$15,000 reward offered in canal death case

Posted at 5:15 PM, May 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-02 12:44:06-04

The family of a Parker, Arizona woman found murdered and dumped in an irrigation canal and authorities are now offering a $15,000 reward to anyone who can help catch the killer.

Cynthia Williams was found murdered about two months ago in the small community of Poston, about 15 miles south of Parker near the Colorado River. The area is within the boundary of the Colorado River Indian Tribes reservation, meaning the FBI is responsible for investigating her death.

Williams' family said they heard from her two days before the murder. She was supposed to get a ride from a  friend and head back home, but the friend said she never showed up.

Two days later, her body was found in an irrigation canal on agricultural land in Poston. Family members said they were told she was duct taped, bound, and severely beaten.

Raymond Meza, the victim's brother, said the murder was taking a toll on their tight-knit family. With no arrest, there was no sign of getting any closure. He admitted his sister had some drug problems, and was trying to get her life back together. She had been a drifter, living out of a bag.

"Nobody deserves to die like that," said Meza.

He pleaded for anyone who knew anything about his sister's murder to say something.

"What I want them to know is to tell. If you believe in God, we can forgive you know. We just want to give our sister justice. She didn't deserve what happened to her, hold those people responsible, and you don't have no part of it," said Meza.

If you know anything please contact Colorado Indian Tribes Police Department Investigator Erik Schneider at 928-669-1277 or the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI.

Reference case number 16-1506.

Money for the reward comes from a variety of sources, including the tribal government, law enforcement, and donations from the family.