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Two Soldiers Charged with Murder in Connection with Disappearance of Fellow Soldier Shadow McClaine

Shadow McClaine was last heard from on September 2, 2016.
Shadow Branice McClaine
Shadow Branice McClaineU.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command
Shadow Branice McClaine
Shadow Branice McClaineU.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command

Two soldiers have been charged with murder in connection with the September disappearance of Fort Campbell soldier Shadow McClaine.

Sgt. Jamal Williams-McCray and Specialist Charles Robinson, both part of the 101st Airborne Division, face charges of conspiracy, kidnapping and premeditated murder under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, according to NBC affiliate WSMV.

Williams-McCray is Shadow’s ex-husband. It’s unclear if Robinson knew Shadow.

The two soldiers are being held in pre-trial confinement pending a preliminary hearing, the station reported. Authorities have not commented on whether Shadow’s body has been found.

Jamal McCray-Williams
Jamal McCray-WilliamsMontgomery County Sheriff's Office

In late October, authorities made the news public that two soldiers were being held as persons of interest in McClaine’s disappearance, but their names were not released at the time. It was also made public that Williams-McCray had been arrested and booked into the Montgomery County Jail on an out-of-county warrant.

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The last time anyone heard from Shadow, who is also known as Branice Willis, was through a text message the evening of September 2, 2016. She had told her mother earlier that she was supposed to house sit for a friend. The two also exchanged texts later that night.

Friend and family members became concerned when Shadow stopped responding to calls and texts. The following week, authorities located her 2013 silver Hyundai Elantra in a parking lot in downtown Nashville.

Rumors quickly swirled around Shadow's disappearance, with many focusing on what her family said was a tumultuous relationship with her ex-husband Williams-McCray.

Shadow was facing charges of stalking and contempt of court at the time of her disappearance, according to The Leaf-Chronicle. Her mother told Dateline those charges were in relation to her daughter's divorce from Williams-McCray.

"She's not totally innocent in all this, but it is not all her either," Shadow's mother London Wegrzyn told Dateline in September. "And she's been trying to clean herself from it. The people posting don't have all the facts, and are trying to paint my daughter as a villain."

Shadow’s mother told Dateline that before she disappeared, Shadow was looking forward to moving back to home to California.

Shadow was featured in Dateline's social and digital series Missing in America series shortly after her disappearance in September.