Brittany Renee Williams

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Top Row and Bottom Left and Center: Brittany, circa 2000;
Bottom Right: Age progression to age 19 (circa 2012)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: August 18, 2000 from Richmond, Virginia
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: March 20, 1993
  • Age: 7 years old
  • Height and Weight: 3'8, 65 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Biracial (African-American/Caucasian) female. Black hair, brown eyes. Brittany has a light complexion and chicken pox scars on her face. She has a port-a-cath tube inserted into the upper left side of her chest, with resulting scarring. At the time of her disappearance, her hair was cut very short due to a recent head lice infestation.
  • Medical Conditions: Brittany has Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). Because of this, she is extremely susceptible to illness. She is great need of medical attention.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Brittany's mother, Rose Marie Thompson, was diagnosed with AIDS three months before Brittany's birth. During the first few years of the child's life, she was often in foster care due to Thompson's chaotic lifestyle. Thompson gave Brittany to a guardian, Kim E. Parker, shortly before her death in 1996. A photograph of Parker is posted below this case summary. The two women had met through Rainbow Kids Inc., a now-defunct charity which provided long-term care for children with AIDS and other serious medical problems. Parker founded the charity and also cared for two other children with special needs.

    The last person besides Parker to see Brittany was a doctor whom Brittany visited in August 2000. That same summer, Parker asked Brittany's adult half-sister to take the child. Brittany's half-sister declined, saying she couldn't handle the girl's medical needs. Parker then said she would give Brittany to two friends, Linda Hodges and Kathie Evans. Parker later said she gave Brittany to Hodges and Evans in August 2000. Hodges supposedly returned for Christmas that year with Brittany, then left again with the child. Parker says she paid Jones $3,000 cash to take Brittany and later mailed her another $5,000, but she had not heard from either Jones or Brittany since December 2000.

    Brittany's disappearance was not discovered by authorities until January 2003. Parker said she did not know the addresses of the women allegedly caring for the child; she only said that she thought they were in California. Parker continued to collect the child's $500 monthly benefit check from the Virginia Department of Children and Families until the summer of 2002, using the money to renovate her home. She stated that she expected Brittany to return to her care eventually.

    When law enforcement discovered that Brittany had been missing over two years, custody of her was given over to the local Social Services Department and they were ordered to find her. In February 2003, Parker was ordered to serve 20 days in jail for contempt of court in connection with her failure to tell police where Brittany was. Parker protested that she could not tell what she did not know. In late March 2003, investigators located the two women Parker said she gave Brittany to. Neither Hodges nor Evans had ever had custody of Brittany or knew where she was. They were both volunteers with Rainbow Kids Inc. and had been planning to have Brittany visit them in California, but the plans had not been finalized by the time she disappeared and she never came to see them. They have joined in the search for her.

    In April 2003, Parker was indicted on 73 felony charges, mostly fraud and money laundering, relating to Brittany's case. Police say she accepted over $16,000 from private individuals and the government for the care of Brittany when the girl was not living in her home, and that she illegally attempted to conceal the sources of the money. Parker pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud and one count of wire fraud in July 2003. She was then charged with three counts of medical-assistance payment fraud, for allowing Brittany's Medicaid payments to continue needlessly. Medicaid paid about $8,000 in insurance premiums for Brittany after she left Parker's custody.

    In May 2003, authorities thoroughly searched Parker's home and drained her septic system, looking for Brittany's remains or any sign that she had died there. A neighbor claimed she reported Parker twice for abusing and/or neglecting Brittany, and Hodges says she reported Parker as well. However, nothing fruitful was found at the residence. In December 2003, Parker was sentenced to eight years in federal prison on the mail and wire fraud charges. Normally the sentence for such crimes is 10 to 16 months, but the judge imposed a higher sentence in Parker's case due to the harm she caused Brittany. She was also convicted of state charges of Medicaid fraud and sentenced to two years in prison.

    Police considered possible link between Brittany and "Precious Doe," an unidentified African-American girl whose naked and decapitated remains were discovered in Kansas City park in 2001. DNA testing was done to link Brittany to Precious Doe and it was discovered that she was not the dead child. In 2005, Precious Doe was identified as Erica Michelle Maria Green, a three-year-old who had never been reported missing.

    Brittany remains missing and her case is unsolved. Her Social Security number and Medicaid insurance card have not been used in any state since her disappearance. Investigators believe she is no longer alive; without using her Medicaid card, she would have no way to get the AIDS medicine she needs to sustain her life. Foul play is suspected in her case.

    Parker
    Above: Kim Parker

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Henrico County Police Department
    804-501-5000

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    Source Information
    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
    Pilot Online
    The Kansas City Star
    The Richmond Times-Dispatch
    Omega7 Incorporated
    MSNBC
    The Child Seek Network
    Team Amber Alert
    WVEC 13
    NamUs

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    Updated 7 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated December 9, 2012; age-progression updated.

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