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Texas search team looks for missing Stem woman

Posted October 18, 2008

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— A high-profile team continued to search on Saturday for a missing Granville County woman.

Texas EquuSearch has sent crews to North Carolina to help look for Kelly Morris. They also plan to conduct a search for a woman missing from Gastonia, its members said on their Web site.

On Saturday crews searched a 15-mile radius. They used side-sonar technology in ponds and Falls Lake. An airplane with a remote control camera was also used to scan wooded areas. The group also looked down wells with special cameras.

“I think we have plenty of tools. We have plenty of resources (and) a lot of determination on the part of the searchers, now we just need a little bit of luck to go along with it,” Texas EquuSearch founder Tim Miller said.

The team has assisted in several high-profile cases, including the search for missing Alabama teen Natalee Holloway in Aruba. It is a volunteer, non-profit organization that conducts both horseback and foot searches.

Morris, 28, was last seen on the night of Sept. 3 by her husband, Scott, and children at their home at 3220 Tump Wilkins Road in Stem.

The next day, authorities found her car and personal belongings in an undeveloped subdivision about a mile from the home, shortly after firefighters responded to a fire at the residence.

Investigators believe the fire was set and do not believe Morris was at home at the time.

Authorities have not named any suspects, but have said Scott Morris is what they call a person of interest in his wife's disappearance.

Kelly Morris’ family is offering a $30,000 reward for information that leads to finding her.

Gov. Mike Easley added $5,000 to that total.

Family members say they will not stop searching and urge anyone with any information to contact Granville County sheriff's investigators at 919-693-3213 or a volunteer search line at 919-812-2310.

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  • Starling Oct 24, 2008

    I watched Nancy Grace last night and Pat Currin said that the fire started at the back of the house not in the master bedroom as ljshockey7 indicated.

  • GodBless Oct 23, 2008

    Was anything of significance found? Clues or anything? We need an update!

  • eitakydennek1987 Oct 23, 2008

    Creedmoor, N.C. — The family of a missing Granville County mother will hold a vigil Friday night in the parking lot of the First Baptist Church in Creedmoor.

    Kelly Morris, 28, was last seen the night of Sept. 3 by her husband, Scott Morris, and two children at her home at 3220 Tump Wilkins Road in Stem. The home caught on fire the next day, and police found Morris' car, keys, purse and cell phone in an undeveloped subdivision.

    The vigil will be held at 7 p.m.

    Supporters gathered last month at the church to light candles and pray for Morris.

    The fire at Morris' home has been classified as arson, and Granville County Sheriff David Smith has named Morris' husband, Scott, a person of interest in her disappearance.

    At the time of the fire, there was no sign that Morris was in the home, Scott Morris was at work and the couples' two children were at school, investigators said.

    Wanda Hollis, Morris' mother, said that her daughter's marriage was strained and that she had considered leav

  • eitakydennek1987 Oct 23, 2008

    KNOWTHEFACTS. theres a number you can call. Since you know everything. Dr data that goes for you too

  • barbietarr Oct 23, 2008

    ljschockley7, or anyone else with information, please contact the Kelly Currin Morris Search Command Center if you have any information for us about locations that should be searched. We are desperately looking for this young mother, who did NOT choose to be where she is today. 919-812-2310. You can remain anonymous. Please help this grieving family find their missing loved one.

  • eitakydennek1987 Oct 23, 2008

    ljshockley7
    has anyone looked down there?

  • ljshockley7 Oct 23, 2008

    She would have NEVER left her babies! I know that for a fact. Her and Scott had a lot of problems and had recently seperated for facts I'd rather not say. She and Scott had just gotten back together (she only did it for the kids). She was not and had not been in love with him for a long time. To me its obvious what happened to her. Anyone notice how strange it was the "explosion" from her house that started that fire began in the master bedroom?? She was recently "caught in the act" in that bedroom not too long before that. He walked out and didn't say one word to either one in the room. He will get caught one day..yes I am saying I think he has something to do with it...and the rest of you, Im sure feel the same. I think they need to take some sonar pics at the bottom of some cave out in the Granville county area. Scott use to go four wheeling down there a lot! You would never be able to hear, smell, or see anything that far down w/o sonar.

  • justenuff9 Oct 23, 2008

    "woelkcc" - SO YOU'RE SAYING THAT YOU WOULD LEAVE YOUR TWO KIDS FOR A MAN AND HAVE EVERYONE YOU LOVE PRESUME YOU'RE DEAD. WHAT KIND OF SELFISH ACT IS THAT FOR A MOTHER? I FIND IT HARD TO BELEIVE THAT A MOTHER OR DAUGHTER THAT HAS ANY KIND OF RELATIONSHIP WITH HER FAMILY WOULD PLACE THAT BURDEN ON SOMEONE. IT IS OBVIOUS, THAT KELLY IS NOT LIKE THAT. ON THE OTHER HAND I CAN SEE HER LEAVING SCOTT, AND TAKING THE GIRLS, AND STARTING A LIFE WITH SOMEONE ELSE.

  • woelkcc Oct 23, 2008

    don't know about the man of justice part but you're surely a "man" because no woman would ever beleive that Kelly would leave her children or cause her family that much sorrow just to be with another man unless they are related to or taking up for Scott. I quess Kelly made Scott tell all the lies too. Her family & the police know alot more than anyone else, but they can't reveal that info. That comment is truly uncalled for. I beleive you reep what you sow. If Scott is guiltly of killing Kelly he will get his just rewards.
    justenuff9

    I don't agree with you...I am a mom and have thought that maybe Kelly has just had enough with the way her life was going and left...that was my first thought and I still believe it.

  • justenuff9 Oct 23, 2008

    In response to manofjustice comment - "Maybe she doesn't want to be found. Apparently she is alive and well. This is just impossible to believe through all this searching she has not been found. I hate to say it but I believe she is shacking up with some man somewhere."

    I don't know about the man of justice part but you're surely a "man" because no woman would ever beleive that Kelly would leave her children or cause her family that much sorrow just to be with another man unless they are related to or taking up for Scott. I quess Kelly made Scott tell all the lies too. Her family & the police know alot more than anyone else, but they can't reveal that info. That comment is truly uncalled for. I beleive you reep what you sow. If Scott is guiltly of killing Kelly he will get his just rewards.

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