Authorities confirmed Wednesday that a body found last week in Nottoway County is that of Olene Brooks, 68, who officials say was abducted in January from her Amelia County home by her former son-in-law.
A man fishing at a pond found Brooks’ body Feb. 18 on state Route 620 in the northwestern part of Nottoway, according to the Nottoway Sheriff’s Office.
The medical examiner’s office in Richmond confirmed that the body was that of Brooks, the Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday.
Before her body was discovered, authorities had conducted a massive search for Brooks. Authorities say she was abducted Jan. 21 by Dana William, 43. William had killed Brooks’ husband, Woodell Brooks, 68, before abducting her, authorities said.
Olene Brooks’ body was found about 40 feet off of the road and had clearly been there for a significant amount of time, authorities said, though they declined last week to discuss any signs of trauma to her body.
Sheriff Larry Parrish had said after the body was discovered that evidence had been recovered that was consistent with evidence in last month’s murder-abduction case, but he waited for information from the medical examiner’s office before confirming the identity of the body.
After Brooks was abducted, the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force in Richmond tracked William to his hometown in Massachusetts. William shot himself in the head Jan. 27 as officers entered a Fitchburg, Mass., apartment to arrest him. He died the next day.
Police said William, a felon who lived in Chesterfield County, killed Woodell Brooks inside the Brooks’ Amelia home Jan. 21 before abducting his wife. Woodell Brooks was found bound to a chair and strangled.
William once was married to Sherri Brooks, the daughter of the slain couple. William and Sherri Brooks had two children.
William was convicted in 2013 of rape. The Virginia Attorney General’s Office had been seeking for more than a year to civilly commit William as a violent sexual predator. The state said William had sexually assaulted three women between 2007 and 2012, and a clinical psychologist who evaluated him said he suffered from sexual perversion and personality disorders and had a moderate to high risk of reoffending.
William was released from prison last summer after serving 2 years and 2½ months for one count of rape and five counts of violating a protective order, according to Virginia Department of Corrections records.
He was convicted in Chesterfield on April 22, 2013. He was sentenced to 40 years in prison with 38 years suspended for the rape, and 12 months with 11 months suspended on each of the protective order violations, DOC records show. William was released to community supervision on July 6 of last year.