Wesley Dale Morgan was born on March 14, 1999 to his parents, 17 year old Ruby and her boyfriend, Dewey, in Clinton, Louisiana. When his parents split up not long after Wesley was born, he remained fully under the care of his mother. Sadly, not much information is available about what Wesley is like, the activities he enjoys, or how his personality is. Shortly after Wesley was born, his mother, Ruby, began dating a man named Burnell, who, in October of 1998, was involved in the shooting death of a bystander.
What happened on May 15, 2001 left officials with more questions than answers.
At around 9:45 am, according to Ruby, she had left Wesley on the porch of their home to play with a litter of puppies while she went inside to make lunch. When she returned shortly after, Wesley was gone. Initially, Ruby told investigators that she believed that Wesley had chased one of the dogs off the porch, but this quickly changed once authorities began their search.
Within minutes of realizing Wesley was gone, his mother reported him missing. As soon as the report was made, officials with the Clinton Police Department initiated a large-scale search of a 5-mile radius surrounding the home. While officials begin interviewing Ruby and Burnell, searchers on foot, horseback, and even in helicopters equipped with infrared technology, along with the assistance of the Louisiana National Guard, were searching the wooded area near the home, searching for any sign of Wesley.
The search for Wesley quickly becomes a criminal investigation.
In the following days, Burnell was arrested for the shooting he was involved in in October of 1998, and Ruby shuts down and becomes uncooperative with search efforts for her son. In the months following Wesley’s disappearance, officials conduct more searches, even consulting with a ‘psychic detective’, who believed she may be able to help. Unfortunately, all search efforts being made for Wesley proved fruitless.
Where the case stands today.
In April of 2016, the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced that they were initiating a new investigation into Wesley’s disappearance, along with announcing a new $10,000 reward for information. Since then, 21 electronic billboards have been erected in the Baton Rouge, LA area. Today, it’s been more than 20 years since Wesley’s disappearance, and today he would be 23 years old. If you have any information, please contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s tip line at (800) CALL-FBI (225-5324), the East Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s Office at (225) 683-5459, or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.