A Springfield mother is thankful her son is alive but the family is now trying to figure out what happened to him.
Twenty-year-old Morgan Howard was barely alive when he was found in a Ralston park storm drain on Friday morning. He had last been seen at a party late Thursday night.
Morgan is now being treated in the Nebraska Medical Center’s Intensive Care Unit. His mother, Pat Howard, says Morgan is sitting up and talking but barely remembers what happened.
She said, “I started getting worried because he's always made a promise to me. He said ‘mom, I will always come home.’”
But he didn’t come home Thursday night.
On Friday afternoon, Pat heard from police.
“All of the sudden, at 4 o'clock, as a mom's worst nightmare, the detectives from homicide knocked on my door,” she said.
While Pat was worried sick Friday, her son had been found in the park behind Ciara Carson's home but no one was initially sure who he was.
Pat told us, “He had severe hypothermia. His temperature was 82 degrees.”
The family learned about the party on Thursday night.
Pat said, “His car is still at Wendy's, so he did not drive. So whoever was at the party with him, either there was foul play involved or they let my son leave the party so drunk, with no clothes on, because he was found with no clothes on, to where he was left for dead.”
Morgan has since stabilized. The family is ready for what lies ahead and part of that will be sorting through the confusion.
Pat said, “I would really like to know. My son would like to know too. And that way we could get to the bottom of this and figure out what really happened to my son, because we really don't know right now.”
The family’s main concern now is frostbite. Morgan could lose some fingers and toes.
Anyone with any information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 402 444-STOP. You can remain anonymous.