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Mother of D'Wan Sims, child who went missing at Wonderland Mall, passes away

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Posted at 6:15 AM, Dec 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-10 07:58:54-05

(WXYZ) — Dwanna Wiggins, mother of missing child D'Wan Sims, has passed away.

According to relatives, Wiggins died in her home on Monday, Dec. 7. Police have not yet released her cause of death.

A quarter-century ago, Dwanna Wiggins – whose last name was Harris at the time – implored police and the public to help locate her 4-year-old son who she said disappeared at Wonderland Mall in Livonia just before Christmas.

Back in Dec. 2019, Wiggins told the Associated Press that she had communications with a man who claimed to be D'Wan Sims, but she had doubts and no idea if he was really her son.

"I have no clue, whatsoever," she told AP from her home in Durham, North Carolina. "You would like to be hopeful."

Wiggins told police on Dec. 11, 1994, that D'Wan disappeared while they were shopping. Surveillance video showed the mother inside Wonderland Mall, but there were no images of D'Wan.

"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, Livonia police Capt. Ron Taig told the television station.

By now, D'Wan would be around 30. He still is listed as missing on the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children website.

A service will be held for Wiggins on Saturday, Dec. 12 at 11:30 a.m. at First Calvary Baptist Church on Morehead Avenue.