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Granville mom disappears, house catches fire

Posted September 5, 2008
Updated September 8, 2008

— Granville County police are investigating the disappearance of a Stem mother of two whose car was found abandoned the same day her house caught fire.

Sheriff David Smith said Saturday the remains of Kelly Morris, 28, were not found in the ashes of her burned home.

Authorities found Morris' s burgundy 2005 Honda Accord (North Carolina license plate TXP-5917) Thursday afternoon about a mile away from her home in an undeveloped subdivision. Smith said it was "a short time" after firefighters responded to the blaze at 3220 Tump Wilkins Road.

Morris' keys, purse and cell phone were inside the car, Smith said, and no one was at home at the time. Her husband, Scott Morris, was at work; their two children were at school.

Investigators have not established a cause for the fire, and the State Bureau of Investigation has been called in to assist with the case. Search and rescue dogs were also on hand Friday to search the home and the area where the car was found.

Granville County sheriff's investigators are asking anyone with information about the fire or Morris' disappearance to contact them at 919-693-3213.

"I think everybody's wondering where Kelly's at," neighbor Linda Wilkins said. "I think that's what we're all wondering."


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  • FDWife Sep 5, 2008

    I know that this is a difficult time for everyone involved. I'm praying for all of the family during this trying time.

    I think it is sad that everyone jumps to conclusions about situations such as this, without knowing the people involved. It is pathetic that our society has stooped to the level where this type of situation doesn't shock anyone, rather it is so commonplace. I just wish our world did not accept violence as an answer to problems, and valued people and relationships more. Maybe if that were the case, there would not be so many "missing" mothers.

  • honda man 37 Sep 5, 2008

    I pray for all off you,I love you man

  • java323 Sep 5, 2008

    What is going on in this state? Another beautiful mom/wife missing? I watched the video - I think the husband has been watching the news too - burning house (Army 2nd Lt Holley Wimunc), car parked in undeveloped subdivision (Nancy Cooper). Husband stops by to pick up dog? Marriage in trouble? I'll gladly eat crow if the husband is not involved....but seriously, the odds in NC for women victims of domestic related violence have me very skepical.
    I hope I'm wrong. My prayers are with Kelly's family.

  • rybail Sep 5, 2008

    It seems lately that everytime I look at the NC news, there is another missing woman and mother. What is going on? My prayers are with her and her family, hopefully this won't be a repeat of the Cooper tragedy.

  • headlong Sep 5, 2008

    Thoughts and Prayers to this young Mother, her Children, Family, and Friends.

  • familyfour Sep 5, 2008

    This is terrible. Still haven't pinned Coopers killer, the missing little girl's killer, I mean Mother, is locked up, again, but they still won't say she did it, and now this....In ten years, maybe these families will know and have some closure...I know it takes time to do this stuff right, but it just takes too long. I hope this one pans out better, but it ain't looking good.

  • carolina blue sky Sep 5, 2008

    I hope this turns out good, but it sure doesn't look good. Did you see the news video...? I pray that they find her!!

  • MizzZeta Sep 5, 2008

    I thought the same thing, parr. I hope I'm wrong!

  • vipcruizer2 Sep 5, 2008

    The husband is a tow truck driver.

  • lonnieandshannon Sep 5, 2008

    We will be praying for Scott and Kelly!