Family looking for closure in 2013 Elizabeth City homicide

Jovan Lee Morris. Courtesy: Elizabeth City Police via family

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (WAVY) — Authorities in Elizabeth City say they are close to a break in a 2013 missing persons case turned homicide.

Jovan Lee Morris — also known as Petey Roc — was reported missing on July 6, 2013. He was last seen the night before, walking to his vehicle in the parking lot of the Woodstock II apartment complex in Elizabeth City. His body was found 13 days later.

“It’s been four long years,” said Morris’ aunt, Yolanda Morris.

Losing a family member to violence is never easy, but not knowing the person responsible is heartbreaking.

“My biggest question is who killed Jovan?” Morris asked. “Why? Why kill such a loving person?”

Morris’ family are still brought to tears when they think about what he must have went though.

“Every morning you think about this, because everybody loved him,” Morris said. “You can’t prepare for it, because it broke us all down when they found the body.”=

Morris’ car was found at the Woodstock apartments a week after his disappearance.

On July 18, 2013, a work crew found Morris’ body in a ditch along Florida Road in rural Pasquotank County.

“Mr. Morris had been shot multiple times,” said Pasquotank County Sheriff Randy Cartwright.

Since then, deputies have chased down every lead, but haven’t been able to find his killer.

“We’ve got some good leads that we’ve been following,” Cartwright said. “We need to get over that hump.”

The sheriff tells 10 On Your Side he’s not sure if Morris was shot on Florida Road or if his body was dumped.

“We are not an area that has a lot of homicides and when you have one, you do want to go ahead and solve it,” Cartwright said.

Family is just waiting for the day that happens.

“I know somebody knows,” Morris added. “I think that our family deserves some sort of closure.”

Investigators from Pasquotank, Elizabeth City and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation have been working the case.

Police say investigators feel they are close to a break in the case.

Anyone with information regarding Morris’ death can call the Crime Line at 252-335-5555 or Lt. Brent McKecuen with the Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Office at 252-339-1922.