Police searching for a 5-year-old Florida girl who was reported missing last week by her mother, who said the girl disappeared from home overnight, found human remains in rural Alabama, authorities said Tuesday.
The team looking for Taylor Rose Williams found a body, according to a statement issued by police in Demopolis, Alabama.
The remains were located in a wooded area between two towns in Marengo County, located about 100 miles (160 kilometers) west of Montgomery, police said.
Authorities were working to confirm the victim’s identification, according to the statement.
Footage from news outlets showed multiple police vehicles parked along a dirt road in the area where authorities said remains were found.
The child was reported missing from her Jacksonville, Florida, home last Wednesday. Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams has said Taylor’s mother, Brianna Williams, hasn’t spoken with investigators since that day.
The sheriff, who is not related to the Williams family, has called Brianna Williams a person of interest in the case. News outlets reported the woman told police she last saw the child in her bed about midnight, and an exterior door was open and the girl was gone the next morning.
Brianna Williams has been staying at the Jacksonville naval air base she works, authorities said.
Investigators issued a release 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.
Brianna Williams is from the county in which the remains were found, according to FirstCoastNews.com.
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.
SOURCE: The Associated Press