A Louisiana woman who was reported missing last month was found dead this week and the man believed to have killed her has taken his own life.
The Livingston Parish Sheriff announced Wednesday that human remains found at a private residence in Livingston Parish earlier this month were that of Deranisha Williams, who was last seen alive on Sept. 5, 2020. An unnamed "distressed" male, later identified as Randolph Skinner, Sr., called the Tangipahoa Sheriff’s Office on Oct. 2 to confess to a murder and describe his home as the crime scene, the release states. When authorities traveled to Skinner's home, they found Skinner dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound and what turned out to be Williams' remains on the property.
Williams and Skinner had been in a tumultuous relationship and had just broken up, her mother said, according to local outlet WAFB. Williams, 21, had not been seen since leaving to go to a gas station with Skinner on Sept. 5, when she failed to return home.
Following the discovery of her body, Williams' family is in mourning, with her mother, Danielle Williams, telling WAFB that before her daughter was found, Skinner repeatedly changed his story while speaking to family.
“[I'd] never know that I would be living in a movie. That’s how it feels, and I’m still waiting to wake up,” Danielle Williams said. “And what hurts so much is that I can never hear her voice again. Like I can never talk to her again, I can never nothing again, like nothing with her."
"Monday was Labor Day, and I called him [Skinner] every day, and he gave me a different story. Every day," she continued. "He just kept saying and when that Thursday came, I told him on the phone, something ain’t right, my daughter better talk to me by now."
At the time of his death, Skinner was wanted for obstruction of justice in the disappearance of his girlfriend, according to authorities.
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