Edwardyne Williams, Robert Ellison: Missing Mom’s Hope Mills, North Carolina Thanksgiving True Crime Case On ID


Edwardyne Williams’ murder by Robert Ellison features on ID’s Mom’s Last Thanksgiving, a true-crime show. The dramatization retraces police’s steps into the strangulation death of formerly missing Hope Mills, North Carolina mother Edwardyne Ann Williams, also known as, Dynee. For the murder, jurors set a life of imprisonment for Robert Ellison (Robert Terry Ellison).

Mom’s Last Thanksgiving on Investigation Discovery

After a few bad relationships, a mother packs her bags and makes a new start with her new husband, Mike. But after her husband dies, she becomes the target of a dangerous family member and disappears into thin air.




This 2003 photo of Edwardyne Williams captures her love of truck driving. (courtesy of The Muscatine Journal)

Hope Mills, North Carolina 2011: The Murder of Edwardyne Williams

This all relates to a tragic true crime case that happened after Thanksgiving of 2011. That’s when Cumberland County detectives say 50-year-old Edwardyne Williams, a former trucking student, disappeared. Family members reported her missing after losing communication with her. In the months leading up to the tragic homicide, Edwardyne spoke of fears surrounding her mentally ill son, Robert Ellison, and once stated, “I’m afraid if I allow him into my house, he’ll hurt me,” according to court records.

Documents show a history of mental and physical abuse perpetrated by Robert Ellison upon his mother, such as pushing, choking, and hurling insults on several occasions and trying to break her finger on another. In recent months, the mostly-out-of-work carnival worker was homeless and returned to his mother’s house because he needed a place to stay.

He repaid his fearful mother by strangling her to death and hiding the body in the woods off Canady Pond Road, a mile or so from her home. Police later located the missing woman’s cell phone and her car. Edwardyne’s purse was found hanging from a tree. From what officers in charge of the investigation gathered, Robert Ellison had built up years of resentment toward his mother, whom he blamed for the misery in his life.

  • Here’s Edwardyne Williams’ Facebook page.

  • She was also a vendor at Spring Lake Flea Market.

Edwardyne Williams’ family murder case was presented on ID’s documentary series Heart of Darkness. According to her obituary, she is survived by her daughters and brothers. Watch her story on Mom’s Last Thanksgiving at 7/8 p.m. Central on Investigation Discovery.

Traciy Curry-Reyes

Traciy Curry-Reyes is the founder and editor-in-chief of TV Crime Sky. She began her career as a true crime & entertainment freelance writer in the 1990's for her website, The Movies Based on True Stories Database/Archives. She has contributed content to other websites, such as Examiner.com and Inquisitr.com. Traciy also appears as a true-crime expert and commentator on TV One's Fatal Attraction, For My Man, and Justice by Any Means; Investigation Discovery's Murder Calls and Scorned; Oxygen's Snapped; FOX's Crime Watch Daily; and Lifetime Television's Killer Kids.