. After years of watching this fascinating thread from the sidelines, I thought I'd finally create an account on here to contribute some interesting information I dug out myself, regarding Billy Jack Lincks.
On 29 August 1995, Lincks attempted to entice an 11 year old girl into his truck, outside a Sonic store in Van Buren, AR. This was just under 3 months after Morgan's disappearance. I managed to find a document of the 1996 court case in which he was successfully charged for this, and sentenced to 6 years in prison. I would have uploaded it here, but it is 288 pages long and thus far too large to do so.
That being said, having read it myself, here are my findings:
Evidence suggesting that Lincks was Morgan's abductor:
- Similar modus operandi: both cases involved red pick-up trucks; both suspects initially accosted children with questions; both victims blonde-haired blue-eyed girls.
- In a transcript of Lincks' interrogation by police, it is clear that he speaks with a "Hillbilly" type dialect. Same is said of suspect at Alma ballpark.
- Perhaps most compelling of all however is the girl's description of Lincks (before he was identified). She described him as "between 40 and 50," much younger than his age of 70. This means that it is not too implausible that he was the individual at Alma ballpark (described as between 23 and 38). I suspect Lincks grew facial hair to make his age more ambiguous. Lincks' hair was described as "gray and dark," matching the "salt and pepper" hair of the suspect in Morgan's case. He was also said to have "sad looking eyes," which I sort of see in one of the sketches of Morgan's alleged abductor.
- The sketch based on the girl's description of Lincks (before he was identified) also bears a striking resemblance to sketches of the suspect in Morgan's case:
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On the other hand, evidence that Lincks was not responsible:
- Lincks' vehicle was a Chevrolet, the one at Alma ballpark was allegedly a Ford (though he might have been borrowing the Ford at the time).
- Lincks was 5'8. The suspect at Alma ballpark was described as 6'0 (though understandable that young children would not have a great perception of height at that age).
- Lincks appeared to have been almost bald, whereas the suspect at Alma ballpark had a full head of hair. Lincks was wearing a hat during the attempted abduction in Van Buren, so unfortunately we cannot use the sketch for comparison. It was possible that he wore a hairpiece to obscure his age and identity but I feel that Morgan's abduction was somewhat "unplanned".
And those are my findings. Still not sure if Lincks was Morgan's abductor, primarily due to the age difference and hair, but that sketch definitely makes me think twice. The court case also states that Lincks was convicted in 1992 for similar offences. Perhaps if someone has a document about that case then we could gauge even more about this guy.
Hope my first post here was not too long! (or too boring!!)