Forrest Williams

On March 10, 2023, the Anne Arundel County Police Department announced that Forrest Clyde Williams III is the lead suspect in the October 16, 1970 murder of 16-year-old Pamela Lynn Conyers in Millersville, Maryland. The case has been cleared by exception due to the death of Williams.

Conyers, a Glen Burnie High School student, disappeared after running an errand at the Harundale Mall. She left around 8:30 pm, and her parents reported her missing when she did not return home. Her car was found three days later near Mountain Road and Route 100. The next day her body was finally located in a nearby wooded area. The autopsy determined that she had died by strangulation.

The FGG investigation was conducted by Parabon Nanolabs in partnership with the Anne Arundel County Police Department and the FBI’s Baltimore Field Office.

Williams passed away from natural causes in 2018. He had a criminal record for only minor offences, such as being drunk and disorderly. Investigators have stated that there is no connection between this case and the similar 1969 murder of Sister Cathy Cesnik (the subject of the Netflix true crime documentary “The Keepers”), as has been speculated.

Investigators are asking the public to come forward with any information they may have about the events surrounding Conyer’s murder. They have not ruled out the possibility of other individuals being involved.


Fox 5 Digital Team. “Anne Arundel County, FBI Identify Suspect in 1970 Cold Case Murder of 16-Year-Old.” Fox 5 News DC, March 10, 2023. Accessed March 10, 2023.

Parker, Luke. “Suspect Identified by DNA in 1970 Cold Case Death of Pamela Conyers, Strangled Glen Burnie High School Student.” Baltimore Sun, March 10, 2023. Accessed March 10, 2023.

Reilly, Liam, and Christina Maxouris. “More than Half a Century After a Teen Girl was Strangled to Death, Authorities Identified the Murder Suspect. But the Case is Not Closed.” CNN, March 10, 2023. Accessed March 10, 2023.

Skene, Lea. “Killing of Maryland High Schooler Solved 52 Years Later.” Washington Post, March 10, 2023. Accessed March 10, 2023.


First Name Forrest
Last Name Williams
Other Names
Victims 1 (Details)
IGG Started nd
Case Cleared 2023-03-10
IGG Org Parabon


Case ID Name Age Case Opened Location Investigating Org Most Serious Charge Disposition Court
1871 Pamela Conyers 16 1970-10-16 Millersville, MD Anne Arundel PD; FBI Second degree murder Case was cleared by exception due to death of perpetrator n/a

Last updated: February 9, 2024

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Case data and narrative licensed under CC BY 4.0: Dowdeswell, Tracey (2023), “Forensic Genetic Genealogy Project v. 2022”, Mendeley Data, V1, doi: 10.17632/jcycgvhm96.1. All other content, including photos, have been added.