Search focuses on Olene Brooks

Published 11:47 am Thursday, January 28, 2016

AMELIA — Abduction and kidnapping suspect Dana L. William died after being located by the U.S. Marshals Service in Massachusetts Wednesday morning.

According to a press release from the Amelia County Sheriff’s Office, when the Marshals, Massachusetts State Police and the Fitchburg Police Department attempted to arrest William — who was armed — he suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound, from which he later died.

William, 43, wanted in connection with the Jan. 21 abduction and kidnapping of 67-year-old Olene Brooks, of Amelia. Her husband, Woodell, was found dead near the home after Olene was allegedly taken hostage.

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“The investigation is focused on locating … Brooks,” the press release stated.

The Amelia Emergency Squad and the Amelia Emergency Squad Auxiliary have offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to the location of Brooks, and the U.S. Marshals Service has offered an additional $2,500 for information on her location.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Brooks should call the Amelia Sheriff’s Office at (804) 561-2118.