Laura Winans was last seen on May 24, 1996. She was hiking with her partner, Julianne Williams, and her golden retriever, Taj. At some point, Taj was located wandering the woods - alone. On June 1, 1996 both Julianne's and Laura's bodies were found; they were murdered. A year later, a man by the name of Darrell David Rice of Columbia, Maryland was reported being an enraged driver who tried to run a female cyclists off the road. He was convicted of attempted abduction. Rice was later placed in Shenandoah at the time Julie and Laura were vacationing in the National Park. They accused him of murdering the two girls due to being homophobic, which Rice denied. Rice was indicted of murder in 2001; but the case fell through in 2004 due to the lack of forensic evidence.
Missing NPF Stories
Connected Missing NPF News:
26 years old
Weight: 160 lbs.
Sexual Orientation: HOMOSEXUAL
Professional Affiliation: SERVICE
Foul Play Suspected: Yes
Suspected Suicide: No
Cause of Death: Murder - Stabbing
Reported missing on May 31, 1996 - 9796 days, 16 hours, 22 minutes ago
Found on June 1, 1996 - 9795 days, 16 hours, 22 minutes ago
This case file was posted on
Mar 17, 2021 at 12:37
This case file was last modified on
Jun 02, 2021 at 16:19
This case file has been assigned the Missing Persons ID 958
Missing NPF Public Notice
Missing NPF lists “Foul Play Suspected,” “Suspected Suicide,” “Cause of Death,” and other elements of data in association with public reporting. These settings do not reflect the opinions of Missing NPF and/or its staff. Unless explicitly noted, Missing NPF does not publicize opinion, nor are any of the initial reports written – or edited – by members of Missing NPF. All content (with the exception of “IMPORTANT” notices, listed toward the top of applicable case files) are the works of external persons, sources and/or entities. All pictures displayed on this case file have been downloaded from the public domain, unless a user has commented or otherwise transmitted a picture to Missing NPF or its social media accounts. Case updates are derived from external persons, sources, and/or entities, and do not reflect the internal work of Missing NPF, unless expressly noted.
Judaea RojoJuly 11, 2021 at 6:23 pm
6/1/21 Update: The FBI is asking for the public’s help in the case of Laura Winans and Julianne Williams. More here: https://www.wfxrtv.com/news/regional-news/virginia-news/two-women-were-murdered-25-years-ago-in-shenandoah-national-park-richmond-fbi-needs-help-solving-the-case/