The Toledo Blade, when talking about the much more recent disappearance of a two-year-old girl, brings up several other local cases including the almost totally forgotten disappearance of Jamel Williams, who went missing nineteen years ago last month. He was three. Although biracial, of mixed white and black ancestry, he had blond hair and blue eyes.
Jamel’s mother has refused to cooperate with the police, even to the extent of refusing to hand over a DNA sample for comparison with unidentified remains. They can’t force her to give them her DNA, and I don’t understand why she won’t do it. The only reasons I can think of for that are bad ones. I should note that, although Jamel and his mom and her boyfriend moved into their apartment almost six weeks before the child’s disappearance, no one else who lived in the building remembers having ever seen the child.
He never got very much press attention. It’s hard to get press attention for a missing child unless their family is willing to advocate for them, or at least be interviewed, and it looks like that didn’t happen.
I hope he’s alive. If he is, he would be 23 in August.