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    The Identification Of Scott Morris

    Monday, August 12, 2019 Last Updated 2019-10-22T19:04:49Z
    The invention of DNA profiling has often been a godsend for resolving missing persons cases. Sometimes, a dead body will be found and remain unidentified for years until DNA testing matches the deceased victim to a missing person.

    Even though DNA profiling can provide closure for a victim’s family, there are also rare occasions when it takes closure away.

    On August 14, 1978, 14-year-old Scott Morris mysteriously disappeared after leaving his Indianapolis (USA) home to walk to a nearby market.

    At the time, Scott was known for being a runaway, so police did not take his disappearance seriously. Scott’s family never saw him again, but a family friend received a strange call in 1989 from a man claiming to be Scott, who confirmed he was still alive and working at a carnival.

    Years later, Scott’s family received surprising news about a seemingly unrelated cold case. On January 7, 1990, a nude unidentified young man was found beaten and shot to death in Daviess County, Kentucky.

    Since the victim’s hands and feet had been cut off and all his teeth were removed, identification was difficult.

    However, in 2007, a search of the missing persons database led authorities to Scott Morris, who bore a striking resemblance to the victim.

    The body was tentatively identified as Scott. He was returned to the Morris family and given a proper burial.Unfortunately, it turned out the identification had been premature.

    In 2009, the final portions of the DNA identification process were completed and authorities were horrified to learn they had made a mistake: The unidentified victim was not Scott Morris. Sadly, two separate cold cases have now reverted back to their unsolved status.


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