Navy petty officer no longer cooperating with law enforcement search for missing 5-year-old daughter
By JESSICA SCHLADEBECK | New York Daily News | Published: November 8, 2019
NEW YORK (Tribune News Service) — A U.S. Navy petty officer and mother of a missing 5-year-old girl who vanished from her Florida bedroom earlier this week has stopped cooperating with authorities and their search efforts.
Taylor Rose Williams was last seen alive in her Jacksonville home when her mother, Brianna Williams, put her to bed around midnight on Wednesday. When she woke up the following morning, Williams told authorities she noted her back door was unlocked and that Taylor was no longer in her room.
The mother phoned 911 and an Amber alert was issued for the missing girl on Thursday.
Authorities said that while she was initially cooperative, Williams, who is stationed at the Tactical Operations Center at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, has since opted against working with law enforcement, NBC News reported.
Williams is not under arrest nor is she considered a suspect at this time.
“Yesterday we were talking to her about some inconsistencies in her statement and that’s when she chose to stop cooperating with us,” Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams told reporters during a press conference on Thursday.
“We remain hopeful that we’ll find Taylor. 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."
Hundreds of tips have poured in since the 5-year-old disappeared earlier this week and authorities have knocked on at least 600 doors in the past 30 hours alone in a bid to gain information in the case.
Florida CrimeStoppers is offering up to $3,000 in reward money for information regarding Taylor’s whereabouts. She is described to be about 3 feet tall and weighing 50 pounds.
She was last seen wearing purple and pink pajamas.