Jamel Williams gets rare mention in the press

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.

11 thoughts on “Jamel Williams gets rare mention in the press

  1. Crystal June 19, 2013 / 9:22 am

    Ugh. Why do these people reproduce when clearly they don’t want a child? Use some freaking birth control!

    Poor baby. I hope whatever happened to him was quick.

    • Meaghan June 19, 2013 / 9:30 am

      I wonder that myself. I don’t like children and I think I would make a bad parent. So I don’t have any kids. It is for the sake of those hypothetical kids as much as for my own sake that I have decided not to have any.

  2. Karen Klinesmith Weber June 19, 2013 / 10:05 am

    It’s scary how people like this basically get away with murder. I’ve always thought that about cases like this or the high profile one of the boy in the box. Very, very sad and again, scary.

  3. Elin June 20, 2013 / 4:30 am

    Horrible! Are they sitting with an unidentified body and a mother who refuses to give DNA or has that body been identified through other means? If they think it is him they should get relative of the mom to give DNA and see if it is at least likely it is him…

    • Meaghan June 20, 2013 / 4:56 am

      As far as I know they don’t have any particular body in mind, it’s just for if they find any likely candidates in the future. And yes, it would be good if they could get DNA from a relative of the mother, but without Mom’s DNA how can they make a definitive identification?

      I wonder if Jamel has a father out there they can get in touch with…

  4. Elin June 20, 2013 / 6:08 am

    I assume that if the body shares mitochondrial DNA with the mother’s relatives and no other child is missing in that family it might be enough to start an investigation and force the mom to give DNA. I assume that the police has a better chance of forcing someone to give DNA if they can prove a crime. If they can’t prove a crime perhaps relatives who do care might influence the mother to give up her blood.

    • Meaghan June 20, 2013 / 6:19 am

      That’s assuming Jamel has relatives who care about him. Alas, far too many children do not.

      This reminds me of an article I read about social workers using novel means to try to find caregivers for older children in foster care. Due to their age, those children stood very little chance of being adopted. Some social workers started doing genealogical research on the children, and would find distant relatives and contact them, saying, “Billy is your second cousin once removed and he’s kind of in a bad situation, he’s in a group home and we can’t find anyone willing to take him. We were wondering if, as he is a relative, you’d like to foster him or even maybe adopt him?” The method had met with a surprising level of success.

  5. anisathomas July 14, 2013 / 7:02 pm

    HIS dad maybe knows some aboutt n he probly got brainwash but his dad dieng of cancer so no one sure #hopefully my brother alive

    • Alwayssunny33 January 21, 2014 / 10:00 am

      Do you think HIS dad kidnapped him?

      • anisa thomas April 13, 2014 / 7:53 am

        His dad didn’t want him with my mom he had to do it AMD brain wash him we still hope he out there

    • Mason J Carroll March 9, 2020 / 8:24 pm

      What was the name of the father?.

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