An Indiana woman said she has DNA evidence to prove she is the 7-year-old child who went missing in Virginia more than 20 years ago. WWBT reported on Tuesday.
In 2000, Brittany Renee Williams, of Henrico, Virginia, disappeared from the independent foster home where she lived. Police searched for the seven-year-old, who was being treated for AIDS, but to no avail, leading authorities to assume she was dead, especially without her medication.
But Kaylynn Stevenson, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, came up with DNA evidence that she believes proves she is the missing child, WWBT reported.
Stevenson told WWBT that she had forgotten most of the details from her past, except for her last name, Williams. After searching Google for missing children with that last name, she said her life had been revealed to her through media reports and information about her disappearance.
“And the picture of Brittany Renee Williams popped up,” Stevenson said. “I woke up my wife from her sleep and thought, ‘This is me! I know me when I see me. This is me!'”
Ladajah Kelly, Stevenson’s wife, told WWBT she saw the resemblance between her partner and the photos of 7-year-old Brittany, “from the hairline to the ears, to the smile, to the chin.”
“Even the birthmark on her neck…I started putting the pieces together that she was real,” Kelly told WWBT.
Stevenson said she had a blotchy memory of her time at Rainbow Kids, Kim Parker’s foster family.
Lt. Kevin Howdyshell, a cold case detective for the Henrico Police Department, told WWBT that multiple people have contacted Henrico County’s Child Protective Services out of concern about the children in Parker’s care.
“Concern about possible neglect, concern about possible abuse of some children,” Howdyshell said.
Court documents obtained by WWBT revealed that Parker was indicted on 73 counts of fraud and charged with taking $24,000 in government benefits intended for Brittany. She took a plea deal with a 10-year prison sentence.
WWBT reported that Parker had sent Brittany to live with two women in California, which police said was untrue. Stevenson told WWBT that she lived in Ohio with her adoptive parents for most of her life and recently began researching her biological family in Richmond, Virginia.
Stevenson also said she had taken a DNA test on Anastasia McElroy, the first daughter of Brittany’s mother Rose Marie Thompson and Stevenson’s alleged half-sister. The in-lab test showed that the couple has a 95.83% chance of being half-sisters, WWBT reported.
However, discrepancies persist in proving that Stevenson is Brittany, such as Stevenson’s birth certificate not matching Brittany’s birthday, or how no doctor had diagnosed Stevenson with HIV or AIDS like Brittany.
Nevertheless, Stevenson told WWBT that “blood doesn’t lie and a DNA test doesn’t lie at all.”
“So I don’t have AIDS, but I’m Brittany Renee Williams,” she continued.
“The Henrico County Police Department is committed to a thorough investigation into this cold case and any new leads,” Lieutenant Matthew Pecka, a Henrico Police Department spokesman, said in a statement. “We are actively investigating and working with our federal partners.”