Walterboro woman arrested in 1998 kidnapping | News | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | January 13, 2017 12:41 pm
Last Updated: January 13, 2017 at 1:16 pm
A 18-year-old Florida kidnapping brought Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office investigators to Walterboro this week.
Their visit resulted in the Friday arrest of Gloria Williams of North Lemacks Street on a kidnapping charge. And officials have started the process of reuniting a Jacksonville couple with the daughter they last saw when she was just hours old.
“We were happy to help the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office during this investigation, and we hope that with this discovery, the family will be reunited and finally have some sense of peace,” said Walterboro Police Chief Wade Marvin.
Marvin said the city police department was asked to assist in the investigation, since the suspect was living in the city limits. “We were asked to help with the suspect’s background, to try and locate her.”
“Right off the bat, they requested some documents. Right after that, they felt they had something,” Marvin said. As their investigation continued, he added, there was “one more piece of evidence, then one more piece of evidence.”
Although Marvin assigned his department’s investigators to assist, “they (Jacksonville law enforcement) did all the investigation,” Marvin explained. “We gave them office space, whatever they needed. They got their own arrest warrants, their own search warrants.” Those warrants were reviewed and signed by a Walterboro city judge.
Jacksonville and Walterboro officers arrived at the North Lemacks Street home Friday at 5 a.m. to serve the search warrant. Williams was taken into custody and is being held locally.
Five hours after the warrant was served, a crime scene van from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office was still parked in the yard, and officers were still inside the residence.
Jacksonville law enforcement officials announced finding the missing child and arrest of the woman who allegedly took her during a press conference at noon today.
The missing female’s parents were informed of the discovery late Friday morning.
Williams has been the only one arrested in connection with the kidnapping. The family has three children, officials have determined that Williams is the biological mother of the two younger children in the household.
Reportedly Williams had miscarried approximately a week before she got in her car and began driving.
She allegedly traveled to Jacksonville, walked into what was then called University Medical Center. In the intervening years, it had been renamed UF Health-Jacksonville.
Williams allegedly put on a nurse’s uniform and walked into the hospital room of Shanara Mobley, the mother, and told her that her 8-hour-old child, who had been named Kamiyah, had a fever and needed to be examined.
She then reportedly walked out of the hospital with the baby and disappeared.
Investigators called to investigate the kidnapping, only had a poor quality video from the hospital security system that showed the kidnapper leaving the hospital with the child. There were no photos taken of Kamiyah during her short time at the hospital.
The investigators were able to work with the family and hospital personnel to come up with a sketch of the suspect.
In the first year of Kamiyah’s abduction, which received national attention, investigators worked over 2,000 leads and a reward for information reached a quarter of a million dollars.