Thursday, October 16, 2008
Texas-Mary McGinnis Morris, a nurse, was murdered on October 15, 2000 and her body was found by a tow truck driver on October 16, 2000. Mary had been abducted, beaten and shot in the head. The scene of the crime was staged to look like a suicide, but evidence at the scene and the autopsy report showed that Mary had been gagged, restrained, and viciously beaten before being shot in the head. Mary had put up a fierce struggle for her life that left her clothes torn and bruise marks on her body. Blood was found on the passenger door, which was open and the keys were outside the car. Police do not suspect robbery in this crime.
Mary and her husband, Michael James Morris, were having marital problems and law enforcement cannot eliminate him as a suspect. Mary's life insurance policy was for $700,000 and he was the beneficiary. Another fact is that two hours after Mary's death, Mike Morris placed a call to Mary's cell phone that lasted for 4 minutes and the call did not go to Mary's voice mail. The call showed up on the cell phone bill as "completed". Mike Morris denies any involvement in his wife's death. Mary was also having difficulty with an ex-employee who also cannot be eliminated as a suspect.
I know someone out there has information or saw something that day. Please go to authorities and tell them what you know. Mary McGinnis deserves our help!
If you have any information about the unsolved homicide of Mary McGinnis, please call Crimestoppers (713)222-8477 or Sgt. Parker of the Harris County Sheriff's Department at (713)967-5810.
A $10,000 reward is being offered in the case. The Carole Sund/Carrington Memorial Reward Foundation, based in California, offered $5,000 on top of the original Crime Stoppers reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in Morris' murder.
Location of crime: Hwy 290 at West Little York in Houston Texas
Birthdate: July 10, 1961
Age at date of crime: 39
Height: 5'9"Weight: 140 lbsBuild: MediumHair: BlackEyes: BrownRace/sex: White/FemaleDistinguishing marks: Mary had a lazy eye and a tattoo of Mickey Mouse on her hip.
Clothing: Mary was wearing black slacks and blouse with boots.