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State Police seek leads in cold-case slaying of Freeport woman

New York State Troopers are asking for the

New York State Troopers are asking for the public's help in solving the cold case slaying of Wyanda Williams. The Freeport woman, 35, died Sept. 9, 2001, after she was thrown from a moving vehicle on the Southern State Parkway. Credit: NYS Police

A Freeport woman’s death after she was thrown, alive, from a moving car on the Southern State Parkway in 2001 is the latest focal point of a new statewide initiative designed to bring unsolved cold case files back into the spotlight.

Wyanda Williams, 35, had been run over multiple times by passing vehicles and died at the scene.

Her tragic death came in the early morning hours of Sept. 9, 2001 — two days before the terrorist attacks of 9/11. And 15 years later, her case remains unsolved.

State police on Tuesday described the Williams case as part of its “Cold Case Tuesday” initiative, with the hope that the renewed publicity will generate leads to solve open cases.

In the Williams case, police are hoping someone has information about how she found herself in that car on the Southern State or how and why Williams ended up dead, or that someone may know the identity of the driver.

Police said troopers responding to a 911 call of a body in the roadway found Williams, and it was determined she was struck “several times by passing motorists.” It is known that Williams lived “just miles” from the crime scene, that she often spent time in nearby Hempstead and that she left behind a young daughter, who is now 22.

But, police said Tuesday, there is “very limited information” available about Williams, her family and her friends.

It was not clear whether police ever identified a suspect or a person of interest in the case.

The vehicle from which Williams was thrown also “was never positively identified,” police said.

Police ask anyone with information about the case to call the Troop L Major Case Unit at 631-756-3300.

All calls will remain confidential.

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