Human remains were found Tuesday afternoon near Demopolis, Alabama, in connection with missing 5-year-old, Taylor Williams. The young girl has been the center of a Florida AMBER Alert for nearly a week.
The Demopolis Police Department reports that authorities have not confirmed whether the remains are of Taylor, who was reported missing from her Brentwood, Florida, home on Wednesday. Demopolis is Brianna Williams’ hometown. Williams is the mother of the child and the one who reported her missing.
The police department posted on Facebook that the remains were found in a wooded area between Linden and Demopolis. The search crews were looking for Taylor when they found the remains.
ALABAMA SEARCH UPDATE DEMOPOLIS, AL (November, 12, 2019) – The multi-agency investigative team involved in the search…
Ten agencies have been involved with the search for Taylor, including “highly skilled teams,” according to police.
The identity of the victim is pending.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Williams, a Petty Officer 1st Class at NAS Jacksonville, initially cooperated with investigators. She claimed when she checked on Taylor on Wednesday morning, she was not in her room and the back door was unlocked.
Authorities said she stopped cooperating when they informed her that her story didn’t add up. Since then, she’s been staying on base.
Taylor Williams search update: Human remains were uncovered in Alabama, victim identification is pending. pic.twitter.com/bM4oIqH1iq
— Jax Sheriff's Office (@JSOPIO) November 12, 2019
Taylor’s paternal grandfather said it’s been close to two years since he’s seen his 5-year-old grandaughter. The man said Taylor’s father, Maurice Tate, also hadn’t seen the girl in nearly two years after Williams left Alabama and moved to Jacksonville, Florida.
Tate, a truck driver, confirmed to the outlet that “it’s been a while” since he saw Taylor, although he did not elaborate any further.
Authorities said Taylor was indeed in Jacksonville at some point. Records confirmed she was once enrolled in a military daycare center. The parent of another child said she last saw the little girl at the daycare in June.
“Yesterday we were talking to her about some inconsistencies in her statement and that’s when she chose to stop cooperating with us,” JSO Sheriff Mike Williams said on Thursday.
Further, First Coast News reports that neighbors, along with a couple hired to help Williams move from a Southside apartment to a Brentwood home, stated they “never saw a child.”
“We never saw a child. We never heard a child. Nothing,” Tiffani Nicole, who helped Brianna Williams move, told the outlet. “I was assuming the kid was in daycare, or the child was with a friend, so she can get her apartment cleaned out.”
The story is developing. Check back for further updates.
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[Feature Photo: Taylor Williams/Police Handout]