Attorney: Mother feeling mixed emotions about FBI reopening missing child case

Attorney: Mother feeling mixed emotions about reopening of missing child case

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The phone at the FBI Baton Rouge Command Center has not stopped ringing ever since the agency reopened a 15-year-old missing person case.

Officials say a dedicated tip-line has been created for anyone with tips related to the Wesley Dale Morgan case. The number is (800) CALL-FBI (225-5324).

According to investigators, Morgan's mother, Ruby Havard, said her son was reportedly last seen playing with puppies on the front porch of their home in Clinton, La. 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.  

Attorney Rhonda Convington represents Havard, who told 9News she did not want to speak on camera. Covington said right now Morgan's mom is experiencing mixed emotions.

"The fact that this special A-Team is here, it gives her hope. Although, it also brings up a lot of memories and so she's been very emotional," Covington said.

The FBI has not specified why there's renewed interest in this case, but former Clinton police officer Arkell Merritt said he has a hunch why. Merritt was one of the first men on scene when Morgan went missing.

"I presume they're coming with new ideas, maybe newer techniques," Merritt said. "Things that they feel like maybe, you know, will find him."

Merritt also said he maintains good relationships with local law enforcement, and over the years, he's always heard discussions about the case.

"From time to time, I hear some of the guys talk about, well you know, they got this bit of information from some person. You know, and maybe they've gone back and compiled that and that's an effort they're making."

Covington said that Havard's ultimate dream is to find her son, who would be 17 years old now, alive and be a part of his life.

"He disappeared at the age of two, so he would not remember his family. But that doesn't mean he can't get to know them now," Covington said.

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.

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.

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