David Cook Morse

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Above Images: Morse, circa 2009

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: July 22, 2009 from Ashville, Ohio
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: October 9, 1954
  • Age: 54 years old
  • Height and Weight: 6'2, 155 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, blue eyes.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: 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.
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    Details of Disappearance

    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. Morse 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.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Pickaway County Sheriff's Office
    740-477-6000

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    Source Information
    NamUs
    The Columbus Dispatch
    10 TV
    Ohio Attorney General's Office

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    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated September 8, 2010; casefile added.

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