PHENIX CITY, Ala. (WRBL) — The man accused of raping and murdering a five-year-old Columbus girl is now the subject of another cold-case murder investigation on the other side of the country.
Authorities in North Pole, Alaska, more than 4,200 miles from Russell County, confirmed to News 3 they have reopened the investigation into the 2005 death of Naudia Treniece Williams, Jeremy Williams’ one-month-old daughter.
When Williams was arrested last month for the murder Kamarie Holland, Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor alluded to another murder investigation in Alaska.
North Pole Police Chief Steve Dutra confirmed to News 3 Thursday the 2005 murder investigation of Williams’ infant daughter has reopened.
The chief tells News 3 that Williams is the primary suspect. He also says the reopened Alaska investigation started after Williams’ Dec. 13, 2021 arrest in Alabama.
Williams is facing the death penalty in Russell County if convicted of Holland’s murder. The little girl was reported missing on Dec. 13, 2021 by her mother, Kristy Siple. Holland was found dead later that day in a vacant Phenix City home where Williams once lived.
Kristy Siple has been charged with her daughter’s murder and human trafficking. In addition to the original capital murder charge, Taylor said last week additional capital charges for rape, sodomy, and kidnapping would be added. Williams will also be charged with the production of child pornography, Taylor said.
In the Alaska case, Williams and the baby’s mother were living in North Pole, where she was active duty Air Force.
The death was originally investigated by the Air Force as well as the North Pole Police Department. The infant died of blunt force trauma.
Here is what Sheriff Taylor said about that at a Dec. 14, 2021 news conference announcing Williams’ arrest in the Holland case:
“We have information where he was a suspect in a one-year-old death in Alaska where he was a suspect but never charged because of not able to get enough evidence in that case.”
Since that news conference, Russell County Circuit Court Judge David Johnson has issued a gag order on law enforcement, attorneys, and possible witnesses in the Holland case.
On Thursday both Taylor and Russell County Chief Assistant District Attorney Rick Chancey declined to comment on the developments in North Pole. Both cited Johnson’s gag order.
(Five-year-old Kamarie Holland)