NITRO, W.Va. — Police say they are hoping the public can help with information which leads to the whereabouts of a missing teenager.

Nitro PD

Heather Nicole Williams

Heather Williams, 18, of Nitro, left her home on Christmas Eve and hasn’t been seen since. Williams’ mother says her daughter indicated she was going to meet a friend at the Wendy’s restaurant in Nitro, but Nitro Police Chief Bobby Eggleton says using video surveillance they were unable to determine if that’s where she went.

“We checked that and there was nothing we could see on the video where she walked in or anything like that,” said Eggleton. “All we know is she told her mom she was going to Wendy’s to meet a friend and they haven’t seen her since.”

Williams’ phone was turned off and even through police got her mother to turn it back on, there was no indication of a location.

“She was a student down at Marshall previously and she dropped out and came home,” Eggleton explained about Williams background. “She’s already registered to go to (West Virginia) State and she’s supposed to start school soon. Her mom is just concerned about where she is and if she’s okay.”

Police are looking at all possibilities, including Williams’ testimony in a sexual assault trial in recent weeks in Cabell County. Eggleton says he’s doubtful that is connected, but added it’s hard to tell.


Owl tattoo on the back of Williams’ neck

“I would think not, but I have to look at every angle,” he said. “I know she’s probably very emotional after something like that and that could have been a factor in this too. We just want to look at all angles of why she may be missing.”

Williams is 5 feet 4 inches tall and approximately 200 pounds. She has hazel eye and dyed black hair. She has a small tattoo of an owl on the back of her neck. She was last seen wearing a camo jacket and blue jeans. Anyone with information is asked to contact Nitro Police or Kanawha County 911.

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