• Dennis McCaslin

Looking for Morgan: Why every piece of information is potentially important

I’ve been writing about the Morgan Nick abduction case for many years now. In fact, a few years ago, I wrote a series of detailed stories regarding the glaring discrepancies in the information that has been disseminated in the Morgan Nick case.

I firmly believe that the community deserves to be told the truth and deserves to be given the information that could cause someone to say, “Wait, I think I remember something important.”

According to a 2002 news article about the Morgan Nick case, it was reported that the tips that come in about the Morgan Nick abduction are broken down into these categories:

-Somebody sees someone who resembles one of the two composite sketches of the would-be-abductor.

-Someone sees someone who resembles Morgan Nick. -Someone sees the red pickup truck believed to have been drive by the abductor. --Someone knows someone they think is capable of committing this type of a crime.

-Someone, bent on revenge, turns in someone they know, usually a husband, ex-husband or a family member.

These categories are important, especially when you consider that every single lead that has been called in regarding the man in the first composite sketch should be discounted.

That’s right. Discounted.

Don’t be too shocked by that statement. After all, the first composite sketch was wrong.

The Times Record ran a story on January 5, 2001 entitled: Sketch Offers New Suspect. The article, written by John Lyon, notes: “The sketch is markedly different from a sketch that investigators released previously. In fact, the person in the first sketch IS NO LONGER CONSIDERED A SUSPECT.”

Chief White is further quoted in that same article as saying, “We don’t think that the first sketch is valid. This is a totally different sketch and from different people than the first one came from.”

Do you know what is even more disturbing?

The article goes on to quote Chief White as saying, “No clothing description was released with this new sketch because accounts of the man’s clothes were conflicting.”

Here, the public is told NOT to rely on the information that was previously released about the would-be-abductors clothing -- because that description -- just like the first composite sketch is WRONG.

So how did the Alma Police Department plan on finding Morgan Nick if they were not even relying on correct information?

According to the FBI website, “the sooner we investigate (a child abduction), the better. Time is critical when a child is taken.” If time is critical when a child is taken, it’s quite clear that those investigating this abduction absolutely failed Morgan Chauntel Nick.

In fact, investigators didn’t just fail Morgan in the days and months after her disappearance -- you failed her for years and years.

The same article goes on to describe the following interaction with Chief White: When asked where the information for the original composite sketch came from, White said “it was given (to us) by a lady that witnessed an event at a laundromat the night before Morgan’s disappearance.

The person in that sketch was not seen at the ballpark where Morgan Nick disappeared…. the information from that sketch was not taken from witnesses at the ballpark.”

Another quote by Chief White is equally disturbing: “Honestly, we didn’t have a unanimous decision on that (using the incorrect composite sketch). There was some mixed feelings about whether to do that…. in hindsight, it probably wasn’t a good idea. At the time it seemed like the right way to go.”

He’s absolutely right. It wasn’t a good idea.

The most intriguing information I’ve received, however, is in regard to the description of the red truck in Morgan’s abduction.

According to sources, the red truck description in Morgan’s case actually came from the laundromat incident -- the very incident that was proven to be unrelated to the Morgan Nick abduction.

So not only did an inaccurate composite sketch from the unrelated laundromat incident get released to the public as a suspect in Morgan Nick’s abduction, this information circulated for at least five years.

How does one even begin to explain this level of incompetence?

Sadly, I don’t think you can explain it.

And it certainly can’t be rectified.

That time that was lost on the wrong composite sketch is gone… just like Morgan Chauntel Nick.

If the community wasn’t outraged over this before, I hope are now.

Don’t allow this to be swept under the rug with a shoulder shrug. The life and possible death of a 6-year-old little girl was hanging in the balance while investigators gambled with a purposefully incorrect composite sketch.

It’s not too late for the community to take action.

Start asking questions.

Read every article, watch every news cast, every television show and listen to every word uttered by all of the powers that be in the Morgan Nick case.

Are their words and actions consistent?

Are there discrepancies?

If so, ask the hard questions. Even though Morgan Nick, assuming she survived whatever evil she met up with that warm June night in 1995, is no longer a child, she is still missing and she deserves justice.

So please, I urge you, pay attention.

Ask questions.

Seek the truth. I assure you the truth exists. It just needs to be exposed to the light.

to be continued-

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