By Devin Fehely

SALINAS (KPIX 5) — Authorities in Monterey County on Thursday announced pending charges against a suspect in a decades-old kidnapping and murder case.

Christina Williams was 13 years old when she was kidnapped while walking her dog in June of 1998.

Seven months later, her remains were found on the grounds of the old Fort Ord Army Base, not far from where she disappeared.

“For almost 20 years, we’ve had a case of a beautiful, young girl who was kidnapped and murdered,” said Monterey County District Attorney Dean D. Filippo.

For two decades, the disappearance and death of Christina Williams haunted her family, police and prosecutors on the Monterey peninsula.

Investigators have long had a hunch about who might be responsible for Christina’s murder: a registered sex offender named Charles Allen Holifield. But until Thursday, authorities never had enough evidence to charge him.

“We have a DNA hit. And we won’t go into any more specifics right now other than to say that,” Filippo

Prosecutors say Holifield, who is currently serving 25 years to life in state prison for an unrelated attempted kidnapping, was interviewed at the time of Christina’s disappearance.

But it took the efforts of cold-case detective to breathe new life into an investigation that had grown cold.

“The FBI has a long memory. Neither time nor distance is going to keep us from our goal of solving cases like this,” said FBI Special Agent Bertram Ferries.

As of Thursday afternoon, Holifield had not been notified of the pending charges, Flippo said, which will be filed April 14.

If convicted of the charges against him, Holifield would be eligible for the death penalty.

  1. Oliver Bob says:


    The original two suspects in the Christina Williams case were seen at the abduction with Christina in the backseat of their car. Over TWO HUNDRED local residents contacted the FBI and Police Departments with information regarding the two suspects as a result of the release of a wanted Poster created from the description of the original two eye witnesses of the abduction. Part of that body of information included that they were Seaside drug dealers with ties to the Mexican Mafia and that they operated out of a location near San Pablo Street in Seaside. Three months before the Christina Williams abduction another young girl Ekaterina Shcherbakova disappeared at or near the location where these two men lived, according to eye witnesses. On November 23, 1998 a Petaluma High School student and runner, Noelani Burleson, was abducted by these two men and the same car they were seen driving on the Monterey Peninsula after the Christina Williams abduction. This 16 year old Petaluma girl, who also looked very similar in appearance to Christina Williams, made a positive identification of the suspects as being the same two men who abducted Christina. These men were likely Confidential Informants for the authorities. Neither the FBI nor the Police have ever admitted that these suspects were ever brought in for questioning. At that time, 1998, Seaside was a hotbed for criminal activity and the FBI and task forces were brought in to curtail a problem that had become rampant. Today Holifield remains in jail, the Patsy, being framed by authorities.

    If you have information, please contact me: Bob Oliver 831 383-2676


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