A $10,000 reward was announced Thursday as family of a missing Tooele man continue to search for him.
Rick Morris, 32, was last seen on June 25 at about 1:55 a.m. at his home near 780 W 700 S in Tooele. The Type 1 diabetic had reported “critically low blood sugar levels” before he went missing, according to a news release. His family got him to eat a sandwich, but he disappeared — without insulin — before they could recheck his blood sugar.
Nearly four months after he disappeared, his family is asking residents near Middle Canyon in Tooele — one of Morris’ favorite places to go — to check inside sheds, under tarps or inside old cars for any sign of him.
“It’s been forever, but our everyday lives are still searching,” his sister, Mariah Morris, said Thursday. She noted that there is a lot of wilderness in Tooele, close to Morris’ home, and that it’s “overwhelming whenever we kind of look at it.”
On Saturday, the Destiny Search Project is hosting a search effort for Morris between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Volunteers can meet at a Latter-day Saints meetinghouse in Tooele, located at 1030 S 900 W.
“A range of search efforts will be available for those who would like to do neighborhood canvassing, walking, hiking, or for those who would like to bring drones, ATVs, horses, etc.,” the release states. Online pre-registration is not required.
Karra Porter with the Utah Cold Case Coalition said the $10,000 reward came from supporters of the family. Any funds received that don’t go toward helping find Rick Morris will go to a nonprofit to help others find missing loved ones.
“Our family is so grateful to the entire community for helping us,” Mariah Morris said. “It means so much to us that so many people are willing to help us, and they didn’t even know Rick.”
Mariah Morris does not think her brother intentionally disappeared. She said he was in the process of creating a video game before he went missing. Five days prior, he sent a poll to the Morris family asking about which art style he should use for the game. He had plans to go camping with the family the next weekend, she said.
“He’s probably like one of the most amazing humans that I’ve ever known,” Mariah Morris said.
Rick Morris is described as about 6 feet, 1 inch tall and weighing about 150 to 170 pounds. He has hazel eyes, dark brown hair, a beard and a mustache.
Tips on Rick’s whereabouts may be submitted to the Utah Cold Case Coalition’s 24/7 confidential tip line at 385-258-3313.