IN IN - Scott Morris, 14, Indianapolis, 14 Aug 1978

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  1. Kymistry35

    Kymistry35 It's never to late to be who you could have been

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    Moderator note: The john doe was falsely identified as Scott Michael Morris. Scott is still listed as missing.

    Charley project link for Scott's case
    http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/m/morris_scott.html



    Scott Michael Morris
    The victim was located January 7, 1990 near Owensboro in rural Daviess County, Kentucky. He was identified in September 2007 as Scott Michael Morris, who was last seen leaving a convenience store in Indianapolis in 1978 when he was 14. Morris' family at the time told police that the boy frequently ran away from home but usually returned. His grandmother reported him missing, but it was not until 1989 that the family filed a formal missing persons report. The body was identified after Indianapolis police contacted Kentucky investigators to share a cold case. A description of the missing boy matched the body, and tests on DNA samples from Morris' relatives confirmed his identity.


    How does a child disappear and manage to survive on the street all those years? At least now he can be buried with a name. I was hoping to find a picture to compare to the recon, but came up with nothing.
     
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  3. lymom3

    lymom3 Active Member

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    It doesn't specifically say how long he'd been deceased when located. Maybe it just took that long to find his remains? Just a thought....
     
  4. missacorah

    missacorah New Member

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    Yes I was thinking the same thing. If he was found in quite a rural area he could have been deceased for all that time.

    What a length of time it took for the parents to file that report!
     
  5. Kymistry35

    Kymistry35 It's never to late to be who you could have been

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    I think I read in another article that they determined he was in his twenties when he died. I will see if I can find a link.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20747268/

    It says a "man was found nude,beaten." If his body had been there since he went missing, wouldn't it have said skeletal remains found instead?
     
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    phenolred New Member

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    Gina_M New Member

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    In late 1989, a friend of the family received a strange phone call from him. "He said he was working for a carnival. He didn't say where. They asked if he was okay. He said he was okay. Real brief, he said, 'I got to go,'" said Morris.
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20747268

    So he was alive up until 1989...wonder what happened after that call.
     
  8. Kymistry35

    Kymistry35 It's never to late to be who you could have been

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    I wonder why it took him so long to call ...
     
  9. missacorah

    missacorah New Member

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    How intriguing that he was alive all that time then! It seems strange that he would have just called one family friend put of the blue if he hadnt been in touch with them all that time.
     
  10. The Green Hornet

    The Green Hornet New Member

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    Further testing has revealed the victim is not related to the Morris family, and is in fact not Scott Michael Morris.
     
  11. gogrannypop

    gogrannypop Call Me Butter, I'm On A Roll

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    What a strange turn of events. I wonder where he is.
     
  12. Donjeta

    Donjeta Adji Desir, missing from Florida

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    Why? What happened? If he was originally identified by DNA, what further testing could they do to rule the DNA out? Do you have a link, Green Hornet?

    I don't like it that the family waited 11 years to file a missing person's report.

    ETA: his Charley page says DNA analysis was done in January 2009
    http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/m/morris_scott.html

    I wonder if he was healthy. Is he really 14 in the photo?

    Here's a link about the mistaken identification
    http://www.14wfie.com/Global/story.asp?s=7059575
    It doesn't say how the lab ID was done but the family identified him from sketches and similarity to his brothers.

    Very strange. I wonder how they know it was really him. Did anyone follow up on the carnivals? Could they have traced the call?

    The article also says the family has a suspect.

    I don't want to cast any stones but this is a bit hinky to me. A family that has a potential suspect who has taken an unhealthy interest in their missing child and waits for years to get the child on missing persons lists? And even then it's not the parents who contact the police, it's a grandmother.


    Edit 2:

    Here's a link to police press release describing the identification process:

    http://www.kentuckystatepolice.org/posts/press/2009/post16_pr04_21_09.htm
     
  13. Donjeta

    Donjeta Adji Desir, missing from Florida

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    Another link about the family reaction to the news that it's not Scott

    http://www.theindychannel.com/news/19463910/detail.html


    This explains that there was a delay in between the stages of DNA identification:

    http://www.courierpress.com/news/2009/apr/22/body-found-2007-remains-unidentified/
     
  14. Kymistry35

    Kymistry35 It's never to late to be who you could have been

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    Wow, this story can't possibly get any stranger. That poor grandma, finally thinking she had closure only to find out it wasn't him.
     
  15. Cubby

    Cubby fly the W!

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    Lilachaze New Member

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    Such a strange turn of events, the poor family being told it was him then it turning out it wasn’t.
     
  17. Kymistry35

    Kymistry35 It's never to late to be who you could have been

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    Anything new?
     
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    Redux Well-Known Member

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    The Charley project page says that he also contacted his family three days after he went missing to tell them he was working for a carnival in Pennsylvania. The 1989 call to a family friend was a second call.

    Hmm, Charley Project won't let me copy and paste, but here's a snip...

    http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/m/morris_scott.html

    Two calls, if they were sure it was him, would lend some credence to the idea that he was a runaway, but I wonder where he is now?
     

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