Federal arrest sparks hope in family of missing persons

Published: Feb. 2, 2018 at 6:01 PM CST
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A Love County man's federal indictment has sparked new hope for families in a 4 and a half year old missing persons case.

"Something like this, people don't just let this go," Paula Fielder, cousin of missing person Molly Miller, said. "I'm not going to let it go, and no one in my family will either."

The number 2,695 is written on the calendar, marking the days that have passed since Molly Miller and Colt Haynes disappeared along Long Hollow Road, last seen during a car chase with James Conn Nipp.

"They just as soon have us in the penitentiary for five years, that's the way it's felt like to me, we've been held prisoner." Alex Miller, Molly's grandfather, said.

Nipp's Uncle, Colby Barrick, lived on Long Hollow Road at the time of that chase. The family and the Love County Sheriff's Office have said they believe he may know something about how Molly and Colt disappeared.

"I would hope he would give that information to the proper authorities, so we can ease the minds of the families of these missing people." Love County Sheriff Marty Grisham said.

And they're hoping for that chance. Barrick was picked up Friday by U.S. Marshals on unrelated federal charges for possessing a firearm after a felony conviction.

"It may be an opportunity for Colby to maybe get a deal," Fielder said. "Maybe get some kind of deal if he wants to help bring Molly and Colt home."

While Miller says he's not trying to get too excited, he says he hopes Barrick does the right thing.

"I'm not getting justice, and I'm not getting any younger, Miller said. "And I want to see justice done before I depart this world."

When asked to comment on the matter Barrick's attorney declined.