HAZARD, Ky. — A six-year-old boy went outside to play in the snow near Larkslane in eastern Kentucky, but he never came home.
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It was 1982. Today, that missing boy would be 42.
Thirty-six years later Kelly Hollan Jr. is the only missing little boy in Kentucky, according to NamUS.
A normal kid doing average kids things -- to go missing without a trace at unusually young age.
Those are just a few reasons why we choose to spotlight this case.
We left as the sun came up and headed 200 miles south-east towards Hazard. As the sun was going down we returned with Kelly Hollan Jr.'s story -- the boy missing in the mountains.
Chapter One | Last seen location
We wanted to see what Kelly saw, so we went where he was last seen.
Government databases say Kelly was the last seen playing in the front yard.
Master Trooper Jodi Sims of Kentucky State Police took us to where the missing child's investigation started.
Kelly's street is a gravel road winding into the mountains with a few houses tucked between folds of the forest. With Trooper Sims' help, we matched old video to the new scenery.
Sims recounted the facts of the case, the background of the area and a failed indictment attempt.
Chapter Two | Last person to see Kelly
Kelly's mom, Judy Moore, reported him missing 36 years ago. She was the last person to see him - what could she tell us after all these years?
Since her son's disappearance, Moore has returned to her home county of Jackson Kentucky.
We traveled about 50 miles from where she lived with Kelly to hear her side. At a small in a stone building Moore said was more than a hundred years old, we discussed her missing child.
Moore told us police said her sister confessed to helping her burying the body. When Reporter Shay McAlister asks if the accusation was true, Moore said she had nothing to do with her child's disappearance.
Now with long gray hair, she said she believes her brown-haired little boy is still out there somewhere.
Chapter Three | Have Hope
Police continue to search for the answers despite several dead ends.
After our journey into Kelly's story, we have our own questions and conclusions.
We know someone somewhere knows something. We believe there are still clues to solve the mystery of the boy missing in the mountains.
Chapter Four | Help Solve My Case
If you have any information, call Kentucky State Police Post 13 at (606) 435-6069.
You can find out more about missing people in Kentucky at the National Missing and Unidentified Person System Case website.
Read Kelly Hollan Jr.'s story here.
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