Tragically, a Cleveland news journalist is now reporting that both Skylar and Ty’Rell Pounds – the man accused of abducting her – are dead. “Source: Man, who allegedly abducted a woman on OSU campus in Mansfield, and that woman are reportedly dead in Kentucky. Working to find out more. @WEWS,” wrote journalist Tracy Carloss.
Authorities have not confirmed that account officially, but News 5 reports that a law enforcement source confirmed it. Family members indicated on Facebook that the family had not yet been informed.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. The University Says Williams Went Missing After Being Abducted From a Parking Lot
According to the OSU Office of Public Safety, the Mansfield suspect, identified by authorities as Ty’rell Pounds, “stole a vehicle at gunpoint. Be on the lookout for a 2019 Dodge Caravan, dark in color, with the license plate FMZ-9621.”
The abduction occurred on February 11, 2019 at around 1:45 a.m., when, according to the news release, “a female student (Skylar Williams) was standing in a parking lot located on our Mansfield campus when she was approached by a male suspect known to her. Reports indicate the suspect displayed a handgun and forced the female student into his vehicle. He then fled the area with the victim.” You can listen to the 911 call made by a witness here.
Authorities added: “The suspect’s name is Ty’rell Pounds….The vehicle has been located by law enforcement but the whereabouts of the victim and suspect are unknown at this time. Local law enforcement is actively investigating. Anyone with details on Pounds’ whereabouts, or the whereabouts of Skylar Williams, should call the Mansfield Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol at 419-756-2222. Do not approach the suspect. He is believed to be armed and dangerous.”
The release concluded: “Victims are never at fault when crimes occur. We remind you to increase your overall safety by being cautious and looking out for one another; being aware of your surroundings and looking assertive; walking with a trusted friend or co-worker, when possible; if a situation makes you feel uncomfortable or unsafe, choose an alternative.”
On the evening of February 11, authorities confirmed that two people were dead in Kentucky “after a shooting on an interstate highway.” WKYT-TV reported, that after receiving a distress call and after a chase erupted, “police say officers opened fire, shooting a man and a woman in the car.” Authorities had not confirmed whether these people were Pounds and Williams, however.
2. Pounds, Who Wanted to Be a State Trooper, Wrote a Message on Facebook to His Son With Skylar, Saying He ‘Let My Feelings Build Up’
On Instagram, Pounds’ profile picture shows him with a young child. “RIH Grandma China🌹😚GREENWOOD,MISSISSIPPI ✈️MANSFIELD,OH OHIO STATE MAVS🏀 WEST OAKS Commit🏀🌴🔜ORLANDO,FL 🌴 ☀️🙇🏽Student Athlete🏀📖📚 STATE TROOPER🚓” his profile says, sharing the below video.
One of Skylar’s relatives shared a Facebook post in Pounds’ name that contained the photo of Skylar and Pounds that was ultimately released by the police.
The post references the couple’s child and says, “I hope you become a better man than I was when you turn 18 you’ll get $100,000 be smart with it!! My dream goal was to raise you as a man and for me to become a state trooper!!! Obviously that didn’t happen!!”
He alleged, “Your mother kept me away from you and I was fighting for you through the court system!! Your mother kept teasing and I got overwhelmed, I’m so sorry you have to grow up without us baby!! But we’ll be watching you trust me!!! I love you with all my heart…”
He then added, “I’ve bought everything for you and your Mother up to this point!!… I would like you to become a state trooper any state of your choosing!!” He concluded by saying he was sorry to his family and added, “I let my feelings build up!!…DONT feel sorry for me cause there is nothing you guys could’ve done to stop me!! PLEASE KEEP MY SON OUT OF THE STREETS I don’t want him following my bad ways.”
3. Williams Was Studying Physical Therapy
On her Facebook page, Skylar Williams wrote that she studied Physical Therapy at The Ohio State University at Mansfield and went to Madison Comprehensive High School, in Mansfield, Ohio. She also wrote that she went to Mansfield Senior High School and Airline High School, and lived in Mansfield, Ohio.
Her profile reads, “2/1/18 💙 20 years young 🤪.” She had a second Facebook page in which the top post, from earlier in February 2019, reads, “When you always had a suspicion 🤔 #Boomerangshit 👯♂️👨❤️💋👨😂😂 LEAVE MY BABY OUT OF YALL RELATIONSHIP 🗣🤣” That page says she was single.
Her Instagram page is set to private. The profile reads, “know your worth..💅🏽💎 OSU’20 🌰” On Facebook, she mostly posted selfies and pictures of her child with Pounds.
On Facebook, Pounds wrote that he started School at North Central State College in 2015 as a Criminal Justice Major. His photos mostly showed photos with his son or old pictures on the basketball court.
5. Skylar’s Relatives Say the Family Is ‘Rooted in God’
Jaylyn Williams, a relative of Skylar, has been posting about the situation on Facebook. “Prayer warriors please proceed to pray nothings been confirmed at all. Our family is rooted in GOD and I have faith that he will bring my cousin back home to us❤️” she wrote.
A friend shared the above photos on Twitter and wrote, “Smh… remember livin the best 5 years of my life with my cousins 😥❤️ shit just seems unreal, she was so sweet and beautiful ‼️ God gained an angel and we lost one 💔 SKYLAR WILLIAMS will never be forgotten, we love you and we will forever be there for (her son).. she didn’t deserve…”
by – heavy.com