Crime Stoppers offers reward for missing Southfield man

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published February 16, 2017

 Frinnie Williamson has been missing since November.

Frinnie Williamson has been missing since November.

Photo provided by the Southfield Police Department

It’s been three months since Julia Guy has spoken to her brother, missing Southfield man Frinnie Williamson.

Williamson, 49, last spoke to Guy Nov. 8, 2016, and he has not been heard from since, according to a news release from Lt. Ted Goff, of the Southfield Police Department. Goff said in a previous report that the man was known to be living in Southfield, but also frequently stays in Detroit.

On Feb. 16, Crime Stoppers of Michigan held a press conference at its headquarters, 18000 W. Nine Mile Road in Southfield, to announce a cash reward of up to $2,500 for a tip that will lead to the man.

If a tip is received before midnight Feb. 16, the reward will be raised to $3,500, Crime Stoppers spokesman Anthony Jones said at the conference. 

“Crime Stoppers of Michigan is asking concerned citizens to help the family of Frinnie Williamson,” Jones said. “No tip is too small. The smallest anonymous tip to help this family locate Frinnie Williamson is necessary.”

Williamson  is described as a white man, 5 feet 9 inches tall and 190 pounds. He has a medium build, blond or strawberry blond hair, and blue eyes.

Guy described her brother as well-spoken, outgoing and a lover of baseball.

“My brother is a very special person. He’s very kind-hearted. He’s a wonderful chef. He’s a wonderful artist,” Guy said at the press conference.
Guy said during the conference that she and her brother had their lives threatened shortly before he went missing.

“Recently his life was threatened by a female, and I’m very concerned that something terrible has happened to him,” Guy said.

Dental records of three unidentified males from the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office are being compared with Williamson’s, Guy said at the press conference.

Goff said in the news release that Williamson has struggled with substance abuse and has gone missing in the past. However, it’s unusual for Williamson to have no contact with his family for this long, Goff said.

Jones said Williamson has been a volunteer for various Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous programs as a facilitator. Guy said Williamson is an ordained minister and has studied theology. 

“I went down yesterday to bring up some stuff to make a scrapbook and I found two Bibles. One was very thick, and it has his name inscribed on the front, and it had so many markers in it and it was so worn,” Guy said. “I flipped it open and there was a picture of him and I in the very front of the Bible. I looked at the smaller Bible and he had a picture in there of when I was 16 or 17 years old with a group of friends. I know he took the picture and he kept that picture treasured in his Bible.”

Williamson is married and is a father to an 11-year-old boy.

“His heart is breaking. He’s so full of sadness, and when he comes to my house, he goes to his dad’s room and he just sits there. He so misses his dad. We have a big family, and our family loves him so much. So please, if anybody has any knowledge of his whereabouts, please call and help us,” Guy said.

Tipsters with information can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP, visit www.1800speakup.org, or text CSM and their tip to 274637.

Jones stressed that tips are 100 percent anonymous and that rewards are paid when an arrest is made. Crime Stoppers does not wait for a conviction for parties responsible for the particular crime.

“We will never ask you to reveal yourself. We will never ask you to come forward. We just ask that you make the call, and we’ll issue you a PIN number. Any information that you provide to us will only be given to law enforcement. Please make the anonymous call,” Jones said.