Waite Park Police issues update on missing mom, 9-month-old

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Waite Park Police issues update on missing mom, 9-month-old

WAITE PARK — Over three months into a fruitless investigation of a missing teenager and her infant son, the Waite Park Police Department is again asking for public help.

Morgan Styke, 17, of Waite Park, and her now-9-month-old son, Bobby Spence, have been missing since Oct. 23.

Police believe the pair to be traveling with the child’s father, 19-year-old James Spence.

Styke is believed to have left with Spence willingly, and police are not investigating the case as a kidnapping at this time, according to Waite Park Police Chief David Bentrud.

According to a press release issued by the police department Friday, the case into the disappearances remains active and seeking public assistance.

Bentrud said previous leads have “come up empty.”

“We’re kind of at a dead end,” Bentrud said. “Some of the things that we were hoping would help us really haven’t.”

There has been no social media, cell phone, or financial card activity from Styke or Spence in “some time,” according to the release. There has also been no family contact in that time.

The last confirmed sighting of Styke was video surveillance footage from a Mississippi store in November.

Police originally believed the couple and their child may have been traveling in a white 1995 Ford Taurus LX with Minnesota plates.

According to the release, that vehicle was located in a Missouri impound lot “several weeks ago” and has gone unclaimed.

Bentrud said Friday police did follow up on other leads on possible sightings in Mississippi, Texas and Washington but that those leads did not produce more information on Styke and Bobby Spence’s location.

Anyone with information regarding Morgan Styke, Bobby Spence or James Spence’s whereabouts are asked to immediately contact the Waite Park Police Department by calling (320) 251-3281.

Bentrud said the case thus far has been “very unusual” in its lack of productive leads, but investigators hope another call for assistance will move things forward.

“We’ve been working this case for a long time …  We’re trying to spark some new leads, new information,” Bentrud said. “At this point, we really just want to confirm that Morgan and Bobby are safe.”