LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Warm summer temperatures will be luringthe kidsoutside and with that comes more opportunities for children to be approached by strangers.
We're putting Crime in Focus with our goal to provide parents helpful information to protect your family.
Colleen Nick's 6-year-old daughter Morgan disappeared from an Alma ballpark in 1995. Next month, it will be seventeen years since her mother layed eyes on her.
And she has plentyofadvicefor parents.
"We certainly don't want any other family to go through what we've gone through," says Nick. "The fact is there are predators and their only purpose in life is to harm your child."
Morgan was last seen standing near her mother's car where she had stopped to empty sand from her shoes.
"It really is just a matter of seconds til a child can be missing and it really is up to us to do everything we can to prevent that," Nick says.
As we enter the summer months and kids start playing outside, going to ball games and heading to the swimming pool, Nick reminds all parentsto give your child safety steps.
"It is really about talking to your kids ahead of time and how to access help if they get lost, who those trusted adults would be, you how do you identify that before you leave your house."
Nick says that while you should never instill fear in your children, you need to repeat themessages of safety often. Start teaching your kids at a young age and make sure they understand that if they change their plans they must get permission first from a trusted adult.
Nick has become an advocate for missing children, starting a foundation in Morgan's name. Even after seventeen years, Nick has not given up hope.
If you have any information about Morgan's case, you are asked to call Alma Police Department at 479-632-3333. You can remain anonymous.
Watch out entire interview with Colleen Nick by clicking on the video link above.