Almost exactly 25 years after four-year-old D’Wan Sims was last seen alive, a man has come forward to authorities claiming to be the missing boy.
The man, who DailyMail.com can reveal to be Mike Cash, came forward to the Livonia Police Department earlier this week to give a DNA sample to investigators hoping to prove that he is the missing toddler.
D’Wan Sims was reported missing on December 11, 1994 at the Wonderland Mall in Livonia, Michigan, by his mother, Dwanna Harris, who said the boy vanished while she was Christmas shopping.
Police say they first learned of Cash’s claims after being alerted to one of his Facebook posts, in which he said he believed he was D’Wan and accused his parents of lying to him about certain aspects of his childhood.
Cash also shared a photo of himself as a baby, believing the picture to strike a strong resemblance to one of D’Wan taken shortly before he went missing.
Police have not released any information about where Cash says he has been for the past 25 years, or why he has finally come forward now.
‘I guess what’s odd is that he claimed that he didn’t want any of this information out in the media and from what I understand he has put this out on social media,’ Livonia police Capt. Ron Taig said.
D’Wan would now be 29. He still is listed as missing on the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children website.
Surveillance video observed by police at the time he vanished showed mom Harris inside the mall, but no images were seen of D’Wan – leading investigators to believe he was never at the mall in the first place.
Suspicion then fell on the boy’s family members, with a particular focus on Harris.
‘I was here at the department and we looked at all of the video, we checked everything, and we never saw D’Wan’ with his mother,’ Taig said, as reported by Detroit 4.
Sgt. Shelley Holloway told the Detroit Free Press in 2009 that investigators were ‘pretty confident D’Wan never made it to Wonderland Mall.’
Police reached out to Harris after speaking with Cash. She is now said to be cooperating with the investigation and told police she had previously spoken with Cash on Facebook before blocking him.
‘She did contact and talk to this person and ask him about some personal information that only her and D’Wan Sims would know, like birthmarks,’ Taig stated. ‘He wasn’t able to answer those questions, along with the date of birth.’
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Source: Daily Mail