William Larry Roland
Roland, approximately 2005
Date and time person was reported missing : 09/26/2005
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 06/06/1983 (38)
Age at the time of disappearance: 22 years old
Height / Weight : 5'8, 145 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A white shirt, long black denim shorts, Air Force One sneakers, a white Cincinnati Reds baseball cap, a silver necklace with a silver cross pendant and a silver necklace with a photo pendant on one side and "Daddy's Little Angel" inscribed on the back side.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: African-American male. Black hair, black eyes. Roland has a tattoo on his upper left arm of a photo of a woman with "RIP" above the photo and the date "8-4-2001" or "8-4-2002" below it; the tattoo may also have the name "Charlene Roland" below the date. He has a surgical scar on his right arm, surgical scars on both sides of his left knee, surgical scars on the right side of his chest, and a keloid scar which is possibly on his left thigh. Roland's nicknames are Will and Poo.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Roland was last seen between 9:45 and 10:00 p.m. on September 26, 2005 at the Parktown Cafe, a club in the vicinity of the 1700 block of Linn Street on the west side of Cincinnati, Ohio. He was with his half-brother,┬áDeion Akemon, at the time. Neither man has never been heard from again.
Akemon and Roland's families stated it is uncharacteristic of the men to be out of touch with them. The brothers, who have the same father, were very close and often frequented the west side of Cincinnati. Both of them have criminal records and were allegedly involved in drugs, but their families stated they had been trying to break away from their criminal pasts. Akemon resided in Memphis, Tennessee in 2005, and was visiting Cincinnati when he and Roland disappeared. He had been in the city for only one day.
Shortly after their disappearances, some of Roland and Akemon's personal belongings were found in a dumpster on McMicken Street in the city. The items included the men's cellular phones, wallets and car keys, one pair of sunglasses, and Roland's white Cincinnati Reds baseball cap, which he had been wearing when he disappeared. The cap was bloodstained. Authorities began to suspect foul play after this discovery, and stated they were investigating Akemon and Roland's cases as homicides.
No arrests have been made in Akemon and Roland's cases, but foul play is suspected in both disappearances. Roland resided in the 6800 block of Betts Avenue in Cincinnati in 2005. The men's cases remain unsolved.
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