TEMPLE TERRACE -- The Temple Terrace Police Department announced Friday that it was in the process of formally charging a suspect in the death of 9-year-old Felecia Williams.
Felecia disappeared from a Temple Terrace apartment complex in May. Her naked body was later found near the Courtney Campbell Causeway.
Investigators took Granville Richie into custody a short while later on unrelated charges. They had called him a suspect in Felecia's death but had not formally charged him until now.
Speaking to Bay News 9 by phone Thursday night, Felicia's sister, 24-year-old Shakelia Givens, said the family is looking forward to the press conference and hope to get some answers.
The case started with Williams' disappearance May 16 while being watched at the Temple Terrace apartment of a family friend. That friend, Eboni Wiley, told police the girl walked away from her apartment while she was in the shower.
Police ended up charging Wiley with lying to authorities.
A search warrant later revealed that Wiley's friend, Granville Ritchie was inside the apartment and alone with the girl.
Soon after Williams' body was found, detectives said they wanted to question Ritchie. He was arrested on unrelated drug and underage sex charges and has been in jail since.