David Cook Morse
Morse, approximately 2009
Date reported missing : 07/22/2009
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 10/09/1954 (66)
Age at the time of disappearance: 54 years old
Height / Weight : 6'2, 155 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A blue long-sleeved t-shirt and brown corduroy pants.
Medical conditions : Morse was in poor health at the time of his disappearance and needed help to walk any significant distance.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male. Brown hair, blue eyes.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Morse was last seen in Ashville, Ohio on July 22, 2009. At approximately 6:00 p.m. that day, his home in the 9400 block of Perrill Road was found completely destroyed by fire; only the chimney was still intact. He had lived alone there with his dog.
Authorities actually found the skeletons of two dogs in the ashes, however, and no sign of Morse. He was in poor health at the time of his disappearance and couldn't walk far without assistance. He could drive, but his license had been suspended, and his van was found outside his home.
Morse's family stated he had few friends and rarely left the house, but he did allow people he didn't know well to fish in the pond behind his home.
Authorities were unable to determine the cause of the fire, but they suspect foul play was involved in Morse's disappearance. His case remains unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
Pickaway County Sheriff's Office
September 2021 updates and sources
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