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Six months later, Morris' family holds out hope

Posted March 3, 2009
Updated March 9, 2009

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— For the past six months, Pat Currin has done little else but search for his missing daughter, Kelly Morris.

"We search somewhere every day – every road, every path, farms, fields – looking for her," he said.

The 28-year-old mother of two was last seen at her Stem home on Sept. 3.

Kelly Morris Family determined to bring Kelly Morris home

The following day, the house she shared with her family, including her husband, Scott Morris, caught fire, which officials ruled was arson. Hours afterward, authorities found Morris' car about a mile from her home with her keys, purse and cell phone inside.

Currin says he doesn't think he'll ever find his daughter alive, but he says he won't stop looking until he can bring her home.

"Kelly's got two small girls, 5 and 8 years old. They need to know where their mama is – obviously as bad or worse than we do," he said. "My determination is driven because of her children."

With the help of law enforcement and hundreds of men, women and children from as far away as Washington, D.C., and Texas, Currin and his wife, Juanita – Morris' stepmother – have searched relentlessly to find Morris.

When hunting season started in November, Currin says, he was sure someone would have found her if she were on the ground.

When hunting season was over and there had been no breaks, Currin and volunteers began focusing their attention on water. He has purchased some of the same type of equipment that experts use to search underwater.

One piece of gear is a side-scan sonar that creates images of large areas of lake or stream bottom with the purpose of finding and identifying objects.

"If there's a body in there, what's going to happen is the body is going to float just above the bottom," volunteer Mike Craig said. "And that's what you'll see. You'll see an image that looks to you like something is in there, and you'll see a shadow on the bottom."

Currin has also bought an underwater camera to search the endless number of ponds, lakes and wells in Granville County.

When it comes to the cost of the equipment, he says he's not sure exactly how much he has spent and adds that it doesn't matter to him. He just wants to find his daughter.

"You just can't quit," Currin said. "You've got to keep looking. Obviously, we don't know where Kelly's at, but we know of a lot of places where she's not."

As the Currins search, authorities continue to look into what might have happened to her.

Investigators have called Scott Morris a person of interest in her disappearance, and he has been a focus of investigators in multiple search warrants related to the case.

Family members and friends told authorities the couple was having marital problems and had talked about divorce, investigators’ affidavits say. They also indicate inconsistencies between Scott Morris' account and those of others regarding his actions in the hours after he says he last saw his wife and the following day.

Currin says that although he doesn't know what happened to his daughter, she would never have left her children under any circumstance.

"Kelly was a family woman," he said. "She obviously had two kids and loved her kids and was all about whatever they needed and what they needed to do and where they needed to be," her father said.

For now, he said, he won't stop and his resolve to find her won't weaken. He credits other family members and friends, as well as strangers, with keeping it strong.

"I think that has given us a lot of the strength that we have – that we do have that support and some of the volunteers are just as determined as we are, and they are committed to finding her," Juanita Currin said.

Currin says he hopes the overwhelming support will send a strong message to whoever might be responsible for his daughter's disappearance.

"I don't know how anybody could have done whatever they've done and live with themselves. That's beyond me," he said. "Not knowing is the absolute worst."

Organizers have scheduled two searches for this weekend – Saturday at 8 a.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. Volunteers can meet at N.C. Highway 50/2816 Old Weaver Trail in Creedmoor. More information is available by calling 919-812-2310 or by sending an e-mail to helpfindkelly@gmail.com.

A prayer vigil is also planned for 7 p.m. Saturday at the flagpole at Butner Park.

Anyone with information on where Kelly Morris might be is asked to contact the Granville County Sheriff's Department at 919-693-3213 of Granville County Crime Stoppers at 919-693-3100.


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  • Eduardo1 Mar 6, 2009

    DEATHROW-IFEELYOURPAIN-NOT............... Your scenario has a lot of merit. Handsome-ridge-road-jogger.....I see you are on the same page

  • hallc Mar 6, 2009

    For those who feel it shouldn't be kept in the Forefront of the news, perhaps you would think different if it were your child. It has been one year and they constantly talk about Eve Carson and the people charged with her murder. The only way that this young lady will be found or her remains is if everyone keeps a watchful eye/ear etc and reports it to the proper authorities. Although Eve has been gone a year, I'm sure it helps the family to know that people in this state care and have a heart. Kelly's family, friends and especially her two small children need the same ""in your face" news articles to keep her case alive and people looking for her.

  • Eduardo1 Mar 6, 2009

    ihateliberals.....I agree with you, but, This is a personal observation of mine. Do you know the statics of people who go missing EVERY DAY in this Country? As an example children who go missing one every 41 seconds. Since we have no proof that her husband is guilty, I will include him by saying a feel bad for the entire family of Kelly. But compared to all of those go missing EVERY DAY, this is not a story that we must read about every day. My comment will not win a popularity contest, but I am sure many, many others feel this way. WRAL, do some investigative work and give us the stats on how many in Wake, & NC & the US go missing every day. We are one of the hundreds of thousands who have had this experience. I feel for the family and friends of Kelly and pray that she is still alive & just left to get away from a possible bad marriage, or if she is deceased, that her remains will be found to give ALL of her family and friends closure

  • manda-panda27537 Mar 6, 2009

    I can't imagine what her parents must be going through....had a friend about 9 years ago to go missing, her family never gave up hope even after the police did. She left behind a son who wasn't even a year old at the time. About 8 months after she came up missing, a dog found her skull. They found what was left of her in a shallow grave within 2 miles from where they found her car. They never found all of her skeletal remains, the wild animals had beaten them to it, but at last her family had closure, and her son knows he wasn't abandoned. The waiting and not knowing must be agony for her famliy and I pray that they get their closure and justice...

  • headlong Mar 6, 2009

    I have been down Tump Wilkens Road so many times since my daughter goes to school just off of the road...coming back from taking her for her check up the other day and returning to school something caught my eye...there was the house...OMG it looks a lot worse then what we see on the News. I am not sure if it was because the snow made it stand out more or what. How odd there is a Family Cemetary right next to it. My Thoughts right away were with Kelly as they are everytime I drive some where and see her pictures along the road ways, walk in a store and she is there next to the door, etc...then my Thoughts with her Family and those 2 little Girls.

  • bigmelons2004 Mar 5, 2009

    I know the not knowing would be horrible. I pray that they get closure soon. God bless the family and friends.

  • tarheelblue919 Mar 5, 2009

    i live in the same community as her family and let me just say this, its so incredibly sad to see all the purple ribbons around town and the missing signs everytime you walk in the grocery store while you hold your own little girls hand knowing that hers just want to know where mommy is...this tragedy has touched everyone in this community whether you knew kelly or not. i wouldnt wish this kind of pain nor fear on anyone...it just turns my stomach with disgust and makes me nauseated physically to think that whoever did whatever they may have done to kelly could set back and let 2 innocent children suffer this process every single day. who could live with themselves??? still keeping kellys family and friends in our hearts, thoughts, and prayers, they need answers, God knows they are using every bit of strength they have...

  • kaw19642 Mar 4, 2009

    i hope they hurry up and find her for her father and mothers sake as well as her daughters

  • lookin4clowd9 Mar 4, 2009

    yes Knifty. www.kellycurrinmorris.com
    They also have a group for her on Facebook, Find Kelly Currin Morris.

  • KniftyKnitter Mar 4, 2009

    My previous comment wasn't posted......I gave my opinion on what to do to the husband to get him to give a location on Kelly. Oh, well!

    Does the family have a website set up?