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    Taylor Rose Williams (5) was found dead; neighbors had not seen her for over half a year before she was reported missing

    https://www.clickorlando.com/news/da...d-florida-girl

    The Jacksonville sheriff says the mother of a missing 5-year-old girl is no longer cooperating with the investigation, and authorities are working to determine who saw Taylor Rose Williams in the last six months besides her mother.

    Sheriff Mike Williams said Brianna Williams is not in custody or under arrest, but she stopped cooperating when detectives pointed out inconsistencies with her story, reports News4Jax.

    Williams said investigators are trying to determine when Taylor was last seen. Her mother reported her missing Wednesday around midnight, but no one had seen the girl for months, Williams said.

    Taylor attended a day care at the Jacksonville naval base at some point but hasn't been there since spring, according to the sheriff.

    The Navy confirmed to News 6 partner News4Jax that Brianna Williams is a petty officer first class at Naval Air Station Jacksonville.

    During a news conference Thursday, Sheriff Williams asked "anyone who has seen Taylor and Brianna Williams in the last six months to reach out."

    Police said Brianna Williams told them she saw her daughter in bed around midnight Wednesday in their home on Ivy Street, but when she woke the next morning, Taylor was gone and the back door of the home was standing open.

    Anyone who might have seen Taylor or might know where she is should call the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office immediately at 904-630-0500.

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    The home where a 5-year-old Jacksonville girl was last seen around midnight Tuesday remained taped off Thursday morning as dozens of officers continued a massive search for the missing child.

    Over 100 Jacksonville police officers and detectives searched all day Wednesday for Taylor Rose Williams after the girl's mother reported her missing Wednesday morning.

    Police said Brianna Williams, who is a Navy petty officer, told them she saw her daughter in bed around midnight Wednesday in their home on Ivy Street, but when she woke the next morning, Taylor was gone and the back door of the home was unlocked.

    She called police at 7:22 a.m., sparking a missing persons investigation and all-hands-on-deck search for the little girl.

    As of early Wednesday evening, officers had gone door to door to several hundred houses in the Brentwood area.

    By Thursday morning, JSO was still using several resources, including K-9s, the dive team and drone units.

    They have searched multiple locations, including an apartment complex on the Southside where Taylor's family used to live. At the complex, investigators looked in ponds and in trash from a dumpster taken from the complex.

    Concerned volunteers from all over the area joined the search as Taylor's story spread.

    The FDLE issued a missing child alert at 9:21 a.m. and an Amber Alert for Taylor went out about 11:30 a.m. on cellphones, billboards, Florida Department of Transportation message boards and to all law enforcement officers across the state.

    "It's very urgent that we find her as quickly as possible," Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Chief of Investigations T.K. Waters said at 10:30 a.m. news briefing. "We'll work until we can't work anymore."

    Taylor is described as 3 feet tall, weighing 50 pounds with brown eyes and black hair. She was last seen wearing a purple shirt and pink pajama pants when she went to bed.

    Taylor is believed to be in danger because of her age, Waters said.

    He said investigators are not ruling out any possibilities at this point, including that Taylor left the home on her own or was abducted.

    "We're pulling out all the stops," Waters said.

    Waters said Brianna Williams was taken downtown to police headquarters, where she was being questioned. Waters said the mother, who has not asked for a lawyer, and entire family, including the girl's father, who is out of state, are cooperating.

    Police are considering Brianna Williams a concerned mother as of Thursday morning, and that has been the basis of their conversations with her.

    The Navy confirmed to News4Jax that Brianna Williams is a petty officer first class at the Tactical Operations Center at Naval Air Station Jacksonville.

    Waters said police have no idea where the child is but will continue to search, and the investigation remains a missing persons case.

    "We are going to investigate this case. We're going to be very thorough in how we do it," he said. "We want Taylor at home safely."

    Authorities said there was no sign of foul play in the house, and everything in the house looked normal. By Wednesday afternoon, a tow truck removed a car from the family's home. Around 4:50 p.m., officers took down police tape in Brentwood and secured the house.

    Police also confirmed they were also searching the Southside Villas apartment complex on Southside Boulevard, where the family of Taylor lived before moving to Ivy Street. Dozens of officers were seen searching and the JSO dive team arrived just after 3 p.m. at the complex. Soon after, officers could be seen searching garbage that had been removed from the complex.

    "We are very concerned, but we are going to search, and we're going to continue to search throughout the night," Waters said at a 5:15 p.m. news briefing Wednesday.

    Police asked for the community's help to find Taylor and said hundreds of community members were searching and helping pass out flyers.

    Sky4 aerials also showed officers checking vacant homes in the area. Police checked with registered sex offenders in the area, which is standard operating procedure in missing child situations.

    K-9 officers and mounted officers could be seen helping in the search.

    News4Jax crime and safety expert Ken Jefferson said use of the mounted unit in a neighborhood is rare.

    "That shows you the urgency of what's going on," Jefferson said. "Investigators will be looking at the adults in the home and what happened leading up to her disappearance "Our priority right now is to pray for the safety of this child and her being found."

    Jacksonville Fire and Rescue brought a Command Center vehicle to the Brentwood scene Wednesday morning. The Sheriff's Office said drone units and the air unit were also being used in the search.

    Police, as well as neighbors, searched into the night. One community member, Kevin Weston, who showed up to help in the search, said the little apparent progress has been frustrating.

    "None of the stories are adding up," Kevin Weston said. "It's just really not making sense, and it's kind of bothering us."

    A Brentwood neighbor told News4Jax that she saw children's toys, but never saw a child at the home where police said the girl was reported missing.

    "I haven't seen her the whole time," neighbor Brianna Curtis said. "I knew they moved in and I saw the kids' stuff, but I never actually seen the kids. ... I saw the kids' stuff but not her."

    As the search continues, anyone who might have seen Taylor or might know where she is should call the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office immediately at 904-630-0500.

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    Don't you, by law, have to have your kid enrolled in school by that age?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angiebla View Post
    Don't you, by law, have to have your kid enrolled in school by that age?
    Not sure if it varies by state, but my youngest started kindergarten when he was 5 and a half. So he was still 5 before starting (though we had him in preschool before, but that was optional.)


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    Quote Originally Posted by Nic B View Post
    Not sure if it varies by state, but my youngest started kindergarten when he was 5 and a half. So he was still 5 before starting (though we had him in preschool before, but that was optional.)
    That makes sense.

    I think it's weird no one has seen the kid in 6 months (the kids father, family members, friends). I think she's been gone for awhile.

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    I agree, I think this kid has been gone for a long time.

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime...say/ar-BBWpVz3

    Florida Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $3,000 to anyone with information about the whereabouts of a missing 5-year-old girl.

    After initially working with investigators, deputies said the girl's mother has stopped cooperating.

    "We were talking to her about some inconsistencies in her statement and that's why she chose to stop cooperating with us," Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said at a news conference Thursday. "Brianna Williams (mother) was the last person to see Taylor and we need for her to cooperate with us in this investigation... there's not one scenario or theory that we're not exploring and every possibility is being looked at."

    The sheriff stopped short of calling Williams a person of interest.

    Since Taylor was reported missing hundreds of police officers, firefighters and people in the community have searched for the little girl.

    "She's obviously in danger, at 5-years-old we know it's very urgent we find her as quickly as possible,” Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Chief of Investigations T.K. Waters said.

    Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Williams is asked to call 911.

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    I didn't read the article, does it say what the inconsistencies in the mother's story are? How very Casey Anthony.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Non_Saepe View Post
    I didn't read the article, does it say what the inconsistencies in the mother's story are? How very Casey Anthony.
    funny you should say this. They are comparing her case to Haleigh Cummings, another very Casey Anthony-esque case.

    https://www.ajc.com/news/national/th...KTnTk4WTxWaCJ/

    Taylor Williams’ disappearance has striking similarities to one of the biggest mysteries our area has ever seen, the Haleigh Cummings case.

    More than 10 years ago, Haleigh -- also 5 years old -- disappeared from her Satsuma home.

    Two 5-year-old girls, 10 years apart, connected in mystery.

    "The PJs that [Taylor] had on were the same color as the shirt that Haleigh [Cummings] had on when she went missing...that’s kind of eerie."

    Family, investigators draw similarities in gripping area cases, LIVE at 11. pic.twitter.com/PJRFJ77cZd
    — Russell Colburn (@RussellANjax) November 8, 2019

    She has still never been found, and no one has been charged in the case, but her loved ones said they’ll never give up hope.

    “We love her so very much, and we miss her,” said Haleigh’s great-grandmother, Annette Sykes.

    Sykes said the Williams case is reopening an old wound.

    “It’s like an instant replay of when Haleigh went missing,” Sykes said. “It makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up.”

    Two girls, both 5 years old, were both said to have disappeared from their beds.

    “The pajamas that (Taylor) had on were the same color as the shirt that Haleigh had on when she went missing,” Sykes said. “That’s kind of eerie.”

    I just watched the @JSOPIO news conference with @PutnamCountySO Major Steve Rose. He worked the #HaleighCummings case 10 years ago. It shares many similarities to this one down to the girl’s age & lack of cooperation w/ family. @ActionNewsJax will have much more tonight. https://t.co/XFP0FB8M7L pic.twitter.com/MjJVKpsoN2
    — Russell Colburn (@RussellANjax) November 7, 2019

    Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said Taylor Williams’ mother is no longer cooperating.

    Steve Rose, Putnam County mayor and an investigator on Haleigh's case dealt with that in his investigation with the last person to see her alive, Misty Croslin, the girlfriend of Haleigh's father.

    “The similarities are quite uncanny,” Rose said.

    “What would you tell the investigators on this case now in Jacksonville?” Action News Jax reporter Russell Colburn asked him.

    “Don’t give up, don’t give up until there’s a resolution,” Rose said.

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    I remember the Haleigh Cummings case. Did the step mom and bio dad go to jail for drug trafficking? It’s so sad that they never found her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angiebla View Post
    I remember the Haleigh Cummings case. Did the step mom and bio dad go to jail for drug trafficking? It’s so sad that they never found her.
    Yes they did. Most people around here think she was fed to the alligators in the St John's River.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raisedbywolves View Post
    Yes they did. Most people around here think she was fed to the alligators in the St John's River.
    Yeah I heard the same thing.

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    I remember the Haleigh case as well, don't remember the alligator part though! Yikes.

    I mean, is there any rationale in not cooperating with law enforcement when your child is missing? You look/are hella guilty, dammit. I can't think of one reasonable reason for doing that.

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    https://www.firstcoastnews.com/artic...c-c182d66aebeb

    As search efforts continue for missing 5-year-old Taylor Rose Williams, a missing persons search in Alabama is being closely watched by some Jacksonville residents.

    On Sunday, the Police Department in Demopolis, Ala. initiated a missing persons search with the help of the FBI and unspecified “out of state” law enforcement agencies.

    The police department posted on Facebook they are “asking that all citizens try to avoid areas with a high police presence as much as possible.” The post offered no details and made no direct connection to Taylor Williams or Brianna Williams, though several commenters did. The department said, “more information will be available at a later time.”

    Demopolis is about 20 minutes from Linden, the town where Williams’ mother Brianna is from and where her parents still live.

    First Coast News previously spoke to the Sheriff of Marengo County, which is where both Demopolis and Linden are located. When we asked if he’d been contacted by Jacksonville police, he said, “not yet.”

    When we contacted the sheriff’s office about the new missing persons search Sunday night, the sheriff would not confirm if it had any connection to Taylor Williams.

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    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news...erest-n1080061

    The mother of a missing 5-year-old girl in Jacksonville, Florida, is being considered a person of interest in the case.

    Police issued an Amber Alert for Taylor Rose Williams on Wednesday after her mother, Brianna Williams, reported her daughter's disappearance. Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams told reporters the next day that Brianna Williams had stopped working with investigators after they pressed her on "inconsistencies" in her statement.

    He said Monday that the mother, who was the last person to see Taylor, has still not spoken to police since last week. It is unclear when the last time anyone other than Brianna Williams saw the 5-year-old girl alive.

    "She is a person of interest in this case and we still need her cooperation in our efforts," Williams said. "And we're still asking for the public's help with providing us any details related to Taylor's whereabouts."

    Brianna Williams initially told police Taylor was not in her room when she checked on her Wednesday morning and that she found the back door to her home unlocked.

    The mother, a petty officer first class at the Tactical Operations Center at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, has stayed on the base since police last spoke to her.

    Jacksonville authorities are now searching for Taylor in the areas surrounding Demopolis, Alabama, with help from multiple agencies, including the FBI and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. Mayor Lenny Curry approved 38 members of the city's search and rescue team to help in efforts in Alabama.

    The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office has asked anyone who may have seen Brianna and Taylor Williams traveling together between Florida and Alabama in a black 2017 Honda Accord to contact authorities.Jacksonville Sheriff's Office

    The sheriff asked the public to call if they saw Brianna Williams and Taylor traveling between Jacksonville and Alabama over the last two weeks, possibly in the mother's black 2017 Honda Accord. Taylor is 3 feet tall, weighs 50 pounds and was last seen wearing purple and pink pajamas.

    Sheriff Mike Williams did not say what led investigators to believe that Taylor may be in another state.

    "The information that drove us to Alabama demanded this kind of response and we absolutely hope to find her alive," he said.

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    https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/12/us/mi...und/index.html

    Human remains have been found in the search for a missing 5-year-old Florida girl, police say

    Human remains have been found in the search for 5-year-old Taylor Rose Williams, who was reported missing in Florida last week, the Demopolis Police Department in Alabama said Tuesday.

    "The multi-agency investigative team involved in the search for missing Taylor Rose Williams confirmed that search teams uncovered human remains in a wooded area between the cities of Linden and Demopolis, Alabama," the police department said in a Facebook post. "Victim identification is pending."

    The post said authorities were awaiting the completion of forensics tests. "Operational efforts will now shift to secure and process the evidence at the scene," police said.

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    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news...r-old-n1080801

    The mother of a 5-year-old missing girl from Jacksonville, Florida, was arrested Tuesday, just hours after police announced finding human remains.

    Brianna Williams, 27, is facing felony charges of child neglect and providing false information to police in the case of her missing daughter, Taylor Rose Williams.

    The mother was absentee booked after being hospitalized for an apparent overdose, police said.

    "She is in serious condition at this point," Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said Tuesday.

    The sheriff said Monday that Brianna Williams was considered a person of interest in Taylor’s disappearance.

    State Attorney Melissa Nelson acknowledged the questions still unanswered in Taylor’s disappearance and said Tuesday that her department’s work is just beginning.

    “The amount of information we have is, frankly, staggering and the legal implications complicated,” Nelson said. “This will require the systematic investigation of every piece of information, item of evidence, and lead to date.”

    The Demopolis Police Department in Alabama said that the team searching for Taylor Rose Williams discovered human remains in a wooded area between Linden and Demopolis. Identification of the remains is pending, according to authorities.

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    I don’t think the OD was accidental.

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    Yeah, that was a suicide attempt. I hope she lives and they can get some answers.

    I'm surprised she was found since it has been months since she was last seen. The detectives must have gotten some leads somewhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Non_Saepe View Post
    Yeah, that was a suicide attempt. I hope she lives and they can get some answers.

    I'm surprised she was found since it has been months since she was last seen. The detectives must have gotten some leads somewhere.
    Yeah, it seems like once they started investigating they had a pretty good idea of where to go to find the poor kid's body.

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    https://abcnews.go.com/US/mother-mad...ry?id=66969181

    When authorities asked Williams about child care over the last few months, she allegedly told them that Taylor had been at day care at the Naval Airstation in Jacksonville, but she had to take the little girl out of that facility when her work schedule changed, the arrest warrant affidavit said.

    Williams told investigators she then turned to driving the 5-year-old back and forth to Alabama where her mother cared for her, the document said.

    However, records show Taylor's last day going to day care at the Naval station was April 29, according to the document. Taylor had attended the Jacksonville day care facility "Kinder Garden" until April 10, the document said.

    Investigators also spoke with a former neighbor of Williams who reported seeing Taylor "alone and wandering the apartment complex on more than one occasion," according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

    One day in April the neighbor asked Taylor what she was doing and the little girl replied, "Looking for my momma," the document said.

    The neighbor saw Taylor home alone "at least every other day," "always wearing the same pajamas and holding the same doll," the document said. The neighbor told authorities that Williams' car was not in the apartment parking lot during those times, the arrest warrant affidavit said.

    That neighbor said the last time he saw Williams and Taylor together was May 21, 2019, the document said. After that occasion, when the neighbor would ask Williams where Taylor was, she'd say she was in Alabama with her grandparents, the arrest warrant affidavit said.

    The neighbor saw Williams moving the week of Oct. 26, the arrest warrant affidavit said.

    On Nov. 6, Williams called the sheriff's office to report Taylor missing. She said that morning when she woke up, she saw the back door was unlocked and Taylor was gone, court documents said.

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    I am going to guess that she will tell them the girl died from some medical issue or something like that, and then she just dumped the body.

    https://www.foxnews.com/us/mother-of...uicide-reports

    The mother of missing Florida 5-year-old Taylor Williams, who was listed in life-threatening condition last week after she allegedly tried to commit suicide, is out of her medically induced coma, according to local reports.

    Navy Petty Officer Brianna Williams was scheduled to make her first court appearance last Wednesday afternoon on charges of child neglect and giving false information to investigators but was not there, likely due to her medical condition, First Coast News reported, adding that a relative had confirmed she was out of the coma as of Friday.

    A close family friend of hers, who did not want to be identified, said Williams had been on suicide watch as police investigated her daughter’s disappearance, the news agency previously reported. The friend said she overdosed after human remains believed to be her daughter were found last week and when police were on their way to arrest her, the news station added.

    An arrest warrant released last Wednesday revealed that Williams allegedly lied to investigators about her daughter’s whereabouts.

    The arrest warrant, which cited a neighbor, said the five-year-old was left alone “at least every other day” and that she was last seen in May.

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    https://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/...tempt-67224399

    The 27-year-old mother of a missing 5-year-old girl has been released from the hospital and taken to jail on charges of child neglect and giving false information to law enforcement.

    Jacksonville Sheriff’s officials said Brianna Williams tried to kill herself after remains believed to be Taylor Williams were found Nov. 12 near Demopolis, Alabama.
    Arrest documents show a neighbor often saw the child alone at their apartment complex. Records show she last attended day care April 29.

    The remains found haven’t been positively identified.

    The Florida Times-Union reports the child’s grandparents say they last saw her a year ago.

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    https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/25/us/fl...ied/index.html

    The remains of Taylor Rose Williams, the 5-year-old Florida girl who was reported missing earlier this month, were positively identified Monday, according to T.K. Waters, chief of investigations with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

    Taylor was reported missing by her mother November 6. Human remains were then found in Demopolis, Alabama, two weeks ago and a DNA analysis Monday showed they belonged to Taylor.

    Taylor's cause of death is still under investigation, Waters said. The Amber Alert that was initially called for Taylor by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement was canceled.

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