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Authorities, volunteers continue search for missing Granville mother

Posted September 13, 2008 9:56 p.m. EDT
Updated September 16, 2008 4:20 p.m. EDT

— The Granville County Sheriff's Office has called off its specialty groups involved in the search for a missing Granville woman.

Kelly Morris, 28, was reported missing more than a week ago after firefighters responded to the blaze at her home at 3220 Tump Wilkins Road.

Police found Morris's burgundy 2005 Honda Accord, keys, purse and cell phone some time later in an undeveloped subdivision, about a mile from her home.

On Saturday, volunteers searched on horseback and on four-wheelers for Morris. Volunteers planned to keep up the effort Sunday.

“We’re basically looking to see if we can see any evidence of…any dragging or any bodies or just anything that looks unnatural,” volunteer Gayzelle Chavis said.

Authorities said Friday they consider the fire at Morris’ home to be arson. Investigators say there was no sign that Morris was in her home when it burned. Her husband and two children were not at home at the time of the fire.

Authorities do not have any suspects in the fire and are still treating Morris' disappearance as a missing person's case.

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