UPDATE: 6:44 p.m. EDT —
In the search for 5-year-old Taylor Rose Williams, human remains have been found in a wooded Alabama area. According to News4Jax, “Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said they are awaiting confirmation of the remains, but they may be of the missing girl.”
In addition, Briana Williams, the chid’s mother who is now a person of interest, has been hospitalized after an alleged overdose. News 4 Jax reported earlier today, “Brianna Williams was taken to the hospital in downtown Jacksonville to be treated after either overdosing or ingesting an unknown substance at NAS Jacksonville. She was reportedly in serious condition.”
Also, the sheriff and State Attorney Melissa Nelson “announced that Brianna Williams has been charged with child neglect and giving false information to investigators in the disappearance of her daughter, Taylor Rose Williams. Brianna Williams was absentee booked.”
Our thoughts go out to everyone affected by this tragedy.
Taylor Rose Williams has been reported missing since Nov. 6. There has been a search for the 5-year-old with the authorities calling for help from the public.
The child was last seen by her mother Briana Williams but she is reportedly not working authorities. According to CNN, Jacksonville, Florida Sheriff Mike Williams said, “She has not spoken to us since Wednesday and she was the last person to see Taylor. She is a person of interest in this case and we still need her cooperation in our efforts.” She allegedly stopped talking to police when inconsistencies were pointed out in her stories. Allegedly, the child could have been missing for possibly six months and the mother just reported her missing on Nov. 6.
According Good Morning Jacksonville, Taylor’s father Maurice Tate said “it’s been a minute” since he has been his daughter. News 4 Jax says her grandmother hadn’t see her in two years because Briana cut off all communication.
In addition, Briana allegedly posted a CraigsList looking for child care the day before the 5-year-old was reported missing, “I have a 5 year old and work on NAS Jax from 7:30am to 4pm. I apologize for the late notice; was bailed on. May become regular if she enjoys herself. She’s timid to may take a minute for her to open up and talk. She loves other children though: she’s an only child. We live on the north side.”
NBC News reports 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.”
Briana is a petty officer first class at the Tactical Operations Center at Naval Air Station Jacksonville. She has remained on the base since police last spoke to her.
The authorities are searching for the child from Florida to Alabama. The sherrif said, “The information that drove us to Alabama demanded this kind of response and we absolutely hope to find her alive.” However, he did reveal what the information was. Police also released an image of a car Williams may have been driving the last time the child was seen alive, which is a 2017 black Honda Accord, Florida state license plate tag QNBRI.
Taylor 3 feet tall, weighs 50 pounds and was last seen wearing purple and pink pajamas. See the video of Williams below: