FBI agents across the country will be wearing a patch honoring the memory of 13-year-old Kacie Rene Woody. Woody was abducted from her home and murdered in December by a man she met on the Internet.
Kacie’s father, Rick Woody of Greenbrier, received a plaque and one of the patches baring his daughter’s name Monday. The FBI thanked him for allowing them to use his daughter’s tragic story to educate others on the dangers of Internet predators.
The patch features a teddy bear and a computer. The computer screen reads "Kacie Woody 1989 to 2002." Peter Brust with the FBI says by having her name on the patch, people will ask who she was and agents will be able to tell Kacie’s story.
“When her story hit, she had mistaken a pedophile predator for a 16-year-old boy. It just really hit home,” Brust said. “She was an ideal candidate to get the word out on how dangerous it is to talk to people over the Internet, when you don’t know who they are.”
That 16-year-old boy ended up really being 47-year-old David Fuller. Police say after Fuller abducted Kacie from her home, he took her to a Conway mini-storage building. Police surrounded the building and heard a gunshot. Police say Fuller murdered Kacie and then shot himself.
The FBI says about 200 patches will distributed to agents who work to catch Internet predators.