Posted: May 19, 2014 5:28 PM by Chris Nakamoto
Updated: May 19, 2014 6:48 PM
SLAUGHTER - Stickers to get the community involved in a renewed effort to find Wesley Dale Morgan were vandalized over the weekend.
The incident baffles people in East Feliciana Parish and the owner of a convenience store where it happened.
"She tried to get them, and after that tore the stickers and I snatched them from her and they were all over the store," Ahmed Mana, owner of My Fair Market said. He said he has surveillance cameras inside his store, but accidentally deleted the footage of the incident while he was reviewing it.
Morgan went missing 13 years ago. He was a toddler and was last seen at his house in Clinton, near Bluff Creek. Investigators gave the case a fresh look recently and retraced steps that could possibly lead them to the child.
Richard Sobers, a community activist and retired police officer, paid for the signs. He's confused that someone would go to those lengths to damage items meant to help find a missing child.
"Disbelief," Richard Sobers said. "I just couldn't believe it that someone would literally try to destroy something like that."
Family members of Wesley Dale Morgan declined to do an on-camera interview, but also said they are outraged that someone would try to damage the 'Where's Wesley' signs.
"It's just a disservice to that child and our community for him to be forgotten and seemingly tossed away," Sobers said.
People in the community echo those sentiments.
"That seems kinda odd a child that small can get away from his parents long enough to become missing," Dwight Roberson said.
As Sobers continues his quest for answers, he had this message for the person responsible for tearing up the 'Where's Wesley' signs.
"Let me know what your thoughts were," Sobers said. "What were you trying to accomplish by trying to destroy these bumper stickers. I can assure you more bumper stickers are coming."
Over the weekend, Sobers added $1,000 to the reward money to find Welsey Dale Morgan.