Two Jacksonville children, Braxton and Bri’ya Williams, 6 and 5 years old, have been missing since 11:30 a.m. Sunday.
JACKSONVILLE — The Jacksonville community, still reeling after the discovery of missing 5-year-old Taylor Rose Williams dead in another state, now are fretting the possibilities as two more children have been missing two days.
Family said Braxton and Bri’ya Williams, 6 and 5 years old respectively, were last seen about 11:30 a.m. Sunday playing in their front yard in the Paradise Village mobile home community at 10201 W. Beaver St., the Sheriff’s Office said. Their father was barbecuing at the time.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement issued an Amber Alert at 5:15 p.m. as first responders and volunteers continued to search for them.
Monday the Sheriff’s Office provided new photos of the siblings and also advised that the initial clothing description of a red sweater for Braxton was incorrect because it was found in the home.
Sheriff Mike Williams also provided a noon update, but the children still hadn’t been found. He they’re looking into all possibilities but didn’t have any specific leads as to what may have happened. He said the family is cooperating.
Braxton, who has a form of autism, is about 3-foot-4, 40 pounds with medium-length black hair and brown eyes. He was wearing blue jeans. Bri’ya is about 3-foot, 30 pounds and has black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a gray sweatshirt with colorful writing on the front and black leggings. The children are African-American.
Sheriff’s Office spokesman Christian Hancock said when family couldn’t find them, they called police about 1:30 p.m.
“It’s been seven hours plus that they’ve been missing, so they could realistically be anywhere in Florida if they are not alone,” Hancock said Sunday.
“We don’t know if they are alone or with somebody. … If they are alone, obviously, they are in danger because they are 5 and 6 years old,” Hancock said.
He said they are not going to spare any expense to find them, including searching throughout the night and also using a helicopter and K-9s. Police were going door-to-door deployed their dive team as well as the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department with its Urban Search and Rescue team.
“We’re searching ponds. We’re searching trash cans. We’re searching everything that we have the ability to search right now,” Hancock said.
The children’s grandmother Roxanne Lloyd told news partner First Coast News she never known them to wander off or go out in the woods nearby. She said she cried all night and that the mother and father and the rest of the family are devastated.
She said she’s seen things like this on TV but never thought it would happen to her family.
Anyone who has seen the children should call the Sheriff’s Office at (904) 630-0500 or First Coast Crime Stoppers at (866) 845-8477 (845-TIPS) or email JSOCrimeTips@jaxsheriff.org or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Just last month authorities initiated a similar search for Taylor, the another missing 5-year-old. Mother Brianna Shontae Williams, 27, said when she got up in the morning on Nov. 6, Taylor wasn't in her Ivy Street bedroom.
But authorities would later learn no one had seen the little girl for weeks, and the search expanded to the mother's former hometown in Alabamba where they found Taylor's remains in some woods on Nov. 12. Williams, who police said tried to kill herself afterward, was arrested on charges of child neglect and giving false information to law enforcement.
Times-Union writers Teresa Stepzinski and Dan Scanlan contributed to this report.