Mother of 4 missing in Alachua County

Alachua County Sheriff's Office booking photo of Kelvin Bryant
Alachua County Sheriff's Office booking photo of Kelvin Bryant

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Alachua County Sheriff's office is currently searching for a mother of four who has been missing for the last two weeks.

The family of Keyanta Williams is begging for information in the mystery surrounding the disappearance of the Alachua County mother of four.

For Irma Dorsey, the mother of Williams, the last two weeks without her daughter have been unbearable.

39-year-old Williams left her home to put gas in her car and had planned to return to pick up her child for school.

She has not been seen or heard from since.

"I am in so much pain. My grandchildren are in pain. The family, the friends, we are in deep pain," says Dorsey.

Police say Williams was last seen leaving her house Monday, Feb. 9, driving her 2010 Black Dodge Journey.

Williams's boyfriend, Kelvin Bryant, had been staying with Williams and according to police, he left the home at the same time.

Deputies say two days after she was reported missing, Bryant was found driving her car more than an hour away in Putnam County.

Bryant has been arrested for grand theft after he was spotted driving her 2010 Dodge Journey

Alachua County Sheriff's Office booking photo of Kelvin Bryant
Alachua County Sheriff's Office booking photo of Kelvin Bryant

Police arrested Bryant because he shouldn't have been driving anything due to a suspended license.

Officials say it's too early to say if they suspect foul play but the two had argued the night before and that morning.

"We're kind of stuck, if you will.  It's challenging to say the least," says Sgt. Becky Butscher with the Alachua County Sheriff's Office.

Detectives have searched by air and ground and have even checked wooded areas.

Butscher says that in the two day window since WIlliams was reported missing and the day Bryant was arrested, he traveled to four different counties including Alachua, Flagler, Volusia and Putnam.

Butscher says all that area makes finding Williams much harder.

"Certainly, if we knew, if someone could come forward and say, 'yes, I saw them, or I saw him in this car', then we would be able to better pinpoint a better location. But unfortunately at this point, we don't have that location," says Butscher.

Williams' loved ones describe her not only as a hard worker, but a loving mother.  A woman who dedicated her life to her children and family.

As she waits and prays for answers, Dorsey has a message for the man she believes knows what happened.

"If Kelvin is listening, he needs to know the pain he has bought my family, the pain he has bought me. My soul is bare."

Keyanta Williams is 39 years old, 5 feet 4 inches and weighs 210 pounds and anyone with information or the whereabouts of Williams is asked to call the Alachua County Sheriff's Office at 352-955-1818.

You can also call Crimestoppers at 352-372-7867. 

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