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Authorities, volunteers continue search for missing Granville mother

Posted September 13, 2008
Updated September 16, 2008

— The Granville County Sheriff's Office has called off its specialty groups involved in the search for a missing Granville woman.

Kelly Morris, 28, was reported missing more than a week ago after firefighters responded to the blaze at her home at 3220 Tump Wilkins Road.

Police found Morris's burgundy 2005 Honda Accord, keys, purse and cell phone some time later in an undeveloped subdivision, about a mile from her home.

On Saturday, volunteers searched on horseback and on four-wheelers for Morris. Volunteers planned to keep up the effort Sunday.

“We’re basically looking to see if we can see any evidence of…any dragging or any bodies or just anything that looks unnatural,” volunteer Gayzelle Chavis said.

Authorities said Friday they consider the fire at Morris’ home to be arson. Investigators say there was no sign that Morris was in her home when it burned. Her husband and two children were not at home at the time of the fire.

Authorities do not have any suspects in the fire and are still treating Morris' disappearance as a missing person's case.

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


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  • baileysmom3 Sep 23, 2008

    i hope they find her. my friend went to school with her.

  • Tarheel born Sep 15, 2008

    Sooner or later some hunter, 4 wheel rider or maybe a forest ranger will find her remains and then the investigators will start working backwards. And, where it will lead? to their person of interest. Just a guess but I'm betting on the Sheriff.

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  • Dreamin of Disney World Sep 15, 2008

    I have a feeling the cops know more than what they're saying. Sounds like the fire could have been a cover up of evidence. The husband's been very suspicious this whole time, with being so quiet. Sorry, but that does make a person wonder.

  • Space Mountain Sep 15, 2008

    I was told from some folks up there that they are calling the husband a person of interest.

  • shortcake53 Sep 15, 2008

    Im hoping they have discovered some new evidence that they are not ready to release just yet. Her husband has not joined any of the searches or made public statements begging for help to find his wife. That speaks loudly to me. Bless her children.

  • Realamerican71 Sep 15, 2008

    Why are they calling off the search? There is probably some information that has not been released to the public and media. Why spook the person or persons that authorities are closing in on. There is obviously more to this investigation than has been reported.

    Stay tuned for breaking news!!

  • gemini81 Sep 15, 2008

    I'm not sure why they are calling off the search, they are supposedly meeeting today to see if they want to continue with a search or what other efforts can be done, apparently they have something since they now are calling Kelly's husband a "person of interest". I just pray that they can solve this soon and someone be brought to justice.

  • carolina blue sky Sep 15, 2008

    OMG are you kidding me??? The authorities are calling off the search?? This is CRAZY!!! WHY???