Nearly 20 days after an Amber Alert was issued for missing 5-year-old Taylor Williams, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office confirmed on Monday that the child remains found in a wooded area in Alabama are, in fact, hers.
Taylor Williams was reported missing on Nov. 6 by her mother, 27-year-old Brianna Williams. She told police that she was last seen at their home in the Brentwood area of Jacksonville in the 600 block of Ivy Street.
Soon after, a multi-state search involving multiple agencies, including JSO, the FBI, NCIS and FDLE, was launched for Taylor Williams. The search led police near Linden and Demopolis, Alabama where they found the remains on Nov. 12.
After the remains were found, Sheriff Mike Williams said Brianna Williams was hospitalized in serious condition from an apparent overdose. A friend of Brianna Williams told First Coast News that she overdosed while police were on their way to arrest her. Family members said she was put in a medically induced coma.
Despite being hospitalized, Brianna Williams was arrested on charges of child neglect and giving false information to police. After she awoke from her coma, Brianna Williams was transported to the Duval County Jail on Thursday, Nov. 21. She was booked on a $1 million bond.
During the announcement of her arrest, Mike Williams said there were "indications [the body] may be Taylor Williams" and that investigators were waiting on forensic testing.
SOURCE: First Coast News