set of remains were found. Inside the duffle bag, investigators discovered David's dismembered head.

This discovery allowed investigators determine David's cause of death. A gunshot wound was found in his skull just below one of his ears - proving that he died from a gunshot to the head. It's very possible that he was shot in his own bedroom, as his sister Tasia had seen a gunshot hole in his mattress.

On October 16th, a final set of remains, containing David's arms and upper torso, were found. It was clear that he had been brutally murdered, dismembered, and discarded along the highway. To this day, Tamera 'Tammy' Williams remains the prime suspect in the case.

A suspect on the run.

Tammy fled from Michigan very shortly after being released from police custody. She reportedly withdrew cash from several ATMs before taking the train from Ann Arbor to Chicago. From there, detectives learned that Tammy traveled to New York. She was spotted once in Brooklyn but has never been seen or heard from again.

Tammy has several contacts around the world due to her previous work as a travel agent. As such, investigators believe that she has had people help her go on the run and stay hidden. A warrant has been issued for Tammy on charges of first-degree homicide, disinterring a dead body, and tampering with evidence.

How to help.

There is a monetary reward for anyone with information that could lead to Tammy's whereabouts. She is described as approximately 5'5" and 190 pounds. Tammy has brown hair and brown eyes, but she may change her appearance to stay hidden.

If you have any information that could lead to the arrest of Tammy, or any other information about David's case, please contact authorities at (313) 429-1070.
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