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    Man believes he is D'Wan Sims, a 4 year old who went missing in 1994

    A man who believes he could be D?Wan Sims, a 4-year-old boy who went missing in 1994 and is presumed dead, has submitted his DNA to police for testing.

    Captain Ronald Taig of the Livonia Police Department tells PEOPLE authorities became aware of the 25-year-old after he contacted Michigan State Police on Dec. 5.

    On Dec. 11 ? the 25th anniversary of D?Wan?s disappearance ? Livonia officers took the man?s DNA to be tested.

    Before going to police, the man made posts on social media talking about his beliefs. He reportedly shared stories his parents had told him about his childhood before going to police with his theory.

    ?It?s very odd because he came here claiming that he wanted this to be confidential but then I find out that he?s on social media talking about this and, you know, kind of broadcasting it on those outlets,? Taig says.

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    D?Wan was reported missing on Dec. 11, 1994, from the Wonderland Mall in Livonia. At the time, his mother, Dwanna Harris, told police she was shopping with him when he disappeared.

    However, surveillance footage obtained by police during their investigators only showed Harris as the mall.

    D?Wan?s mother became the focus of police suspicion, but the boy was never found. She has always denied any involvement in her son?s disappearance, Taig says.

    Following the man?s claims, police reached out to Harris for DNA evidence. She told officers the man had contacted her her via Facebook but after failing to answer her personal questions, she blocked him. She and D?Wan?s father are both cooperating with investigators, Taig says.

    Anyone with information on D?Wan?s case is urged to contact Livonia Police Department?s missing persons unit at 734-421-2900.

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    Livonia Police Capt. Ronald Taig confirmed that "an individual came in on Dec. 11, which just happened to be the 25th anniversary of D'Wan being missing. He came in and provided a DNA sample."

    Taig said D'Wan's mother, Dewanna Harris, is cooperating with the investigation and told police that she had spoken to the man claiming to be her son.

    "She did contact and talk to this person and ask him about some personal information that only her and D'Wan Sims would know, like birthmarks," Taig stated. "He wasn't able to answer those questions, along with the date of birth."

    The police department still has DNA samples from D'Wan's father and mother and the new sample has been submitted to the University of Northern Texas for analysis.

    Taig was at the department in 1994 when Sims was reported missing from Wonderland Mall in Livonia by his mother, who became a suspect because her son was never seen on security footage.

    "D'Wan Sims was never at our mall. We went through every bit of videotape, and all the evidence showed obviously Dewanna Sims was here but she was by herself," Taig stated.

    She maintained her innocence and claimed that she was being treated unfairly during a news conference in 1994 because of the Susan Smith case at the time, where a woman reported that her children were kidnapped in a carjacking but admitted to drowning them nine days later.

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