Tuesday, February 24, 2015

My daughter is missing and we need your help -- please pass HB65!

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Date Missing: (Since 10/11/14)
Date of Birth: (04/15/81)
Age: (33)
Sex: (Female)
Height: (5 ft. 11 inches)
Weight: (250 lbs.)
Eyes: (Hazel)
Hair: (Brown Shoulder Length, Curly,
Race: (Caucasian)
Complexion: (Fair)
Clothing: (When last seen she was wearing a long brown coat with fur
collar and flip flops.)
(Left home without money, food or telephone.)

(Mother wants to help her daughter with money, insurance card and an apartment. Elizabeth doesn’t have to come home if she doesn’t want to. Mother is very worried about her safety and well-being. She isn’t in trouble with the law. She may be a little confused. Please help.


My name is Janis Morris from Paducah, Kentucky. My daughter Elizabeth Lauren Morris had the onset of her severe brain disease in 2009. After 3 years, she was diagnosed with of psychotic thinking and symptomatic of paranoid schizophrenia. She has delusions and hallucinations. To make this diagnosis even worse she has anosognosia. There is damage to her brain as a result of this illness preventing her ability to comprehend that she is ill.

· She believes that the voices are God telling her what to do.

· She believes that the hallucinations are God punishing her for her sins.

· She believes that I am evil because the voices have told her so.

· She thinks that the police and I am trying to kill her

· She resented my being granted guardianship and resented my trying to get her to take her medications and stay in treatment. She baptized an individual at Western State Hospital in the shower. I was told that she baptized a man in Nashville, since she has been missing prior to his exploiting her for sex and then making her sleep outside on the door mat.

She did not want to apply for social security disability. She said, “I am smart, I have a degree and I have 10 fingers and 10 toes, so I can work and don’t need disability.” One thing about it, in spite of her illness she still tried to work and wanted me to be proud of her just like you are proud of your children.

Her illness was not that of a heart defect, her illness was not that of kidney failure or any of the physical illness that our society is working so hard to correct. No her illness is a disease of the brain. A brain disorder. I think we all know that the brain is a real important organ too. Right? Then why has our society treated it as if those individuals with mental illness are outcasts? This is something we all need to think about. I too was guilty of this thinking, prior to my daughter’s illness.

Due to her failing to realize her illness and her insistence that she would not take her medication, she left home in September 2014. My daughter last called me on October 11th of 2014. Elizabeth only made a brief statement that she wanted to make things right with me because she was getting ready to go to heaven. Then she hung up the phone. Elizabeth was last seen in Knoxville, TN and presently the police and private investigators have not had any luck in locating her. I am worried about her, how she is being treated, if she warm or hungry. I have spent thousands of dollars and have done everything in my power to find her and see that she gains the medical attention she needs with no success.

When Elizabeth was on her medication, she was much better. Elizabeth was so afraid when she was not on her medications. Elizabeth would have qualified HB65 if it were law. If it had been in place, Elizabeth would probably be in a safe and warm place surrounded by those that love her. I love and miss her so much.

Put yourself in my shoes. What if Elizabeth was your child? Or your sister? What would you do?

I believe that HB 65 would benefit individuals such as Elizabeth that are mentally ill with anosognosia. We need your help!

1 comment:

  1. I am also the mother of a daughter with severe MI and your story could so easily be mine. I am appalled that this can happen...that this is the result of the treatment that our kids get here in what is supposed to be one of the most developed countries in the world. Prayers for you and your daughter...that she is found safe and returns to you.