Left and Center: D’Wan circa, 1994
Right: Age Progressed to age 24
Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Missing Since: December 11, 1994
Missing From: Livonia, Wayne County, Michigan
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date Of Birth: October 29, 1990
Age: 4 years old
Height and Weight: 3’0″ and 50 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: African American Male, Black hair, Brown eyes, D’Wan has a gap between his two upper front teeth and some agencies spell D’Wan‘s name as “D’wan”
Clothing/Jewelry Description: A blue hooded winter jacket which was three-quarters in length, a yellow/blue/green windbreaker, dark blue sweatpants, and low top FILA sneakers
NCMEC Number: 798503
Details of Disappearance
D’Wan Sims was last seen in Livonia, Michigan on December 11th 1994. His mother, Dwanna Harris, told authorities that she was shopping at the Wonderland Mall with D’Wan when he disappeared. She said he was walking with her along the corridor between the Target store and the main area of the mall when he suddenly vanished at 2:30 pm. The child was never seen or heard from again afterwards.
Harris was administered to polygraph exams shortly after D’Wan disappeared and failed both exams she was given. Investigators are skeptical of Harris’s story and do not believe it. They also said they did not believe D’Wan even made it to the mall that day. No one at the mall reported seeing the child that day and the surveillance tapes didn’t show him. Witnesses stated they did see Dwanna arrive at the mall alone at approximately 3:30 pm which was one hour after she said her son disappeared.
Harris continues to maintain her innocence in D’Wan’s disappearance and stated that she was in therapy during the year of 1995 to help cope with her son’s disappearance. She has never been charged in connection to her son’s disappearance. In 1996, she was found guilty in a domestic abuse case with her second husband, Victor Jackson. By this time, she had changed her last name to Jackson. She got into a fight with her husband because he forgot to take their 5 month old child shopping with him and another child from a previous marriage and she threatened him with two kitchen knives. He called police and she was arrested and charged with assault. She was released from prison on August 6th 1996.
Dwanna’s relationship with investigators on D’Wan’s case is strained due to their differing beliefs and aspects on the case. Dwanna has stated she keeps contact with all agencies that have D’Wan on their file.
No suspects have been named in connection into D’Wan’s case, investigators have received over 1,000 tips regarding his whereabouts and have also received multiple reported sightings of the boy since he vanished. Harris’s mother stated that her daughter was devastated by D’Wan’s disappearance. He had a life insurance policy which was taken out by his grandmother. She stated it was so D’Wan could be sent to college and that Harris was unaware of it be she it was “no big deal”.
In December of 2019, a man known as Mike Cash came forward and claimed that he believed he was D’Wan. He submitted his DNA for comparison to D’Wan’s. The tests could take more than a few months to conclude whether Cash is really the missing child or not. Investigators are skeptical of the claims and his mother also is the same.
At the time of his disappearance, D’Wan enjoyed watching television and specifically enjoyed the show known as the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. His disappearance remains unsolved.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Livonia Police Department 313-421-1920