Court docs: Bobbie Maples murder suspect turned in by own sister

Ronald Williams buried 'large object rolled up in a comforter,' sister said

Michigan Department of Corrections' mug shot of Ronald Earl Williams, who was arrested in connection to Bobbie Maples' death.
A mug shot of Ronald Earl Williams, provided by the Michigan Department of Corrections. (March 2016)


MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) — The man accused of killing Bobbie Maples and burying her body in a horse corral was turned in by his own sister, court records reveal.

Maples, 32, went missing in Roosevelt Park in December 2014, not long after her baby was born.

Her disappearance sparked searches by her family and friends. However, records show that at least two people knew all along — or at least suspected — where to find Maples’ body.

Volunteers put up missing persons fliers for Jessica Heeringa and Bobbie Maples. (April 26, 2015)
Volunteers put up missing persons fliers for Jessica Heeringa and Bobbie Maples. (April 26, 2015)

One of them is the sister of Ronald Earl Williams — the convicted drug dealer and former boyfriend of Maples who was charged with her murder this week.

On the day Williams’ sister was supposed to be sentenced to prison for retail fraud, 41-year-old Ronesha Williams revealed a secret she kept for more than a year, court records indicate.

She told police she was visiting her brother at a home on Michillinda Road in Fruitland Township about the time Maples disappeared when “she observed a large object rolled up in a comforter,” records show. She described it as a “queen-sized comforter.”

An undated courtesy photo of Bobbie Maples. (Jan. 28, 2016)
An undated courtesy photo of Bobbie Maples. (Jan. 28, 2016)

Ronesha Williams said she later spoke to her brother’s girlfriend, Tara Lynn Glaser, who told her that Ronald Williams had buried an object near a detached pole barn on Nestrom Road and had poured concrete over it, court records show.

Both the home on Michillinda and the property on Nestrom Road are owned by Tara Glaser’s father, former pharmacist Glenn Glaser. He has told 24 Hour News 8 he knew nothing about the body.

The suspect later told his girlfriend he had buried guns and drugs there, though the girlfriend suspected he had buried a body, according to court records.

Ronald Williams is currently serving 19 months to 20 years in prison for manufacturing/delivery of heroin and cocaine. His girlfriend said that when she visited him in prison, he often asked if the “Nestrom Road location has been disturbed,” records show.

The area near where a body was found in Fruitland Township on Jan. 23, 2016.
The area near where a body was found in Fruitland Township on Jan. 23, 2016.

The information provided by the suspect’s sister was enough for police to get a search warrant and dig up Maples’ body. Police have not revealed how Maples died.

In exchange for her help, Ronald Williams’ sister was later sentenced to probation instead of 14 months in prison, court records show.

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