Shot on the side of I-40 and left for dead: Who killed Carl Williams?

Carl Williams (Courtesy: The Williams family)
Carl Williams (Courtesy: The Williams family)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKN) – Carl Williams was shot and killed on the side of the interstate near Hermitage in 1994, and his death remains a mystery.

Police believe the Marine had car trouble on April 20 of that year, but he ended up shot in the head along I-40 in a random act of violence.

A cross still remains at the crime scene near Old Hickory Boulevard.

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

And today, the Williams family still appreciates the work of Metro police despite the case going cold.

“We know they’ve done everything they could do,” said Carl’s sister Connie. “At the time and through the years, they continue to do things, tips here and there.”

Family and friends have kept Carl’s memory alive by holding 5K events and attending community events like A Season to Remember.

His sister even wrote a book about coping and dealing with uncertainty in the wake of her brother’s mysterious murder.

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

Pat Postiglione was the lead detective in the case. Now retired, he still wants to solve the crime, arrest the killer, and get closure for the family.

“The cases are never closed. Cold case homicide never close till its resolved,” he said.

Connie wonders if the killer or killers are still alive. The gun has never been found.

But Postiglione says if it ever resurfaces, they have done ballistic tests to match it, which would lead to a break in the case.

Anyone with information should call Nashville Crime Stoppers at 615-74-CRIME.

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