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It's been more than 26 years since 6-year-old Morgan Nick disappeared while playing with friends at a little league game in northwest Arkansas.
The girl, the FBI reported, was abducted on June 9, 1995, from a parking lot area near the Wofford baseball field in Alma, a city in Crawford County where several thousand people live.
To this day, her kidnapper has not been identified and her disappearance remains a mystery to her family and law enforcement across Arkansas and beyond.
“It was never a thought in my head that Morgan would still be missing,” Colleen Nick, Morgan’s mother told the USA TODAY Network. “Someone knows the truth.”
This month, the FBI announced officials may be closer than ever to identifying her kidnapper.
Agents also said people in Tennessee may know valuable information.
FBI agents are seeking any information about Billy Jack Lincks, who the agency named a person of interest in the case on Nov. 9.
He died in prison in 2000.
"We believe he had ties to the region," said Connor Hagan, a FBI spokesman based in Little Rock. "There's nothing concrete that ties him to Tennessee, but there's a good chance he was associated to people in the state.
"We're going way back. People move around, but we put this out to all those states surrounding Arkansas — from Mississippi to Missouri to Louisiana to Oklahoma to Tennessee to Texas, to get as much as possible. People knew him. Someone knows him."
According to the FBI, Lincks was born and raised in Crawford County, Arkansas. He served with the U.S. Army during World War II and then worked at Braniff Airlines in Dallas from 1962 to 1974. He returned to Van Buren, Arkansas, in the late 1970s.
About two months after Morgan’s disappearance, the FBI reported, Lincks attempted to abduct a young girl in Van Buren at a location eight miles from the baseball field where Morgan was last seen. Lincks died in prison in 2000.
The FBI is requesting help from anyone who knew Lincks.
"Whether it was through school, work, church, or any social activity, we need information about Lincks and details about his entire life," Hagan said.
In 1996, Morgan's mother created the Morgan Nick Foundation to provide a support network to parents and families of missing children.
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Anyone who knew Lincks or has any information about him or his life, is asked to call the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI.
Natalie Neysa Alund is based in Nashville at The Tennessean and covers breaking news across the South for the USA TODAY Network. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow her on Twitter @nataliealund.
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