Family Doubles Reward Money In Dane Williams’ Disappearance Case

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SAN DIEGO – The mother of an Orange County man who died in San Diego in late January was in town yesterday to announce an enhanced reward for information about the death of Dane Chandler Williams.

“I want people to know Dane deserves better than this,” said Valen Williams of Huntington Beach. “He was a good kid, and somebody knows what happened. And they can let us know, so we can start our healing process.”

The reward has doubled to $20,000 for information that leads to a felony arrest. San Diego County Crime Stoppers is offering $1,000; Jack’s Surfboards in Huntington Beach is offering $9,000; and Hurley International, a skate-and surf-apparel company in Costa Mesa, is offering $10,000.

Dane Williams, 23, worked in Hurley’s marketing department. He was in town attending an action-sports retailer trade show at the San Diego Convention Center.

He was last seen at 1:30 a.m. Jan. 26 leaving a nightclub at the Hard Rock Hotel in the Gaslamp Quarter, police said. His body was found three days later in a City Heights alley.

“He wasn’t with friends; I’ll tell you that,” Williams said. “You think as a mom I would have a gut feeling, but I don’t.”

An autopsy and toxicology tests performed by the county Medical Examiner’s Office did not determine the cause of death, according to the reports. The body showed no obvious signs of foul play.