New search for missing Indiana teen

Scottie Dean Morris (EPD)

Police conducted a new search on Thursday night in an “area of interest” for a missing 14-year-old Indiana boy Scottie Dean Morris, who was last photographed wearing a shirt that said “I’m a liar,” among other phrases.

Officials with the Eaton Police Department released new information about the search hours later on Friday, revealing that “no human remains” were found but that investigators continue to search for clues.

“There has been talk that human remains were found last night, that claims is FALSE,” police announced. “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.”

In a message posted earlier on Thursday, investigators also asked residents that have security cameras on the outside of their homes to “please check your footage from 8:15 pm to 11:00 pm on March 16th 2023.”

The request had been made previously but authorities wanted to make sure everyone had seen it.

Police also reinforced that anyone with information about Morris’ whereabouts to contact the department at 765-396-3297

Morris was last seen around 8:30 p.m. on March 16 leaving his home on East Indiana Avenue in Eaton, police said in a press release. Eaton is located just over an hour northeast of Indianapolis.

While teams of volunteer searchers are no longer being used, police say that boats, drones, sonar equipment, and K-9 teams will still be utilized to “check the areas of water nearby” and to search the river areas out of Eaton Town limits.

The teen vanished shortly after he was photographed wearing a white T-shirt with bizarre phrases handwritten across the front, including “I’m a liar,” “cheat,” and “I hurt my little brother.”

It is believed that the controversial photo of Morris was taken earlier in the day Thursday, while the teen was “in conflict with adults at his home,” according to a report from the Indianapolis Star.

Scottie Dean Morris photoes (EPD)

Scottie Dean Morris photos (EPD)

Authorities initially said that Morris was “believed to be in extreme danger and may require medical assistance,” but have not elaborated on the specific danger or medical condition they were referring to in the release.

The department emphasized that officers “are still investigating and working leads” as they come in. Other agencies assisting include the Indiana State Police, the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, and at least one federal organization.

Authorities further asked that the public “refrain from making false statements and accusations” regarding the missing child.

In the immediate aftermath of Morris’ disappearance, the department was the subject of public backlash and speculation after posting the aforementioned photograph showing Morris looking sullen while wearing a shirt that appeared to be designed to shame and humiliate him.

New search for missing Indiana teen

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