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Friends of missing Stem mother: 'Bring Kelly home!'

Posted October 24, 2008 7:50 p.m. EDT
Updated October 24, 2008 11:29 p.m. EDT

— Friends of a missing Granville County mother held a vigil for her Friday night and stood outside her husband’s parents' house chanting: “Bring Kelly home," “Why lie to the SBI?” and "Don't be scared of Nancy Grace."

SBI stands for State Bureau of Investigation, and Grace is a host on CNN.

Kelly Morris, 28, was last seen the night of Sept. 3 by her husband, Scott Morris, who has been named a person of interest in her disappearance.

About 20 of Kelly Morris' friends and family held a vigil in the parking lot of the First Baptist Church in Creedmoor at 7 p.m. Friday.

Some of the attendees later walked down the street to Scott Morris' parents' house and began chanting "Bring Kelly home," among other things.

"This is to let them know that we are not going to forget, and we want answers," said Myra Wrenn, Kelly Morris' friend. "We want people to know that we love Kelly regardless if anyone else does over there."

At one point, a woman walked to Scott Morris' parents' house and knocked on the door until two people came outside. After an exchange, a man from inside the house chased the woman's car as it pulled away.

Kelly Morris' friends said the woman was not part of their group.

Police arrived not long after. They stayed in the background and did not intervene in the protest, according to a WRAL reporter at the scene.

Wanda Hollis, Kelly Morris' mother, said her daughter's marriage was strained and that she had considered leaving her husband.

When asked if she thinks they are close to finding out what happened to her daughter, Hollis said: "I do, I really think so."

"I miss my daughter desperately," she said.

Family members are asking for volunteers to continue the search for Morris this weekend.

Kelly Morris was last seen the night of Sept. 3 by her husband and and two children at their 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 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.