On May 15, 2001, Ruby Renee Havard Freeman walked inside her rented home along US Highway 63 in Clinton, Louisiana, to prepare lunch. Since her 2-year-old son Wesley seemed content playing with a litter of puppies on the front porch, Ruby thought he would be fine left alone for only a few moments.
When Ruby returned to the front porch to check on Wesley, he was nowhere to be found. The authorities performed extensive searches of the surrounding areas but to no avail—Wesley was gone.
This was 18 years ago and the mystery still remains: what happened to Wesley Dale Morgan that morning?
Investigators working the case have suspected that Wesley’s mother was involved in his disappearance. Freeman denied she had anything to do with her son’s kidnapping and accused investigators of being biased against her due to her lifestyle.
One of the theories that investigators had come up with over the years insinuates that Freeman sold her son into adoption. However, the lack of any substantial evidence has prohibited authorities from pursuing that route. Currently, the FBI is offering $10,000 for any information leading to Wesley’s location.
Retired Baton Rouge Police Officer Richard Sobers has been campaigning for the search of Wesley Morgan for quite some time. On May 15, 2018, he participated in releasing 17 butterflies to honor the number of years that Wesley had been missing.
Sobers campaign “Where’s Wesley” started in 2012 to help bring awareness to the unsolved kidnapping of Wesley Morgan. “I don’t understand why people are not looking for him,” said Sobers.
“What keeps me going is because I know someone knows (something), several people, and I’m hopeful that one day their conscience may get the best of them,” Sobers continued, “and they’ll come forward or either submit some information anonymously.”
Although Sobers, who is pursuing the case on his own, feels that the investigation went silent, Sgt. Kevin Garig of the East Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s Office says it’s not uncharacteristic of a case of Wesley’s nature.
“Some people will say, and Mr. Sobers is one, that the case needed to be reopened,” Garig mentioned. “We’ve never stopped investigating the case. Some months we have more leads than others. This case has never been closed. It’s never been put on a shelf to sit there. We work on this case year-round.”
Currently, there are no new leads in the disappearance of Wesley Dale Morgan.