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Granville sheriff, SBI search for missing mom

Posted September 8, 2008 11:17 a.m. EDT
Updated September 8, 2008 3:39 p.m. EDT

— Granville County Sheriff David Smith met with officers in the State Bureau of Investigation Monday to discuss the case of a missing Stem woman.

Police found Kelly Morris's car, keys, purse and cell phone about a mile away from her home Thursday, shortly after firefighters responded to a fire at her home.

The sheriff's office considers Morris, 28, a missing person. Investigators searched for her in southern Granville County Monday, including a boat search of Creemor and Falls lakes.

The SBI was assisting in the search for Morris and this investigation of the fire at her home at 3220 Tump Wilkins Road.

Smith said the use of arson investigators is a routine procedure after a fire, and that there was no sign that Morris was in the home when it burned. Deputies will not say when she was last seen.

Her husband, Scott Morris, was at work at the time of the blaze; their two children were at school.

Investigators have not established a cause for the fire. On Monday, yellow crime-scene tape encircled the home, and investigators were seen coming and going.

A neighbor said Scott Morris and his two children had not returned to the home.

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