Family of four-month-old boy who was snatched from his cradle by a nanny in 1983 and has not been seen since, say they believe he is still alive
- Matthew Crocker was abducted in June 1983 by his babysitter in Arkansas
- His mother had asked Kathy Johnson to come and help her for her children
- Kathy grabbed Matthew in the middle of the night and has not been seen since
- Now he would be 36 and the police say he may not know his true identity
- They urge anyone with information to contact the authorities
- Johnson has a long scar on her back and a distinctive unicorn tattoo on her arm
The family of a four-month-old baby who was abducted by his nanny in 1983 and has not been seen since, say they believe he is still alive.
Matthew Crocker was abducted from his family's home in Van Buren, Arkansas, while sleeping next to his older sister. He would be 36 now.
Police say he was taken by Kathy Johnson, a babysitter with whom his mother had left him. His mother met Johnson during a carnival and told her that she needed help to take care of her children, so invited her to stay for a week.
On the morning of June 9, 1983, she discovered that both Matthew and Johnson were missing. Since then, the police have been looking for the couple.
Not long after they disappeared, the police found a Chevy truck allegedly stolen by Johnson, but she had thrown it away in Oklahoma by the time they arrived.
There have been no other indications since then, but Crocker's mother and sister are determined to find him.
Matthew Crocker was abducted from his family's home in Van Buren, Arkansas, while sleeping next to his older sister. He would now be 36 and is supposed to be in a government-generated, government-produced computer
& # 39; We are so eager to find him … Even though he did not become part of our family, hopefully he was loved and had a normal, happy life.
& # 39; I just feel that he's alive, and I feel like we'll find him & # 39 ;, his sister Elizabeth, now 38 People.
& # 39; I just wonder what he is like? I don't know if he has children, and do they look like mine? And do I look like him? Do we have similar personality traits?
This sketch by Kathy Johnson, the abductor, is the best image the police had to use at the time. She went to live with Crocker's mother to help her with the children for a week, but grabbed him to raise him as her own
& # 39; I wonder so many things, & # 39; she said.
Kathy had distinctive tattoos, including one of a unicorn on her left arm and another, of her name and one on her chest of a green and yellow star.
The police do not have a picture of her, but they have been sketching her for decades.
She would also have named Judy.
Authorities have long believed that Johnson took him to raise him as her own son and that he does not know who he really is.
They continue to investigate his disappearance.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the Van Buren police in Arkansas at 479 474-1234 or the National Center of Missing or Exploited Children on 1-800-8435678.
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