Most Parents Of Missing Children Never Give Up Hope

6:24 PM, May 7, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- "What I believe is that I will look her in the eye someday and say, I always knew you were coming home," said Colleen Nick. 

Her daughter, Morgan, was six-years-old when an unidentified man kidnapped her from an Arkansas Little League Field. It was June of 1995 -  Morgan has now been missing for 18 years.

"Even when people say to me, shouldn't you give up...this is my daughter, as soon as someone can prove to me that she's not coming home...I will fight for her everyday."

The story of three young women in Cleveland being rescued after ten years of being held captive in a house in Cleveland is giving hope for other missing person cases, said Marcia Gilmore Tullis with the National Center for Missing and Expolited Children.

"All the families have hope. It's so important to have hope," said Gilmore-Tullis.

She says often it's a bystander who helps solve a missing person case. In Cleveland, Charles Ramsey heard screaming at a home in his neighborhood and saw a woman try to get out and helped break an opening in the locked door.

Colleen Nick calls Ramsey a "national hero" for getting involved.

Someone who noticed something strange led to the investigation of Phillip Garrido and his wife Nancy, who abducted Jaycee Dugard when she was 11 and held her captive in their backyard for 18 years.

And there have been several other children abducted and found weeks and years later.

Nick said it's a myth that all kidnappings result in murder. That sometimes happens, she said, but if there is no proof a child has passed, there should always be hope and an effort to find him or her.

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