The skeletal remains of Kelly Currin Morris have been found on November 17, 2009, near Creedmoor, NC. She was missing since September 3, 2008 from Stem, NC, in the same county of Granville. Her husband, William "Scott" Morris, was arrested shortly afterward. The number of people actively searching for her was very impressive. The search went on for 14 months.
The home in which Kelly shared with her husband and two children caught fire the day after she went missing, on September 4, 2008. Hours later, her car was found a mile away, with her purse and cell phone inside. The keys were in the ignition. SBI concluded the house fire was deliberately set. Scott Morris was always suspected of Kelly's murder, as well as arson, but as often happens, a lack of evidence kept him from being arrested - until recently. He is charged with first-degree murder and held without bond.
In spite of massive search efforts, it took over a year to finally find Kelly's remains. Where they were found was at the Tar River Fox Pen, a 900 acre facility surrounded by an electric fence and barbed wire. It is believed the body was ravaged by the foxes and coyotes being kept there. There was only a skull and a few other bones, with a bed comforter. The skull included teeth, and ID was possible via dental records.
This discovery brought to public attention the controversial sport of wildlife "penning," in which wild animals are hunted by packs of dogs in a confined area, often getting torn to pieces. This is considered a cruel practice, and many groups concerned with animal rights, including the Humane Society of the United States and the Animal Welfare Institute, are seeking to have it banned in this state. There is an "NC Senate Bill 515" to stop wildlife penning, currently seeking public support.
A petition to support NC Senate Bill 515