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Community excited about FBI reopening case of La. toddler who disappeared 15 years ago

Wesley Morgan photo age progressed to 15 years old. (Source: FBI) Wesley Morgan photo age progressed to 15 years old. (Source: FBI)
Wesley Morgan photo age progressed to 12 years old. (Source: FBI) Wesley Morgan photo age progressed to 12 years old. (Source: FBI)
Wesley Morgan at 2 years old (Source: FBI) Wesley Morgan at 2 years old (Source: FBI)
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Federal agents are back in the search for a young Louisiana boy who has been missing for 15 years.

The FBI has reopened the investigation into the disappearance of 2-year-old Wesley Dale Morgan, of Clinton.

According to investigators, Morgan's mother, Ruby Havard, said her son was reportedly last seen playing with puppies on the front porch of his home around 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday, May 15, 2001. She went in to cook some food, and when she came out, he was gone. 

"I just hope and pray he hasn't been abused, you know. You just hope and pray for the best," said Mary Dufour, Morgan's aunt on his father's side. "That God will perform a miracle and let him. Cause you figure next March he'll be 18. He's almost a grown man."

Dufour said Morgan’s father did not wish to speak on camera.  

The FBI’s Child Abduction Rapid Deployment (CARD) Team was deployed to Louisiana to assist the FBI New Orleans Division and the FBI Baton Rouge Joint-CARD team with the cold case. A search team was working around LA 63 Wednesday afternoon. 

John Beauchamp remembers what it was like 15 years ago when Morgan went missing. He owns Johnny B's, a restaurant in Clinton where he works with his grandson. They both have clear memories of the event.

"Everybody rushed out there and they searched the woods and they searched the ponds and searched everything in this area you know," Beauchamp said.

"I remember everybody running around looking for him," said his grandson John Beauchamp III. "My mom and dad going out there to help them look. I remember them talking about searching in the pond." 

The East Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Department said they could not comment on why the FBI has reopened the case, and it is unclear if new leads have come about. 

Officials plan to raise awareness of the boy’s disappearance to hopefully locate him after more than a decade. They added digital billboards will be put up throughout Louisiana and parts of Mississippi.

Investigators said new technology and additional resources will help in trying to solve the case. Some of that technology involves showing what Morgan may have looked like at 12 years old and what he may have looked like at 15 years old.

The FBI is offering up to a $10,000 reward for information leading to Morgan’s location.

Anyone with information about Morgan or his disappearance is urged to call 225-291-1005.

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