LITTLE ROCK — A woman who allegedly attempted to pass herself off as Morgan Nick is being held in the Pulaski County jail on a charge of felony computer fraud, the Arkansas State Police said Tuesday.
Tonya Renee Smith, 24, of Hollister, Mo., was arrested Thursday in Branson, Mo., and transported to Arkansas on Tuesday after she waived extradition, state police said.
The investigation began after a person claiming to be Morgan Chauntel Nick placed an order for a birth certificate on June 23 with VitalCheck, an Internet-based company that supplies certified copies of vital documents.
The real Morgan Nick was 6 when she was abducted from an Alma baseball park on June 9, 1995. The case remains unsolved.
"Morgan Nick has not been forgotten," Arkansas State Police Director Col. J.R. Howard said in a news release. "Our CID (Criminal Investigations Division) agents went to work, and for almost 36 hours Arkansas State Troopers searched across three states for the person presenting herself as Morgan Nick."
Branson police located Smith, who also is wanted in Louisiana for an alleged parole violation, after Arkansas State Police advised that she was possibly in the Branson area.