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Episode 77

MISSING: Morgan Nick

November 23, 2020   Tags: , ,
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This week Paul and Billy look into the disappearance of Morgan Nick from Alma, Arkansas. Six-year-old Morgan disappeared from a little league field on June 9th, 1995. The case and descriptions of the possible abductor had Squaderinos bring the case to our attention after we discussed a potential person of interest last week.

The Disappearance of Morgan Nick:
6-year-old Morgan Nick was the oldest of three children. At four feet tall and 55 pounds, she could make anyone laugh. Morgan spent the day with her mom Colleen on June 9th. The two arranged for a night out at the ball field, while her grandmother watched Morgan’s younger siblings.

They drove from Ozark to a little league ball game in Alma, Arkansas. It’s estimated there were a total of about 300 people present at the field. Around 10:30 or so, Morgan asked her mom if she could go try and catch lightning bugs with her friends. The area was less than a 100 yards from her mother. So, Colleen allowed Morgan to go.

The kids were on their way back to the field at 10:45 PM when Morgan stopped next to her mom’s Nissan Stanza. Witnesses saw the little girl shaking sand out of her shoes. After a very few moments Colleen went to go get Morgan but she was nowhere to be found.

A strange man had caught witnesses’ attention while the children were playing. He was watching the children while they played in the park area of the little league field. One friend told one of the baseball coaches that a “creepy” man was talking to Morgan. Law enforcement was called in and they arrived within six minutes. 

The witnesses were able to describe the man. He was between 23-38 years old. He was 6 feet and 180 pounds. He had black or salt-and-pepper hair, combed to the back, and had a mustache and stubble. 

Aside from witnesses reporting the strange, creepy man, they also reported seeing a faded red ford pickup truck with a white camper parked near the area. The camper appeared to have damage to it on the right rear side. It was also noticeably too short for the truck by a good four to five inches. 

The Investigation:
A composite was rendered. Flyers were passed out and posted. The Alma Police Department called in help from the Arkansas State Police and the FBI. A local courtroom was turned into a call center. 

As word spread of her disappearance, accounts of other children interacting with random, potentially dangerous adults began to come in. A few were even attempted abductions. 

Earlier on the same day Morgan disappeared, a 4-year-old girl was almost kidnapped in Alma. The girl screamed and her mother came to her aid. The man who attempted to kidnap her was said to resemble the man seen at the little league field and he was also in a red truck.

The day after, 12 miles away in Fort Smith, Arkansas, a 9-year-old little girl possibly had an encounter with the same man. The man tried to get the girl to go into the men’s restroom with him. She refused. The girl said he resembled the sketch that now existed of Morgan’s possible captor. 

In 1996, her mother Colleen founded the Morgan Nick Foundation. The Foundation provides support to parents and families with missing loved ones. It also helps to pass legislation and education in the realm of child abductions.  The Morgan Nick Foundation believes that to reduce the number of child abductions in the future, we must educate our children and empower them with the skills necessary to protect them from the possible dangers of abduction.  

The state of Arkansas also renamed their Amber Alert System the Morgan Nick Amber Alert. In 2001, a new composite sketch of the man from the ballfield was released, as well as an age progression picture of Morgan. Law enforcement and the family hope by putting these new images out in the public, new leads would come in.

In 2002, law enforcement investigated a tip that claimed Morgan was buried on property in Booneville, Arkansas. There was no sign of Morgan. 

Then in 2010 and 2017, an abandoned trailer and property were also searched for Morgan in Spiro, Oklahoma. At the time of Morgan's disappearance, the property was occupied by a convicted child molester who had been on law enforcement's radar since the night Morgan went missing. 

But neither search yielded any results as to Morgan's whereabouts.  


ASSIGNMENT:
Thanks to Squaderinos seeing similarities to Siobhan McGuinness' case and Morgan Nick's case, we were able to connect Missoula law enforcement with the Alma Police Department. Richard Davis is an active lead and we will keep everyone posted. But for now, no one has been charged with Morgan's disappearance.

She has never been located. When Morgan disappeared in 1995 she was wearing a green girl scout t-shirt, blue jean shorts and white tennis shoes. She was four feet and 55 pounds when she was abducted. She has blonde hair and blue eyes. If you have any information, please contact the Morgan Nick Foundation, contact us or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST.   

CODE OF CONDUCT: 

1. Do not name names publicly. Send everything to the police or to this page and we will forward to the police. 
2. Do not post side by side photos.
3. Do not contact any family members. 
4. Do not doxx each other and be civil. We all want the same thing. 

As tips come in, Jensen and Holes will work to verify them. If they look good, we will publish them here to try and get us closer to their names.

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