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Family recalls Kelly Morris on anniversary of disappearance

Posted September 3, 2009

— A year has passed and volunteers have spent hours search for 28-year-old Kelly Morris, who disappeared Sept. 3, 2008, hours before fire was set to her Granville County home.

The next day, police found her car, keys, purse and cell phone in an undeveloped subdivision shortly after firefighters responded to a fire at her home, 3220 Tump Wilkins Road. The fire was ruled arson, and the Granville County Sheriff's Office has named her husband, Scott Morris, as a person of interest in the case.

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Her father and stepmother said they still want to find Kelly Morris, who left behind two daughters, now ages 5 and 8.

"We don't think we're looking for a runaway person at all. We know she would never leave her children, no matter what," her father Pat Currin said.

"If they ask – and they have – 'Why is Mommy missing?,' I say, 'I don't know why Mommy is missing,'" Juanita Currin, Kelly Morris's stepmother, said.

After Kelly Morris' disappearance, the community launched an around-the-clock search. Supporters held vigils, and volunteers posted flyers all over Granville County.

As months passed, though, hope faded.

"We're not expecting to find her alive. We're just looking for where she is, period," Pat Currin said.

"(Her daughters) not only lost their mother, but they've lost each other, and what they knew as a normal life isn't normal anymore," Juanita Currin said.

According to search warrants, Scott Morris told investigators that his wife left the house to look for a lost dog around 9:30 the night before she disappeared.

He said he went to bed while she was gone. Phone records, though, show that Scott Morris and his father exchanged calls as late as 11:56 p.m.

Warrants also contradict what Scott Morris said he was doing the next morning.

He claimed he was working at a BP gas station, but a surveillance camera captured him driving away from the station and toward his home two hours before the fire was called into 911.

Scott Morris did not respond to attempts to contact him.

His quiet has been a sore spot for friends and relatives who say he hasn't participated in the search effort. Kelly's relatives, though, said that's not surprising, given the state of the couple's marriage when Kelly  Morris disappeared.

She had moved in with them for a few weeks before she went missing, Pat Currin said.

"I think early on in their marriage that they were happy. I would say, over the last couple years is when things probably started shifting," Juanita Currin said.

In the case's most recent developments, the State Bureau of Investigation started reviewing e-mails from Kelly Morris' account, and Pat Currin has filed for emergency custody of his youngest granddaughter.


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  • SweetB Sep 4, 2009

    Sad for the girls and the family fighting so hard. Peace to them and Kelly's friends.

  • shortcake53 Sep 4, 2009

    Well kelly, if you seem to know so much why are YOU not getting all these facts to the right people? If facts are so certain and clear I dont understand why nobody knows them except you.

  • kellyslicklen Sep 4, 2009

    You all make judgements without knowing the facts. If the cops could focus and follow leads instead of just trying to prove Scott did it, they might get some answers. The general public doesn't know the facts, they don't know what the cops seem to be ignoring. Things that would be giant red flags if they weren't completely focused on getting Scott. They aren't even taking it seriously that someone else might have done it!!!!!!!!! Keep in mind, the media is what is making you all think he did it. Not the facts. They only tell you the things Scott has done wrong, not all the other people that she was...involved with. Think about it...if I ask you to give me a timeline of what you did last Sunday, a lot of people would have a rather hard time getting times exactly right and not forgetting things. Don't be so quick to judge, that's all I'm saying.

  • Professor Sep 4, 2009

    Always keep her memories. :)

  • cragan Sep 4, 2009

    the only way i see them ever finding her is for him to tell them if he did do it. The house is 5 min from I 85. SO he was gone 2 hours. that would mean she could be anywhere in Granville, Wake ,durham, person, orange, vance or franklin county

  • teacher-mom Sep 3, 2009

    I would bet my last dollar that the husband knows where she is.

  • shortcake53 Sep 3, 2009

    Our hearts and prayers go out to her family, I cant imagine what this entire year has been like for them. Someone, somewhere has answers, and they need to grow a conscience and step forward.

  • Flying Zombie Sep 3, 2009

    I think we all know what happened to her and who did it. Just like that case in Cary where the mom supposedly went jogging, and they found her in an undeveloped subdivision. It all points the the husband. But it must be a lot harder getting evidence that points to the husband than when a stranger kills someone. Because there is this case, a case in Durham, and the case in Raleigh where all three moms were killed and it all points to the husband doing it. I don't know what is different in the Cary case for them to make an arrest, but this case and the other case have been a year old and longer now, and no arrests yet.

  • burninglove1101 Sep 3, 2009


    How about learning some information before you come on here and bad mouth the reports. It aint our fault that Scott Morris lied about where he was and called his dad when he was "sleeping". There has been PLENTY of evidence leading to Mr. Morris so before you want to run your mouth, know the facts

  • cth1 Sep 3, 2009

    La_Grange_Dude-Scott lives in the Butner/Stem area. Last I heard he was staying with his parents and wouldn't leave the house because the media was waiting to ask him questions. I'm sure he's out and about by now and thinking he's commited the perfect crime. I wish you would find him and break him to find out what happened to her and where she is.

    calmdownitstheintaaaarnet- OBVIOUSLY you haven't ready ANY of the information on this case. It's not a case of confused time or a phone call. His dad admitted that scott called him at 9:30 to come watch the kids while he went out. He was gone for TWO hours and his dad called wanting him to come home.There is video of him heading to the house the morning of the fire when he says he was at work. The dogs were locked up when he left the house (per his kids)and when the fire started they were outside. He claimed to be working the whole time. Guess someone broke in and let the dogs out before they started the fire! I hope they find her soon!