On Feb. 26, 1999, William DaShawn Hamilton’s body was found "significantly decomposed" near a church cemetery in a wooded area near Clifton Springs and Clifton Church roads. The medical examiner at the time determined the child was a Black male between the ages and 5 and 7 and had been dead for three to six months. He was reportedly wearing a blue and white plaid shirt, red jeans, and brown Timberland boots.
Hamilton’s cause and manner of death were undetermined. In a press conference, Boston said the little boy became known as "Young John Doe" or "Clifton Doe," due to where he was found.
The District Attorney’s Office said the case went cold despite new renderings by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and other media attention. Then, in May 2020, a tipster who reportedly knew Black and her son in 1998 called the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children after an updated facial reconstructing rendering came out, which caused the DeKalb Police Department and District Attorney’s Office to pick up the case again.
Investigators reportedly collected DNA evidence from Black and it linked her to Hamilton’s remains.
According to the District Attorney’s Office, Black was living in Charlotte, North Carolina, but she took her son "abruptly" out of school in December 1998, and the two moved to Atlanta. She then reportedly returned to Charlotte in 1999 without her son and "told differing stories about his whereabouts at the time."
Black was reportedly likely receiving assistance from the Atlanta Day Shelter for Women and Children, and anyone who might have known her or her son in the Atlanta metro area in 1998 or 1999 is encouraged to contact law enforcement.
Black was arrested in Phoenix, where she lives, and is awaiting extradition to Georgia.