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  1. #1
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    AL - Hoover Morris, 18, Heflin, 22 Nov 1991


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    Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
    • Missing Since: November 22, 1991 from Heflin, Alabama
    • Classification: Missing
    • Date of Birth: January 23, 1973
    • Age: 18 years old
    • Height and Weight: 6'1, 220 pounds
    • Distinguishing Characteristics: African-American male. Black hair, brown eyes.

    Details of Disappearance
    Morris was last seen in Heflin, Alabama on November 22, 1991. He has never been heard from again. Few details are available in his case.

    Sister Hoping This Is Last Thanksgiving Without Answers in Brother's 1991 Disappearance

    Nichole Young's memories as a young girl all involve her older brother Jerome.

    "We were very close. He taught me basically everything, except for how to tie my shoes. I actually taught him that," Nichole told Dateline.

    But instead of watching her big brother go to college, get married, have a career and family, Nichole is left wondering what life would have been for him. This week marks 25 years since Jerome disappeared.
    Jerome and Nichole's mother had just had surgery on her knee, Nichole remembers, and she was helping her in the kitchen cooking dinner when she spotted a red, sports car out front.

    "I told him that this red car was outside. He went out and I saw him talking to the woman inside it," Nichole told Dateline.

    Jerome knew the woman -- she was someone their mother had told him to stay away from. "He came back in and told his mother she had been sent by their older brother to get him," Nichole said. "My mom trusted him and so he went, saying he'd be back later. He never did come home."

    When their oldest brother came to the house later that evening, Nichole says their mother asked where Jerome was. It turns out, the brother hadn't sent anyone to come get Jerome. "He told our momma Jerome probably just said that so he could get out of the house and would be back."
    Last year, Nichole heard news that rekindled her hope for answers. The Chief of Police for the Heflin Police Department, A.J. Benefield, was reopening the case. It turns out, he went to high school with Jerome and the two had played football together, according to Nichole.

    The new investigation has been active, but difficult, officials have said. A tip called in led investigators to a plot of land in Georgia, where the person said Jerome may be buried. Cadaver dogs were brought in, but nothing in connection with the case was found, Nichole told Dateline.

    The various hurdles don't discourage Nichole. She believes someone still out there knows exactly what happened that November day all those years ago.
    Heflin family, police asking for help finding man who went missing in 1991 - April 2015

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    What happened to Jerome Morris: Heflin PD reopens 25-year-old cold case


    Heflin Police Chief A.J. Benefield says they’ve already made progress, but their biggest obstacle has been a lack of cooperation from potential witnesses.

    “We’re putting pressure on these people and we’re going to pressure them out,” said Benefield.

    And that lack of cooperation has been a problem from the start.
    Canary Kelley said they started asking around and they put up flyers, trying to find someone who had seen him.

    “Couldn’t get nobody to talk. I guess it was because they were afraid if they said anything, they might be next,” said Kelley.

    But with the renewed effort from the Heflin Police Department, the family is holding on to hope.

    “Do we suspect there’s foul play involved? Absolutely we do. And we’re going to prove who did what,” said Benefield.

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    Oct 2014
    Here's more coverage on the case. Happy to see a dedicated investigator in charge here!


    Benefield said the family was too close-knit for Morris to not contact them if he could. Benefield believes that Morris is dead and that foul play is involved, he said.

    “We know people know things,” Benefield said. “We’re running into a lack of cooperation.”

    The department has dug up some new information, though.

    “We’ve actually gone out with cadaver dogs looking for a location for a body in Georgia,” Benefield said.

    The department will continue to check out every possible lead, Benefield added. The family deserves answers, he said.

    “Things like this, they just, they don’t go away,” Benefield said. “You’re missing a brother, a son, you’re going to think about that every holiday, every day. Where are they at? What’s going on? What happened?”

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