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Dowagiac police say that missing woman is ‘voluntarily missing’

Published 9:15am Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Police has called off the search Wednesday for the mother of two who was reported missing earlier in the week, labeling her as “voluntarily missing” following a phone call with the Dowagiac woman that morning.

Rose Morris
Rose Morris

An officer with the Dowagiac police department successfully contacted 25-year-old Rose Morris over the telephone during the early morning hours, after receiving word that she had called her family the previous night. Morris had been reported by family members as missing since Thursday afternoon, after she left her residence on East Division Street to meet with a group of friends.

During her conversation with the police officer, Morris said that she was not in any danger and was not missing, yet she refused to share her location with authorities.

“She wasn’t real cooperative during the conversation,” said Director of Public Safety Steven Grinnewald.

Morris told police that she had been arrested and held in jail in the Kalamazoo area during the period. Police determined her claim was untrue, as officers have been monitoring local jails since they first received the missing person’s report on Sunday, Grinnewald said.

According to the officer who spoke with her, she was laughing and joking about being reported as missing by her family.

Following the phone call with Morris, the department ceased all efforts to locate her.

“It’s very clear to us that she wanted to be missing by her own accord,” Grinnewald said. “That’s not illegal, as she has that right as an adult. She wanted to be gone, to leave for a few days. We or the family still haven’t determined why.”

The break in the case comes following a night of intense investigation by local authorities. Police received tips about her possible location throughout the day Tuesday, and a K9 track with a bloodhound from the Cass County Sheriff’s Office was conducted that afternoon.

Morris’ family continued to reach out to her Wednesday, in hopes of arranging her return, the police chief said.

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