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Family offers $30K reward for missing Granville mom

Posted October 3, 2008 12:48 p.m. EDT
Updated October 3, 2008 6:39 p.m. EDT

— A month after a Granville County woman went missing, her family is offering a $30,000 reward for information that leads to finding her.

Kelly Morris, 28, was last seen on the night of Sept. 3 by her husband, Scott, and children at their home at 3220 Tump Wilkins Road in Stem.

The next day, authorities found her car and personal belongings in an undeveloped subdivision about a mile from the home, shortly after firefighters responded to a fire at the residence.

Investigators believe the fire was set and do not believe Morris was at home at the time.

"The leads are getting less for us to search, places to look," her father, Pat Currin said Friday. "We're in a position where we just need to know."

Meanwhile, investigators have asked for bank statements, canceled checks, deposit slips and all other documents pertaining to accounts at BB&T and RBC Bank for the Morrises and for Scott Morris' business, Scott's Towing, according to search warrants returned Thursday.

Authorities have not named any suspects, but have said Scott Morris is what they call a person of interest in Kelly Morris' disappearance.

According to search warrants, family members and friends told authorities the couple was having marital problems and had talked about divorce. The warrants also indicate inconsistencies between Scott Morris' account and those of others regarding his actions in the hours after he says he last saw his wife.

Scott Morris told authorities he last saw his wife when she left to look for a missing dog and he showered and went to bed at 9:30 p.m., sleeping through the night.

His father, however, told authorities he talked to his son several times that evening and went to his house to care for the children while, he said, Scott Morris went looking for his wife.

Volunteers and authorities have conducted numerous searches for Kelly Morris and will continue this weekend in a five-mile radius in Creedmoor.

Last week, they found a gasoline can in a swampy area in Creedmoor that authorities said might have come from the Morris home.

Family members say they will not stop searching and urge anyone with any information to contact Granville County sheriff's investigators at 919-693-3213 or a volunteer search line at 919-812-2310.

"I'm sure there's people that probably are afraid, for whatever reason," Currin said. "But we want to get Kelly. We want to know where Kelly is."