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Weather inhibits search for missing Granville County mom

Posted September 10, 2008 11:15 a.m. EDT
Updated September 10, 2008 12:05 p.m. EDT

— The Granville County Sheriff's Office grounded the helicopter search for a missing Stem woman Wednesday due to poor flying conditions, a spokeswoman said.

The search for Kelly Morris continues on the ground and in bodies of water.

Morris's car was found about a mile away from her burning home last week. She had last been seen the previous night, authorities said.

Authorities and dozens of volunteers searched the woods near Morris's home Tuesday and distributed fliers while holding onto hope that the 28-year-old mother of two will be found alive.

"We are turning anything over. We're looking in wells, ponds – anything, anywhere," Truitt Thompson, a family friend, said.

Police found Morris's burgundy 2005 Honda Accord (North Carolina license plate TXP-5917), keys, purse and cell phone Thursday in an undeveloped subdivision, shortly after firefighters responded to a fire at her home, 3220 Tump Wilkins Road.

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.

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