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Missing woman's husband detained after skeletal remains found

Posted November 17, 2009
Updated November 18, 2009

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— WRAL News has learned that investigators believe skeletal remains found Tuesday afternoon belong to missing Stem mother Kelly Morris.

Her husband, Scott Morris, was taken into custody and was being booked late Tuesday at the Oxford magistrate's office.

A judge has signed a court order granting emergency custody of the Morrises' 6-year-old daughter to her maternal grandparents. A hearing will be held Friday.

Kelly Morris, 28, was last seen at her home on Sept. 3, 2008.

The following day, the house she shared with her family, including her husband, 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.

Since her disappearance, authorities and volunteers have searched numerous times to find her.

Investigators are awaiting confirmation of the official identity of the remains from the State Medical Examiner's Office.

The sheriff would not say Tuesday what the charges against Scott Morris are, and officials would not allow WRAL News access to the arrest paperwork, which is a matter of public record.

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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.

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  • eccgc Nov 19, 2009

    Come on Granville County, don't be so redneck -- did the man do it, probably, but he's innocent until proven guilty! I'm from Granville county; however, at this point not proud to say so because you sound like a lynch mob.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Nov 19, 2009

    tarheelblue919 said, "I wouldnt wish this experience on anyone!"

    I agree. But, your "free will" argument goes out the window when you have massive, daily suffering (do I really need to repeat the 30,000 starving children example?) that any loving creature (like you or me) would end in a split-second if we were able.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Nov 19, 2009

    No thanks, Deathrow...grew up in church, read a few (competing) religious books and that's why I now ask the hard questions...why would a loving, powerful god allow 30,000 children to starve to death every day?

    He'd either be uncaring or powerless. Either way...not worth any worship, IMO.

  • Vietnam Vet Nov 18, 2009

    I don't understand! Why murder your wife? It has GOT to be cheaper and simpler to simply divorce and everybody goes their separate way. Why do spouses try to get away with murder? Don't they know the spouse is almost ALWAYS the prime suspect. How can they be so stupid!! We won't even get into the subject of right and wrong...

  • familyfour Nov 18, 2009

    NC..man

    I doesn't matter who ends up with what......

    death should not be an option to get out of divorce.....

    He burnt his own home down, and killed his wife out of greed.

    I would rather live in a hole, and know I did the right thing, than to have killed to think I could benefit from it.

    I do not understand your basis or rationalization. Makes it sound like it was an excusable action.....

    I hope her children will soon be together again. That has broken my heart since she became missing.

    The children need one another now as much as ever.

    My continued condolences to her family, her children, and friends. I know this is a sad day, but it is also a momentous one, as Kelly will finally begin to get justice for her death.....I hope.

  • LIVEITUP Nov 18, 2009

    Scott has been out and about town like nothing ever happened! I am so glad he is behind bars! Looks like they have all the evidence they need! I pray for the family to have the strength to get through the coming days and take care of those little girls.

  • donnied1952 Nov 18, 2009

    NCTravellinman you are an idiot!

    I suppose money or lack thereof is reason enough to kill your wife, the mother of your children.

    The way NC law works is that everything is divided up pretty much 50/50. If the mom has the kids, then yes, there is child support involved, but it takes a lot more than child support to raise a child. Usually the father goes about his merry way while the mom is shouldered with all the responsiblility including 1/2 of all the bills, charge cards, loans, etc.

    You really don't know what you are talking about.

    I hope they fry this guy.

  • RetGr6 Nov 18, 2009

    IF her husband did this, he should be punished to the full extent that the law allows. Also, he then should be given a punishment for 'throwing his wife away to rot' like a piece of trash. Everybody deserves a decent burial. I'm so sad that so many stories like this and the little girl from Fayetteville are heard so much. God is watching, people!

  • SaltlifeLady Nov 18, 2009

    NCtravellinman--What is your point? That the violent acts, murder in this case, are justified? THe man surely will end up with nothing now except an 6x8 cement wall room. He burned his own home (or had someone do it) and will not see his kid either. I think I would have taken a shack and regular visits with my kid! Divorce takes a toll on both parties, not just the husband. The violence not the solution to making it better.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Nov 18, 2009

    packfan21, thanks. Just curious.

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