JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (WFLA) — Authorities on Thursday asked for help identifying a car that is believed to have been used in the abduction of a 7-year-old Florida boy who was dropped off unharmed in Jacksonville, more than 100 miles away from his home.
A $50,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the man who took Bryan Williamson.
The boy was abducted in Madison on Sunday night. Witnesses told authorities that the boy was playing outside when he was abducted by a male driving a black, 4-door sedan.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement issued an Amber Alert for Williamson shortly after he vanished. Bryan was dropped off at a home in Jacksonville at 6:20 a.m. on Monday. The person who abducted him has not been caught.
A Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office spokesperson said that after he was released, Bryan walked up to someone’s home, knocked on the door and asked if someone could take him to his mommy.
“She did everything she should have done, a little boy coming to her door at that hour and knocking… She called police right away, she knew there was an Amber Alert so she was at a heightened alert for something like that,” said Jackson Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Melissa Bujeda about the woman who answered the door.
The woman told police that she looked outside her home after Bryan knocked on the door and she did not see anyone else outside. Bujeda said that Bryan did the right thing when he was dropped off.
“Someone taught this kid what to do right, reach out, don’t just wander around,” said Bujeda. “He did what he needed to do.”
Bryan was not injured during the abduction. “He has not been harmed and we’re very thankful for that,” said Bujeda at a news conference on Monday.
The Madison Police Department, FDLE and the FBI on Thursday released security camera video showing the vehicle believed to have been used in Bryan’s abduction.
Those with information are urged to call the FBI tip line at 1-800-CALL-FBI or 1-800-225-5324.
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