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Human remains found in search for missing 5-year-old girl, mom arrested

Posted at 3:48 PM, Nov 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-12 23:09:51-05

DEMOPOLIS, Ala. -- Human remains have been found in the search for 5-year-old Taylor Williams, who was reported missing in Florida last week, the Demopolis Police Department in Alabama said Tuesday.

"The multi-agency investigative team involved in the search for missing Taylor 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."

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The post said authorities were awaiting the completion of forensics 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 this week. On Tuesday, the Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said Taylor's mother, Brianna Williams, has been charged with child neglect and making false statements.

As of Tuesday night, Brianna Williams is in the hospital after an apparent overdose, deputies said. Brianna Williams is under serious condition, JSO said.

Taylor has been missing since November 6, when an Amber Alert was issued. Law enforcement officials were asking anyone who saw Taylor or her mother between Jacksonville, Florida, and Alabama to come forward, JSO's Mike Williams said in a news conference Monday.

Brianna Williams had stopped cooperating with the search for her missing daughter after deputies asked her about some inconsistencies in her story.

"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 has been talking to authorities and has been "very cooperative," the sheriff said.

Taylor's mother worked and lived at the naval station in Jacksonville, Sheriff Williams said.

CNN has reached out to Taylor's mother and other family members but has not heard back.

The sheriff said Brianna Williams would have been traveling in a black 2017 Honda Accord with tinted windows and black rims.

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