FBI New Orleans
Craig C. Betbeze
(504) 816-3274
May 23, 2017

FBI Observes National Missing Children’s Day

On May 23, 2017, Jeffrey S. Sallet, Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) New Orleans Field Office, reaffirmed the FBI’s continuing support of National Missing Children’s Day, observed May 25, 2017.

To commemorate National Missing Children’s Day, the New Orleans Field Office remembers Keiosha Marie Felix from Duson, Louisiana and Wesley Dale Morgan from Clinton, Louisiana. Keiosha Marie Felix was last seen on April 30, 2012 near a residence in Duson. Wesley Dale Morgan went missing on May 15, 2001 and was last seen playing on his front porch. Age progression photos display what Wesley Dale Morgan would look like at ages 12 and 15-years-old.

If you have any information regarding a missing child, please contact your local FBI field office, your local police department, or call 9-1-1. Tips may also be submitted to the FBI through tips.fbi.gov.

In 1983, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed May 25 as National Missing Children’s Day. Each year, the Department of Justice (DOJ) commemorates Missing Children’s Day with a ceremony honoring the heroic and exemplary efforts of agencies, organizations, and individuals to protect children.

Missing Children’s Day is dedicated to encouraging parents, guardians, caregivers, and others concerned with the well-being of children to make child safety a priority. It serves as a reminder to continue our efforts to reunite missing children with their families and an occasion to honor those dedicated to this noble cause. More information can be found at: https://www.ojjdp.gov/missingchildrensday/.

In 1932, the FBI was given jurisdiction under the “Lindbergh Law” to immediately investigate any reported mysterious disappearance or kidnapping involving a child of “tender age”—usually 12 or younger. However, the FBI can become involved with any missing child under the age of 18 as an assisting agency to the local police department. There does not have to be a ransom demand, and the child does not have to cross the state lines or be missing for 24 hours. Research indicates the quicker the reporting of the disappearance or abduction, the more likely the successful outcome in returning the child unharmed.

The FBI is fully committed to support local law enforcement partners investigating missing and endangered children. More information regarding these children can be found on the FBI’s website at: www.fbi.gov/wanted/kidnap.