'That claim is FALSE!' Cops deny rumors that missing Scottie Morris' body was found as search continues
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EATON, INDIANA: Police have shut down bizarre online theories about the missing 14-year-old Indiana boy's remains being found. Scottie Dean Morris was last seen leaving his house in Eaton, which is located 76 miles northeast of Indianapolis, at 8.30 pm on March 16.
The search for the missing teen has led to various controversies after a disturbing picture of the boy circulated wearing a white t-shirt that read the words "I'm a liar" and "I hurt my brother" scrawled with a marker all over it. Eaton Indiana Police Department said Morris' parents forced him to wear the t-shirt as a punishment and the boy disappeared right after his parents took a picture of him in it. However, his parents, Felicia and Brian were not considered suspects and they have undergone polygraph tests, said the Chief of Police.
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This is Scottie Morris (14) who has been missing from Eaton, Indiana since March 16, 2023. Apparently this was taken of him right before he went missing. Wtf is happening with his shirt?! 💔 #MissingChild #Missing pic.twitter.com/P7sHyadhhf— Rose (@901Lulu) March 19, 2023
'That claim is FALSE!'
Since his disappearance, law enforcement has been frantically combing through the small town for any trace of the 14-year-old. Meanwhile, rumors started to swirl that Morris' body has been found which police swiftly dispelled. Eaton Police Department slammed, "That claim is FALSE," on Facebook, on Friday, March 24. "We were dispatched to an area of interest last night." "However, there were no human remains found there. Our investigatory search continues today to find Scottie," read the statement.
Police added that bones had been found, but they were, in fact, carcasses and it was confirmed by three different forensic anthropologists. Authorities have urged Eaton residents to check their security cameras or ring footage, from between 8.15 pm and 11 pm on March 16, the night of the teen's disappearance. Morris has short brown hair and blue eyes, is 5'4" tall, and weighs 150 pounds. At the time, the teen was last seen wearing a white t-shirt that probably read the word "liar", black and red shorts, and a pair of sneakers.
Scottie’s mom shared a message to her son. Police say the family has been cooperating with their investigation. @wrtv pic.twitter.com/2Gyte9JvPI— Kaitlyn Kendall (@KaitlynReports) March 20, 2023
Scottie Morris' family remains under police radar
Police said the Morris' parents have been fully cooperating with their investigation, although the family remains under the radar. Felicia pleaded her son to come home, saying, "Everyone is out looking for you" in a home interview, earlier this week. “I love you and I want you to come home," she said. "I know that you’re mad and confused," the mother said, reported The Sun. “Everyone is out looking for you, and we’re not trying to scare you. On Thursday, hundreds of Eaton residents held an emotional candlelight vigil for Morris in a nearby church, praying for his safe return.
Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to call police at (765) 396-3297 or (765) 747-7878.