Officials: Missing Shaw AFB officer listed as deserter


SHAW A.F.B., S.C. (WCIV) --{} Air Force officials are working with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies to look for an Air Force officer whose status has gone from missing to deserter.

According to a release from the Air Force, Capt. Robby Williams III was last seen in Waco, Georgia driving his 2013 Black Jeep Wrangler, S.C. license plate ITC701.

The Air Force is asking that any hotel, motel or gas station managers who come into contact with Capt. Williams immediately contact local law enforcement officials.

Interstate travelers can also use their smartphones to contact Air Force Office of Special Investigations' officials by texting "AFOSI" and their tip to 274637 (CRIMES).

AFOSI officials took over the investigation from U.S. Air Forces Central Command when Williams' status changed from "missing" to being placed into a "deserter" status.{}

AFOSI officials believe Williams has purposely been eluding authorities but they don't know why. They also do not know if he is traveling alone or with a companion.

Investigators also believe he has rented hotel and motel rooms in multiple locations, including S.C., N.C., and Chattanooga, Tenn.

Williams was last seen at Shaw AFB, S.C., Dec. 18 and failed to report to duty there on Dec. 23.{}{}

Williams is described as a light-skinned African American, 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs about 190 pounds. He has light-colored eyes and brown hair and he is 30 years of age. He may be using an alias "Robby Lawton."

AFOSI believes Williams is not armed or dangerous at this time.{}

Anyone with information should contact local law enforcement authorities or the Air Force Office of Special Investigations at (571) 305-8484, text 'AFOSI' and their tip to 274637 (CRIMES) or submit a tip online at