UPDATE: Eaton police said Scottie Morris has been found safe.
EATON, Ind. – As the Eaton community held a candlelight prayer vigil for Scottie Morris on Thursday night, police are again asking residents for any footage they may have from the night the 14-year-old disappeared.
“I know everybody is afraid for Scottie. Everybody wants Scottie home,” said an organizer of the event, Teresa Wilkerson.
“We are asking Eaton residents that have cameras posted on their houses to please check your footage from 8:15 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on March 16, 2023,” the Eaton Police Department wrote in a Facebook post.
It was a packed chapel in Eaton, illuminated only by candlelight in hopes Scottie Morris will come home on Thursday night.
“We ask that you come stand beside us during this difficult time as we lift the town of Eaton and its residents up in prayer,” according to the event notice posted on Facebook.
Grace and Mercy Full Gospel Church, the Church of God, Eaton Baptist Church, United Methodist Church and Eden Church are among the event hosts.
“They will not stop until they find Scottie,” said Wilkerson.
Morris was last seen in Eaton around 8:30 p.m., according to police. He was last known to be wearing black shoes, red and black shorts and a white t-shirt with writing on the front.
The vigil is another testament to the community’s dedication as hundreds marched to a cross placed just for Scottie.
“We are here for the families and to bring Scottie home,” said an organizer, Vicki Cooper.
Anyone who finds something of interest is asked to contact the Eaton Police Department at (765) 396-3297. Police said this is the second social media appeal they’ve made for video footage.
Authorities spent the last week looking for Morris, organizing public searches of empty homes and wooded areas. Boats, drones and K9 units have also been used to look for him.
“We are here because we love each other, and we are a loving community. We just want Scottie to come home and be safe and his family to be whole again,” said Eaton resident, Kristen Mitchell.
Eaton Police Chief Jay Turner said Wednesday that the search for Morris has “not been called off.” Eaton police announced Tuesday that they’d winded down public searches for the 14-year-old, although authorities continued their efforts to look for him.
The department is working with several other agencies, including Indiana State Police, the Delaware County Sheriff’s Department and Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
The statewide Silver Alert for Scottie Morris remains in effect. Anyone with information should contact the Eaton Police Department at (765) 396-3297 or call 911.