D'Wan Christian Sims

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Top Row and Bottom Left: D'Wan, circa 1994;
Bottom Right: Age-progression to age 24 (circa 2014)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: December 11, 1994 from Livonia, Michigan
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: October 29, 1990
  • Age: 4 years old
  • Height and Weight: 3'0, 50 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: African-American male. Black hair, brown eyes. D'Wan's first name may be spelled "D'wan."
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A blue hooded three-quarter length winter jacket over a yellow, blue and green windbreaker, dark blue sweatpants and low-top FILA sneakers.
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    Details of Disappearance

    D'Wan's mother, Dwanna Harris (who later married and changed her name to Dwanna Jackson), told authorities that her son disappeared while shopping with her at The Wonderland Mall in Livonia, Michigan on December 11, 1994. Harris stated that D'Wan was walking along the corridor between the Target store and the main area of the shopping mall with her when he suddenly vanished at approximately 2:30 p.m. D'Wan has never been heard from again.

    Investigators administered two polygraph tests to Harris shortly after D'Wan disappeared. She failed both of them. Authorities stated that they did not believe Harris's story and believed D'Wan was never at The Wonderland Mall with his mother the day he disappeared. No witnesses saw him there and he didn't show up on the tapes from the mall's twelve surveillance camera either. Witnesses did see Harris arrive at the mall, alone, at 3:30 p.m., an hour after she says D'Wan disappeared.

    Harris has maintained her innocence and said in 1995 that she was in therapy to deal with her son's disappearance. Relations between law enforcement and Harris have been strained due to their conflicting beliefs, but Harris told the media she keeps in contact with all agencies regarding D'Wan's case. Harris has never been charged in connection with her son's disappearance due to lack of evidence, and no suspects have been identified. Her mother says Harris was emotionally devastated by her son's disappearance. D'Wan had a $25,000 to $50,000 life insurance policy taken out by his grandmother, but his grandmother said it was for D'Wan's college education and Harris didn't know about it.

    There have been numerous leads regarding D'Wan's whereabouts throughout the proceeding years, but all failed to produce any evidence and D'Wan remains missing. At the time of his disappearance he enjoyed watching television, especially the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers show. His case remains open and unsolved.

    John Doe Dwanna Harris
    Left: Sketch of unidentified boy;
    Right: Dwanna Harris in 1994

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Livonia Police Department
    313-421-1920

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    Source Information
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    The Detroit News
    The Detroit Free Press
    Child Seek Network
    Click On Detroit
    MSNBC
    Where's D'Wan

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    Updated 6 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated December 7, 2015; picture added.

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