Police in Alabama have identified the remains of a young child as that of missing 5-year-old Taylor Rose Williams of Jacksonville, Florida.
The remains were recovered in a wooded area between the cities of Linden and Demopolis. Taylor's mom, Brianna Williams, is a person of interest in the case. Williams, 27, attempted suicide and is hospitalized in critical condition, WTSP reports.
Police were en route to arrest Williams around the time that she attempted suicide. It is not know how she harmed herself.
Taylor was last seen alive when her mother put her to bed on Nov. 6 in her Jacksonville home. Williams said when she awoke the next morning, Taylor was gone and the back door was unlocked.
Williams, who is from the Alabama area, stopped cooperating with law enforcement after they found inconsistencies in her story.
"She has not spoken to us since Wednesday and she was the last person to see Taylor," Sheriff Mike Williams said during a press conference on Monday. "She is a person of interest in this case and we still need her cooperation in our efforts."
Williams' black 2017 Honda Accord was towed from her driveway after a cadaver dog alerted officers to the trunk area.
Police also questioned the Navy Petty Officer about a Craigslist.com advertisement for a babysitter that was placed a day before Taylor was reported missing. The ad mentioned a babysitter "bailed on" Williams.
Police are asking the public to come forward if they saw Taylor with Williams or the car traveling between Florida and Alabama in the past six months. The Honda Accord has tinted windows and black rims.
More than 120 law enforcement officers and volunteers were involved in the search for Taylor.
Police in Jacksonville issued an Amber Alert for missing 5-year-old Taylor Rose Williams, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
Taylor's mother Brianna Williams told Jacksonville police she last saw Taylor when she put her to bed in her home in the 600 block of Ivy Street around midnight on Wednesday, Nov. 6.
Williams said she woke up the next day to find Taylor missing and the back door unlocked.
Williams has since stopped cooperating with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office after inconsistencies were found in her story.
During her police interrogation Williams was questioned about a wanted ad that was posted on Craigslist the day before she reported Taylor missing.
According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, a wanted ad was placed on Craigslist on Tuesday, Nov. 5. The ad states "childcare needed tomorrow" and that a babysitter "bailed on" the mother, according to Action News Jax.
The ad did not include Williams' name, but detectives say the ad's author mentioned having a 5-year-old daughter, working at the Jacksonville Naval Air Station, and living in Jacksonville's Northside section.
Williams is a Petty Officer 1st Class who works at the Jacksonville Naval Air Station.
Williams' family members arrived in town from Alabama to assist in the investigation. They told detectives they had not seen Taylor in six months.
Sheriff Mike Williams is asking anyone who may have seen Williams together with Taylor in the past six months to contact the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office at (904) 630-0500.
First Coast Crime Stoppers has increased the reward for information in the case to $4,000.
More than 120 law enforcement officers and community residents are searching for missing 5-year-old Taylor Rose Williams in Jacksonville, Florida.
The girl went missing from her Brentwood home in the 600 block of Ivy Street around midnight on Wednesday, Nov. 6. Her mother, Brianna Williams, told police she put Taylor to bed around midnight on Tuesday.
When Brianna woke up at 7 a.m., she said Taylor was missing and the back door was open. Taylor was last seen wearing a purple shirt and pink pajama pants.
A car that was parked in the home's driveway was towed to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office to be searched for evidence, according to 11 Alive News.
Several law enforcement agencies, including the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office and Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department, have joined in the search for the child.
Officers went door to door at the Paradise Island Apartments, near Southside Boulevard and Baymeadows Road. Boats were brought in to search a shallow pond near the apartments.
Police say Taylor's mother is cooperating with the investigation.
"Taylor is the most important thing here right now," JSO Chief T. K. Waters said. "We are very concerned, but we are going to search and we will continue to search throughout the night in hopes of finding Taylor."
Florida Crime Stoppers is offering a $3,000 reward for information on Taylor Williams. Anyone with information is asked to call 1-866-845-TIPS. You can remain anonymous.