An Infant Disappeared in 1982 and Was Never Seen Again. Decades Later, Her Father Was Convicted of Her Murder

The father of an infant girl who was last seen in Ann Arbor, Mich., in 1982 was convicted of her murder after four decades. Isiah Williams, 78, of Chicago, was found guilty of first-degree murder in the presumed death of his 8-month-old daughter, Olisa, the Michigan Department of Attorney General said in a press release.....CONTINUE READING THE ARTICLE FROM THE SOURCE

The attorney general’s office said Williams took Olisa from her mother’s arms in Ohio during an altercation in April 1982. He then took the baby to Michigan, according to the release.

Olisa was never found and has since been presumed dead, prosecutors said.

Authorities alleged Williams had a history of domestic violence against Olisa’s mother, who continued to search for her daughter for decades.

In 2021, the Ann Arbor police department referred the case to the attorney general after completing new interviews. Williams was charged with murder that year.

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On May 10, a jury found Williams guilty of felony murder and first-degree premeditated murder. He is due to be sentenced on July 10, according to authorities.

“Thanks to the unwavering commitment of our law enforcement partners, who spent years following every lead in this tragic disappearance, and the dedicated efforts of prosecutors in my office, Olisa’s family can finally see a measure of justice served,” Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said in a statement. “I hope this conviction may bring some peace and healing to Olisa’s loved ones.”

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