Cynthia Williams was not a confidential informant, according to the La Paz County Sheriff’s Office.
Since her death over a week ago, erroneous reports have circulated alleging that Williams, who was found deceased in the Parker Valley on March 9th, was an informant for the county’s narcotics task force.
The rumors appear to spring from the fact that Williams was arrested last year and then released, despite allegedly having methamphetamine in her vehicle. The arrest happened on Memorial Day weekend when Sheriff’s sergeant on patrol stopped Williams in Ehrenberg and noted she was acting nervously. A K-9 unit ‘alerted’ on the vehicle and a search was made, allegedly uncovering two ounces of meth. (Parker Live’s original story is HERE.)
But the charges were later dismissed by the County Attorney’s Office and Williams was released. Now that she has been killed, some have speculated that she was working with the Sheriff’s Office, explaining why she was released instead of prosecuted. But the Sheriff’s Office says that isn’t the reason she was released.
A Sheriff’s spokesperson confirmed to Parker Live that Cynthia Williams had a personal matter that led to her release, one that had nothing to do with law enforcement or anything related to the arrest. Although the department would not be drawn on what exactly the matter was, it is a fairly common occurrence that charges are dropped when there is not a good likelihood of conviction, or for other unspecified reasons.
Other rumors had said that Williams was not the only victim of murder, and that others had been found. Those too are false, according to law enforcement.
Anybody with information on the murder of Cynthia Williams can anonymously call the CRIT Police Tips Line at (928) 669-5341.