Left and Center: Morgan circa, 1995
Right: Age Progressed to age 31
Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Missing Since: June 9, 1995
Missing From: Alma, Crawford County, Arkansas
Classification: Non-Family Abduction
Date Of Birth: September 12, 1988
Age: 6 years old
Height and Weight: 4’0″ and 55 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian Male, Blonde hair, Blue eyes, Morgan had 5 silver caps on her molars at the time of her 1995 abduction, they were visible to the eye and were scheduled to be removed from her teeth in 2000, her teeth were apparently crowded at the time ￼of her disappearance and she would’ve needed orthodontic braces once she reached her adolescent years, Morgan has a protruding purple vein on the lower left side of her rib cage
Clothing/Jewelry Description: A green Girl Scouts t-shirt, a pair of blue denim shorts, and white leather sneakers
NCMEC Number: 805103
Details of Disappearance
Morgan Nick was abducted from Alma, Arkansas on June 9th 1995. That evening, her family was invited by a close friend to attend a little league baseball game in the area. They accepted the invite and went to the game which started at approximately 9:00 pm. Morgan’s mother, Colleen Nick, said Morgan sat on the bleachers with her for most of the game. Towards the end of the game at 10:30 pm, two children came up to Morgan and asked her if she could go and catch fire flies with them.
Colleen initially told Morgan she wasn’t allowed to do so but eventually allowed her to go with the two children. She said the other parents told her the area was safe and that the children play in the parking lot all the time. Colleen said Morgan hugged her and gave her a kiss before running off to the play with the other children. She said she checked three or four times on her daughter and saw she was there.
When the game ended, Colleen checked to see that Morgan was no longer in the area she was playing in. She saw that the two children that Morgan was playing with were still there. She asked them where her daughter was and they said they last saw her when she was emptying sand out of her shoes in front of Colleen’s car. This occurred around 10:45 pm, shortly before the game ended.
When authorities spoke with the two children, they told them they saw a “creepy” man who appeared to be driving a red pickup truck and a white camper shell on the back of it. Witnesses also reported seeing this man watching Morgan as she played with the other children. This man was also seen talking to Morgan as she put her shoes back on from emptying them.
The man is described as a Caucasian male who stood at 6’0″ and weighed 180 pounds. He was approximately 23 to 38 years of age in 1995 and had either black hair or salt-and-pepper colored hair at the time which was combed to the back and possibly curly. He also had a mustache and approximately 3 to 4 days growth of beard and had a hair chest.
The man was wearing a pair of cut off blue jeans. He was not wearing a shirt or shoes at the time and apparently spoke with a “hillbilly” type speaking manner. Police used these witness statements to great sketches of Morgan’s kidnapper.
The man is believed to have been driving a red Ford pickup truck with a white camper with windows which were covered with curtains. It had a dull paint job probably due to age and a short wheel base. The camper was potentially damaged on its right rear end and the camper appeared to be 4 to 5 inches shorter than the actual truck. The vehicle is the suspected abduction vehicle in Morgan’s kidnapping since it was seen leaving the area when she disappeared.
An extensive search of the area and other places turned up no sign of Morgan or whoever took her. Investigators have searched many places in the years after her disappearance for her remains. Despite these searches, Colleen believes Morgan is alive and out there. There have been many alleged sightings of her since 1995 across the country.
Two other attempted abductions occurred in the Alma area and another area. One occurred on the same day Morgan was abducted and the other occurred just a day later. On June 9th, a man who resembles Morgan’s abort or attempted to lure a young child into his red pickup truck. The victim was 4 years old and her abduction was interrupted when her mother saw it and screamed.
On June 10th, a 9 year old girl was nearly lured into the men’s restroom by an unidentified man. The man stopped when the girl resisted his advances. This incident occurred in Fort Smith. Authorities have stated that one man attempted to take the two girls. They also believe the man was the same man who successfully abducted Morgan that night. He resembles the suspect sketch of her abductor. His truck also matches the truck seen at Morgan’s disappearance sight.
In January of 2002, investigators received a tip that Morgan’s body was possibly buried on a private piece of land in Booneville, Arkansas. They said the tip was considerably “specific” and dug at the location as a result. They used a police dog in the search bit found no evidence of Nick’s whereabouts and called off the search at 9:30 pm.
Investigators then went to a house in Spiro, Oklahoma to conduct a search for DNA evidence. They believed Morgan had been in the house at some point once. The search which occurred in November of 2010 proved fruitless and no evidence was found. Investigators were brought back to the house after receiving a tip about the case.
This search took place in December of 2017 and the center of focus was on a well located on the property. Cadaver dogs hinted at the well and indicated the possible presence of human remains. Investigators searched the well and area but found no evidence Morgan was there.
There’s been no evidence of Morgan or her abductor since 1995. In 2012, Tonya Smith and James Monhart were arrested for computer fraud when they attempted to steal Morgan Nick’s identity. They are not believed to be involved in her case.
Investigators and Morgan’s family remain hopeful and believe she is still alive. At the time of her disappearance, Morgan and her family lived in Ozark, Arkansas. She was described as a shy girl and little more on the quiet side. She was a Girl Scout at the time of her disappearance and didn’t really enjoy playing outside since it made her sweat. Morgan also loves cats. She had a kitten that she loved dearly and had sleep with her every night. The kitten lived for 19 years after her disappearance and is now deceased.
Colleen said she was extremely touched by the support and love from the community of Alma despite not being native to the area. Many people helped in the search for her daughter and continue to do so today. A year after Morgan’s disappearance, Colleen created the Morgan Nick Foundation which is a organization that helps families cope with a missing child and helps to prevent children from suffering a similar tragedy.
Morgan’s abduction remains unsolved. Her abductor remains unidentified and him and his vehicle remain at large. Police hope to find Morgan and bring her home to her family.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Arkansas State Police 479-783-5195
Federal Bureau of Investigation 479-452-5873
Alma Police Department 479-632-3333