The mother of a Columbus woman missing since Sept. 17 feels the official search for her daughter has ended, but Lowndes County Sheriff”s Office authorities say they”re still looking for Kaila Morris.
Morris, 21, was last seen by her stepfather, Robert Warren Triplett Jr., leaving the house he shared with her mother, Bonnie Morris Triplett, at 181 Golding Road.
“To be honest, they”ve stopped searching,” Bonnie Triplett, who was vacationing in Florida when Morris disappeared, said Monday. “I don”t know anything new and I can”t tell you anything new. I feel that there are other properties that need searching using the cadaver dogs, but I have not been able to arrange that yet.
“I”m getting a lot of support from the people in the community wanting to do things to help, but the official search seems to be at a standstill at this time,” she added.
“We still haven”t had much of a lead on it,” said LCSO Investigator Tony Perkins of the Morris case. “We haven”t had any breaks in it. We”re still looking.”
Perkins noted authorities still are searching with dogs specially trained in the detection of human remains. “We”d be glad for anybody with any kind of information (on Morris) to give us a call,” he said, adding, “very, very few tips have come in.”
A part-time Mississippi State University student, who owned a Starkville condominium, Morris also worked at The Cookie Store in Leigh Mall.
Robert Triplett Jr. said he saw Morris leave the Golding Road home Sept. 17, in a dark-colored van or sport utility vehicle with an unknown person or people.
Robert Triplett, 56, this month pleaded not guilty to child pornography charges in U.S. District Court.
He was arrested by the LCSO Oct. 3 on charges of exploitation of children after pornographic images of minors were retrieved from family computers during the course of the investigation into Morris” disappearance; his trial is scheduled for Feb. 1 in Oxford.
Robert Triplett Jr., who had past arrests for sex crimes in Mississippi and Louisiana, was on non-adjudicated probation from 2003 charges of attempted sexual battery in Jackson County.
Morris is about 5 feet, 6 inches tall, 230 pounds, with brownish-blond, waist-length hair, green-gray eyes and a rose tattoo on a toe, as well as a tattoo of a white and gray wolf head on her right hip and a star and moon tattoo on her lower back.
How to Help
· Anyone with information on Kaila Morris” whereabouts should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-530-7151, 911 or the Lowndes County Sheriff”s Office at 662-328-6788.
· Morris” family is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to her location, 662-251-8833.