Ann Arbor Mann charged with the murder of a young daughter who disappeared in 1982
ANN ARBOR – A cold 1982 case was charged with the disappearance of a little girl, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said Thursday morning.
Olisa Williams was kidnapped in 1982 by her legal father Isaiah Williams during a physical altercation with her mother Denise Frazier-Daniel.
Olisa, then nine months old, was never seen again.
After Nessel spent several months evaluating the case, the ministry said Williams murdered his daughter.
“We believe Williams killed baby Olisa as an act of abuse and control over her mother,” she said at a press conference.
According to police in Michigan and Ohio, where Frazier-Daniel and Williams were living at the time of Olisa’s disappearance, Williams had molested Frazier-Daniel domestically.
Frazier-Daniel kept in touch with the police and over the years has been heavily involved with missing persons organizations to continue the search for her daughter.
In early 2021, the Ann Arbor Police Department sent a referral to Nessel’s office to review the investigation.
After several years of reviewing the officer in charge, Williams was charged with open murder in Washtenaw County’s 15th District Court.
“Don’t give up hope,” Nessel told families who may be in similar situations. “There is always hope.”
Williams is currently on remand and extradited in the Cook County Jail in Chicago. He will stay there until his trial on November 12th. Williams is fighting extradition and officials are in the process of obtaining an extradition warrant.
At the same press conference, Nessel announced charges against four security guards in connection with the death of 25-year-old McKenzie Cochran at Northland Mall in Southfield.
“Every time my office takes on a potential case, we commit to a thorough review to properly assess whether fees are warranted,” said Nessel. “Law enforcement, while committed to protecting the public and ensuring justice for victims, sometimes falls short.
“In these cases, my office is ready to re-investigate cases to ensure that the right decision is made. I appreciate the care taken in reviewing these two cases, and I sincerely hope that this move will bring some comfort to the families of the victims. “
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