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. Photos of Isiah are posted with this case summary; he was 36 years old at the time of his daughter's disappearance. 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 sometime 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. Her case remains unsolved.
Many agencies give the date of Olisa's disappearance as February 8, 1983 or July 8, 1982.
- Ann Arbor Police Department
Updated 5 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated November 7, 2020; picture added.