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« Reply #80 on: January 21, 2008, 04:47:30 PM »

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/miami_dade/story/387404.html

MISSING STUDENT
Missing woman's mom clings to hope
The mother of a missing woman is not giving up hope that her daughter is still alive, despite evidence to the contrary.

Posted on Mon, Jan. 21, 2008

BY ROBERTO SANTIAGO
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Stepha Henry was last seen May 29 at Pepper's Cafe in Sunrise.Although the alleged killer of Stepha Henry was arrested and charged with murder in New York City last week, the victim's mother, Sylvia Henry, won't believe her daughter is dead until a body is recovered.

''I know they have someone in custody, but until they find my daughter I am not giving up. I believe in the Lord and will continue praying until they locate my daughter, Stepha,'' Henry said on Sunday afternoon while being interviewed on the Andre Eggelletion radio show, WFTL-AM (850), from her home in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Henry said she was pleased with the work the Miami-Dade and New York City police departments were doing. And she is convinced that Kendrick Williams, 32, is responsible for her 22-year-old daughter's disappearance.

Last Tuesday, Miami-Dade detectives and the New York Police Department Intelligence Division Fugitive Task Force arrested Williams as he slept in a car at Brooklyn's Canarsie Pier.

Williams was charged with second-degree murder and tampering with evidence. Police did not explain the latter charge.

Police believe Williams killed Henry on May 29, 2007, after picking her up from her aunt's North Miami-Dade apartment in his black Acura Integra and taking her to a nightclub.

A videotape taken at Peppers Cafe in Sunrise shows Williams and Henry at the club.

Police said the Acura Integra, which was recovered in September in South Florida, contained a substantial amount of the victim's blood. ''No one could survive with that loss of blood,'' Miami-Dade Assistant Police Director Jim Loftus said last week during a news conference.

The victim's mother said Sunday that she could not discuss the blood evidence, noting that police are still investigating, but she stressed -- as she has since her daughter's disappearance -- that she hopes that her daughter is still alive.

Previously, police have said that the suspect and the victim had been acquaintances. During the radio interview Sunday, Sylvia Henry agreed that Williams was no stranger to her daughter and that the two knew each other through mutual friends.

Henry was disappointed when she came to Florida last spring shortly after her daughter's disappearance and saw little media coverage about the crime.

When Henry returned to New York and told officials at John Jay College -- where her daughter had just graduated with honors -- about the lack of media coverage, the college stepped in. She credits John Jay for having contacted every print and television media outlet in sight, which helped spur national media interest in the case.

''The media did a good job,'' said Henry, who says she gets lots of calls from the media for updates. ``They [even] camped out around my house to get the story.''

Henry urged listeners to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477 if they have any information, no matter how minor, about her daughter.

 

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« Reply #81 on: February 03, 2008, 12:34:30 PM »

Police Charge Man With Murder Of Stepha Henry
Stepha Henry's Body Has Not Been Found

Jan 15, 2008 11:16 pm US/Eastern
 MIAMI (CBS4) ―  Detectives arrested Kendrick Williams,32, in Brooklyn, New York and have charged him with the murder of Stepha Henry.

Henry, a grad student at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, was visiting South Florida, spending time with relatives and taking advantage of the activities surrounding Hip-Hop weekend in May of 2007, which is Memorial Day weekend.

At a news conference Tuesday afternoon Jim Loftus, Assistant Director of Investigative Services at the Miami Dade Police Department, explained that on Monday, May 28th, Henry went to a bar-b-que in Miramar at a friend's house where she met up with Williams.  Loftus said the two made plans to go to Peppers Café Nightclub, 3828 N. University Drive, in Sunrise the following night.  During their night out, she was seen inside the club, but she dropped out of sight afterward.

Police said Williams and Henry arrived at the nightclub in a dark colored Acura Integra. Initially, Williams told investigators he had left the club early and that Henry had decided to stay there and she was never seen again.

Investigators say they have enough evidence to try Williams, even though Henry's body was never found. Eight months later, her mother Sylvia is still mourning.

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« Reply #82 on: February 16, 2008, 09:23:07 AM »

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/broward/story/420134.html

STEPHA HENRY SLAYING
Murder suspect fighting extradition to S. Florida
Kendrick Williams, accused of murdering aspiring attorney Stepha Henry, will appear before a judge Friday in New York.

BY TRENTON DANIEL
tdaniel@MiamiHerald.com

A drifter accused of killing an aspiring attorney visiting family in South Florida is scheduled to go before a New York judge Friday to fight his extradition to Miami-Dade.

Kendrick Williams, 32, was arrested Jan. 15 in Brooklyn and charged with the second-degree murder of Stepha Henry, a Trinidad and Tobago native who disappeared last Memorial Day weekend after going to a club in Sunrise with Williams.

Her disappearance drew national attention. Friends and relatives contended that 22-year-old Henry, a 2006 honors graduate from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, was not a runaway but a crime victim.

Miami-Dade Assistant State Attorney Abbe Rifkin said she was confident Williams would eventually be brought here to face charges.

Defense attorney, Lawrence Siry, could not be reached for comment on Thursday.

MEMORIAL DAY

Henry came to South Florida with her sister, Shola, then 16, for the Memorial Day weekend and to celebrate Shola's birthday. They stayed with an aunt in Miami Gardens. The young women spent the first days of their vacation getting pedicures and going to a reggae concert.

At a barbecue on May 28, Henry chatted with Williams, described by relatives and police as an acquaintance but not a boyfriend. They made plans to go to the Sunrise nightclub Peppers Café later that night.

At 1 a.m. on May 29, Williams picked up Henry in an Acura Integra. Investigators said he bought the car in New York and drove it to Florida. The pair left Henry's aunt's house for the nightclub.

Henry and Williams were seen together in a video recorded inside the club, police said. Williams, whom police had interviewed after Henry's disappearance, told investigators he left the club at some point and that Henry decided to stay.

Investigators released few details in the case for months. As the case grew colder, Henry's friends and family were critical of the media for letting her disappearance slip from the spotlight.

Last September, the same month Henry would have turned 23, police found the Acura Integra in South Florida. Inside, forensic tests revealed a large amount of Henry's blood. Police said the volume of evidence pointed to a homicide.

Williams was arrested early on the morning of Jan. 15 when members of the New York Police Department fugitive division and Miami-Dade detectives knocked on the window of a Nissan Maxima he was sleeping in at a Brooklyn, N.Y., pier.

BODY NOT FOUND

Police have not found Henry's body and are not sure she was killed, but Miami-Dade police took the lead on the investigation because it originated as a missing-persons case in Miami Gardens.

Prosecutors have said they will be able to litigate the case without finding her.

Williams, a native of the Virgin Islands, had fled to New York after Henry's death, police said.

Henry's mother Sylvia, has said she won't believe her daughter is dead until the body turns up.

Miami Herald staff writer Susannah A. Nesmith contributed to this report.


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« Reply #83 on: February 21, 2008, 05:48:15 PM »

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale)
 
February 21, 2008 Thursday 
 
 
Extradition in disappearance of Stepha Henry not yet filed: Governor's Office to review Stepha Henry suspect's case  

Feb. 21--MIAMI -- More than five weeks after police made an arrest in the disappearance of Stepha Henry, the man charged with murdering the South Florida visitor remains jailed in New York because a request for his extradition has not yet been filed with the Florida Governor's Office.

Prosecutor Abbe Rifkin said the delay in bringing Kendrick Williams back to Miami-Dade County to stand trial is "not unreasonable."

But, she added, efforts to gain custody of Williams, 32, have been slowed because the case against the suspect is sealed and the only judge who could unseal it was out of town for part of the last month.

In New York, Sylvia Henry, Stepha Henry's mother, on Wednesday said, "My goal is to find my daughter and get information about her. They have arrested someone, and I know the case is making progress.

"I'd like to see this [move forward] as soon as possible. But I know there are legal proceedings and we have to wait."

Prosecutors asked Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Stanford Blake to seal the case against Williams so details of the investigation would be kept secret, since the suspect was not in local custody, Rifkin said.

Only Blake could then unseal the case file, which he did Tuesday, so that it could be copied and forwarded with an extradition request to Gov. Crist's office in Tallahassee. Blake was gone much of January because of a teaching assignment.

If a review by the governor's staff determines the case is legally sufficient, the request then will be forwarded to the governor of New York, Eliot Spitzer, for another review. From there a warrant for Williams' removal to Florida could be issued.

Williams, who is fighting extradition, was arrested Jan. 15 in Brooklyn and charged with second-degree murder in the disappearance of Henry, 22, last seen on Memorial Day at a Sunrise nightclub. Williams and Henry were acquainted, met up at a barbecue May 28, and he took her to the club.

Henry's body has never been found, but police said they are sure she is dead because of the blood evidence found in Williams' car.

Williams, who told police he left Henry at Peppers Cafe, is next due in court March 13 for a rescheduled extradition hearing. His attorney, Manhattan Legal Aid Society lawyer Lawrence Siry, could not be reached for comment.

Meanwhile, Sylvia Henry said that she holds out hope that her daughter will be found alive. "I am still hoping because she is my daughter," she said. "God is in charge of the whole thing."
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« Reply #84 on: April 06, 2008, 10:39:29 AM »

Posted on Sat, Apr. 05, 2008
Suspect in Sunrise slaying arraigned in New York
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/broward/story/484041.html

The East Coast drifter accused of killing an honors college graduate, was arraigned in a New York court Friday, said a spokeswoman for the Manhattan District Attorney's Office.

Kendrick Lincoln Williams, charged with the second-degree murder of Stepha Henry, refused to be extradited, a spokeswoman from the District Attorney's Office said.

Williams was arrested in New York in connection with the slaying of Henry, 22, who disappeared last Memorial Day weekend after she went to a club in Sunrise with Williams.

Her disappearance drew national attention. Friends and relatives contended that Henry, a 2006 honors graduate from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, was not a runaway but a crime victim.

Williams, a native of the Virgin Islands, is scheduled to go before a New York judge on April 25.

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« Reply #85 on: May 18, 2008, 10:54:47 AM »

http://www.nbc6.net/news/16308825/detail.html

Suspect In Stepha Henry Case Extradited To S. Fla.

POSTED: 10:37 pm EDT May 16, 2008
UPDATED: 11:37 pm EDT May 16, 2008


Authorities in New York extradited the suspect in the disappearance and slaying of Stepha Henry to South Florida on Friday.

Kendrick Williams, who is accused of murdering the South Florida tourist, tried to fight extradition in New York. He was brought to a county jail in northwest Miami-Dade County Friday night.

The 32-year-old was arrested on Jan. 15 in Brooklyn and charged with second-degree murder.
 

Henry was a college graduate who met Williams while she was vacationing in South Florida in May 2007, police said.

Her disappearance drew national attention. Family and friends said she was a 2006 honors graduate of John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York.

Last Memorial Day, Henry and Williams were seen together in a video recorded inside Pepper's Café, a Sunrise nightclub. It was the last place Henry was seen alive, police said.

Henry's mother and loved ones rallied together week after week, passing out fliers in hopes of finding Henry alive.

In September, authorities said they found the vehicle in which Henry and Williams left the club. Police said they found a large amount of Henry's blood inside the car.

Four months after recovering the car, authorities apprehended Williams in New York and charged him with Henry's slaying.

Police have not found Henry's body, but they said they will be able to litigate the case without it.

Henry's mother, who lives in New York, said she wasn't aware that Williams was back in South Florida. She said she was happy to hear that the proceedings are moving along, and she said she will be in South Florida when the trial takes place.
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« Reply #86 on: May 18, 2008, 11:07:07 AM »

Thanks for the update sharon hope they take him DOWN!
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« Reply #87 on: May 18, 2008, 03:41:00 PM »

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« Reply #88 on: May 20, 2008, 07:54:52 AM »

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/broward/story/539559.html

STEPHA HENRY CASE
Suspect in Stepha Henry's slaying moved to S. Florida
A year after a Brooklyn woman disappeared in South Florida, the man charged in her murder is behind bars in Miami awaiting trial.
Posted on Tue, May. 20, 2008

BY JENNIFER MOONEY PIEDRA
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The man accused of killing Stepha Henry is in a Miami-Dade jail, following his long-anticipated extradition from New York.

Kendrick Williams, 33, was arrested in January in New York and charged with second-degree murder in the slaying of Henry, a 22-year-old college graduate who disappeared nearly a year ago while visiting relatives in South Florida.

Though Henry's body has never been found, police have said they have enough evidence tying Williams to the crime.

Williams was one of the last people Henry was seen alive with on May 29. A few months later, police found her blood inside his black Acura Integra.

Still, Steve and Sylvia Henry continue to hope that their daughter will be found alive.

''We don't want to think that the worst happened to her,'' Steve Henry said Monday.

The couple plan on traveling to Miami for Williams' trial. His first court appearance is scheduled for June 6.

Williams was extradited from New York on Friday. It's unclear why his extradition took so long, but Williams had fought it following his arrest.

It has been almost a year to the day since Henry and her younger sister, Shola, traveled to South Florida to celebrate Shola's 16th birthday with relatives.

They spent the long weekend shopping, pampering themselves and attending a reggae concert at Bayfront Park in Miami.

At a barbecue in Miami Gardens, Henry met Williams.

AUNT'S APARTMENT

At 1 a.m. May 29 -- the day Henry was supposed to return home to Brooklyn, N.Y. -- Williams picked up Henry at her aunt's apartment in North Miami-Dade.

The two went to Pepper's Cafe in Sunrise, where Henry was seen on videotape by a promotional crew filming in the nightclub.

Henry, a graduate of John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan, was never seen again.

SEVERAL LEADS

Police from Miami-Dade and Sunrise immediately got on the case and followed several leads.

They interviewed Williams, who told them he left the club without Henry.

As the investigation continued, Henry's family made it their mission to find Stepha.

Her mother moved to South Florida and worked round-the-clock, making pleas on TV and radio, hosting prayer vigils and distributing fliers on street corners.

DAD `FRUSTRATED'

Steve Henry said he is relieved that Williams is behind bars, but he still wants to know what happened to his daughter.

''I'm frustrated,'' he said. ``It's been almost a year and nothing has come out of this. I just really want this to be over with.''

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« Reply #89 on: September 12, 2009, 11:56:48 PM »

The lack of updates in this case frustrates me.  The last I can see is articles in May 2008 saying that Kendrick Williams was denied bond. 

May 20, 2008 7:59 am US/Eastern Accused Murderer Of Stepha Henry Held Without Bond
Stepha Henry's Body Has Not Been FoundMIAMI (CBS4) ―  Click to enlarge1 of 2
Kendrick Williams has been charged in the murder of Stepha Henry.

The man accused of killing 22-year old Stepha Henry is being held in a Miami Dade County jail without bond.

32-year old Kendrick Williams was arrested in Brooklyn, New York on January 15th and charged with 2nd degree murder in Henry's death. His first appearance in a Miami court will be June 6. Henry, a grad student at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, was visiting South Florida and spending time with relatives in May of 2007 when she vanished after visiting a club in Sunrise.

Miami Dade police investigators say Henry met Williams at a bar-b-que at a mutual friend's house in Miramar on May 28th. At the backyard party, the two reportedly made plans to go to Peppers Café Nightclub, 3828 N. University Drive, in Sunrise the following night. During their night out, she was seen inside the club, but she dropped out of sight afterward. Initially, Williams told investigators he had left the club early and that Henry had decided to stay there and she was never seen again.

Several months after Henry's disappearance, police located and impounded the Acura Integra driven by Williams on the night of Henry's disappearance.

Forensic analysis revealed substantial evidence, including Henry's blood, inside the car. No other details of that evidence have been released. Police have also not said where they believe Henry was killed; her body has not been found.


http://cbs4.com/local/Stepha.Henry.Murder.2.728160.html

June 6th it says.  June 6th of when?  No updates after that at all, like the case just fell off the faceof the earth.  Did she get justice?  Are we still working towards it?  I just want to know.
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« Reply #90 on: September 13, 2009, 09:26:57 PM »

Miami-Dade County
Corrections - Inmate Profile System 
 
In Custody Inmate Data 

Name: WILLIAMS, KENDRICK 
Sex: M Race: B Eye:  BRO Weight: 140 Lbs
DOB: 05/04/1975  Hair: BLK Height:  5'  11"
Booking Information
Jail Number: 080043861  IDS: 2146187 Loc: TGKCC 
Date Booked: 05/16/2008  Time Booked: 21:22 
Case(s) Information
Warrant Case: F07044741  Desc: ARREST WARRANT  Bond: NO BOND **
 Charge: MURDER 2ND DEGREE   
 Charge: TAMPER WITH PHYSICAL EVIDENCE 
http://egvsys.metro-dade.com:1608/wwwserv/crts/IPSAWISP.DIA?ALPHA=10257150&GAMMA=18&NAME=WILLIAMS,%20KENDRICK%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20&IMTLOC=TGKCC
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« Reply #92 on: September 13, 2009, 09:45:46 PM »

Thank you Nut,  I just hate how some of these cases just take so long.
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« Reply #93 on: November 25, 2012, 10:46:28 AM »

Nancy Grace Mysteries on HLN covered this last night 11pm (it says first aired 11/23/2012) replaying today (Sunday at 2pm eastern time)

It said the trial will begin Jan 7th 2013.



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« Reply #95 on: December 04, 2012, 11:51:23 AM »

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1211/23/ng.01.html
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Nancy Grace Mysteries, Stepha Henry

Aired November 23, 2012 - 20:00   ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.


(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What a precious, precious, beautiful black angel she was, and her commitment to her community, to her college commitment.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You know, she was a good girl going to school. I don`t know.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Stepha Henry has not been seen or heard from since that time, prompting a missing persons investigation.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The New York native was visiting relatives in south Florida with her little sister. She was last seen leaving Pepper`s Cafe on Sunrise.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Anyone (INAUDIBLE) that hear or know something that happened in the club on that night, any little thing. It may not be looking important to them, but it is important to the investigation.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: What happened to Stepha?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There are pockets of wild areas, and those are areas that if someone were to get into the middle of, no one might find anything in there for months.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

NANCY GRACE, HOST: I recall when I first learned that 22-year-old Stepha Henry had gone missing, and what disturbed me immediately is that the stories we were told did not jive. And when that happens, it bodes ill.

And Stepha was a brilliant young girl, and as I said, was 22, had just graduated from John Jay college in New York and had traveled down to the Miami area to be with her sister for her sister`s birthday.

It was kind of a celebration. It was a holiday, and she had a Monday off. She was going to use that to be with her sister. She was excited because she had just gotten out of school. She was planning to go forward to law school and had such a bright future ahead of her.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It`s very hard knowing that Stepha is not around. Getting up, that`s the first thing I do is think about her.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Stepha Henry, a beautiful 22-year-old recent graduate of college, graduating with honors -- she wanted to go on to law school. She wanted to either be an immigration lawyer or perhaps a criminal lawyer -- really a bright young girl, had her entire life ahead of her. And then she disappears.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: She is very responsible. She`s honest. She has her goals set in mind. She has everything in order. She doesn`t think the way that you would expect a young lady to do it. She has fun, and she also do her school work and she works diligently at the president`s internal affairs in John Jay College.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

ELLIE JOSTAD, NANCY GRACE PRODUCER: Stepha Henry went down to Miami for Memorial Day weekend. It was her younger 16-year-old sister`s birthday, and they planned to go down to Miami, which Stepha did, you know, almost every year would go down there to spend the Memorial Day weekend with friends and family that lived there.

So she took her sister this time. They were going to do a bunch of just sort of girl stuff. They were going to get manicures. They were going to go shopping. They went to a couple of concerts together. And they also spent a lot of time with Stepha`s best friend, who lived down in the Miami area.

Now, Stepha had just graduated from John Jay College. He`d majored in criminal justice. And she was studying for the LSAT. She planned to take the entrance exam for law school, pursue a career as either a criminal attorney or perhaps an immigration lawyer. So that`s what was ahead of her when she went down to Miami for what she thought was going to be a fun weekend with her younger sister.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: At a homemade shrine on a dining room table.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I look to the mountains, where will my help come from. My help will come from the Lord.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Sylvia and Steve Henry are praying police will find their daughter alive. Twenty-two-year-old Stepha is still missing after vanishing nearly three weeks ago.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I think she`s being held against her will. That`s what I think it is.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Why do you think that, Mr. Henry?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Because Stepha would never go off on her own like that. Never.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

JEAN CASAREZ, "IN SESSION": Stepha Henry was in Florida because her sister had just turned 16, and it was a celebration time. And Stepha normally had gone to Florida during Memorial Day weekend time, but this time it was extra special because she and her sister went together, celebrating her sister`s birthday. And they were involved in Memorial Day activities, barbecues and just fun times with her family members that lived down there shortly before she disappeared.

JOSTAD: Well, Stepha went down there to see her best friend, who had been her friend since high school. They`d stayed in contact even though the friend moved down to Miami. All through college, Stepha stayed in touch with her friend, Tamara. In fact, you know, they got to know each other`s families.

And one of those people that Stepha met through her friend was the friend`s brother-in-law, Kendrick Williams, who later played a big role in the investigation into her disappearance. But Stepha was down there just to have some fun with her sister and to visit some family and friends that were down there in Miami.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The honors grad from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, who worked as an alum in the president`s office, was in Florida with her teenage sister for a Memorial Day weekend. Police say Henry left her aunt`s apartment very late at night, told her she was going to a nightclub. Her aunt saw her niece get into a car with a family acquaintance, and that`s the last time she saw her.

CASAREZ: May 29th was a day that should have had a lot of joy and fun for Stepha Henry, but it was the last full day that people spoke with her and even saw her alive.

She started out the day going to a barbecue, and this was a barbecue of a very close friend of hers who had moved down to Florida. And this very close friend had a sister who was hosting the barbecue. Now, the sister happened to be a newlywed. She was married. She was married to a man by the name of Kendrick Williams. But the day turned out just very simply and joyously as a Memorial Day barbecue.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Stepha Henry did go to a nightclub`s private party. Luckily, the owners were shooting a promotional video and here`s Henry in a freeze-frame released by police. But what about the friend who took her there?


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He said that he left the club early, that when she left the club, she was still there and with some people that she did not know.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

GRACE: To this day, she`s never been found alive or dead. But this is what we know about the night she goes missing. She was down in Florida, as I mentioned, to see her sister. She was saying with an aunt. And when the aunt got up that morning, she realized Stepha had not come home.

She did the right thing. She immediately called police. She called police, and she called Stepha`s parents, who immediately hopped on a plane and came straight to Florida to start looking for their daughter and publicizing her disappearance.

And it was in those hours the night before began to unravel. You know, I used to tell juries nothing good happens after midnight, OK? And I still stick by those words. Stepha had gone to a party, was supposed to go to a party, a get-together of friends. She left the party, according to several witnesses, with 37-year-old married man Kendrick Williams.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Police say he also told them he drove Henry to the club that night in a borrowed late model Acura Integra.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

GRACE: Now, he tells his wife he went to the party, a party, but he didn`t like the vibe -- those are his words, not mine -- the vibe at the party, so he left and went to a strip club.

Now, let`s just analyze that. You don`t like the bad vibe at a party, so you go to some sleazy strip club? All right, right there, I`ve got a problem with his story. But that`s what he says happens.

Here`s the kicker to Kendrick Williams`s story. He`s photoed in a promotional shot outside a bar later that evening with Stepha Henry, OK? He says that`s not true. But there`s photographic evidence.

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GRACE: Now, police wisely tried to obtain video surveillance. Our reports are that they did not get video surveillance at the bar. But we do have that promotional shot for the bar taken outside the bar, at the bar that night after they`ve been at the party earlier, and here they are at the bar. So we know this married man was with her and that he lied to his wife about it.

What else do we know? We know that he had a business of sorts where he would buy vehicles, cars, in the New York area, then bring them to Florida to fix them up, soup them up, clean them up and resell them at a profit.

We know that at some point, the car he was driving ends up with, when it was processed, Stepha`s blood in it. And according to our reports, the blood was of such an amount that police are convinced that 22-year-old Stepha is dead.

He`s never cracked. He`s never changed his story. But we`ve got her blood in his car. We`ve got a promo shot of him with her in front of this bar in the Miami area the night she goes missing. But where is Stepha?

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Police suspect Henry last used her phone to check her voicemail around the time the club closed.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Stepha, we love you and everyone else loves you, and we would love to see you home.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Henry was planning on law school next year and loves legal mysteries.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Will protect you as you come and go now and forever, amen.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

JOSTAD: Law enforcement was very much centered on this car, this dark-colored Acura that Stepha was seen getting into with a man that night, going to the nightclub.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: She is well! God bless you and be blessed in the Lord!

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They prayed for Stepha Henry today and they comforted her family, and they tried, even as her trail grows cold and the danger signs abound -- they tried to keep hope in their hearts.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I love you very much and I want you to come home. Your father and I and your sister and all the family are very worried. Please come home to us.

(END VIDEO CLIP)CASAREZ: Stepha Henry`s mother just wouldn`t stop, and she said that she was going to stay in Florida until her daughter was found. She went to a car dealership where there was a radio remote to spread the word to anybody who would listen that her daughter was a young woman who had just graduated from college, had her entire life before her and was suddenly gone from the face of the earth.

The person who was a person of interest in this case couldn`t be found. Police wanted to question Kendrick Williams to ask him what he knew because he was the husband of a very good girlfriend of Stepha Henry.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Nobody who knows her thinks she would just walk away from a life that seemed so filled with promise.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: She is one who you can always depend on. She was always trustworthy and dependable. You know, she would take charge of the other (ph).

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: She`s like my mom to me. We do everything together. She helps me with my homework, social life, academic life, everything, cooks for me when I`m hungry, everything.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

GRACE: There was an extensive search for Stepha Henry. In fact, her mother went -- when the mom came down she left her job at a bank and had spent five straight months in Florida looking. She finally had to take leave from her job so she could do media interviews, radio interviews, handing out flyers -- the whole family, not just the mom.

Waterways were searched. Wooded areas were searched. Ravines were searched. Volunteers searched. It went on and on and on.

It was really about a year, maybe over a year before his car, an Acura, was finally found. And interesting, when Kendrick Williams`s Acura was finally found, another woman had just bought it -- not from him. I don`t know how many hands the car had gone through by the time she bought it, but over a year after Stepha goes missing, police finally track down the car.

Probably one of the reasons they didn`t find it is because it wasn`t abandoned in the airport parking lot, begging somebody to steal it. It wasn`t burned up. It wasn`t left on the side of a road or in a wooded area or down a gulch. It had actually gone through several hands, and a woman thought she had rightfully bought the car. So now here it is parked probably in somebody`s driveway. Police wouldn`t think to look there, but they did, in fact, find the car.

And miraculously, it still had Stepha`s blood in it. Of course, that will be a nightmare at trial to show the chain of custody in the car. But the reality is Stepha Henry`s blood was still in Kendrick Williams`s Acura over a year later.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)


(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What a precious, precious, beautiful black angel she was.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: And then the phone rings. I`m thinking -- every time the door opens, I think it`s someone coming to say they (INAUDIBLE)

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: With her school, education, even her job, she`s very persistent. She would never give up faith. She would never give up hope.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: If she goes to that club at night, by the time when she`s -- any time she`s ready to come home, she would usually call me when she`s in New York. She would call me and let me know, I`m leaving now. I`m coming (INAUDIBLE)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Even sometimes, if she was knocked down, she would just raise back right up.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: She never disappears. She always keeps in touch with us when she`s outside. She always calls. She loves to pick up her cell phone and call me and let me know if she has a problem.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

GRACE: When police first find the car -- and you can find it by the VIN, the VIN number. Every car has one. To the naked eye, to the casual *******, you couldn`t see the blood. The car, in fact, looked like it had been through a professional clean-up job.

But police didn`t stop there. They ripped up underneath the floorboard. They pulled off the seat covers. And there was such a profuse amount of blood that was invisible to the naked eye, but once you put down the floorboard and the carpet, you don`t see what`s under the carpet.

You don`t see what has drenched and trickled and dripped through the carpet, the floorboard carpet of that Acura. You don`t see the blood that has soaked back behind the seat cover. Sure, you can sanitize the seat cover and you can wash the carpet, but you can`t see the blood that has dripped and pooled underneath the carpet and behind the seat cover.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: This investigation now involves dozens of officers from Miami-Dade County and areas north, detectives from the aviation and homicide units canvassing a several-hundred-square-mile slice south of Florida.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: This is any parent`s nightmare.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Stepha`s family, once they got word that she was missing, immediately came down to Florida and searched for her. They put posters up, got the word out, did interviews with the media, speaking to anyone to keep the story alive, to keep the search alive for their daughter, Stepha.

As a matter of fact, her mom was there for five months, took a leave of absence from her job at a bank just to search in some hopes of trying to find Stepha.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We have a tremendous amount of water in southern Florida, so we`re checking the canals, the lakes and those sorts of things.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: If she`s out there (INAUDIBLE) if she`s shopping, she would call and say, Mom, I`ll be coming home now because she know I`m a very worried -- I`m very worried.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

GRACE: In fact, the police were so meticulous, they have reason to believe that 22-year-old Stepha Henry was stabbed in the upper torso because the blood trail starts in the upper third of the passenger car seat in that Acura, in Kendrick Williams`s Acura. So she apparently is stabbed either in the front or the back or somewhere in her upper torso up to the top of her head, and is sitting back, and the blood starts flowing behind the car seat and down.

So they believe with good reason the girl was stabbed in the upper torso and there was a massive amount of blood, Stepha`s blood, that then pooled, soaking through the carpet on the floorboard and pooling beneath the carpet.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: A male friend picked Stepha up from her aunt`s house around 1:00 o`clock on May 29th and drove here to this club in Ft. Lauderdale. Once here, that friend told investigators, they went their separate ways.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: So I`m just hoping for the best outcome.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: On today`s date at approximately 8:00 AM, the subject was located sleeping in a vehicle in the parking lot of Canarsie Pier in the Jamaican Bay section of Brooklyn. He was taken into custody without incident.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Pepper`s was closed tonight, but Stepha`s missing poster is hung at other stores in the plaza. Salvatore Pessani (ph) manages a club there and met Stepha`s dad.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I feel for the man. You know, he`s out doing what he can. He`s out -- he`s beating the streets, you know, putting flyers up everywhere.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Please, if you could even talk wherever you are, tell someone to call your mother or call someone and we come get you.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

GRACE: Very often, a person of interest or a suspect will lie. Now, often, these lies are not directly associated to the crime itself. However, when someone begins lying to police about seemingly innocuous issues, such as what kind of car did you drive, what`s your cell phone number, if you`re lying about something that innocent, either, A, it`s not innocent, or B, you`ll lie about anything.

And that is exactly what 37-year-old Kendrick Williams did. He started off by denying he even drove an Acura. When his wife said, Yes, that`s his car, and another witness, a friend of his, said, Oh, yes, I was with him when he bought the Acura -- all right, busted!

He also denied even knowing or being acquainted with 22-year-old Stepha Henry. He denied he even knew her, but his cell phone records showed multiple cell phone calls to her.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: During an interview, he denied any involvement in Stepha`s disappearance, As well as owning or driving an Acura Integra. The investigation continued now with the homicide bureau at the time as the lead.

Since that time, the Acura Integra involved in this case has been recovered and determined that it had been purchased by Mr. Williams prior to arriving in south Florida.

Forensic analysis of the vehicle revealed substantial evidence that has conclusively been linked to Stepha Henry. An arrest warrant was obtained charging Mr. Williams with second degree murder and tampering with evidence.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We pleaded with you all to please send our daughter back home because we love her. And everyone else who is listening, please, you see anything, please call the police.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Well, we feel that this is a piece of the puzzle that we`d like to take a look at. We did speak with the acquaintance that took her to the club. He told us that he left her there and that she stayed late. We don`t know at what time she left. We don`t know who she left with.

GRACE: Have you spoken to the friends that she was with in the club?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We have spoken to several people at the club. We -- again, there were a lot of people. This was a promotional party. This isn`t a club that they were having a regular night where the regulars might be there. There were people there for this specific party.

So we`re asking people that did attend this party to please give us a call. They might have some information that may not seem important to them but would be important for our case.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

GRACE: He denies ever having spent time with her at all. But then there is the promotional video shot, the photo, the promotional video taken at the bar the night she goes missing, and they`re standing there together. Then he goes, Oh, yes, yes, yes, OK, I did meet her, but I never spent any time with her. I really didn`t get to know her. Everything he said to police, he lied about. And his lies were very easily detected.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Sir, a warrant was issued for your arrest for the charge of second degree murder and tampering with physical evidence. The bond amount established in the warrant issued by the judge is no bond, so you will be held no bond on these charges, sir. Do you understand?

(END VIDEO CLIP)

GRACE: Now, we all know that in many jurisdictions, judges, trial judges do not give jury instructions on flight. Flight is when a suspect or a person of interest takes off when police are pursuing them or after a crime.

In this case, Kendrick Williams was in the Miami area when he met Stepha and everything went wrong. He was ultimately found in New York, living in his car surrounded by blankets, clothing and body lotion. Yes, I don`t know what that means, but that`s how he was found. Prosecutors, if this ever goes to trial, would argue that this was flight.
Why would you leave your wife at home in Florida and go live in your car in the New York area surrounded by blankets, clothing and body lotion? I would argue that that was flight. Now, maybe the defense is going to argue he wanted to live in his car. I don`t think a jury`s going to believe that.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I just want to say to the public that if anyone was at the club on that night, that Pepper`s club on May 29th, 2007, and saw Stepha Henry and saw anything, any clue that would help the detective to close this case, please call Crimestoppers.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

GRACE: At this hour, as we go to air, Kendrick Williams is sitting behind bars, waiting for trial. Believe it or not, he`s never been tried.

But before you point the finger at the prosecution, they`re still hoping to find Stepha`s body. He`s currently charged with second degree murder and tampering with evidence, that likely being the clean-up of the car.

Why second degree, not first degree, malice murder? We really don`t know how Stepha Henry died. If we could find her body, maybe there could be a prosecution for murder one. Now, he absolutely has a right to a speedy trial under our Constitution.

JOSTAD: Stepha`s family does still hope that she`ll be found alive. They know about the blood in the car. They know that authorities have said they don`t think that Stepha could have survived whatever injuries caused that blood loss in the car. But they`ve said, It`s our daughter. They`re not going to give up hope. They would still love for her to be found alive somewhere, so they haven`t given up.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This began with a trip to the Miami area for a concert with her younger sister to celebrate her younger sister`s birthday. The family is from Brooklyn, New York. They traveled to Miami. They were staying with relatives. They went to the concert.

Stepha decides she`s going to go to a nightclub at night. She leaves the little sister with the relatives. She gets into the car with the acquaintance -- this is -- the acquaintance. This is the black Acura in question or dark-colored Acura in question.

She goes to the club. She`s photographed inside the club, which is closer to Ft. Lauderdale, and the person who drove her there went home early and never saw her again and no one else heard from her, either.
CASAREZ: Prosecutors intend to go forward in this case even though they have not found a body. They found the car and they found massive amounts of her blood. So that is the body in this case. They can prosecute without a body. They don`t need a body. And they`ve got the link because this was the car that not only picked up Stepha, the last time she was known to be alive, but this is the car that was owned by Kendrick Williams.

GRACE: Detective Williams, the photo that was taken of her at the club, Pepper`s, that night, why was that photo taken? What is that?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: That photo there is a photo from a promotional video that the club was doing. We obtained that video and were able to pull that photo from it to find her there at the club.

GRACE: You know, that was some good police work, Detective. Now, do we have any idea what time? Was it timestamped, that photo?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No, the time was not stamped on that photo. It was -- you know, contrary to popular belief there -- people are saying it was a surveillance video, but no, it is a promotional video and there was no timestamp on it.

GRACE: Did she meet friends there at Pepper`s?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The acquaintance or the person that took her to the club in that dark-colored Acura is telling us -- he`s telling us that he left her there at a certain time, but he left her there with other people that she knew, that he did not know.

GRACE: OK, so if she was meeting friends there, didn`t they see her leave?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Well, he -- like I said, he`s given us that account, and we`re still interviewing...

GRACE: Trying to locate friends.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Right. We`re still interviewing numerous people, patrons and also employees at that club.

JOSTAD: Kendrick Williams`s trial has been delayed several times throughout the years. It`s been almost four years. It`ll be almost four years from his arrest until he finally goes to trial in January of 2013. There`s been a number of delays, both requested by the state and by -- state and defense. But Kendrick Williams should face charges in the early part of 2013.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

GRACE: Ms. Henry, you have actually gone out on the street yourself trying to get leads and find your daughter. What have you been doing?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I have been going around, giving out flyers to people and talking to people who might have seen her on the night. Some said they saw her. Some said they don`t think so. And I`m just still there searching and looking around and trying to find out any information I get at all on my daughter.

GRACE: Ms. Henry, where all have you been?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I`ve been to different malls and -- the Miami malls. I went to the hotels and motels on Biscayne Boulevard. I`ve been to Pepper`s more than once. I was there when they had a party on Saturday night, giving out flyers in the park -- the parking lot.

I went to the (INAUDIBLE) parties that they have all of them in Miami here and give out flyers to the people who are going to the party, especially the young folks. And I`m giving it out in public and different -- Walgreen and different areas that I go to whenever I`m outside.

GRACE: Won`t you help us tonight? Here is a mother out beating the streets, handing out flyers, trying to find her girl. This is a good girl, an honor student, wanting to go to law school, her whole life ahead of her.

One night -- one night she goes to a concert at a local bar/restaurant there in Miami and is never seen again. The last clue that we have, around 4:00 AM that morning, 4:13 to be exact, someone, maybe her, checked her own voicemail on her cell phone.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Stepha Henry`s body has never been recovered, yet prosecutors are going forward with second degree murder charges here. And they`re going to rely upon the forensic evidence, specifically, the blood that was found inside that Acura.

Trial for Kendrick Williams is now set for January 7th, 2013. Kendrick Williams was arrested in January of 2008 and charged with the second degree murder of Stepha Henry. He`s currently incarcerated on no bond, waiting for his trial.

GRACE: There`s so much that we know that a jury will never know. Under our Constitution, a jury cannot know about a defendant`s previous criminal history unless it is introduced as, for instance, a similar transaction, to prove the case in chief.

But what we know is that Kendrick Williams -- Kendrick Williams had a very long history of domestic violence. Even when his wife had a restraining order, she says he would break into the home. She believed -- believes he slashed the tires of her sister`s vehicle, and we know that there are many allegations of violence on the mother of his children.

Now, does this prove he`s a murderer? No. But when you don`t know a horse, look at his track record.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I just, you know, laugh at something that she made (INAUDIBLE) simple things that she used to do on her way home after work, I still remember, and sometimes, it brings a smile to my face, other times a tear.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The New York native was visiting relatives in south Florida with her little sister. She was last seen leaving Pepper`s cafe in Sunrise.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: For anyone, again, that hear or know something that happened in the club on that night, any little thing, it may not be looking important to them, but it is important to the investigation.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: What happened to Stepha?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There are pockets of wild areas, and those are areas that if someone was to get in the middle of, no one might find anything in there for months.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Not what Henry`s frantic parents want to hear. They`ve been calling their daughter`s cell phone. All they hear is this.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: (INAUDIBLE) mailbox is full. Please call again later.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: She`s very strong-minded. She believes in what she says and what she wants to do. She stays focused on her goals and she work hard to achieve them. And she`s not someone that would be sidetracked easily. She tries to stay focused.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

CASAREZ: Stepha`s family says until the body is found, they will hold out hope that she is alive. Her mother is still dedicated to this case and trying to find her daughter and trying to ask anyone who knows anything about where her daughter could be.

But law enforcement has said that the amount of blood that they found in that car tells them that Stepha Henry was murdered at the hands of someone. They say it was Kendrick Williams.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: On June 5th, Mr. Williams was arrested on an unrelated traffic charge. During an interview, he denied any involvement in Stepha`s disappearance, as well as owning or driving an Acura Integra.



The investigation continued now with the homicide bureau at the time as the lead. Since that time, the Acura Integra involved in this has been recovered and determined it had been purchased by Mr. Williams prior to arriving in south Florida.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I heard about this on the -- that happened on the Monday night. She went to the club. And the Tuesday morning, I heard that she didn`t return yet around 10:00 AM.

And knowing that that was not Stepha, I was very concerned at that point, and I started calling her phone and I keep getting voicemail. I left several messages and she didn`t return my call. And then I knew something was wrong because, usually, she would return my call as soon as she get a voicemail from me, especially when she`s not in the house.

So then I realize that something went wrong when my sister called me and said she didn`t come home as yet, and then my younger daughter called again and she started crying and said that her sister didn`t come home. So they all knew and sensed that something was wrong.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Forensic analysis of the vehicle revealed substantial evidence that has conclusively been linked to Stepha Henry. An arrest warrant was obtained, charging Mr. Williams with second degree murder and tampering with evidence.

On today`s date at approximately 8:00 AM, the subject was located sleeping in a vehicle in the parking lot of Canarsie Pier in the Jamaican Bay section of Brooklyn. He was taken into custody without incident by members of New York City`s police department`s intelligence division.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It is just unbelievable, very, very hard for me to even think that something like this is happening to my daughter. We prayed a lot. We`re from a religious family, so we got together and do a lot of praying. And we have a lot of brothers and sisters in faith who joined us in prayer every night, whether they were there in person or on the phone or whether we prayed in different churches, a lot of support.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

GRACE: He`s perfectly content to wait for trial because every day he waits for trial is another day he`s innocent in the eyes of the law and has all the protections guaranteed by the Constitution. But one day, her body is going to be found. One day, we will know how Stepha Henry died.

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