Friday, February 17, 2012

The Abduction and Murder of Morgan Violi

from The Kentucky New Era, July 25, 2001


At about 12:36pm on July 24th, 1996, 7 year old Morgan Violi was abducted from the parking lot at Colony Apartments in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The abduction occurred almost directly in front of her family's apartment. The suspect was driving a maroon colored 1978 Chevy Van that was believed to have been stolen out of Dayton, Ohio on July 23rd, 1996.

A second vehicle, a 1979 or older white Ford Van with a slatted trailer-door type window on the side was seen parked by the old barn on North Swift Road at Webster Road in Robertson County on July 25th, 1996. This vehicle was at this location for about 4 hours. This location is about 100 feet from where the remains of Morgan Violi were found on October 20th, 1996.

The suspect was described as being a white male with collar length sandy brown hair. He appeared to be in his twenties at the time. He had a slender build but with defined muscles. At that time he had a mustache and some beard. He did have one outstanding feature that was noticed by all witnesses - he had a sharp, distinct nose.

If anyone feels that they may have any information about this case, please call Detective Don Bennett at (615) 384-7971 or call the FBI in Bowling Green at (270) 781-4734, or the Bowling Green Police Department at (270) 393-4244.



NEWSPAPER ARTICLES

1994

Theft; The Daily News, June 16, 1994


1996

Criminal Mischief; The Daily News, July 3, 1996

Parents Battle With Emotions; Fear After Their Daughter's Abduction; The Daily News, July 25, 1996

Abductor Search Goes Nationwide; The Daily News, July 26, 1996

FBI Releases New Sketch Of Girl's Abductor; The Daily News, July 26, 1996

Abductions Stir Fear, Strength; The Daily News, July 28, 1996 (1)
Abductions Stir Fear, Strength; The Daily News, July 28, 1996 (2)

Gun Pulled On Missing Girl's Dad; The Daily News, July 29, 1996

Community Says Prayer For Morgan's Safe Return; The Daily News, July 30, 1996

Mothers To Plead For Little Children's Lives; The Daily News, July 30, 1996

Times Difficult When A Child Is Missing; The Daily News, July 30, 1996

Families Plead For Missing Children's Return; The Daily News, August 1, 1996

Police Mum On New Details; The Daily News, August 1, 1996

Police Have No New Information; The Daily News, August 2, 1996

Telephone Solicitors' Calls Prompt Complaints; The Daily News, August 2, 1996

Community, Too, Missing Morgan; The Daily News, August 6, 1996

Missing; The Daily News, August 11, 1996

School Awaits Morgan's Return; The Daily News, August 14, 1996

Search For Morgan Reveals Few Clues; The Daily News, August 14, 1996

Abducted Girl's Father Says He's FBI's Top Target; The Daily News, August 23, 1996

'Bring Harmony Back To Our Lives', Crowd Prays; The Daily News, August 25, 1996

'Glen Didn't Do This,' Mother Says; The Daily News, August 25, 1996

Search For Girl Using Billboards; The Madison Courier, September 5, 1996

Parents' Safety Hints Need Good Timing; The Daily News, September 8, 1996

Guilty Until Proven Innocent; The Daily News, September 10, 1996

Waitress Says She Saw Abducted Girl; The Daily News, September 27, 1996

A Community Cries; The Daily News, October 22, 1996

FBI: Body Found Is Likely Bowling Green Girl; The Daily News, October 22, 1996

Early Morgan Clue Discovered; The Daily News, October 23, 1996

Hair Samples Match Those Of Missing Girl; The Daily News, October 24, 1996

Today Marks 3-Month Anniversary Of Abduction Of Bowling Green Girl; The Daily News, October 24, 1996

Child's Remains May Be That Of Clarksville Girl; The Daily News, November 11, 1996

Bodies In July Disappearances Believed Found; The Portsmouth Daily Times, November 12, 1996

Small Town Buries Little Girl; Family Devastated; The Madison Courier, November 16, 1996

Little Girl Named Morgan Touched Heart Of Community; The Daily News, November 20, 1996

Identity Of Remains Unproven; The Daily News, November 12, 1996

A Tearful Conclusion; The Daily News, November 13, 1996

Violi Tragedy Affected Community; The Daily News, November 16, 1996

Classmates Remember Morgan; The Daily News, November 27, 1996

Community Was Kind Throughout Family Ordeal; The Daily News, December 12, 1996


1997

Abduction Van Thought Found; The Kentucky New Era, March 19, 1997

2nd Van Sought In Girl's Death; The Daily News, March 20, 1997

Mourning Morgan; The Daily News, March 25, 1997

Agent Says Editorial On Investigation Inaccurate; The Daily News, April 4, 1997

TV Program Will Feature Abduction Case; The Daily News, April 18, 1997

'Most Wanted' To Feature Viola Abduction, Murder; The Daily News, May 2, 1997

City Man Charged With Ramming Ex-Wife's Car; The Daily News, June 4, 1997

Chamber Learns 'Safe Spot' Campaign Is Well Underway; The Grayson County News-Gazette, June 16, 1997

Remembering Morgan; The Daily News, July 24, 1997


1998

Mother Hopes Focus Turns To Finding Killer; The Daily News, July 20, 1998

Slaying Victim's Father No Longer A Suspect In Crime; The Madison Courier, July 20, 1998

A Shadow On The Soul; The Daily News, July 21, 1998


2001

A Letter From Morgan's Mom; The Daily News, July 24, 2001

Reward Raised In Case Of Murdered Bowling Green Girl Abducted 5 Years Ago; The Kentucky New Era, July 25, 2001


2004

Retired Teachers Moving Ahead With 'Safe Spot'; The Daily News, April 11, 2004

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