Police say woman reported missing from Aurora, Mo. located; searching for suspect

Published: Jan. 14, 2023 at 8:27 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 14, 2023 at 9:07 PM CST
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - The Monett Police Department says a woman it feared to be in danger is safe.

Andrea Wilson, 20, disappeared Saturday morning after an incident at 708 South Elliott in Aurora, Mo. Police say she was located at her home.

Investigators say they believed she was forced into a blue Dodge Cummins pickup driven by Nick Morris.

Authorities are actively searching for Morris. Morris was last seen driving a silver Chevy Cavalier. Chief Wes Coatney of the Aurora and Marionville Police Department said Morris waited for a meeting to see Andrea Wilson. But when she got to the Price Cutter in Aurora, things spiraled.

“He allegedly assaulted the friends that she was with, and she tried to get away,” said Chief Coatney. Assaulted her there. Then forced into the vehicle.”

Chief Coatney said Morris took Wilson to his house in Monett. He said they could track Wilson by pinging her phone and that technology has done wonders.

“I’ve been in this business a long time, and it’s been able to pinpoint a victim of a crime in particular,” said Coatney. “That’s led to several of our successes.”

She ended up being found back at her house. Chief Coatney said she’ll be okay but had to go to the hospital for injuries.

“There are some allegations, and if the allegations turned out to be true, it’s disturbing,” said Chief Coatney.

They’re on the lookout for Morris. He says if you see him, don’t approach him. Call the police instead.

“We have every reason to believe that he could be dangerous,” said Chief Coatney. “We hope that he wouldn’t be dangerous toward us or anybody else.”

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