Bowling Green, KY -- Aug. 11, 1996 -- The phone rings, but no one is there.
''Mommy,'' Heather Pruitt whispers, low and urgent. ''It's a hang-up call.''
Stacey Violi winces, as if her daughter's words sting. They don't need any more mystery in Apartment H3. They just need Morgan.
It's been 2 weeks since 7-year-old Morgan Jade Violi was abducted while playing in the parking lot outside her suburban apartment. For Mrs. Violi, each phone call brings new hope that she will be reunited with her youngest daughter.
''You pace the floor and look out the window,'' she says. ''Waiting for that phone call. From somebody. Anybody.''
The bearded man who pulled Morgan Violi into an old Chevy van came straight out of a parent's worst nightmare. But where he went, nobody knows.
If, as witnesses say, he turned right out of the Colony Apartments after taking Morgan, there was only one road out. And innocence was lost on Lovers Lane.
The world is not so young anymore when a child is taken away. Once, kids played and shouted and laughed outside the apartment complex where Morgan lived. Now they stay inside.
There's more than one youngster missing from the face of this southern Kentucky town.
''Parents have stopped letting their children go out,'' says Phyllis Justis, a resident at Colony. ''It's changed our whole community.''
Says Mrs. Violi: ''You never think this is going to happen to you. Especially in Bowling Green.''
Morgan was abducted July 24. ''What really shocked me about it was it happened in broad daylight,'' said Tisha Briggs, 25.
Ms. Briggs recently moved to the Colony with her 9-month-old daughter because she thought it was safer.
There's only one way in. And one way out.
But residents of the apartment complex had spotted something strange in the days preceding the kidnapping: an old, maroon van, driving slowly through the parking lot.
''It would park in different spots and sit,'' 16-year-old John Moore said.
Abductions of children almost always involve family members, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Alexandria, Va.
Morgan's abduction occurred less than two hours after Mrs. Violi was awarded custody of Morgan and her two sisters in a divorce from Glen Violi during a hearing in Warren District Court.
Mrs. Violi says she is convinced her husband was not involved. ''I know he hasn't made himself look real good,'' she says. ''But he wouldn't do this to his daughter.''
The FBI is investigating this case on the assumption that a stranger took Morgan, says spokesman Ed Evans of the Louisville office. And that makes this the story of a bogeyman.
Morgan's half-sisters, Heather Pruitt, 11, and Nicki Pruitt, 10 - Mrs. Violi's daughters from a previous marriage - sleep with the light on. And they don't play outside anymore. In Apartment E1, 3-year-old Taneisha Kirk declines her stepfather's offer to let her play outside.
''I might get kidnapped,'' she says.
This town is haunted by what happened to Morgan Violi. She is nowhere and she is everywhere. Posters bearing the little girl's photo and a composite sketch of her abductor are posted all over town.
Yellow ribbons encircle oak trees in Fountain Square. Downtown store windows plastered with Morgan's photo reflect the ghostly images of a world passing her by. ''I get angry a lot,'' Mrs. Violi said. ''Not at anybody in particular, but at everybody in general. Because everybody will go back to their normal little lives. And I have no idea how I'll put my life back together.''
At the Colony, yellow ribbons adorn railings, doors, cars and trees. And Morgan's pink bike lies still in front of Apartment H3, where Mrs. Violi keeps a candle burning day and night for her daughter.
She does not eat. She does not sleep except when exhaustion overtakes her on the couch. And she does not leave the living room.
''I try to stay in here in case I could see her coming or in case the phone rings,'' she said.
''It's gut-wrenching. You're scared. Imagine not knowing where your child is. If she's OK. If she's eating. If you're ever going to see her again.
''I have three daughters and those were the only things I ever did in my life that was right. And now I don't know where my baby is.''
Somewhere else in this apartment complex is a mother who knows where her own baby is - and who probably never will let her out of sight again.
The stranger who grabbed Morgan first tried to grab her playmate.
The other girl's last name is Miller.
Her first name is Destiny.
Nov. 16, 1996 -- Morgan Violi, a young girl with an easy smile and hazel eyes, often played in the parking lots and nearby yards of the suburban apartment complex where she lived with her mother.
Then one afternoon this summer, a predator pulled the 7-year-old girl with pink shoes and a yellow hair clasp inside his maroon Chevrolet van and sped away. Morgan's remains were found late last month. It is not yet known how she died, though suspicion hangs over Morgan's own father.
On Friday, her family, joined by many others in this southern Kentucky community, said goodbye to Morgan, burying her in a bright purple casket.
Throughout the Violi family's ordeal, beginning shortly after her disappearance July 24, Glen Violi has complained that the FBI has unjustly targeted him as a suspect in his daughter's abduction.
He said investigators repeatedly told him in private they believe he had something to do with the abduction and even urged him to confess.
Violi said he has taken numerous polygraph tests and failed them all.
``I wish I could pass one so they could just go do something else,'' he said.
The FBI never said whether he was a suspect and said it hadn't ruled anyone out. ``We never named him as a suspect in the case, and we still aren't,'' FBI spokesman Ed Evans said.
The day after Morgan disappeared, news reports noted prominently that the abduction came just two hours after her mother, Stacey Violi, was awarded custody of Morgan and her two sisters in a divorce agreement. Violi was to get custody every other weekend.
The scrutiny didn't abate even though police confirmed that Violi was at work when his daughter was abducted.
Ms. Violi has said she was certain her ex-husband was not involved in Morgan's disappearance.
``He wouldn't harm our children,'' she said.
An adult who witnessed the abduction described a maroon van that sped away with Morgan.
The city looked for vans by checking reports from traffic stops and car accidents. Police asked motor vehicle clerks in surrounding states for the names of van owners.
Officials also checked hotels, motels, restaurants _ even toy stores _ where the kidnapper might stop. A $20,000 reward was offered, and a syndicated television show pleaded for tips.
It was all in vain.
Please visit Lost Kids to view Morgans picture and also a composite sketch of her abductor who is still at large