SAN DIEGO — Dozens of family and friends of an Orange County man who mysteriously died in San Diego last year took to the streets Saturday to try to generate new leads in the case.
"It was an unsolved murder," Valen Williams said about her son’s death. "We’re just praying to get somebody who remembers and comes forward."
Dane Chandler Williams, 23, had been attending a sports retailer trade show at the San Diego Convention Center when his body was found in a City Heights alley Jan. 29, 2008.
He was last seen about 1:30 a.m. Jan. 26 leaving a nightclub in the Gaslamp Quarter. His body was found three days later near 52nd Street and Towle Court, about eight miles from his hotel.
Yesterday his parents, relatives and friends canvassed downtown San Diego for several hours. They passed out fliers and cards with his picture and information about a $20,000 reward for leads that result in felony charges in the case.
"We’re just trying to get the word out about Dane. It’s been a year," Jim Williams said about his son.
The group also showed photos of the blue and cream-colored blanket that was wrapped around Williams’ body and a maroon beanie he was wearing. Neither belonged to him.