Taylor Rose Williams was reported missing in Jacksonville, Florida on Wednesday
The desperate search for a five-year-old girl has entered its third day, as the grim circumstances in the case continue to mount and the girl’s mother breaks off cooperation with police.
Taylor Rose Williams was reported missing in Jacksonville, Florida at around 7.22am on Wednesday morning by her mother, Naval Petty Officer 1st Class Brianna Williams.
Brianna Williams claimed that she had put Taylor to bed the prior evening, but woke up in the morning and noticed the girl wasn’t in her room and the back door to their home was wide open.
Now, Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams says that Brianna Williams is no longer cooperating with investigators, and that it may have been months since anyone besides the mother has seen young Taylor.
In a bleak development, cadaver dog picked up on scents in the trunk of Brianna Williams’ car, sources told WJXT-TV.
Naval Petty Officer 1st Class Brianna Williams (above) claimed she woke up in the morning and noticed the girl wasn’t in her room and the back door to their home was wide open
Reports indicate that cadaver dogs alerted to signs of decomposition in the trunk of Brianna Williams’ car. The car was towed from the home by police on Wednesday (above)
Although authorities haven’t confirmed the accuracy of the statement, they towed Brianna Williams’ car from her home in the Brentwood neighborhood on Wednesday.
‘There’s not one scenario of theory that we’re not exploring, and every possibility is being looked at,’ the sheriff said at a press conference on Thursday.
Sheriff Williams asked anyone who has seen the girl in the past six months to come forward and speak with investigators.
Asked if he could confirm when Taylor was last seen by anyone other than her mother, the sheriff said: ‘We don’t know. So that is part of what we are digging into.’
At least one community member has come forward to say that she saw Taylor on June 5 at an on-base daycare her own child also attended on Naval Air Station Jacksonville.
‘The kids were in the same class all year long, so I had seen her basically every day until the last day’ of day care, the mother told Action News Jacksonville.
However, it’s unclear whether Taylor was ever enrolled in school for the fall, and investigators are trying to piece together her mother’s movements in recent months.
Sheriff Mike Williams gives an update on missing 5-year-old Taylor Rose Williams on Thursday
Neighbors at the new Ivy Street home, where Brianna Williams moved on Sunday, say they never saw the girl. Women are seen gathering on the street on Thursday awaiting updates
On Sunday, Brianna Williams moved within Jacksonville from Southside Villas to the Ivy Street home in Brentwood.
However, a woman who helped her on the move says that she did not see the little girl during the move.
We never saw a child. We never heard a child. Nothing,’ Tiffani Nicole, who was hired to help on the move, told WJXT-TV. ‘I was assuming the kid was in day care, or the child was with a friend, so she can get her apartment cleaned out.’
Nicole said Brianna Williams’ house was messy, and the child’s mother was behaving strangely.
‘It honestly looked like she had been recently evicted or something because it was not well lived-in if there was a child there,’ Nicole said. ‘There was old food all over the floor, underneath the couches. There was trash everywhere.’
However, one of the items that Nicole helped move was a toddler’s bed, she said.
Neighbors at Brianna William’s new home in Brentwood said that they had never seen the young girl since the mother moved in on Sunday.
Taylor (left, and right with her mother) was last seen by someone other than her mother in June
Firefighters walk down Ivy Street in Jacksonville in the search for 5-year-old Taylor Rose Williams who was reported missing on Wednesday morning
On Thursday night, the sheriff’s office removed its command center from outside the Brentwood home and wound down massive ground search operations in the area.
However, police say the Amber Alert for Taylor remains in effect and the investigation remains a high priority.
As of Thursday night, a Jacksonville detective was headed to speak with Taylor’s biological father, Maurice Tate, who lives in Alabama.
Family members in Alabama said he hasn’t seen his daughter in roughly two years, after Brianna Williams moved from that state to Jacksonville.
Sheriff Williams was quick to point out that Brianna Williams has not been arrested or charged, despite refusing to cooperate after investigators pointed out inconsistencies in her statements.
‘Here’s what we know: We know that Brianna Williams was the last person to see Taylor, and we need for her to cooperate with us in this investigation,’ Sheriff Williams said
Taylor was last seen wearing a purple shirt and pink pajama bottoms. Authorities describe her as being three-feet tall, weighing 50 pounds and having brown eyes and black hair
‘Nothing’s off the table. We won’t take the steps to say she’s a suspect. We know her daughter is missing and she was the last person to see her. We know she didn’t walk away.’
The sheriff’s office also refused to comment on whether there had been any reported cases of child abuse or neglect filed against Brianna, or on the conditions inside Brianna’s home.
The mother had previously listed an advertisement seeking childcare on Craigslist, Sheriff Williams acknowledged.
Taylor was last seen wearing a purple shirt and pink pajama bottoms. Authorities describe her as being three-feet tall, weighing 50 pounds and having brown eyes and black hair.
Anyone who has seen Taylor or may have information on her whereabouts is urged to contact Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office immediately at 904-630-0500.