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Mother: Kelly Morris' marriage had 'problems'

Posted September 18, 2008 11:08 p.m. EDT
Updated September 19, 2008 9:49 a.m. EDT

— The mother of a missing Granville County woman says there was trouble in her daughter's marriage.

Kelly Morris, 28, was last seen the night of Sept. 3 by her husband, Scott Morris, and two children at her home at 3220 Tump Wilkins Road in Stem, according to the Granville County Sheriff’s Office.

The next day, police found Morris' burgundy, 2005 Honda Accord along with her keys, purse and cell phone in an undeveloped subdivision, shortly after firefighters responded to a fire at the home.

Investigators said there was no sign that Morris was in the home when it burned. At the time of the fire, Scott Morris was at work and their two children were at school, authorities said. The fire has been classified as arson.

"I am not well at all,” said Wanda Hollis, Kelly Morris' mother. "I have been going through this with Kelly and Scott for the last year – with the problems."

Hollis said her daughter's marriage was strained and that she had considered leaving her husband.

Granville County Sheriff David Smith has said Scott Morris is what police call a person of interest in his wife's disappearance. He has not made any public statements since she disappeared and has not returned repeated phone calls from WRAL News.

"I felt like if she stayed, something would happen. If she were to leave, something was going to happen,” Hollis said.

The Morris family has hired a team of tracking dogs to try to find her scent.

"I hope she is found soon, just found soon,” Hollis said.

A vigil for Kelly Morris is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church in Creedmoor.

Granville County sheriff's investigators are asking anyone with information about the fire or Morris' disappearance to contact them at 919-693-3213.