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Police, mother seek help in search for missing Montgomery man

"If you were paid or paid someone to hurt John, remember, money won't buy your way out of the fires of hell."

So writes Madeline Morris, the mother of John Morris, a Montgomery County man who has been missing since 2007, according to the "Mother's Final Thoughts" section of a Web site devoted to finding him.

Montgomery County detectives have become increasingly concerned that Morris might have been killed. Police have called a 12:30 news conference Thursday to draw attention to the case and announce a $1,000 reward.

Mother and son. (Courtesy Photo)

Morris was last seen July 30, 2007, between 3 and 11 p.m., at his home in the 24000 block of Whites Ferry Road in the county's western Dickerson/Poolesville area, according to police. He was reported missing to police Aug. 23, 2007.

At the time, Morris had suffered from Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and had exhibited suicidal tendencies.

The Web site devoted to finding him offers more details.

John was last seen standing at the end of the driveway [and was] believed to be waiting for a ride. He had an altercation with his boyfriend, and he asked John to leave. John was in a very verbal abusive relationship of 14 years. Officers went to the home to check on Morris' welfare after a neighbor saw him standing in his driveway. When police got there, Morris was gone, but his white pickup truck bearing New Jersey tags was still there.

The Web site shows pictures of Morris with his mother, whose poem "A Mother's Plea" reads, in part:

I miss his smile, his sense of humor, the way he loves animals with such warmth. I miss watching him paint on canvas and turn that canvas into a beautiful picture.
I miss how neat he was. About himself, his room and all things around him. I miss the little gifts he used to give me. The phone calls when he made me laugh.

Police described Morris as white, 40 years old, 6 feet 1, 180 pounds, with graying brown hair, hazel/brown eyes and a medium complexion.

He has 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 caps on his teeth.

His case can also be seen in the Missing Persons section of the America's Most Wanted Web site.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Rod Stephens at 240-773-6239. Callers who wish to remain anonymous and become eligible for the reward can call 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).

-- Dan Morse

By Dan Morse  |  March 11, 2010; 11:03 AM ET
Categories:  Dan Morse , Maryland , Montgomery  
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