Don LaRose's family members found Ken Williams's website interesting.

Williams, the mayor of Centerton, Arkansas, launched the website DonLaRose.com in March. The site told how LaRose, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Maine, New York, had been kidnapped in 1975, apparently by members of a satanic cult. Three months later, LaRose resurfaced in Minneapolis as a homeless alcoholic who called himself Bruce Williams. When confronted with his identity as LaRose, he claimed amnesia, reunited with his family, and moved to Hammond, Indiana. In 1980, he vanished again, claiming that his kidnappers had threatened his family.

The mayor's DonLaRose.com narrative ends with the former pastor traveling around the country working odd jobs, eventually traveling to Israel.

Williams runs another website, KenWilliamsMinistries.org. It begins with a trip to Israel. That's not the only similarity between the two sites.

Both websites are written in the first person.

Ken Williams is Donald LaRose. In Indiana, he left behind two daughters and a wife, who remarried seven years after he disappeared. He is married to another woman in Centerton.

After determining that Williams ran the website, two members of LaRose's family contacted reporters at The Benton County Daily Record in Bentonville, Arkansas. When the reporters confronted him, Williams repeatedly denied that he was LaRose, then finally admitted it. On Wednesday, he resigned as mayor. Since his admission, he has made several updates and changes to DonLaRose.com.

Coverage of LaRose includes:

A Minister is Missing | Donald LaRose: Victim or victimizer? Plus: The Finding of a Minister (Christianity Today, February 13 and March 12, 1976)
Double life | Centerton mayor is pastor who disappeared in 1980 ...
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