Select It Sunday: Jamel Montrice Williams

This week’s Select It Sunday case was chosen by Orla: Jamel Montrice Williams, who (allegedly) disappeared from the back steps of his mother’s apartment at a Toledo, Ohio housing project on May 25, 1994. He was three and a half years old, going on four. If he’s still alive he’ll be 24 in August.

I say Jamel “allegedly” disappeared on May 25 for the following reasons:

1. None of the family’s neighbors reported seeing Jamel at all since he and his mother and her boyfriend moved into the complex on April 15, more than a month before his reported disappearance, and
2. The police could find no evidence of Jamel’s presence in the apartment.

To cap it off, Jamel’s mom and her boyfriend were uncooperative with the investigation, and the mother refused to provide a DNA sample for comparison with any unidentified remains that should turn up.

It doesn’t look good.

Although he’s of mixed black and white ancestry, Jamel had blue eyes and blonde hair in 1994 and from his (admittedly black and white) pictures, he looks white to me. If he’s still alive, I think people should be looking for a young white man. If he is still alive, he probably doesn’t remember his origins and thinks that whoever raised him are be his parents. I did my usual searches but couldn’t find any new info on this case since I wrote about it nine months ago.

Frankly, I don’t have a lot of hope that he’s alive, but this case is certainly solvable. Chances are multiple people know what happened to little Jamel. It’s not too late for them to come forward with information.

11 thoughts on “Select It Sunday: Jamel Montrice Williams

  1. Cattt March 30, 2014 / 5:22 am

    Horrible…and the Mom! C’mon, the child was your baby! The little guy had no one to protect him.

  2. Orla March 30, 2014 / 8:41 am

    Thanks Meaghan.

    I am incoherent with rage when I think about this case.

    Suffice to say, every human life has meaning Jamel, you mattered and you still do.

    Never forgotten.

    • Meaghan March 30, 2014 / 8:50 am

      Well, I have some good news — NamUs says there is a DNA sample submitted. I don’t know if Jamel’s mom was persuaded to turn over a cheek swab, or maybe they got in touch with his biological father or other relatives. No dentals though.

  3. holly March 30, 2014 / 11:49 am

    I find it very hard to believe the neighbors would not have heard or seen a 3 year old, had he been there. Sounds very suspicious on the part of the parents. Something happened to him at their hands. Hopefully they just gave him to another family to raise. He’s a nice looking young man.

    • Mason March 9, 2020 / 9:52 am

      Did they ever find him? Where was their location before moving?

      • Meaghan March 9, 2020 / 10:42 am

        They never found him.

      • Mason J Carroll March 9, 2020 / 2:48 pm

        They probably changed his name and appearance to best of abilities. White family probably took him in. Are the relatives still involve in case?

  4. Melanie May 28, 2017 / 4:59 pm

    Jamel was my baby cousin. I was in foster care when he came up missing so I cannot say if he was there at the apartment at any point but Aunt Kelly was always such a loving person. She did make VERY poor decisions on men she accociated with and after staying the night at her home I saw how aggressive her boyfriend at the time was. That was about a year before he came up missing and I did not return to her house after that. As a 1 year old he looked African American with the short curly cue hair. It was a dirty blonde color, his eyes were blue because most of our family members have blue eyes, and his skin color was a very very tan looking shade of white. According to my aunt his hair lost the curls and became wavy that year before he came up missing. Its funny noone ever questions where his father is and what his involvement was in the disappearance. There is more to this story. I just wish we knew what happened to sweet MelMel.

    • Mason J Carroll March 9, 2020 / 6:27 pm

      Who was the father? Did anyone ever question him.. could the Toledo police be involved or no?

    • Mason J Carroll March 10, 2020 / 5:56 pm

      Was he born polydactel extra digits on hands?

  5. kimber May 25, 2020 / 10:33 pm

    I remember this happening. The mom didn’t seem very distraut to me. I think the poor little boy will never be found and that he was not alive when she called to report him missing. Sad just sad.

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