Navy petty officer is now a person of interest in 5-year-old daughter's disappearance

Taylor Rose Williams


By THERESA BRAINE | New York Daily News | Published: November 12, 2019

NEW YORK (Tribune News Service) — Having ceased cooperating with police in her daughter’s disappearance, the mother of 5-year-old Taylor Rose Williams is now considered a person of interest, police announced Monday.

Florida police and numerous other agencies are searching tirelessly for the girl, who was last seen in her Jacksonville bedroom around midnight Tuesday but was not there Wednesday morning, according to her mother, Brianna Williams. But after investigators questioned “inconsistencies” in her statement, the U.S. Navy petty officer first class stopped talking and has remained at the Tactical Operations Center Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, police said.

“She is a person of interest in this case, and we still need her cooperation in our efforts,” Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said at a press conference Monday. “And we’re still asking for the public’s help with providing us any details related to Taylor’s whereabouts.”

The search has expanded to areas around Demopolis, Alabama, where Brianna Williams has extended family, reported WJXX-TV. Multiple agencies have joined in, including the FBI and Naval Criminal Investigative Service, NBC News said. Mayor Lenny Curry approved 38 members of the city’s search and rescue team to help in efforts there. The search also includes parts of Georgia, WJXX-TV reported. The Amber Alert issued last Wednesday still stands.

In addition, Williams asked anyone who has seen the mother and daughter together anywhere between Jacksonville and Alabama in the past two weeks to alert police. They would have most likely been riding in the mother’s black 2017 Honda Accord, police said.

“It’s a little different than last time — specifically we’re asking anyone who has seen Brianna and Taylor together — this time between Jacksonville and Alabama — in the last two weeks,” Williams said.

Mike Williams did not reveal what prompted the change in tack.

“We feel pretty comfortable that this is the right step to take to bring closure to this case,” Williams said. “The information that drove us to Alabama demanded this kind of response. And we absolutely hope to find her alive.”

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