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Search for Granville mom takes place on foot, horseback

Posted November 16, 2008

— About 40 volunteers kept up the search Sunday for a Granville County woman who went missing more than 10 weeks ago.

Search party members met at the Berea Fire Department in Oxford Sunday morning to look for signs pointing to the fate of Kelly Morris, 28, of Stem.

The mother of two was last seen Sept 3. The next day, deputies 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 Granville County Sheriff's Office has named Morris' husband, Scott, as a person of interest in her disappearance. The office has six detectives devoted to the case.

The high-profile group, Texas EquuSearch, was joining the search by foot and horseback Sunday. Volunteers switched their focus to northern Granville after searching the southern part of the county.

EquuSearch asked anyone who owns hand-dug wells within 40 miles of Stem to contact them.

Kelly Morris’ family is offering a $30,000 reward for information that leads to finding her. Anyone with tips can call volunteers at 919-812-2310 and e-mail helpfindkelly@gmail.com.

Detectives have asked anyone with information about the fire or Morris' disappearance to contact them at 919-693-3213.


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  • hallc Nov 19, 2008

    Hopefully this family will get some closure soon on their search and know that the entire community is praying for them!

  • nealsgirl Nov 19, 2008

    Prayers for this family, geez still no answers, I hope they find her soon! Hang in there family.

  • betty8i Nov 18, 2008

    A Hand made well, does not look like a bucket can go down it, some do, but a lot of them look like a round above ground well, with tops on them. In Stem (which I live) we have many of these!!!!! So many of them are in the middle of the woods at old home places, that may have been empty for 10 to 20 years now. I think it would be smart to get together with some of the hunting clubs in the area and see if they know of any that may have not been checked yet. My prayers as always are with the family!!!! I hope JUSTICE comes to your family soon!

  • Reader Nov 18, 2008

    A hand-dug well would be one of the old-fashioned kind where a bucket can go down in a pit on the end of a rope. A person could fall in, if the cover or surrounding wall had been removed or destroyed.

  • almama Nov 18, 2008

    I know that sometimes Kelly's friends and family are on Golo. Just wanted ya'll to know that I am hoping and praying for closure. I can only imagine how discouraging this whole ordeal has been for you. I hope justice will prevail.

  • chickentender63 Nov 17, 2008

    continuing to pray for your family!

  • jackadoo Nov 17, 2008

    I thought she ran off at first, now I think they will find a body...probably in an area already "searched". That happens more than we wish to admit. I recall a Cary assistant Principal whose car was found abandoned...they searched, gave up the search, his body was found months later by accident, 1/2 mile from the car...ruled suicide. This lady's family needs some closure.

  • tarheelblue919 Nov 17, 2008

    i'll be honest, imo, when she is found, if i were head of the investigation i would keep it under wraps to gather all evidence and such, get a head start on the investigation before releasing to the media that she was found.

  • packfan21 Nov 17, 2008

    knowthefacts----you are right don't believe everything you hear but sometimes people around the area would know before the news knew and as I said it was hear say. I wish it was true so the family could have some closure and at least have some piece of mind.

  • knowthefacts Nov 17, 2008

    Here we go again with those stories. It would be on the news if she was found. Until you see it, don't believe it.