Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office cancelled the Amber Alert and said Monday the Taylor Rose Williams missing person case is now a death Investigation
Earlier this month human remains were discovered in Demopolis, Alabama, 500 miles away from where Taylor went missing in Jacksonville, Florida
The remains were found six days after Williams reported Taylor missing
Cops have confirmed it is the five-year-old but haven’t shared the cause of death
The child’s mother Brianna Williams, declared a person of interest, was hospitalized around the same time cops prepared to arrest her for child neglect and giving false information
The 27-year-old Naval Petty Officer was on life support after she appeared to overdose on an undisclosed ingested substance and she is still not cooperating
Cops said they were preparing to tell her the remains were identified as her daughter Taylor
JSO Chief of Detectives T.K. Water said Monday that the child was identified via DNA test but said her cause of death had not been determined.
He said they were preparing to tell Williams about the ID and confirmed she was still not cooperating with authorities.
Water who would not reveal how they were led to the remains, said they are committed to getting justice for the child.
Williams had reported Taylor missing but the mother stopped cooperating with detectives after being questioned about inconsistencies in her story.
Williams had been named as a person of interest in her daughter’s disappearance.
The search was expanded to rural Alabama and within a 25-mile radius of the mother’s hometown Linden and Demopolis where she has friends.
The remains were found by County Road 44 off Highway 28 in Marengo County
The identification comes a few days after Williams was transferred to the Duval County jail following nine days at a local hospital being treated for an apparent overdose.
Williams was on life support but currently remains jailed on $1.1million bond.
Investigators said no one else is currently in custody in relation to Taylor’s disappearance.
Williams had claimed she put Taylor to bed that night but woke up the following morning to find the little girl wasn’t in her room and the back door of their home was wide open.
Since reporting her daughter missing, authorities said Williams had been staying at the Jacksonville naval air base where she works.
Investigators had issued an alert on Monday asking whether anyone had seen the child and her mother in a black Honda Accord between Jacksonville and Alabama within the past two weeks.
State, federal and local authorities from Alabama and Florida assisted in the search, which included officers walking through a drainage pond near the child’s home in Jacksonville.
Authorities wouldn’t previously elaborate on how long the remains appeared to have been in that location.
Sheriff Williams previously revealed it may have been months since Taylor had been seen by anyone other than her mother.
At least one person has come forward to say they she saw Taylor on June 5 at an on-base daycare facility that her own child also attends at the Naval Air Station Jacksonville.
‘The kids were in the same class all year long, so I had seen her basically every day until the last day of day care,’ the woman told Action News Jacksonville.
It is not clear if Taylor was enrolled in school for the fall.
Williams moved house within Jacksonville on November 3 and a woman who helped her re-locate said she didn’t see Taylor during that time.
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Nicole said Williams’ house was messy and that she was behaving strangely.
‘It honestly looked like she had been recently evicted or something because it was not well lived-in if there was a child there,’ Nicole said.
‘There was old food all over the floor, underneath the couches. There was trash everywhere.’
Nicole said she did help move a toddler’s bed.
Neighbors at Williams’ new home said they hadn’t seen the young girl since the mother moved in.