Brittany Renee Williams

When Brittany Renee Williams, then 7, went missing in 2000, she was thought to be dead. But now a woman says she is Williams and has the scars and DNA tests to prove it.

Brittany Renee Williams, who was seven years old at the time, disappeared in August of 2000. She was being treated for AIDS at an independent foster home in Henrico, Virginia, run by Kim Parker. Williams hadn’t been seen in 21 years because she had stopped taking her medicine and was thought to be dead.

Kaylynn Stevenson from Fort Wayne, Indiana, didn’t remember much about her early childhood until she saw herself in a missing person’s ad for Williams online. Her wife, Ladajah Kelly, was just as shocked by how much they looked alike. NBC12 says that Stevenson took a DNA test to be sure.

The results showed that there was a 95.83 percent chance that she was Anastasia McElroy’s half-sister. Anastasia was Williams’ mother Rose Marie Thompson’s first daughter. Even though Stevenson does not have HIV or AIDS, the police have reopened the decades-old cold case because of Kim Parker’s troubling criminal past.

Yahoo News says that in 2000, Henrico police worked hard to find Williams until they had tried everything they could. They came to the conclusion that the girl would have died without her medicine and probably had already died. Soon, everyone was looking at Parker. He was found guilty of fraud and became a suspect.

In the 1990s, Williams grew up in a foster home called Rainbow Kids, which was run by Parker. She took care of up to 50 kids, many of whom were sick or had developmental disabilities. When Williams didn’t show up to school, Parker was asked about her. She said she sent the girl to live with two women in California, which the police found to be a lie.

The police thought the worst and started digging in Parker’s backyard, but they never found any bones. In the end, they found out that Parker was putting money meant for her foster children into her own bank account. She was charged with 73 counts of fraud totaling $24,000.

Henrico Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Mike Feinmel said, “Her Rainbow Kids operation was her whole life.” “She was living off of the money she was getting.”

Brittany Renee Williams
Brittany Renee Williams

AP News says that Parker admitted to two counts of Social Security fraud in July 2003 and was given an eight-year prison sentence in December of that year. She said in court that she had given up on Williams because taking care of her was too hard.

And while investigators were looking for Williams in California and Virginia, Kaylynn Stevenson was living in Ohio with her adoptive parents, who gave her the name when they took her in at age 7.

Stevenson said, “You weren’t looking in the right state.”

She lived there for most of her life, until she got married and moved to Fort Wayne to raise her daughter after getting married. She didn’t start looking into her family tree until recently. She could only remember the name “Williams,” but she finally thought to search Google for “missing children” with that name.

She said, “I did remember that her last name was Williams.” “I can’t get it out of the back of my mind for some reason. And a picture of Brittany Renee Williams came up. I woke up my sleeping wife and said, “This is me!” When I see myself, I know it. “Here I am!'”

“From the hairline to the ears, from the smile to the chin,” her wife added. “The mole on her neck, too… I started to realize that it was really her when I put all the pieces together.”

Brittany Renee Williams
Brittany Renee Williams Interview

Stevenson said that she doesn’t remember much, but she does remember a feeding tube. She has a big round scar on her stomach that shows she’s had surgery, but she said she couldn’t remember what it was for. She said that the small scars on her chest were caused by catheters. In fact, the report on Williams’ disappearance says that he has catheter scars.

Stevenson was finally able to remember a few fuzzy things about her time at Rainbow Kids.

She said, “The room I used to live in was kind of pastel pink.” “This one little boy in a wheelchair will always be in my mind. He was non-verbal. He was a nice guy.”

The FBI took Stevenson’s and McElroy’s DNA samples without telling Stevenson who her possible half-sister was. Not only did they look great together, but as soon as McElroy saw a picture of Stevenson, he started to cry. Since then, they’ve met up again and each took their own DNA test to find out what it showed.

Since the results came in, Stevenson has reconnected with other former Rainbow Kids who genuinely believe that the cold case has now been solved. For Stevenson, the truth is evident.

“Blood does not lie and DNA test does not lie at all,” she said. “I am Brittany Renee Williams.”

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