Major search planned for missing mother Friday

September 11, 2008 7:33:02 PM PDT
Granville County Sheriff David Smith says his department will get some outside help in its search for a missing mother.

Law enforcement from other agencies will assist in a major search on Friday for Kelly Currin Morris, according to the sheriff.

The mother of two went missing last week Thursday, the same day her home mysteriously caught fire off Tump Wilkins Road in Stem. The SBI and the ATF are still investigating the exact cause of the blaze. Investigators won't say whether the fire is linked to her disappearance. Morris' husband was said to be at work at the time of the blaze while their daughters were in school.

Kelly Currin Morris' vehicle was discovered less than a mile from her home with her purse, keys and cell phone locked inside. Investigators said her husband William Scott Morris was the last to see her before her disappearance. She was reportedly wearing denim jeans and a t-shirt.

"We're still treating it as missing person case, " said Sheriff David Smith when asked whether foul play was a factor in Morris' disappearance. "As time goes on, we'll take a look at the situation."

Smith said his investigators are also paying close attention to community speculation about the case.

"We know when tragedy happens there are rumors," Smith added, saying it could hurt the investigation if he disclosed details about the case. Instead he encouraged the community to have confidence in law enforcement and to help with the search.

Six detectives are assigned to the case. They spent the day searching several undisclosed locations on Thursday. A special K9 unit will likely be used on Friday as part of the multi-agency search.


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