Michigan Man Claims to Be D'Wan Sims Who Went Missing 25 Years Ago at Age 4
Four-year-old D'Wan Sims was first reported missing on December 11, 1994, at the Wonderland Mall located in Livonia, Michigan.
Four-year-old D'Wan Sims vanished in 1994. He was never heard from again.— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) December 13, 2019
Now, 25 years later, a man believes he could be that little boy from Detroit. https://t.co/JIqX9fzde5
According to DAILYMAIL, Sims was put up to have been missing by his mother Dwanna Harris, whose story was that he suddenly disappeared while they were Christmas shopping.
The little boy was never found with his disappearance remaining a mystery. However, two and a half decades later, a man surfaces and claims he may be D'Wan Sims.
Exactly 25 years to the day after four-year-old D'Wan Sims went missing from the Wonderland Mall in Livonia, #Michigan, a man asserting to be the missing boy has come forward and submitted his #DNA to #police.— The Jerusalem Post (@Jerusalem_Post) December 15, 2019
"an individual came in on December 11, which just happened to be the 25th anniversary of D'Wan being missing. He came in and provided a DNA sample."
The mother of D'Wan Sims says she has had communications with a man who claims to be her son, but she has doubts and no idea if he really ishttps://t.co/vnhISDbmhp— WWJ 950 (@WWJ950) December 14, 2019
The captain also revealed that Dewanna Harris, who was Sims' mother, is working with the police on the case. She had contacted the man who claims to be her son and his name was disclosed to be Mike Cash.
According to DAILYMAIL, the attention of law enforcement officials was first drawn to Cash after he released some posts on social media claiming he was Sims.
D'Wan Sims' mom is not so sure the man who has come forward claiming to be her son is actually him. https://t.co/sagsAXv1aw— ABC12WJRT (@ABC12WJRT) December 14, 2019
The publication reported that Cash accused his parents of dishonesty on some of his childhood details.
He also uploaded a childhood photo of himself that had a strong resemblance with that of Sims, thus leaving him to believe he's the same person. At the time of Sims' disappearance back in 1994, no clear explanation could be given.
🌖 ClickOnDetroit Nightside Report: D'Wan Sims' mother questioned man who believes he could be her son, and more stories https://t.co/XE31l6nlm1— Local 4 WDIV Detroit (@Local4News) December 14, 2019
Although mom, Harris claimed he vanished while they were shopping at the Wonderland Mall, investigators stated otherwise.
This is because surveillance footage of the mall was reported to have captured Harris alone without Sims. This led to suspicion of Sims' family members on the disappearance - of which included Harris.
Man thinks he may be D’Wan Sims, boy who went missing in 1994; Livonia police take DNA sample https://t.co/8ryXDdj47P— Local 4 WDIV Detroit (@Local4News) December 13, 2019
Although investigations are still ongoing to determine if Cash is the same person as Sims using DNA, there is skepticism around the whole process.
According to FOX NEWS, the story is similar to that of Brian Michael Rini who falsely claimed that he was Timothy Pitzen back in April.
Pitzen is an Illinois boy who vanished in 2006, and when investigations began, it was revealed that Rini's claims were lies.
Is This D’Wan Sims? – DNA could solve mystery of missing child https://t.co/Cd20UgTYlW— WNKY TV (@wnkytv) December 13, 2019
Interestingly, Rini had just been released from prison in March and had only seen a story on Timothy on 'ABC's 2020'. This, he claimed, was what led to him forging the identity as he wanted to avoid his own family.Hopefully, Cash's case will be concluded soon and we will know if he is the same boy who vanished 25 years ago.