Disappearance of Morgan Nick

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Morgan Nick
Morgan Nick.jpg
Nick at age six
Born Morgan Chauntel Nick
(1988-09-12)September 12, 1988
Alma, Arkansas, United States
Disappeared June 9, 1995 (aged 6)
Alma, Arkansas
Status Missing for 23 years, 3 months and 10 days
Nationality American
Parent(s) Colleen Nick (mother)

Morgan Chauntel Nick (September 12, 1988 — disappeared June 9, 1995) is an American girl who was abducted at a Little League Baseball game. Her mother is known for creating the Morgan Nick Foundation, which helps people find their missing children.

Disappearance[edit]

On June 9, 1995, Morgan Nick and her mother, Colleen Nick, went to a Little League baseball game in their town of Alma, Arkansas.[1] At around 10:30 p.m., Morgan asked her mother if she could catch lightning bugs with her friends. At first, her mother was uncertain, but eventually let her go.[2] She was last seen at 10:45 p.m. by her friends, emptying sand out of her shoes alone near her mother's car while her group of friends emptied their shoes a few dozen feet away.[3] Morgan's friends reported seeing a "creepy" man talking to Morgan as she was putting her shoes back on.[4]

When the game ended shortly thereafter, Morgan's friends returned without her. They told Colleen that Morgan was at her car, but when Colleen returned to the car, Morgan was not there. She has not been seen or heard from since.

Later developments[edit]

On January 15, 2002, police conducted a dig on a private piece of land in Booneville, Arkansas, after they received a tip that claimed Nick might have been buried there. The tip was "so specific" that police decided to dig; a police dog was also used in the search. Police ended the search at 9:30 pm and said they did not intend to return to the property.[5]

On November 15, 2010, federal investigators searched a vacant house in Spiro, Oklahoma, for DNA evidence that could show Nick had once been in the house.[6] On December 18, 2017, investigators returned to the house to conduct another search after they received a tip about the case.[7] Cadaver dogs alerted investigators to a well on the property, which they said was the "center of the investigation".[7] The search was called off on December 19, after no evidence was found.[8]

Aftermath[edit]

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Age progression of Nick to age 26

In 1996, Colleen Nick started the Morgan Nick Foundation, which helps parents cope with the disappearances of children, and helps prevent children from going missing.[2][9] Her case was shown on both Unsolved Mysteries[4] and America's Most Wanted,[10] while Morgan's family and the foundation were featured in 2005 on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition after the family's house was damaged in a water heater explosion.[11]

The AMBER Alert service is named the Morgan Nick Amber Alert in the state of Arkansas.[12] In August 2012, Tonya Smith and James Monhart, two previously convicted felons, were arrested for computer fraud after attempting to assume the identity of Morgan Nick.[13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rosenbaum, Philip (August 20, 2010). "Cold case: Girl, 6, was snatched at Little League game". CNN. Retrieved February 26, 2018. 
  2. ^ a b "Five years later: Morgan's mom still has enough hope for everyone". Blytheville Courier News. Associated Press. June 9, 2000. p. 7. Retrieved February 27, 2018 – via NewspaperArchive.com.  Free to read
  3. ^ "Mother of Morgan Nick begins campaign". Blytheville Courier News. Associated Press. October 27, 1995. p. 6. Retrieved February 27, 2018 – via NewspaperArchive.com.  Free to read
  4. ^ a b "Morgan Nick". Unsolved Mysteries. Retrieved February 28, 2018. 
  5. ^ "Officers use backhoe to dig for Morgan Nick". Blytheville Courier News. Associated Press. January 16, 2002. Retrieved February 27, 2018 – via NewspaperArchive.com.  Free to read
  6. ^ "House searched in Morgan Nick abduction case". Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Associated Press. November 15, 2010. Retrieved February 27, 2018. 
  7. ^ a b Franklin, Dallas (December 19, 2017). "Authorities comb Oklahoma property earlier examined in connection to 1995 disappearance of 6-year-old girl". KFOR-TV. Associated Press. Retrieved February 27, 2018. 
  8. ^ Jordan, Kate (December 19, 2017). "Sheriff: No Evidence Found in Spiro Relating to Morgan Nick Case". KFSM-TV. Retrieved February 27, 2018. 
  9. ^ Jordan, Kate (December 19, 2017). "Timeline: A Look Into Some of the Twists and Turns in Morgan Nick Case". KFSM-TV. Retrieved February 27, 2018. 
  10. ^ "AMW - Missing Children - Nick Morgan Case". Archived from the original on April 3, 2006. Retrieved January 9, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition - ABC.com". Abc.go.com. Archived from the original on June 19, 2011. Retrieved August 12, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Arkansas State Police - Morgan Nick Amber Alert". Retrieved January 9, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Woman suspected of impersonating Morgan Nick pleads not guilty - FOX16.com Little Rock, AR". Fox16.com. Archived from the original on August 12, 2012. Retrieved August 12, 2012. 

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