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Father charged with murder in 1982 disappearance of infant child

ANN ARBOR, MI – A father suspected of being involved in the 1982 disappearance of his infant daughter has been charged with murder.

One count of open murder was issued Oct. 5 against Isiah Williams for the murder of his infant daughter Olisa Williams, who has been missing since July 1982 and presumed dead, according to the Michigan Attorney General’s Office.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced the charge Wednesday, Oct. 13. Details about the decision to charge Williams, as well as a “high-profile case” in Oakland County involving Northland Mall security officers, are expected to be shared during a press conference Thursday morning, Oct. 14.

Williams, 75, is currently being extradited from Chicago and is expected to be arraigned soon after arriving in Washtenaw County.

Williams was a primary person of interest in the child’s disappearance and claimed a car crash left him with no memory of the timeframe when the girl disappeared.

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His changing stories and claims of amnesia have thwarted authorities for decades in their ongoing efforts to find out what happened to the child, according to investigators, police reports, court records and family services documents.

Homicide charges were denied in the case in January 2015, according to a denial document from the Washtenaw County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

While Olisa may be presumed dead and there may be suspicion of who killed the child – that person’s name was omitted from the document – the manner of death, whether accidental or intentional, can’t be determined, prosecutors said in 2015.

Nessel said she and law enforcement officers will also discuss the Oakland County case. Former Northland Mall Security guards Lucius Hamilton, John Seiberling, Gaven King and Aaron Maree are set to be arraigned on involuntary manslaughter charges for the 2014 death of McKenzie Cochran, officials said.

Cochran died after being pinned to the ground by the guards during an incident in the mall.

The guards involved in the incident were not charged, but attention was brought back to the case after the death of George Floyd, who was killed in a similar manner, and the protests that ensued.

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