Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge made her first visit to the Morgan Nick Foundation headquarters in Alma Thursday.
During her stop, Rutledge toured the facility and met with Colleen Nick, Morgan’s mother, founder of the foundation and board member of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
"Monday is National Missing Children’s Day, and I want to assure Colleen, as well as all other families across Arkansas who have missing loved ones, that they are not forgotten," Rutledge said. "Monday will not only be a time for us to remember those who are missing but also recommit ourselves to doing everything possible to locate them."
"Standing shoulder to shoulder in partnership with the Attorney General’s Office and the amazing people of Arkansas, we are continuing to fight together in hope for Morgan and every person who is missing," Colleen Nick said.
Rutledge and Nick encourage families and loved ones of missing persons to attend the Attorney General’s Never Forgotten – Arkansas Takes Action event on June 10 and bring with them as much information as possible about their missing loved ones, such as police reports, photographs and dental records. Forensic analysts will be at the event to take DNA samples.
Never Forgotten – Arkansas Takes Action, an all-day event, will take place at Camp Robinson in North Little Rock. It will include a law enforcement training session during the morning, a luncheon hosted by Rutledge, and an afternoon information session that will allow for DNA collection for families of the missing.
Representatives from the Morgan Nick Foundation, State Crime Lab, State Police Criminal Investigations Division, FBI and National Unidentified and Missing Persons System will be available to assist families as part of the missing persons initiative. Every service offered at the event is free of charge.
Register for the event at ArkansasAG.gov/our-office/sponsored-events/.
On the evening of June 9, 1995, Morgan Nick was kidnapped while playing with friends during a little league game in Alma. A massive investigation ensued and continues, but Morgan remains missing. The 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.