On August 26th, 1982, Rachael Marie Runyan was playing with her brothers in a neighborhood park behind her home, within 40 feet of their mother. A strange man approached and led this beautiful little girl away, never to be seen alive again. Her tiny body was found in a shallow stream in Morgan County, just off the dirt road Trappers Loop. She was found with her hands and feet bound behind her back.

Rachael was merely 3 years young, but her life has impacted us to this day. What we now know as the Amber Alert, was originally named in Rachael's honor--thanks to her mother's (Elaine Runyan-Simmons) diligence and selfless pursuit on behalf of the protection of children everywhere.

A suspect was identified as being a black man, between the ages of 25 and 35 with a slender to medium build, driving a blue mid-sized car. After the case growing cold for many years, it was reopened in 2007. Still, no arrests have been made.