Olisa Susan Williams

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Left: Olisa, circa 1982;
Right: Age-progression at age 29 (circa 2010)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: June 1982 from Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Classification: Non-Family Abduction
  • Date Of Birth: August 10, 1981
  • Age: 10 months old
  • Height and Weight: 2'0, 35 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: African-American female. Brown hair, brown eyes.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Olisa was last seen in 1982. She had been living with her mother, Denise Williams, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Denise told her attorney that the baby's father, Isiah Verna "Bobo" Williams, entered her residence in May 1982, knocked her down and took Olisa. Denise and Isiah both moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan afterwards, and Olisa disappeared from that city.

    Later, Isiah was brought to court for violating a restraining order and said he would reveal what happened to Olisa if the case against him was dismissed. The judge refused and threatened to jail him. Isiah then told the court court he last saw Olisa in June 1982. He said he had been smoking marijuana and drinking alcohol while driving with Olisa in the vehicle. He parked at Island Park and fell asleep, and when he woke up the car door was open and Olisa was gone. He did not report her abduction at this time because, he said, he believed Denise or one of her family members had taken the child.

    After Olisa's disappearance, Isiah allegedly called Denise several times and gave her different stories as to the baby's fate. He claimed that he had lost Olisa, that he had killed her, that she had died at a hospital, and that she was "across the water." Ann Arbor police searched the Huron River for Olisa, but turned up no evidence.

    Authorities believe Olisa was not abducted. They theorize she was either killed by her father or given to others to raise. If she is alive she may not know she is a missing child. Photographs of Isiah are posted below this case summary; he was 36 years old at the time of his daughter's disappearance. Her case remains unsolved.

    Most agencies give the date of Olisa's disappearance as February 8, 1983 or July 8, 1982.

    Isiah 1982 Isiah 2015
    Left: Isiah Williams, circa 1982;
    Right: Isiah Williams, circa 2015

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Ann Arbor Police Department
    313-994-2850

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    Source Information
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    The Ann Arbor News

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    Updated 4 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated October 19, 2015; details of disappearance updated.

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