It's a mystery that's baffled a mother and police for more than 25 years. A six year old child vanishes with no explanation.
In tonight's Mountain Cold Case, why the mother of Kelly Junior Hollan believes her son could still be alive.
On February 12th, 1982 in the Pinetree Hollow area of Knott County, Judy Moore let her six year old son Kelly go outside and play and he hasn't been seen since. At first, Moore says she assumed Kelly had walked to a friends house to watch television. It was a Friday night and the Dukes of Hazzard was on. But later, when she went to bring her son home, nobody at the friend's house had seen him. Moore believes her son was kidnapped and may still be alive.
"I really believe he's still out there, I really do. I'll always believe it until proven otherwise," Moore said.
A few years after his disappearance, Mountain News profiled the case. Police said at the time, they never found any sign of Hollan around his home.
"We searched in here three times that I can recall. There was never no evidence found of the child, nothing whatsoever," said Former State Trooper Paul Sandlin in the 1991 WYMT interview.
Police have questioned Judy Moore and she denies having any involvement in her son's disappearance.
"He was just like a little angel. Why would I want to do anything to him," Moore said.
Kelly Hollan would now be 32 years old.
"If he's out there somewhere, I wish he'd let me know. I don't want to disrupt his life. I just want to know my son's alive and let him know that I do love him," Moore said.
Moore says she still thinks about her son all the time, but certain months are more difficult than others.
"November to February is the hardest. November is his birthday then Christmas, New Years, then his disappearance date. It's like it's all coming again," Moore said.
Kelly Hollan had blue eyes, a scar on his upper lip and his speech was impaired. If you have any information about the disappearance of Kelly Junior Hollan, call the Kentucky State Police post in Hazard at 606-435-6069. You can also visit the Kentucky State Police cold case list at http://www.kentuckystatepolice.org/cold_case.htm.
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