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Teachers aid in search for missing Kinder teen, later found safe

Published: Jun. 30, 2021 at 10:47 PM CDT
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Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) - The missing 19-year-old from Kinder, Morris Williams, has been located and is safe, according to the Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office.

His teachers were among the many that gathered and searched the area near his home in hopes of finding him.

“We went to the gravel pit, the cemetery, we went to a few fairly close spots that we knew that he had been before or that he’d enjoy being at,” said Sharla Hardy, one of Williams’ teachers.

Before the search began on Saturday, the team gathered, and the search was switched from a search and rescue to a body recovery effort.

Hardy found the absence of Williams heart-wrenching.

“I kinda just bowed my head and I had a hat on so no one could see me and the tears just started rolling down my face. I cried for Morris, cried for Ms. Lisa, cried for all of these people out here who had been searching. It was a bad morning, and it just continued.”

He was located around 2 p.m. July 3 in Jefferson Davis Parish and reunited with his family, said Commander Ramby Cormier of JDPSO.

Hardy rushed to the location to find Williams with a smile on his face.

“Whenever he was found, I drove up, and they told me he was in a pick-up truck, and I went up there and tapped on the window, and he said, “Hey Msc Charlotte,” and I said, “Well hey there Morris, Happy birthday,” and he just giggled, and he opened the door and gave me a big ole hug.”

“Sheriff Woods would like to thank all the agencies, community members and volunteers that assisted with the search for Mr. Williams,” said Commander Cormier. “The Williams family wanted thank everyone who helped in the search and express their gratitude for all the assistance given to the family.”

The Louisiana State Police had issued a Silver Alert after Williams was reported missing earlier this week.

Inquiries should be directed to the Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office.

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