Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

The Murder of Radio Legend Steven B. Williams

Mounting Evidence

  

Part of Clark's investigation centered on the ocean and its currents. The detective flew to Santa Catalina from Los Angeles in a helicopter and hovered over the remote ocean side of the island where the sea floor drops off to a staggering 2,000 feet.

Aerial view of Catalina Island.
Aerial view of Catalina Island.

If Williams had been in the water up to two weeks, the current would have pushed him around seven miles to the coast-facing side of the island, to an area where a whirlpool churned. Williams was likely caught in this whirlpool, where he happened to get ejected into the path of a passing boat.

"I got lucky," Clark said. "If he got spit out in the opposite direction, we never would have found him. He would have been heading toward Honolulu."

A search of the cell phone records of Williams and Morrow turned up something interesting. At 11:48 a.m. on May 4, Williams received a call from Morrow that lasted 85 seconds. At 1 p.m., Williams called Morrow again, and that call lasted 22 seconds.

At 3:35 p.m., Williams received a call from another person that lasted 28 seconds. Two hours later, he called his voicemail and received another incoming call lasting 10 seconds. After that, no other outgoing calls were made. Those later calls were relayed through a cell tower on Santa Catalina.

Also that afternoon, Morrow made a cell phone call that went through the Santa Catalina tower, according to court records.

The day after Morrow's boat was seized, he retrieved a voicemail from his cell phone in Las Vegas, court records showed.

By September, Clark had enough evidence to file his case, but he had no idea where to find Morrow. Offshore accounts were located in the Caribbean and it was believed that Morrow might be there.

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