Thanks to donations from supporters, the reward for information about missing woman Christina Morris is now $10,000. Plano police officer David Tilley announced the news in an October 9 release. The new funds double the original $5,000 Crime Stoppers reward.
Although it was previously characterized as an anonymous donation, Morris' family says the money was raised through their support network for Christina.
Morris, 23, disappeared without a trace August 30 from the Shops at Legacy in Plano. When traditional police methods failed to yield any leads, an independent search and recovery team used ATVs, horses and even drones to look for her. No clues have revealed the young woman's whereabouts.
"There's nothing that's leading us in any positive direction," Tilley says.
Surveillance video shows Morris left a friend's apartment at the Shops at Legacy in Plano around 4 am on Labor Day weekend. Since then, no one has seen or heard from her. Calls to Morris' cellphone go straight to voicemail, there's been no activity on her bank account and her car was found nearby without any signs of foul play.
"You would hope that people would come forward with information because it is the right thing to do and not because of money," Tilley says. "But we're coming up on the holidays, and economic times are tough, and money is what motivates some people to talk."
Christina's stepmother, Anna Morris, says the outpouring of public support has helped sustain the family in this difficult situation. "We truly appreciate everything that people have done. None of it is taken for granted."
Anyone with information on Christina's disappearance should call Crime Stoppers at 877-373-TIPS or the Plano Police Department at 972-424-5678.