Morristown family waits, police search for kidnapped 95 year old man

By: Jason Tighe
By: Jason Tighe

Hamblen County (WVLT) - A Morristown family spent Sunday anxiously awaiting word of their missing father and friend.

Willie Lee Morgan has been missing since late Saturday night, and police believe he has been kidnapped.

"He's a good person," said stepdaughter Nancy McCann. "He's ninety-five years old and he'd help any body that he could."

Officially, Nancy is Willie's stepchild, but the term step is just a formality.

Willie and his wife have cared for her since birth.

"He's just like my real dad," she said. "He's raised me all my life and I want nothing to happen to him. I don't want to lose him this way."

For now, the family is doing the only thing they can do, wait and pray for Willie's safe return home.

Meanwhile the rest of a community of friends remains worried.

He has had the same neighbors for decades and they all call him a wonderful man.

They described him as quiet and caring, with a peace nature.

But on Saturday night, violence shattered that peace.

"I received a phone call that some people that my nephew had robbed had come down here and got him," Nancy said.

That was around 11:15 PM according to police dispatch.

"I came down here and sure enough, his door was open and his couch was turned up," she said. "I got the girl's phone number and I called her about 1:45 AM. She wanted $3,000 and we didn't get it to her on time. I haven't heard anything since."

There is another concern.

Willie suffers from a bad heart and his family said he needs his medication.

All the authorities have confirmed is that Willie is missing and that they are searching for several people who may be involved.

The case is being worked by Morristown Police and the Jefferson County and Hamblen County Sheriff's Departments.

But for a man who showed such a big heart through his love of people and animals alike, time is pressing. He has a heart condition and needs his medicine.

"I just want him back and safe," Nancy said. "If they'll bring him back, they can have me."

If you know where Willie Lee Morgan might be, please call your local law police or sheriff's department as soon as possible.


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  • by praying Location: morristown on Jan 22, 2008 at 03:27 AM
    I just found out what happemed from watching the news to Willie Morgan. I'm so sorry family! I know one of the person that did it. I cant even go to sleep. i'm so shocked. I was reading the comments and i do understand how you feel!The one i know (a coward) probably, (on drugs)no excuse-reality, (abused as a baby) yes!but still no excuse! (a murderer) I can't believe it!I'm speechless right now. I'm so sorry, and you really do have my deepest sympathy(to the family)!!My prayers are with you!!Right now all I can say is JESUS,HELP US ALL! and my prayers goes out to the suspects in a different kind of way "THEIR SOULS" and to their parents-you all are in my prayers also!I hate to see what the world is turning into (HELP US LORD!)...............
  • by EVELINA Location: HOME on Jan 21, 2008 at 06:56 PM
    How can people possibly do this kind of thing its cruel. and another example of hell on earth., that man spent 95yrs here and died this way. drugs or just sick is not an excuse anymore for these kind of actions. you mess with my family you got a real problem then.
  • by DALE Location: tazewell on Jan 21, 2008 at 06:51 PM
    THIS MAN HAS BEEN ON THIS EARTH FOR 94 YRS WHAT A SHAME HE HAD TO PASS LIKE THIS. THIS IS SICK. YOU MESS WITH ME , IM READY FOR YOU.
  • by bub Location: knoxvile on Jan 21, 2008 at 12:15 PM
    This is deplorable. It is horrifying to know that there are such EVIL people out there! My heart and prayers go out to his family. God help us all!
  • by Glenda Location: Kodak on Jan 21, 2008 at 09:55 AM
    This man is my Uncle (my Dad's brother) and I can tell you he was one of the kindest, gentlest men I have ever known. He definitely did not deserve to have his long life ended in this way. I am in shock, I am hurt, and I am grieving at the loss of the last of my Dad's siblings. I cringe when I think of the cowards that got joy out of beating a near-blind, 94-yr old man to death (who was defenseless and hadn't done anything to anybody) and then dumping him in a remote ravine in sub-freezing temperatures and left to die. What is wrong with people who can do that? I am sick to my stomach just thinking about it.
  • by Rita Location: Morristown on Jan 21, 2008 at 06:51 AM
    What is wrong with this world? Everyone thinks they can be a "THUG". No one has respect for the elderly anymore. It is a shame. I am so sorry for this families loss.
  • by Sherry Location: Clinton on Jan 20, 2008 at 09:11 PM
    What is this world coming to? This gentleman didn't do anything to these people,it was a family member that did the wrong. I pray to God they find him ok and my heart is with the family.
  • by Misty Location: Madisonville on Jan 20, 2008 at 08:42 PM
    What cowards they kidnap a 95yr old man?! Why don't they mess with someone their own age? It makes me sick when someone picks on a kid or an older person!!!!!
  • by Fed up. on Jan 20, 2008 at 07:00 PM
    What the hell is wrong with people? If this "nephew" had robbed someone, why not take it out on him instead of a 95 year old man? That way, there would be the benifit of the nephew not being around to rob anyone again.

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