Authorities have confirmed the body of Adrionna Williams was found in a wooded area in Swissvale, Pennsylvania, at approximately 8:00 p.m. on Sunday. The circumstances surrounding the toddler’s disappearance and death are unknown. However, an autopsy will be performed on Monday.
As reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Adrionna’s body was discovered by an unidentified woman, who was walking her dog near the Delaware Avenue Extension.
Although the Allegheny Medical Examiner’s office confirmed the 2-year-old’s identity, they have not determined her cause of death.
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Swissvale police Chief Greg Geppert said the toddler was reported missing to the Allegheny County Police shortly after 7:00 p.m. on Sunday evening. However, an AMBER alert was not issued, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Although each state has their own criteria for issuing an AMBER alert, the warnings are generally reserved for children who are abducted and are “at risk of serious death or injury.”
It is unclear whether Adrionna Williams met with foul play or simply wandered away from home.
According to official reports, Adrionna’s family claimed she “walked away from the house” and simply vanished.
Chief Geppert said there were no obvious signs of trauma on the toddler’s body, with the exception of a “brush burn” on her cheek. However, he believes Adrionna died elsewhere and “was absolutely placed” in the woods. Geppert confirmed Adrionna Williams lived in Wilkinsburg, which is less than two miles from the location where her body was found.
In the state of Pennsylvania alone, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children lists 71 unsolved missing child cases. Nationwide, there are currently three active AMBER alerts.
Myra Lewis was reported missing from her Camden, Mississippi, home on March 1, 2014. Authorities said there is reason to believe the 2-year-old girl is “in imminent danger.”
At the time of her disappearance, Myra was 2’10” and weighed approximately 27 pounds. She is described as a black female with black hair and brown eyes.
Malik Drummond, age 2, was last seen in the bedroom of his parents’ Searcy, Arkansas, home on November 23, 2014.
As he was diagnosed with autism, authorities believe the toddler simply wandered outside and could not find his way back home.
Malik is described as a black male with brown hair and brown eyes. At the time of his disappearance, he was three-feet-tall and weighed approximately 40 pounds.
A’Million Meshelle Shelton, 7 months, was reportedly abducted by her mother, Chantay Denise Myers, on May 12, 2015. Prior to her disappearance, A’Million was living in Houston, Texas, with her maternal grandparents.
It is unclear why an AMBER alert was not issued for Adrionna Williams. However, she was found less than an hour after she was reported missing to local police. Authorities hope Monday’s autopsy will reveal some clues about the toddler’s disappearance and subsequent death.
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