Ricky Bethea

October 24, 2009 by  
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Ricky Bethea

Missing Since: 07/23/07
Missing from: Milton, North Carolina
Classification: Missing
Age at disappearance: 45
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 227 lbs
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Brown
Race: Black
Gender: Male
Distinguishing Characteristics:
Medical Conditions: Schizophrenia
Clothing: White t-shirt and blue jeans

CIrcumstances of Disappearance

Bethea was last seen in rural Milton, North Carolina on July 23, 2007. He left Corbett’s Family Care Home and walked into the woods with another resident. The other person returned, but Bethea has never been heard from again.
He was last seen walking down Hudson Road toward N.C. 62 north at approximately 12.00pm. Tracker dogs were unable to pick up his scent anywhere. Bethea has lived in Corbett’s Family Care Home for only ten days before his disappearance.
He had previously resided at the D & H Family Care Home for about six months, but was expelled after being caught smoking a cigarette in his room, in violation of the rules. He was unhappy about having to move to a new home and complained to his mother about his life before he disappeared.

Bethea’s family does not believe he left of his own accord and they think he was injured, possibly accidently, after his disappearance.

Investigating Agency
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Caswell County Sheriff’s Department
(336) 694-9311

If  you have any information on this case please contact CUE Center For Missing Persons using the contact form below or contact Cue Center at (910) 343-1131   24 hour tipline (910) 232-1687.

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Clartha Epps McLeod

October 20, 2009 by  
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Clartha Epps McLeod   

Missing since: 01/30/09
Missing from: Turbeville, South Carolina
Classification: Endangered Missing
Age at disappearance : 75
Race: Black
DOB: 06/03/34
Height: 5’6
Weight: 132
Eyes: Black
Hair: Black-Gray
Clothing: Red Jacket, Black Shoes, Kahki pants

Epps was dropped off at Hickory Grove Church on old Manning Road in Turbeville by a family acquaintance at 11:30 p.m.

Epps’ is “vibrantly healthy. She had been diagnosed to be in the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s disease.

Investigating Agency
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Florence County Sheriff’s Office
843-665-2121

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January 31, 2009

Prayer vigil scheduled for missing Olanta woman

February 26, 2009

LYNCHBURG – Family and friends of an Olanta woman, missing for nearly a month, will hold a prayer vigil Thursday night.

Clartha McLeod Epps, 74, was last seen Jan. 30 after a family acquaintance dropped her off at Hickory Grove Church on old Manning Road in Turbeville.

The acquaintance said they didn’t know she was missing and that she appeared to be in good health both physically and mentally.

The service will take place at Ashbury United Methodist Church, 355 Pudding Swamp Rd, in the Shiloh Community in Lynchburg.

For more information call (803) 983-5147 or (843) 803-437-2249.

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Tristen Myers

October 20, 2009 by  
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Missing: Oct 5, 2000
Missing from:Roseboro,North Carolina
Classification:Endangered Missing
DOB: Jul 16, 1996
White Male
Hair: Blonde
Eyes: Blue
Height: 3′1″
Weight: 38 lbs

Circumstances of Disappearance:
He was last seen walking near his home and may have been walking with a tan Chihuahua and a black Doberman. The dogs were subsequently located. At the time of his disappearance, Tristen was wearing a black T-shirt, blue jeans, and white tennis shoes. He has a scar on the left side of his neck. His full name is Tristen Alan Myers but he uses the nickname “Buddy”. He may be in need of medical attention.

Investigative Agency
Sampson County Sheriff’s Office
910-592-4141


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By Jefferson Weaver
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I ran into an old acquaintance the other day and for a moment wondered about the beautiful young woman beside him.

I was shocked to discover she was his daughter, a little girl I’ve known most of her life. She flashed a shy, embarrassed smile and jangled a key ring complicated with geegaws and fooforaw.

“I can’t believe she’s old enough to have her license,” the fellow said. I couldn’t either; she had grown up without me realizing it. Since her dad and I are not exactly close, I had only occasionally seen his girl, but it got me to thinking about other little kids.

Like most boys and girls his age, including my friend’s daughter, Buddy Myers would be driving now.

If he stayed true to the form he was showing as a four-year-old not many of us ever knew, Buddy would likely be sweating and slamming his way through September afternoons. He enjoyed football, Nascar and his great-uncle’s 18-wheeler. He loved horses and his two dogs.

Buddy went to live with his great-aunt and uncle after a series of sad events we won’t worry about right now. I have recounted those events often enough, since I’ve been writing this particular column around this date for 12 years now.

Buddy’s great-aunt laid down one beautiful October afternoon or a little nap with her boy. When she woke up, Buddy was gone.

We had gone to bed when my editor called that night and wanted me on the scene. The Old Man was sick at the time, dealing with the ailments which would take him home the next May, but Miss Rhonda and I headed for Microwave Tower Road outside of Roseboro as fast as we could.

I had been on searches before; been there to witness the cheers and tears as a little girl was found safe, and been there when a relieved pair of moms applied switches to the rear ends of two boys of around 12 who decided running away and hiding would be a great prank. They got frightened when the joke went too far and the searchers spread through the fields. While they apparently had escape and evasion skills that would do a Green Beret proud, they couldn’t escape the wrath of an angry, worried mom.A large, friendly search dog found them hiding under an abandoned house. The kids had been within earshot of—and hiding from—a hundred searchers for hours.

There would be no whippin’ for Buddy Myers. The tow-headed little boy occasionally wandered off, but never far; he went down a path to visit a neighbor’s horses, and he went behind a barn on the property play with his dogs.

He was never outside earshot of his home, and never failed to come when called.
Until this time.

Flashlights cut the sky as we pulled up the hill on a dusty road leading into the Myers’ home. The beams from the law enforcement Kel-lites and Maglites and Q-beams carried by everyone back then cut through the dust cloud and growing fog like laser beams. As we stopped the car, the first thing I heard was people hollering “Bobby! Bobby!”, since someone had misheard Buddy’s nickname.

My wife and I joined a search party that night, riding with two Wildlife officers as we checked the pen where Buddy went to see the horses. We fought clouds of mosquitoes, but found no sign of the missing boy.

No one did that night; a footprint seen the next day was thought to be old, and an action figure of one his favorite cartoon characters, found along another trail, was of little if any value.

We all got too close to that story; as a reporter, I’m supposed to remain objective, but I didn’t. Indeed, since the last time we observed this anniversary, I spoke to another reporter who was there, a fellow I’ve admired for years. His voice cracked when he recounted how he checked his own kids, several times a day and night, for a week afterward.

We made friends during the three-day search for Buddy; that’s where I met a loud, brash, bossy woman named Monica Caison, the founder and director of the CUE Center for Missing Persons, and we came to be close friends. Monica has hundreds of missing people in her heart and on her mind every night, since that’s what she does. She refuses to let folks forget; once in a while, she helps families say goodbye, when long-lost bones are found or a criminal confesses or, rarely, a family is reunited.
Monica’s grandbaby is younger than Buddy was when he disappeared. I wonder when Monica is photographed smiling and holding her pride and joy, if she thinks of the lost kids, or if she has a moment of respite, since this child is safe. I hope it is the latter, since she bears a burden few could handle.

I met people during those days from other states, as well as some from my own community whom I didn’t know. None of them knew Buddy or his family, but they came to help, sleeping in tiny tents in a camp that grew beside a closed car dealership turned headquarters. Strangers shared their tents with other strangers, all of whom were there for one purpose—to help bring a little kid home to the family who loved him.

Every time a car turned into the parking lot with blue lights flashing, every time a helicopter landed, every time a radio squawked, everyone stopped and stared. We hoped, we prayed, we begged that the little boy who loved football and Nascar would come barreling out of a patrol car and into his grandma’s arms.

It never happened.

We may never know if buddy was kidnapped, as one of the cruel psychics claimed, or murdered, as the green-haired Ouija-board “master” said, or lost in one of the clay bogs a mile from his home, as many of us speculated. It was strange that his dogs came home during what was to be the last press conference of the search. There were a lot of things that never made sense, but the final word was that we didn’t know.

By the second day of the three-day search, yellow ribbons embraced utility poles all over Roseboro and “Missing” posters spread far and wide. Those yellow ribbons began to fade as more ribbons went up the next year, with the start of the war in Afghanistan and Iraq. The little boy’s disappearance was largely forgotten in the shadow of other news stories and tragedies.

Monica moved on to other missing people. I went from freelancing to working full-time; my parents passed away, as did Buddy’s great-uncle and his birth mother and others.

The yellow ribbons are forgotten now; here and there, you might find a thread or two left embedded in a utility pole, but I doubt it. For the most part, they are forgotten and faded.

But for some of us, the yellow ribbons are as stark and clear and fresh as flashlights cutting through the darkness, looking for a little kid we didn’t know and never would meet, a little kid named Buddy, who brought strangers together for three days in October and created a family.

Weaver is a staff writer with the News Reporter. Call him at 642-4104, ext. 227; email him at jeffweaver@whiteville.com, or catch up with him on facebook.com.

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The yellow ribbons are long forgotten now.
There might be a thread or two left to remind   the world of Tristen Myers,
the little boy we call Buddy, but I didn’t see anything when last I drove
through Roseboro.  Perhaps there is a darker streak on a utility pole, or a
thin place on the bark of a tree, where someone tied a yellow ribbon for a
little boy who disappeared. If there was, I didn’t see it.

Buddy was just a little kid who never seemed to get a break; I won’t go into
his life before he went to live with his Great Aunt Donna, but let’s just
say it was unstable at best. His eyes stare out from the missing poster
bearing his name. In the photo, he is patiently waiting awaiting the moment
Dad says it’s time to go fishing.
Buddy disappeared – there is no other word – on Oct. 5, 2000. His great aunt laid down to take a nap, while she thought Buddy, too, was asleep.
Sometime that afternoon the four-year-old left Donna’s house on Microwave Tower Road southwest of Roseboro. He took his two dogs with him. The dogs came home several days later.

Buddy still hasn’t.
Miss Rhonda and I were nearly asleep when my editor called that night. It
was 11 p.m., and he didn’t know who else to send.  It was the beginning of
three long days and nights of mosquitoes and woods paths and rumors and
waiting.
I am ashamed to admit I almost forgot Buddy this year; of course, his name
is one of the list of those we remember nightly in our prayers, along with
Alice Donovan, Britannee Drexell,  and Michelle Bullard.
Michelle and Alice were found; Britannee’s family is still searching, as are
hundreds, if not thousands of other families.
But the one who started it all, the one who dragged me across the line
between objectivity and emotion, the one who really helped me learn that we in the news business are writing about people, not just things – that one
was Buddy.

I was there throughout the active search for the little boy who loved
horses, NASCAR, and his great-uncle’s eighteen-wheeler.  I was there when
the helicopter pilot spotted something in his infrared camera, and a
thousand collective breaths were held until he radioed back that it was the
body of a hunting hound, not a little boy. I was there when the volunteer
count topped 1,000, as people from a dozen and a half states came to North
Carolina to help find a little boy none of them knew. I was there when a
loud, bossy woman came up and introduced herself to the law officers as
being from the CUE Center for Missing Persons.

That lady was Monica Caison; we are still friends, even though I’ve written
hundreds of other stories since that humid October night, and she’s searched for hundreds more lost sons and daughters, mothers and fathers. When I last spoke to Monica, she was searching for the remains of a young woman named Samantha Burns. They are yet another family waits and hopes.

I don’t know if Monica had a spare second to remember Buddy on Oct. 5; were she to take a moment for every lost person on the day they disappeared, she wouldn’t have time to keep hunting for those lost folks.

I can’t imagine Monica’s dreams; I  hope that she sleeps well, knowing in
her heart that she isn’t stopping her efforts to remind everyone that every
lost person is someone’s child. She remembers them, even when she can’t take the time to stop and cry.

I will admit, I never met Buddy, but I got to know him much better in the
months and weeks after he disappeared.  I can’t believe that he would be
13 now;  if his smile stayed the same, he would likely be the target of many
a giggling girl’s affection. Maybe he would have played baseball this
summer, and maybe he would be on a JV football team right now. He was little enough that there’s no doubt in my mind he went to Heaven if he died; that’s what happens to the littlest kids when they go away, of that I am sure.
The Lord comforts children, no matter what they’re going through; we adults just have a bad habit of ignoring His comfort as we grow up.

I write this column every year, in part to remember Buddy, in part for my
friend Monica, but mainly for the folks out there who don’t give up,  the
ones who still, after all these years, tack “MISSING” posters on utility
poles and bulletin boards in stores and gas stations. Some of them write
letters to me every once in a while. I treasure those letters, and pray for
their families.
And we still pray every night for their lost loved ones.

The yellow ribbons are forgotten now, frayed and lost to time and rain and
wind and sun.  The yellow ribbons may be frayed and forgotten, but they
still bind the people who cry in the night to those they pray to someday see
again.

” By Jefferson Weaver”-

http://www.whiteville.com/

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Decks of cards featuring 52 cases of unsolved homicides, missing persons, wanted persons and the unidentified in an effort to bring awareness of cold cases.

Travis Baker – Identified

October 18, 2009 by  
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Press Conference Travis Lee Baker 06-25-09

From The Travis Baker Family:

CUE Volunteers ,

On behalf of the Baker family I want to extend a heart felt thank you for your endless support,time,money,search efforts ,education and guidance.

Its true what they say,”It takes a village to raise a child .” It also takes a village of people to bring them home also.

And CUE has gone above and beyond thur this endless struggle and continuous journey and for that their is not any words or verbage to thank each any everyone who plays their role in CUE.

In loving memory of beloved Travis Lee Baker we wanted to take a moment and embrass our love for each and everyone  associated with The Cue Center for Missing Persons as part of our extended family  .

God Bless ,
The Family of Travis Lee Baker

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Update 7/01/09

Travis Lee Baker Obituary

Name:
Travis Lee Baker

Date:
July 10th, 1987 – June 24th, 2009

Obituary:
Travis Lee Baker, 21 of Taylorsville, NC died June 24, 2009.

Travis was born July 10, 1987 in Catawba County; he was the son of Carroll Dwayne and Patricia “Trish” Hughes Baker. He graduated from Bunker Hill High School in 2005, where he played football and baseball. He loved fishing and hunting. He was preceded in death by a son, Takoda Chilton Baker and his maternal grandfather, Leroy Hughes.

Survivors include his parents, Carroll Dwayne and Patricia “Trish” H. Baker of Taylorsville; brothers, Brandon Baker of Taylorsville, NC, Jerry Sigmon, Jr. of Claremont, NC and Aaron Sigmon of Claremont; paternal grandparents, Carroll Wayne Baker of Hickory and Linda Kaye Johnson of Taylorsville; maternal grandmother, Mona Lee Hughes of Conover; paternal great grandmother, Lula Hughes of Hickory; uncles, William David Hughes of Conover and Phillip Cavender of Nashville, TN; aunt, Monica Leigh Wheeler of Cherryville, NC; nephews, Jesse Cavender, Preston Hitchcock and Cody Wheeler; and God parents, Trina & Jerry Sigmon, Sr. of Claremont.

A service of remembrance will be held at 4:00 pm on Thursday, July 2, 2009 in the chapel of Drum Funeral Home in Hickory. The Rev. Scott Johnson will officiate and entombment will follow at Catawba Memorial Park in Hickory.

Pallbearers will be Angel Rodriquez, Sr., Alex Rodriquez, Angel Rodriquez, Jr., Billy Little, Aaron Sigmon and Jerry Sigmon, Jr.

The family will receive friends from 1:30 to 3:45 pm on Thursday at Drum Funeral Home in Hickory.

Condolences may be sent to the Baker family at http://www.drumfuneralhome.com

Memorials may be made to Travis Lee Baker Foundation, c/o Peoples Bank, 213 1st Street West, Conover, NC 28613 or to CUE Center for Missing Persons, PO Box 12714, Wilmington, NC 28405.

The Baker family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Hickory, 940 29th Ave NE, Hickory, NC 28601.

828-267-5740.

Memorials:
Travis Lee Baker Foundation, c/o Peoples Bank, 213 1st Street West, Conover, NC 28613 or CUE Center for Missing Persons, P O Box 12714, Wilmington, NC 28405

Visitations:
1:30PM to 3:45PM on Thursday, July 2nd, 2009 at Drum Funeral Home – Hickory (map/driving directions)

Services:
4:00PM at Chapel of Drum Funeral Home – Hickory on Thursday, July 2nd, 2009 (map/driving directions)

Update 6/26/09

Funeral service information will be released soon, please pray for his family during this difficult time

Update…6/24/2009

Human remains were discovered this week and is believed to be that of Travis Lee Baker a press conference is schduled for Thrusday, June 25th at 2:00 pm for recent developements in this case. Please pray for his family.

Missing Since: April 16, 2007
Taylorsville, North Carolina
Classification: Endangered Missing
Age: 19
Height: 6’0″
Weight: 160 lbs.
Hair Color: Dark Brown
Eye Color: Blue
Race: White
Gender: Male

Distinguishing Characteristics:
Hair trimmed short.
Four tattoos: Red and black tribal bands on left and right
upper arms, the name “Haley” on his chest, his last name “BAKER”
in capital Old English letters on his back.

Details of Disappearance
On April 16, 2007, Travis Baker was scheduled to work at 5:30pm at MDI, a food distribution company in Caldwell County, North Carolina. He never showed up for work and his last two paychecks were never picked up.

Anyone with information on Baker should call the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office at 465-8301 or the CUE Center for Missing Persons at (910) 343-1131 or the 24-hour hotline at (910) 232-1687.

Found while on a CUE Search

October 17, 2009 by  
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This turtle was found in the woods while on a search for a young man in North Carolina, a day later his remains were located; since his murder arrest have been made and a successful prosecution followed.

Search For Brittanee Drexel Resumes Jan 9-10

October 16, 2009 by  
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Source: Sun News

Family members, friends and authorities will return to the Georgetown County area Saturday to search for clues in the disappearance of Brittanee Drexel, the New York teen who has not been seen since leaving a Myrtle Beach hotel room in April.

An official Web site for the missing teen was also launched this month after officials and family members learned about several people posing as Drexel on the Internet, said Monica Caison, director of the Community United Effort Center for Missing Persons based in Wilmington, N.C., which conducts nationwide searches for missing individuals.

“The Internet can be a wonderful tool to get the information out there, but it can also be a vicious attack for the family,” Caison said. “There have been some vicious, horrible things out there.”

The site was launched Jan. 1 and as of Monday night, Caison said there had been more than 5,000 hits to it and hundreds of people had left messages of hope for the family as well as information that could help the investigation.

Volunteers and law enforcement officials have focused their searches in the Georgetown County area after a cell phone belonging to Drexel, who was 17 at the time of her disappearance, gave off its last known signal the night of April 26 in the area around U.S. 17 and the South Santee River, authorities said. Drexel was last seen that night leaving the Blue Water Hotel on Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach

In December, a pair of sunglasses, resembling those that the then-17-year-old wore in a photo taken with friends the day she was last seen in Myrtle Beach, was found in an area near the Santee River in Georgetown County. The sunglasses were sent to the State Law Enforcement Division for processing.

“It’s so imperative if anyone finds anything in the woods they need to call police especially in that area. I don’t care if it’s a lipstick container,” Caison said. “If you find any kind of article that doesn’t belong out there you need to call police. It could be imperative to this case.”

A large group of searchers will spend the weekend looking for clues about Drexel’s disappearance, which has garnered national attention. Authorities did not conduct any searches during the holidays, but Caison said she has searched the area weekly.

“I’ve been going down weekly and spending the day with a small team,” Caison said. “We’re continuing to eliminate space and focus on new areas we’ve discovered.”

Anyone with information about Drexel’s disappearance can call Myrtle Beach police at 918-1963 or go to the web site at  www.helpfindbrittaneedrexel.com.

You can support the search for Brittanee by donating on CUE Center For Missing Persons website here, or on Brittanee Drexel’s Official Website at the link above.

Previous searches by CUE Center for Brittanee Drexel

Melinda Harder – DNA Act

October 16, 2009 by  
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CUE aiding in the solving of 28 year old cold case, now working for better laws to serve cases such as Melinda Harder who was missing from Saint Petersburg, Florida and long time childhood freind of CUE founder, Monica Caison.

Update 5/31/2009

Thanks to all the supporters who helped get this law through the first stages and we are assured it will go all the way!




John James Morris Jr

October 13, 2009 by  
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Missing: 07/30/07
Missing from: Dickerson,Maryland
Classification: Endangered Missing
Age at disappearance: 37
Date of Birth: 11/07/69
Gender: Male
Race: White
Height: 72 inches
Weight: 175 pounds
Hair Color: Brown
Hair (Other): Graying
Eye Color: Brown
Complexion: Medium

Identifying Characteristics: Pierced left ear, tattoo of a “snake” or “dragon” on right forearm, tattoo of a “scorpion” on left shoulder, healed ankle fracture due to injury suffered 5 yrs prior to disappearance, Rhinoplasty procedure to correct broken nose sustained at age 15, eczema on left ankle, scar on calf of leg, cap on front tooth, suffers from degenerative bone disease causing one middle toe to be significantly shorter than others.
Clothing: Possibly wearing a red fleece jacket.
Jewelry: Gold chain, watch.

Circumstances of Disappearance: Suspicious.  John was last seen at approximately 11:00pm at a friend’s residence in the 24000 block of Whites Ferry Rd., in Dickerson, MD , the home he shared with his boyfriend. Morris and his boyfriend had recently ended their 12-year relationship.

Morris family reported him missing August 23 after he missed several of their weekly telephone conversations. All of his belongings, including his truck and his dog, were at the home.

His cell phone or credit card has not been used since he disappeared.

John has a medical condition.  John has ADHD and may be bipolar and needs medication.

John broke his ankle 5 years ago. He also broke his nose at the age of 15 playing baseball. The nose was cosmetically fixed.  John has a degenerative bone disease in one of his middle toes which makes it shorter than the rest.  He has a cap on his front tooth and sometimes breaks out with eczema on his left ankle.

John is a talented artist who paints in oils. He may be working as a landscaper or may be working as a handyman. John can fix anything. He is also a glazier who can fix broken car windows. He is a jack of all trades. John also loves animals and can work as a veterinary assistant where he once worked in the Georgetown District of Washington, DC

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Anyone who has seen John or knows of his whereabouts,  call Detective Rod Stephens at the Montgomery County Police Department in the Germantown District in Maryland at (240) 773-6239
or  CUE Center For Missing Persons 24 hour tip line (910) 232-1687

Family Website: http://helpfindjohnmorris.com

 

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Police suspect homicide in case of missing Montgomery man

By Dan Morse
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, March 12, 2010

Madeline Morris, 69 and in a wheelchair, and John Morris, 76, with Parkinson’s disease, know they’re not going to be around forever. What they want to learn, above all else, is what happened to their son after he disappeared in Montgomery County three years ago.

“That would make us go in peace,” Madeline Morris said Thursday by phone from their home in Manchester Township, N.J.

County detectives are stumped, and on Thursday, they announced a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. Police say that because the body of John J. Morris Jr. has not been found, the idea that he committed suicide is growing less likely. And since he has not called his parents, which he did regularly before disappearing, the chances that he started a new life somewhere are remote.

Detectives are increasingly concerned that someone killed Morris, but they have no suspects.

Morris grew up a happy, smiling boy who started to drift off in class during the fourth grade, the first signs of the attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder that would affect him the rest of his life, his mother said. He eventually moved to Washington and began a longtime relationship with an older man.

In July 2007, after a contentious 14-year relationship, the pair split up, according to police. At the time, Morris, 37, stayed in a house that the older man leased in the 24000 block of Whites Ferry Road, which is in the Dickerson and Poolesville area of the relatively rural western part of Montgomery County.

Morris was last seen by a neighbor around 11 p.m. July 30, 2007; he was at the end of a long driveway and appeared to be talking on a cellphone. It wasn’t until three weeks later that his mother reported him missing.

“That sort of got us behind the eight ball,” Detective Rod Stephens said Thursday.

Detectives found Morris’s truck, with New Jersey tags, in the driveway, with belongings packed inside as if he were ready to leave. They checked phone and credit card records, spoke to friends and acquaintances, and enlisted cadaver-sniffing dogs to search areas around the house and comb nearby roadways, thinking that he may have been struck by a car.

His longtime partner “has been cooperative,” Stephens said, although the man could not fully explain why he didn’t call police about the packed truck in the driveway. “He’s not considered a suspect at this time,” Stephens said.

In New Jersey, Madeline Morris said she tries to talk to her son, mostly at night. “I miss you. Where are you?” she says. “May the angels watch over you.”

To learn more about the case, go to www.findjohnmorris.com. Anyone with information is asked to call Stephens at 240-773-6239. Callers who wish to remain anonymous and become eligible for the reward can call 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).

Montgomery Co LE Press Release

3/11/2010

Update:  Reward is offered for Information about
Man Missing from Poolesville Since 2007

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police 5th District Investigative Section have been investigating the disappearance of John James Morris, Jr., since the summer of 2007. Mr. Morris was last confirmed seen on Monday, July 30, 2007, between 3:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. at his residence in the 24000 block of Whites Ferry Road in Poolesville, Maryland. He was reported missing to police on August 23, 2007.

In 2007 Morris was reported as a critically missing person because he had Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) for which he took medication; and he had exhibited suicidal tendencies in the past. Morris had previously resided in the 4300 block of Massachusetts Avenue in Washington D.C. He has been listed as an endangered missing person in the law enforcement National Crime Institute Computer (NCIC) system since 2007.

It was learned in 2007 that Morris had left his vehicle and belongings in the driveway of the home on Whites Ferry Road where he had been living. Extensive investigative techniques have been used during this multi-year investigation to try to gain information about what may have happened to Morris. No evidence has been developed to confirm whether or not Morris remains alive. The family believes that he would not have stayed away this long without making contact with his family. His family also believes that he would not intentionally have left and abandoned his dog. At this stage of the investigation, foul play is suspected.

Morris is described as a white male, age 40, 6’1” tall, weighing 180 pounds, with graying brown hair, hazel/brown eyes, and a medium complexion. Additional identifying characteristics include: a pierced left ear, a tattoo of a panther on his right forearm, a tattoo of a scorpion on his left shoulder, a scar on the calf of one leg, and he has caps on his teeth.

Anyone who has information about the whereabouts of John James Morris, Jr. is asked to call Detective Stephens in the 5th District Investigative Section at 240-773-6239. Callers who wish to remain anonymous and become eligible for a cash reward should call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477). Crime Solvers of Montgomery County will pay a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information that is provided to them that leads to an arrest and/or indictment of the person(s) responsible for a felony crime against the victim.


If you have any information on this case please contact CUE Center For Missing Persons using the contact form below or contact Cue Center at (910) 343-1131 24 hour tipline (910) 232-1687.

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