According to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, the mother of a missing Florida girl has stopped cooperating with law enforcement.
JSO held a press conference Thursday afternoon, in connection with 5-year-old Taylor Williams, the centerpiece of a Florida AMBER Alert issued Wednesday morning.
Taylor’s mother, Briana Williams, a Petty Officer 1st Class at NAS Jacksonville, told police she last saw the little girl in her room at around midnight on Wednesday. Williams said she checked on the child again in the morning. Taylor was not there. The back door at the home was reportedly unlocked.
Three people, however, told Action Jax News that Taylor has not been seen in weeks. The outlet stated that they’re trying to confirm the accuracy of the details with investigators.
Further, First Coast News reports that neighbors, along with a couple who recently helped Williams moved from a Southside apartment to a Brentwood home, stated they “never saw a child.”
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Posted by First Coast News on Thursday, November 7, 2019
“Initially, Taylor’s mother, Brianna Williams, was cooperative with the investigation,” JSO Sheriff Mike Williams said. “She has since chosen to stop cooperating with us…..We know that Brianna Williams was the last person to see Taylor, and we need her to cooperate with us in this investigation.”
Authorities are asking anyone who has seen Brianna Williams and her daughter together within the last six months to reach out to them immediately. Williams is not currently considered a suspect but JSO reiterated that they need her cooperation during the investigation.
Timeline of Events
November 6, 2019
- At 7 a.m., Taylor’s mother, identified at Briana Williams, called Jacksonville police and told them she last saw her daughter in her bedroom in a home off of Ivy Street in Brentwood, at around midnight.
- Williams claimed that her daughter was nowhere in her room when she checked on her and that the back door of the home was unlocked.
- At 8:23 a.m. the National Crime Information Center lists Taylor as missing.
- At 8:51 a.m., authorities alert the media about Taylor’s disappearance.
- At 11:30 a.m., Florida authorities changed Taylor’s disappearance from a “Missing Child Alert” to an “Amber Alert.”
- At 12:20 p.m., investigators begin searching at the Southside Villas apartment complex on the city’s Southside. As CrimeOnline previously reported, the family had recently moved from the complex.
- At 4:45 p.m., investigators dumped the contents from a large dumpster at the complex into an open field at a tow yard off of Phillips Highway. They spent hours scouring its contents.
- At 5:55 p.m., police bring a crime scene van and a truck to the tow yard.
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November 7, 2019
- Taylor’s grandfather arrived from out of state, as authorities continue searching for Taylor.
- Volunteers were seen gathering in groups, searching the Brentwood area.
- Authorities were seen searching both the Brentwood area and the Southside, close to the Paradise Island complex.
- Florida Crime Stoppers announced up to a $3,000 reward for information that leads to Taylor.
- At around 12 p.m., a crime scene unit van left the family’s home in Brentwood. Action Jax News reports that an investigator entered the home with a camera.
- At around 2 p.m., Action Jax News announced that three sources said Taylor has not been seen in weeks.
- During a 4 p.m. press conference, Sheriff Williams asked the public to be on the lookout for Taylor.
Taylor’s father lives out of state, according to First Coast News, and is not considered a person of interest, nor is any family member at this time.
“We are very concerned, but we are going to search and we will continue to search throughout the night in hopes of finding Taylor,” JSO Chief T.K. Waters said earlier this week.
Taylor is described as a black female who stands 3-feet-tall and weighs around 50 pounds. She was last seen wearing pink and purple pajamas.
Anyone with information on Taylor’s whereabouts should contact FDLE’s Endangered Persons Information Clearinghouse at 888-356-4774, or the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office at 904-630-0500.
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[Feature Photo: Taylor Williams/Police Handout]