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Police: Human remains found in search for missing 5-year-old; mother charged amid OD

Taylor Rose Williams

DEMOPOLIS, Ala. — Human remains were found in the search for 5-year-old Taylor Rose Williams, who was reported missing in Florida Nov. 6, the Demopolis Police Department in Alabama said Tuesday, Nov. 12. Authorities said they charged the mother with child neglect and giving false information to investigators.

Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams announced the charges against Brianna Williams during a news conference on Tuesday evening. She was absentee booked at a hospital after being admitted because of an apparent overdose.

Taylor Rose Williams was reported missing from her Jacksonville, Florida, home Wednesday, Nov. 6.

“The multi-agency investigative team involved in the search for missing Taylor Rose Williams confirmed that search teams uncovered human remains in a wooded area between the cities of Linden and Demopolis, Alabama,” the police department said in a Facebook post. “Victim identification is pending.”

The post said authorities were awaiting the completion of forensic tests. “Operational efforts will now shift to secure and process the evidence at the scene,” police said.

The search for Taylor had expanded beyond Florida into Alabama.

An Amber Alert was issued Nov. 6. Law enforcement officials were asking anyone who saw Taylor or her mother between Jacksonville, Florida, and Alabama to come forward, said Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams in a news conference Monday.

Taylor’s mother, Brianna Williams, was not cooperating with authorities, Sheriff Williams said.

“She has not spoken to us since Wednesday and she was the last person to see Taylor,” Sheriff Williams said. “She is a person of interest in this case and we still need her cooperation in our efforts.”

In contrast, Taylor’s extended family had been talking to authorities and had been “very cooperative,” the sheriff said.

Search efforts had been focused on the area around Demopolis and Linden in western Alabama near the Mississippi border, the sheriff said.

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