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Jacksonville children, 5 and 6, have been missing for more than a day

A couple walking in the neighborhood said they saw a woman “speeding" away with two children in the backseat.
Braxton Williams, 6, and Bri’ya Williams, 5, last were seen around 11:30 a.m. Sunday in the area of 10000 W. Beaver Street on Jacksonville’s west side. [Jacksonville Sheriff's Office]
Braxton Williams, 6, and Bri’ya Williams, 5, last were seen around 11:30 a.m. Sunday in the area of 10000 W. Beaver Street on Jacksonville’s west side. [Jacksonville Sheriff's Office]
Published Dec. 16, 2019
Updated Dec. 16, 2019

Authorities in Jacksonville continue to search for two young children that have been missing for more than a full day.

Braxton Williams, 6, and Bri’ya Williams, 5, last were seen playing in front of a residence around 11:30 a.m. Sunday in the 10200 block of West Beaver Street on Jacksonville’s west side, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

“We are working multiple scenarios,” Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said during a news conference Monday afternoon. “Foul play could be a factor.”

There is no person of interest at this point, according to Williams.

The extensive search includes "a very dense, wooded area to the north,” he said.

AMBER Alert Update Sheriff Williams speaks regarding missing children Braxton and Bri’ya Williams who were last seen yesterday in the area of 10200 West Beaver Street.

Posted by Jacksonville Sheriff's Office on Monday, December 16, 2019

Though Braxton was initially described as wearing a red sweater and blue jeans, the Sheriff’s Office released an update around 9 a.m. Monday saying the information was incorrect, as the sweater was found inside the home. Bri’ya was wearing a gray sweater with multi-colored writing on it.

Braxton has autistic spectrum disorder, the Sheriff’s Office said, but will communicate with others.

Family members searched on their own for a couple of hours Sunday before authorities were called around 1:30 p.m.

An Amber Alert was issued around 5:15 p.m.

The parents have been cooperating with the investigation, Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said.

"(The children) could realistically be anywhere in Florida if they’re not alone,” Sheriff’s Office spokesman Christian Hancock told First Coast News. “If they are alone, obviously, they’re in danger because they’re 5 and 6 years old.”

A couple walking in the neighborhood told First Coast News they saw a woman “speeding out” of the neighborhood with two children in the backseat around 11:50 a.m. Sunday, about 20 minutes after the children were last reported seen.

“We were walking down the entrance back toward our trailer, and there was a woman speeding out and I had to jerk (his girlfriend) out the way, (the driver) was going so fast,” the neighbor told the station. “And the woman had two kids in the backseat."

“The little boy that was on the left side of the car, he had his hands up on the window like this,” the man’s girlfriend told the station, putting her hands up. “We didn’t think anything about it, but then when police said they were last seen at 11:30 a.m., it kind of jogged our memory as to what we had saw.”

The couple told the station they do not know if the children they saw are the ones that went missing.

Deputies ask that anyone with information about the missing children call (904) 630-0500.

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