Black Girl Missing

Cold Case: Rilya Wilson

Episode Summary

Four year-old Rilya Wilson was last seen January 18, 2001. Her guardian claimed she was removed by social services. Social services didn’t visit the him until April 25, 2002. No one knows what happened to her but her guardian was convicted and sentenced to 55 years for kidnapping and abuse, and murder is suspected. We discuss the events leading up to her disappearance, the failures of social services, and the subsequent legislation passed in Rilya’s name. Missing Since 01/18/2001 Missing From Miami, Florida Classification Endangered Missing Sex Female Race Black Date of Birth 09/29/1996 (23) Age 4 years old Height and Weight 3'0, 40 - 50 pounds Distinguishing Characteristics African-American female. Black hair, brown eyes. Rilya has a scar approximately five inches below her navel. Her ears are pierced. Some agencies give her middle name as "Denise."