On Dec. 3, 1983, Eleanor Williams was traveling with her 3-month-old daughter April from Suffolk, Va. to Fort Riley, Kan. by bus when they had a stop-over in Washington, D.C.
April Williams went missing Dec. 3, 1983 at the age of 3-months (left). The image on the right shows what she may look like today.
When the bus arrived at the Trailways station, passengers — including Eleanor and April — had a more than 2-hour wait ahead of them. While waiting, a woman identifying herself as “LaToya” befriended Eleanor. She offered to hold April and buy them some sodas. As Eleanor adjusted her bags and got settled for their wait, LaToya walked away with April and never returned.New ways to highlight cases
When children like April go missing, their photos are often seen on TV, in newspapers and taped to telephone poles. But as days, weeks and years pass, those photos are circulated less and less. We have recently launched two new tools to help keep these photos circulating.
Our new “Missing This Week” and “Missing This Day” features highlight cases of kids who went missing in that calendar week.
No matter if a child has been missing one year, 10 years or 30 years; if they went missing during that specific week they will be on the list. Each child’s photo links to their poster. Each poster has social buttons that make sharing the photos on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter as easy as one click.Remembering the missing
It’s been 30 years since April was last seen. In those 30 years the popularity of bus travel has declined and risen again. The Trailways station in D.C. is set to be demolished. A lot has changed, but April is still missing and Eleanor is still searching for her daughter.
April has black hair and black eyes. She had a birthmark on her wrist at the time of her abduction. The abductor is a black female with red hair. She was approximately 5 feet 3 inches tall.
April Williams is still missing. View her poster: http://ow.ly/rtGT3. If you have any information contact us at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678). Calls can be made anonymously.