Rolenia Adele Morris
Morris, approximately 2005; Lonnie Franklin
Date and time person was reported missing : 09/10/2005
Missing location (approx) :
Los Angeles, California
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
DOB : 02/04/1974 (47)
Age at the time of disappearance: 31 years old
Height / Weight : 5'0, 100 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A denim skirt, a denim jacket and black boots.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: 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.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : 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. He was convicted of all counts in 2016 and sentenced to death. Authorities don't believe these were his only victims, however; they think Franklin may have killed up to 25 women. He died of natural causes on California's death row in 2020.
Morris's identification, and Gender : ually explicit photos of her, were found in Franklin's residence. Identification belonging to missing teenÂ Ayellah Marshall was also found. Authorities found over 1,000 photos and several hundred hours of video in Franklin's home; the imAge at the time of disappearance: s depicted African-American females, both conscious and unconscious, many of them nude, Age at the time of disappearance: d between their teens and middle Age at the time of disappearance: .
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.
Other information and links : ncy
Los Angeles Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
California Attorney General's Office
The Los Angeles Times
America's Most Wanted
The Huffington Post
Los Angeles Police Department
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