TAMPA — Newly public documents in the investigation into the death of 9-year-old Felicia Williams show police are investigating three different versions of what they were told led to the third-grader’s disappearance.
The new details come from an affidavit for a search warrant for the St. Petersburg townhome of Kellisa Kelley. Kelley is the girlfriend of Granville Ritchie, and police were looking for a white polo shirt Ritchie was wearing when he last saw Felecia.
Ritchie, 35, was named a suspect in the case by Temple Terrace police a few days after Felecia disappeared on May 16, but he has not been charged in her death and police have provided few details about why he is considered a suspect. The affidavit for the first time shows he and Felecia were together the day before her body was found floating in Tampa Bay.
He has been in jail in Pinellas County since May 21, when he was arrested in St. Petersburg on unrelated drug charges. Police have since also added child sex charges, but in an unrelated case.
Ritchie, 35, and Eboni Wiley, 23, were two of the last people to see Felecia alive, and they both told police different stories about what happened that night, the affidavit shows.
Wiley, a neighbor and friend of Felecia’s family, originally told police she and her friend Vivian picked Felecia up from her East Tampa home around 4 p.m. on May 16. They stopped for food at a Checker’s restaurant, and then Vivian drove them to her home at Doral Oaks Apartments in Temple Terrace, according to the affidavit.
Wiley told investigators she went to take a shower, and when she came out between 5:30 and 6 p.m., Felecia was gone.
She borrowed the other woman’s car and drove around the apartment for three hours looking for Felecia, until Vivian asked her to come back so she could go to work, Wiley told police. She said Vivian drove her home, and she informed Felecia’s older sister that the girl was missing, the affidavit shows.
The next day, police re-interviewed Wiley and got a different story.
On May 17, Wiley told police that she lied, and that “Vivian” was really a man named “Trevor,” according the affidavit. It was his apartment they went to in Temple Terrace, Wiley said. She told police he was wearing a white polo shirt with a floral pattern on the breast pocket.
When they arrived at the apartment, Trevor asked Wiley to go buy him some marijuana, she told police. Wiley left him alone with Felecia for about 35 minutes. She later couldn’t get back into the complex because the gate was locked and Trevor wasn’t answering his phone, according to the affidavit.
When she finally reached him, Wiley said he was “in a panic” and told her he had given Felecia some money to buy candy at CVS. He said he was at the store looking for her and asked Wiley to meet him there. Wiley went to the CVS but couldn’t find him, she told police. She called him, and he told her he was already back at the apartment.
Wiley went back to the complex, where Trevor met her at the front door — without his shirt, she told police. The pair drank some Hennessy Liquor and sat on the couch, according to the affidavit. Eventually, Wiley went into a back bedroom closet to pray for about 10 minutes. Afterward, the report shows, the pair had sex before Trevor put his shirt back on and drove Wiley home.
Wiley was arrested and charged with providing false information to police. She bonded out of jail May 18.
Temple Terrace police determined that “Trevor” was Ritchie and asked him to meet with detectives in the parking lot of an Advance Auto Parts store. Ritchie agreed and went with police back to headquarters to be interviewed.
He told police yet another story, the affidavit shows.
At the apartment, Ritchie and Wiley put on a DVD for Felecia to watch while they had sex in the bedroom, he said. When they came back into the living room 45 minutes later, the girl was gone and the front door was unlocked, Ritchie told police.
Wiley borrowed his 1998 Lexus to drive around the complex and look for Felecia. Later, he drove Wiley home, according to the affidavit.
After dropping Wiley off, Ritchie told police, he drove to Thonotosassa to visit a friend, who wasn’t there. He then drove back to Doral Oaks Apartments. At some point, Wiley returned with her brother to get the apartment number to tell police, he said.
Around midnight, the report shows, Ritchie drove back to his girlfriend’s townhome in St. Petersburg.
When they searched her home at 4243 Tyler Circle on Friday, police did not find Ritchie’s white polo shirt, according to the affidavit.
While police have not charged Ritchie with Felecia’s murder, they have charged him with four counts of having sex with a minor. Those charges were filed after police interviewed a girl during the course of their investigation into Felecia’s death who told them about four sexual encounters with Ritchie since April 15, authorities said.
Police have not said how Felecia died or how her body ended up in Old Tampa Bay, saying they don’t want to compromise the ongoing investigation. Investigators have said she died of homicidal violence.