Scottie Morris

A missing 14-year-old boy from Eaton has been located unharmed.

Police in Eaton have confirmed the recovery of Scottie Morris.

“We have some of the most exciting news to share. Scottie has been located and is in good condition! Currently, doctors are examining him “Eaton Police Department’s Facebook post.

Morris was last seen heading east on Indiana Avenue near Mar Fran Court in Eaton on March 16 at approximately 8:30 p.m. On March 17, a statewide Silver Alert was issued for the adolescent.

Since last week, local and state authorities have been joined by the community in their search for Morris. The extreme cold heightened the sense of urgency in their hunt.

“I want this young man to understand that we are not here to cause him difficulty. We want to help him and make sure he’s safe,” said Eaton Police Chief Jay Turner early in the week. We have taken this matter seriously from the start, and we will continue to investigate until we find him.

Friday night, no additional information was released regarding where Morris was discovered or his condition.

Friday, 3/24 update

Friday morning, Eaton police verified via Facebook that they did not discover any remains Thursday night.

Thursday night, police were dispatched to an area of interest, but no human remains were discovered.

Friday, the investigation to locate Morris continues. Anybody with information regarding his whereabouts is urged to contact the Eaton Police Department at 765-396-3297, 911, or the dispatch line for non-emergency calls at 765-747-7878.

Thursday, 3/23 update

On March 16 from 8:15 p.m. to 11 p.m., Eaton police are requesting that residents with home surveillance cameras review their recordings.

The Eaton Police Department can be reached at 765-396-3297 if anyone discovers anything remarkable.

Wednesday 3/22 update

In a Facebook post, the Eaton police clarified that the search for Morris has not been called off. 

Before, police stated that there will be no more coordinated public searches.

Officers continue to cooperate with the Indiana State Police, the Delaware County Sheriff’s Department, the Department of Natural Resources, and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children to locate Morris.

The police stated that canine teams are assisting in the investigation, so they are attempting to minimize disruptions to their activities.

Tuesday 3/21/23 update

State and local authorities are not assembling any search teams that need public assistance. Instead, they will use boats, sonar, drones, and, if necessary, dive teams to scour neighboring water regions where Morris was last seen.

The Eaton Police Department announced Tuesday that the Indiana Department of Natural Resources will provide boats, sonar, drones, and dive teams.

They will investigate surrounding bodies of water and the river as it leaves the city boundaries of Eaton.

Moreover, additional K-9 teams will be utilized on Tuesday.

Police continue to investigate and follow up on tips when they are received. Many people have been interviewed by investigators, and “several” properties and residences have been examined, according to authorities.

On Tuesday, members of the Indiana State Police, the Delaware County Sheriff’s Department, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, and other law enforcement agencies will convene.

Monday 3/20/23 Update

Search parties gathered Saturday and Monday to search for Morris, but were unable to locate him. 

Deputy Chief Chris Liggett posted a video to the department’s Facebook page Monday evening, announcing the search is being suspended. 

We want Scottie home safe,” Liggett added. “If anyone knows where Scottie is, please contact us immediately. We want to bring him here safely and provide any assistance he requires.”

Liggett stated that police have performed interviews and polygraph examinations with suspects.

“At this point, we are currently investigating alternative options, but have no fresh leads or information. “We’re currently at a standstill,” Liggett stated.

Turner stated, “My biggest concern is that he was picked up by a stranger or that he was involved in an accident or something.”

Authorities stated that they did not arrange a search team on Sunday because Indiana State Police helicopters equipped with infrared cameras could detect the searchers’ heat signatures.

Saturday 3/18/23 Update

More than 100 people gathered at the Family Life Center on Saturday to assist in the search for Morris.

Saturday was “all hands on deck,” according to Turner, as neighbors from all over came out to assist in the search for Morris.

“What they did today was phenomenal,” remarked Turner. Two and a half miles were traversed in a line-like fashion through a dense wooded area bordering a river on both sides.

Community searches for missing Eaton teen

Since Morris went missing on Thursday, according to Turner, rescuers have utilized everything from infrared drones to a fan boat and dogs to locate him. They had already searched the town four times.

“We are a small department,” Turner stated. “We have four regular officers and eighteen reserve cops. Our regulars and reserves volunteered to come in and conduct these searches. I’m really impressed with how the fire department, EMS, and police department collaborated.”

Background

Morris is described as 5 feet, 4 inches tall, weighs 150 pounds, and has brown hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing black shoes, red and black shorts and a white T-shirt with writing on the front.

His family’s home security cameras captured footage of Morris leaving his residence.

Felicia, Morris’s mother, stated, “Scott, I love you and I want you to return home.” “I am aware that you are angry and confused. I fear that you are terrified by all of this. Everyone is searching for you, and we are not attempting to frighten you.”

According to police, Morris is in grave danger and may require medical intervention.

If you have any information regarding Morris’s whereabouts, please contact the Eaton Police Department at 765-396-3262 or 911.

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