Morgan Bauer was 19 when she went lacking in February 2016. Two individuals have simply been arrested and charged in connection together with her homicide. She stays lacking.
We’ll begin with some background into Morgan.
Morgan Aryn Bauer was born on April 13,1996. Morgan’s mom is Sherri Keenan and he or she has a sister Alyssa. I haven’t been capable of finding out an excessive amount of extra about her family, however Sherri has been Morgan’s advocate through the years.
Morgan grew up in Aberdeen, South Dakota. She graduated from Central Excessive Faculty.
After Morgan graduated, she had the dream to dwell in an enormous metropolis. On February 12, 2016, Morgan traveled to Auckland, Georgia, by way of Auckland. She had very restricted funds – I’ve learn she had round $20 which she had borrowed from a buddy. She was ready for her $630 tax return from H&R Block to be loaded onto her card.
Proper earlier than she left, Morgan and her mom Sherri bought right into a disagreement and weren’t talking to one another.
Previous to their battle, Morgan instructed Sherri that she was shifting in with two housemates, however this wasn’t true. She had been speaking with a person on Craigslist and had organized to remain at his place. The association was that she would carry out housekeeping duties in trade to dwell there.
This association didn’t work out, and shortly after she arrived, the person requested Morgan to go away by way of a notice. He put her belongings outdoors close to the door and within the notice, instructed her to not return.
From there, Morgan resorted to residing in low-cost motels. I’m not positive how she funded this if she solely had $20 to her title however that’s what all stories on the web say.
Morgan was in determined want of employment. She discovered a job as an unique dancer on the now-defunct Prime of Gainesville strip membership in Gainesville, Georgia.
This job didn’t final lengthy and Morgan returned to Auckland. On February 25, 2016, she went to the Tease strip membership on Cheshire Bridge Street. In accordance with the membership’s supervisor, she’d utilized for a place, however was lacking the mandatory paperwork.
Do not forget that Morgan arrived in Georgia on February 12, so all of this occurred in below two weeks.
In accordance with Sherri, the final time that Morgan communicated together with her household was that day, February 25, 2016. This was thought-about out of character, as she was recognized for being extremely energetic on her social media accounts. Her final posts to Snapchat, Fb and Instagram are from that night time. Morgan made a Fb publish on that day, saying she was employed at Tease which wasn’t true – she wrote “And I work right here!”.
In some unspecified time in the future on February 26, Morgan went again to Gainesville (round one hour from Auckland) and he or she went again to the Prime of Gainesville membership. She left the membership with one other dancer and that dancer’s boyfriend. I now consider these two individuals are Katelyn Goble and Johnathan Alexander Warren.
The place they went and what they did is unclear, however what’s confirmed is that Morgan was final seen alive at a Citgo gasoline station within the early hours of February 27, 2016. The gasoline station is in Covington, GA, round 80 minutes away from Gainesville.
Morgan’s household and pals didn’t suppose it was too uncommon after they first didn’t hear from her for a time frame. I assume they thought she may need been getting settled in a brand new location. Sherri and Morgan had additionally been preventing when Morgan moved, so there had been no communication between them anyway.
A buddy of Morgan’s raised the alarm with Sherri after she had not been in a position to get in contact with Morgan for a number of weeks.
Sherri realized one thing was incorrect and he or she flew to Auckland to seek for Morgan.
Sherri reported Morgan lacking on March 12, 2016, two weeks after she had final been heard from.
The seek for Morgan started. Police tracked her cellphone and located that the final ping was simply after midnight on February 27, 2016. This is able to line up with across the time that she was seen on the gasoline station The ping was in Porterdale, Georgia, the place Katelyn and Johnathan lived. Police did search the world however nothing was discovered. Morgan’s cellphone was by no means situated, and there was no exercise on it since.
When police questioned Katelyn and Johnathan, they denied at first that that they had ever been with Morgan on the twenty seventh. Ultimately they modified their story and mentioned that they watched her get right into a inexperienced Mitsubishi Eclipse on the gasoline station. Police have been by no means capable of finding any CCTV to assist this story.
It additionally emerged that Katelyn had an audition at Tease on the day that Morgan disappeared. Morgan had supplied to purchase Katelyn’s license as Auckland requires unique dancers to have one.
Morgan’s household made a GFM to fund their seek for her they usually posted some data about Morgan’s social media actions:
We all know she posted on Fb till February twenty fifth and on Instagram and Snapchat till the twenty ninth. We all know there are pics that have been on Snapchat of her dancing, however after all they disappear. We all know nobody has spoken to her since February 29, 2016. We all know her mobile phone has gone straight to voicemail as effectively. We all know these usually are not regular behaviors of hers. If she have been to have Web entry she can be posting. We all know her cellphone has been energetic, however it’s our understanding that immediately is the final day of service.
I consider that publish was made in March 2016 when it comes to ‘immediately being the final day of service.’
The household additionally put a petition in regards to the case on change.org titled ‘Demand an intensive investigation into the disappearance of MORGAN ARYN BAUER by Auckland PD!’
In accordance with that web page, Katelyn and Johnathan made alarming social media posts after Morgan vanished. Katelyn made a publish with a meme that mentioned “Bob likes to kill, Bob kills for enjoyable”, and he or she tagged Johnathan.
The change.org web page was created in 2018 and by that point, the household clarified some data about Morgan’s social media footprint.
We can’t confirm if her tax return was ever used. Her Fb, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, and different social media accounts all cease exercise on or earlier than February 25, 2016. She has by no means utilized for a job in her title or achieved any form of official documentation since she disappeared.
Simply to backtrack for a minute, one month after Morgan disappeared, her sister Alyssa made an announcement that she believed Morgan was alive and effectively. Alyssa said that Morgan had left South Dakota to get away from their ‘manipulative and bipolar’ mom, Sherri. She accused Sherri of organising a GoFundMe below false pretences. Morgan’s finest buddy Taryn, who had initially instructed Sherri that Morgan was lacking, additionally posted on a Fb group that she believed she had been speaking to Morgan on-line.
Sherri spoke out about her search efforts for Morgan. She mentioned that she had employed a non-public investigator to assist within the search, however they solely hindered it and used up helpful assets. Sherri additionally mentioned that she had handed out 1000’s of flyers, spoken with information retailers, reached out to lacking individuals organizations and arranged a billboard with details about the case.
After the preliminary push to search out Morgan, issues quietened down. Her case was sporadically coated through the years on tv and podcasts.
In July 2023, issues began to ramp up in Morgan’s case once more. That is now 7 years after she vanished.
Police and the GBI searched a mansion in Porterdale, Georgia. The house belongs to a Dr Warren, the daddy of Johnathan Warren. He was one of many final individuals recognized to have seen Morgan alive.
Police mentioned on Thursday July 27 that they’ve uncovered “objects of evidentiary worth” on the property, often called Porter Home.
NewsChopper 2 was over the scene, the place there have been a number of tents arrange in a wooded space close to a big house. Police launched video of FBI brokers slowly combing the property in grid formation.
Police mentioned a brand new search warrant was issued based mostly on new particulars that just lately got here to mild.
Sgt. Michael Anthony Walden with the Porterdale Police made an announcement about Morgan. “She had left work in Gainesville and was not heard from once more,” he mentioned. “Over time data turns into clearer and places turn out to be clearer.”
The Porterdale Police Division, Auckland Police Division, Peoria, Illinois Police Division, Newton County Sheriff’s Workplace and Newton County District Lawyer’s Workplace have been all aiding the FBI within the investigation.
The query was requested on the time why police from Illinois have been concerned within the investigation.
“I don’t have the specifics, nor can I point out it presently as a result of it’s an ongoing growth presently,” Sgt Walden mentioned.
On August 3, 2023, the Porterdale Police Division launched the next assertion:
Porterdale Police Officers are persevering with the investigation for Lacking Individual Morgan Bauer. Chief Cripps wish to thank the Information Media and the Public for his or her assist. Porterdale Police Officers obtained arrest warrants and two individuals have been arrested on this ongoing investigation. Investigators are nonetheless actively investigating the case and it’s persevering with to develop. Investigators are in fixed communication with our District Lawyer and his Workplace.
Katelyn Goble was arrested in Peoria, Illinois for the next fees:
• OCGA: 16-10-31 Felony, Concealing Demise.
• OCGA: 16-10-94 Felony, Tampering with proof.
Johnathan Alexander Warren was arrested in Los Angeles, California for the next fees:
• OCGA: 16-5-1(c) Felony, Homicide.
• OCGA: 16-5-21 Felony, Aggravated assault
• OCGA: 16-10-31 Felony, Concealing Demise.
• OCGA: 16-10-94 Mis. Tampering with proof.
We thanks on your cooperation and understanding relating to the sensitivity of the matter. The Newton County District Lawyer will present any future data requests about this investigation. Thank You
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