BROWN COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) It is every parent's worst nightmare: their child goes missing or is abducted.
Brown County Chief Deputy Todd Delain (WBAY photo)
Every minute in that initial search is critical.
It's why law enforcement across Brown County are working quickly to create a new, specialized response team to find those kids fast.
One mother is sharing her story to help local police set up a Child Abduction Response Team (CART).
Colleen Nick carries a picture of her daughter, Morgan, showing her as a six-year old and age-progressed to 27. It helps her share a story no mom should have to tell.
"In 1995, my six-year old daughter, Morgan was kidnapped from a little league baseball game in Alma, Arkansas. Our law enforcement, almost 22 years later, are still looking for Morgan," says Colleen.
While she holds out hope of finding her daughter and continues searching for her to this day, she's also now on a mission to help other families, and the police searching for missing kids, know just how to do it.
Colleen spent Tuesday in Green Bay, at a regional training session at the Green Bay Police Department, as agencies throughout Brown County work to create a CART team.
"We want to be able to bring all the resources together within Brown County to be able to handle one of these situations quickly," says Brown County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Todd Delain, who is the team's coordinator.
"In 47 percent of the cases of non-family abductions by a sadistic predator, that little one could be dead within 60 minutes, so what I can't afford to have happen is a young officer, picking up his radio and going, I'm at the scene. What do I do first?" says Craig Hill with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, who's leading the class.
This training is the first step in creating not only a unified response for missing or abducted children, but making sure there is a renewed level of urgency.
"That when there's a child missing that everybody in the county acts on it. We get together. We throw all the resources we have and look for a good resolution," says Green Bay Police Commander Jim Runge.
Colleen is here to help them remember to focus on the child and understand what the family is going through.
"To not be afraid to talk with families, to be very personal and work with them," she says.
Law enforcement hope to have their Brown County CART team trained and operational by June.