Missing from: Dickerson,Maryland
Classification: Endangered Missing
Age at disappearance: 37
Date of Birth: 11/07/69
Height: 72 inches
Weight: 175 pounds
Hair Color: Brown
Hair (Other): Graying
Eye Color: Brown
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
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 leave a confidential tip on the family website- www.findjohnmorris.com
or CUE Center For Missing Persons 24 hour tip line (910) 232-1687
Family Website: http://www.findjohnmorris.com
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
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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