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New warrant released in missing mother's case

SBI agents want access to another e-mail account they believe belongs to the husband of Kelly Morris, a Stem woman who's been missing since September.

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Kelly Morris, of Stem
OXFORD, N.C. — Investigators want access to another e-mail account they believe belongs to the husband of a missing Granville County woman.

In a search warrant returned Monday, SBI agents indicate they believe Scott Morris may be using an America Online e-mail address to communicate.

Investigators say Morris was the last person to see his wife, Kelly Morris, at their home on Sept. 3. The next day, the house caught fire. Hours after the fire, police found Kelly Morris' car, keys, purse and cell phone in an undeveloped subdivision.

Scott Morris has been the focus of several search warrants in the case, but he hasn't been charged with a crime.

Investigators have already looked at several other e-mail addresses, as well as bank records, belonging to Scott Morris. In the latest warrant, they say they believe information in the AOL e-mail address could generate leads or lead to additional evidence of arson or a homicide.

According to an affidavit outlining their reason to obtain e-mail messages, addresses and other data, agents say an individual, referred to as "a good citizen," went to investigators earlier this month after purchasing an item from a seller using the AOL e-mail address.

When the buyer picked up the items at a home in Stem, he was met by a man named Connie Wright, who said he was helping Morris sell items so Morris could pay for his attorney.

The warrant does not specify what was purchased but says it "was still in its original box and it appeared it had been originally shipped to Kelly Morris."

The buyer showed investigators the shipping label off the box, which did have Kelly Morris' name and address on it, the affidavit stated.

Since her disappearance, local authorities and volunteers have searched numerous times to find Kelly Morris. Her family is offering a $30,000 reward for information about her disappearance.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Granville County sheriff's investigators at 919-693-3213 or a volunteer search line at 919-812-2310.

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