- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 5, 2003

BAKER CITY, Ore., Jan. 5 (UPI) — A man accused of killing his pregnant wife and three children was in custody Sunday, the result of a citizen following up a television request for help with the manhunt, CNN reported.

Edward Morris, 37, was arrested Saturday after a motorist recognized his van and its license plate as the ones pictured on news broadcasts. He had been sought for two weeks, since relatives reported Morris, his wife and three children did not return home on time from a trip.

Baker City police said the Portland man registered some surprise but did not resist arrest.

The bodies of Renee Morris, 31, and 10-year-old Bryant, 8-year-old Alexis and 4-year-old Jonathan were found in a remote part of a state forest about 40 miles west of Portland.

Morris's vehicle was spotted on Interstate 84 in eastern Oregon by Linda Martin who told CNN she pulled off the freeway to call police and then returned to the highway and followed him into a drugstore parking lot.

She said she had seen pictures of Morris' van and license plate on the television news.

"We called the cops and, oh my God, it was so awesome," she told CNN. The FBI offered a reward of up to $50,000 for information leading to the arrest.

Morris has been charged with seven counts of aggravated murder, with three of the counts required to be added because of the young ages of the children victims.



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