(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) — Authorities are trying to piece together where a respected Jacksonville, Fla. navy recruiter may have gone after he was reported missing 12 days ago.
Chief Petty Officer Kevin Williams, 39, was first reported missing by his wife, Vanessa, after the couple got into a fight in a mall parking lot on May 28.
In the heat of the argument, Vanessa Williams told ABC News that she walked off in the other direction, but told her husband to stay put.
“I was so mad with him, so I said ‘Wait here. I’m not…I don’t want to walk with you and argue anymore,” she said.
But when she returned to the spot where she left him, Williams was gone, but he left his cell phone behind.
“He’s a great dad, a great husband, [he’s] very responsible,” Vanessa Williams said.
Authorities said that Williams used his ATM card the evening of his disappearance.
While sheriff’s deputies said the navy officer was last seen at an apartment complex on May 29, there has been no sign of Williams since.
“At this time, he is AWOL from the United States Navy, which is unusual since his rank is a chief,” Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Lt. Robert Schoonover told ABC News.
While Williams’ disappearance was characterized as unusual, police do not suspect foul play.
Meanwhile, Williams’ family just wishes he would return home.
“I just wish he would come home. Things just aren’t the same without him,” his daughter, Journi Williams told ABC News.
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