Rolenia Adele Morris

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Above: Morris, circa 2005

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: September 10, 2005 from Los Angeles, California
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: February 4, 1974
  • Age: 31 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'0, 100 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: African-American female. Black hair, brown eyes. Morris's nickname is Ro-Ro and she may spell her first name "Rowenia." She has a tattoo of "RIP" on her back and her ears are pierced.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A denim skirt, a denim jacket and black boots.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Morris was last seen in the 9000 block of south Western Avenue in Los Angeles, California on September 10, 2005. She has never been heard from again. Authorities believe she could have been a victim of the so-called Grim Sleeper killer. Several of the Grim Sleeper murders took place during the mid-1980s, then the crimes apparently ceased until 2002, when they began anew. All the victims were African-American women. Lonnie David Franklin Jr. was charged with ten of the Grim Sleeper murders in 2010, as well as one attempted murder. Authorities don't believe these were his only victims, however.

    Morris's identification, and sexually explicit photos of her, were found in Franklin's residence. Identification belonging to missing teen Ayellah Marshall was also found. Authorities found over 1,000 photos and several hundred hours of video in Franklin's home; the images depicted African-American females, both conscious and unconscious, many of them nude, aged between their teens and middle age. Investigators released 180 photos to the public in an attempt to identify them. Several of the women in the pictures turned out to be alive and well, and identified themselves to the police.

    The families of Cathern Davis, Rosalind Giles, Lisa Knox and Anita Parker believe Franklin may have been involved in their disappearances. Those four women were involved with drugs and prostitution and they all frequented the location near Franklin's home where his presumed victims' bodies were found.

    Morris hasn't been declared a Grim Sleeper victim, but authorities continue to investigate her case and possible connection to Franklin. Her disappearance remains unsolved.

    Franklin
    Above: Lonnie David Franklin Jr.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Los Angeles Police Department
    213-486-6869

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    Source Information
    California Attorney General's Office
    The Los Angeles Times
    CBS News
    America's Most Wanted
    The Huffington Post
    Los Angeles Police Department
    NamUs

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    Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated May 26, 2016; distinguishing characteristics updated.

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