US Marshals want help finding woman accused of brutal mutilation, murder of Melvindale man

Reward increases to $10,000

Tamera Williams (U.S. Marshals)

MELVINDALE, Mich.U.S. Marshals have increased the reward for information leading to the capture of a woman they suspect in the 2018 murder of a Melvindale father.

When David Carter didn’t show up for work, his sister said she had a bad feeling.

“Something in my gut that was just like, ‘Something’s not right,’” Tasia Carter-Jackson said. “Something was wrong.”

She went to her brother’s apartment and noticed that Carter’s front door was unlocked and his bed was messy. She said Carter always made his bed before leaving. The mattress and carpet both had several red stains.

“I said, ‘What is this red stain? What is this?’ I didn’t -- I never put the covers back. I didn’t touch anything,” Carter-Jackson said. “At that point, my dad said, ‘Don’t touch anything.’”

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Carter’s family reported him as missing. Shortly after, his remains were found spread out across I-75 in Ohio.

The last person to see Carter was his girlfriend of six months, Tamera Williams. Melvindale police spoke with Williams after Carter disappeared and released her from custody.

Officials said when Williams was released, she went on the run. She is believed to have traveled to New York. The last official sighting of her was in New York in 2018. There has been a nationwide manhunt for her ever since.

“She changes her look a lot. You know, she might have a wig and she fluctuates her hair. The color, styles,” said Deputy U.S. Marshal Aaron Garcia. “So, as far as identification, it’s going to be ... it’s been pretty hard.”

Federal marshals believe Williams is dangerous.

Carter’s family, including his 19-year-old son, are still grieving.

“It’s been a nightmare for our family ... we still haven’t processed it,” Carter-Jackson said. “We were never able to see my brother in the casket. We were never able to touch him or anything like that ... we just literally have absolutely nothing.”

Click here to learn more about the search for Tamera Williams. The reward for information leading to her capture has increased to $10,000.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the U.S. Marshals tip line at 313-234-5600 or send information via the USMS Tips App.


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