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October 16, 2021

Woman Claims She Has DNA Proof She's the Missing Girl in Cold Case That Happened 21 Years Ago

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When Kaylynn Stevenson saw a photo of a missing girl from 21 years ago on the internet, she knew she was staring at herself. As an adopted child with not many childhood memories, she decided to find out her true identity.

Twenty-one years ago, a little girl named Brittany Renee Williams disappeared from Rainbow Kids, an independent foster home run by Kim Parker in the '90s.

At that time, Williams was among the children with serious medical issues or learning disabilities under Parker's care. She had AIDS. However, in 2000, Williams disappeared -- she didn't show up to school or appear for court hearings.

Kaylynn Stevenson claims to be Brittany Williams, a missing girl from 21 years ago. | Source: youtube.com/NBC12 Richmond / twitter.com/Blavity

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MISSING GIRL

Parker claimed to have sent Williams to California under the guardianship of two women. However, when police investigated the matter, her story was turned down. In addition, detectives presumed Williams had died, especially since she had no access to her AIDS treatment. 

Several sources also claimed potential neglect and maltreatment ensued within the walls of Rainbow Kids, thus calling Henrico Virginia's child protective services.

Eventually, Parker was charged with 73 counts of fraud and accused of stealing government benefits for Williams, amounting to $24,000. She spent ten years in jail.

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An old photograph Brittany Williams, a missing girl from 21 years ago. | Source: twitter.com/Blavity

CLAIMING TO BE WILLIAMS

While everyone believed that the case had been closed, Kaylynn Stevenson came forward recently, claiming to be the missing child from 21 years ago.

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The Indiana resident's physical features undoubtedly resemble that of Williams. In addition, Stevenson has scars on her torso that match the description of the missing child. She shared:

"I don't remember a lot because so much was going on that, especially when you're young, you can't understand [...] I do remember a feeding tube. I do remember that."

Kaylynn Stevenson claims to be Brittany Williams, a missing girl from 21 years ago. | Source: twitter.com/Blavity

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She also recalls being in a pastel pink-like room and meeting a little boy in a wheelchair who was mute. Although she did not remember the name Brittany, her memory somehow retained the family name, Williams.

When she googled missing kids with the last name Williams, she saw a photo of a child that she knew was her. Stevenson's wife, Ladajah Kelly, shared

"From the hairline to the ears, to the smile, to the chin. Even the mole on her neck. I started putting the pieces together that that was really her."

Kaylynn Stevenson claims to be Brittany Williams, a missing girl from 21 years ago. | Source: twitter.com/Blavity

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THE DIFFERENCES

Despite the similar characteristics, Stevenson's birth certificate from her adoptive parents indicates a different date of birth.

She also does not have AIDS and had blood work completed many times in the past to verify. In fact, she was cleared to donate blood and has a seven-year-old biological daughter, Isabella.

Nevertheless, Stevenson is sure that she is the little girl that went missing over two decades ago and has the DNA to prove it.

An old photograph Brittany Williams, a missing girl from 21 years ago. | Source: twitter.com/Blavity

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PROVEN THROUGH TESTS

Both the police and FBI have tested Stevenson's DNA with the only other daughter of her birth mother, Rose Marie Thompson. Although the authorities have yet to reveal anything, Anastasia McElroy, Thompson's daughter, already met Stevenson.

McElroy, who was also adopted, burst into tears upon seeing a photograph of Stevenson. "Look at that smile on her face," she said in a video chat with Stevenson. "I knew it was you."

The sisters immediately took matters into their own hands and had a DNA test. With no surprise, the result showed a 95.83% probability of being half-siblings. Currently, the pair are happy to be reunited.

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Unfortunately, not all missing persons have a happy ending like Stevenson. For example, a missing eight-year-old girl, Taryn Summers, had it the worst.

After she was filed missing, Summers was found lifeless in an Idaho woman's property. Corinne Smith was then charged with multiple offenses.

Not knowing whether a missing person is safe or in danger can be devastating to parents, relatives, and friends. However, Stevenson's story gives hope to many who share the same experience.

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