Kids go missing in Jacksonville Florida


Image of missing kids Bri’ya and Braxton taken from News4Jax

AnnaBella McGinnis, Reporter

On Sunday, December 15th, an AMBER Alert was issued at 5:15 p.m. for missing children, Braxton and Bri’ya Williams.

The siblings were reportedly playing outside while their family was preparing for a barbecue. The father went into the kitchen momentarily and came back to nothing. They were last seen at 11:30 am, and by 1:30 p.m. they were officially reported as missing.

In an interview with News 6, the father said “The kids was right outside the door, which is probably only steps away from the kitchen. You know, he could look out the kitchen window and see the kids.” 

In addition, Kayla, a neighbor identified only by first name, mentioned to News4Jax how “Last week, my kids were out playing, and I guess the lady across the street saw a white male in his 60s was staring at my kids playing.” She added that the lady “said he was staring at them, and then drove up a little bit and then blared ‘SpongeBob’ music and put it in reverse and came back to where my kids were as if like he was trying to catch their attention.”  

During an investigation, officers learned that within a 2-mile radius of the Paradise Village mobile home park, there are exactly 30 registered sexual offenders and predators. Plenty of volunteers in their neighborhood have looked for the kids, but so far, as of writing this, nothing has been found.