At a news conference, Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams revealed it is unclear if anyone other than Brianna Williams saw Taylor alive.
The search for a 5-year-old Florida girl who went missing this week is still on. An amber alert was issued on Wednesday for Taylor Rose Williams, who allegedly went missing the same morning in Brentwood, a neighborhood in Jacksonville. Providing an update on the case, Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams revealed that the girl's mother, Brianna Williams, has stopped cooperating with the investigators' search efforts as of yesterday. According to ABC News, "Yesterday we were talking to her about some inconsistencies in her statement and that’s when she chose to stop cooperating with us," said Williams. "We need her to cooperate with his investigation to help us find her daughter."
According to official records, Taylor was last seen by her mother, Brianna, who put her to bed around midnight on Wednesday. When she woke up at around 7 a.m. the following day, Brianna found the back door of their house unlocked. Immediately, she made her way to her daughter's room to find Taylor gone. She immediately reported the matter to the authorities who then issued an Amber Alert for the missing child.
The officers have knocked on over 600 doors and in an effort to find her. They have reportedly scoured the neighboring cars and even dumpsters, leaving no stone turned. T.K. Waters, the Chief of Investigations for the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office also mentioned how they have been checking all nearby water bodies as, "children are unfortunately drawn toward water." Furthermore, he revealed that they have been in touch with Taylor's father who lives outside the state.
Amidst this crucial situation, Brianna decided not to cooperate with the authorities any longer which expectedly raised suspicions. "We do not believe that she walked away," said the sheriff at a news conference on Thursday. The fact that it was the mother who saw her last only makes matters worse. However, the sheriff notified that she has not been arrested. Williams said it is unclear if anyone other than Brianna Williams saw her daughter Taylor alive. And so, anyone who has seen the missing girl and her mother together in Jacksonville over the past six months has been asked to come forward and share the information with the sheriff's office.
#JSO Chief Waters updates on the search for Taylor Williams. “We will continue this search until she is located.” Thank you to all for continuing to share this information. #findtaylorwilliams pic.twitter.com/eL4FxHoOeA— Jax Sheriff's Office (@JSOPIO) 6 November 2019
According to a report by NBC News, the sheriff's office was flooded with hundreds of tips since Taylor when missing. Now, they are urging the public to help them find her. "We remain hopeful that we'll find Taylor," said Williams according to NBC News. "We're not going to stop on our efforts to locate her and there's not one scenario or theory that we're not exploring and every possibility is being looked at." Providing a description they mentioned that Taylor has brown eyes and black hair and is 3 feet tall weighing 50 pounds. She was last seen wearing a purple shirt and pink pajama pants. Anyone with any information about Taylor's whereabouts has been asked to immediately contact Jacksonville Sheriff's Office immediately at 904-630-0500.