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Ranlo is a town located in Gaston County, North Carolina, United States. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 2,198. (More Info and Source) Ranlo Real Estate

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Father wants closure in daughter’s disappearance

Smiling pictures are all that a father has to hold on to two years after his daughter disappeared.

Crystal Morrison left work in Concord because she wasn't feeling well and no one has seen her since.

Her father told Eyewitness News reporter Trish Williford he hopes she is found for his own closure and for her 10-year-old son.
 
Rick Morrison said his heart still aches every day not knowing what happened to his beloved daughter.

“I am more frustrated today than I was a year ago,” Morrison said.
 
Crystal Morrison disappeared on Aug. 23, 2012, before she left work at Connextions on International Drive in Concord.
Family members said she called a friend to pick her up but when that friend arrived, Crystal Morrison's employer said she already left.
 
Witnesses saw Morrison was seen walking down International Drive and went inside McDonald's and to buy a soda.
 
Morrison then walked outside the restaurant and vanished.
 
Concord police investigators searched for weeks and family members offered a cash reward but there was no information about what happened to Crystal Morrison.
 
Rick Morrison is now the sole provider of her son.
 
“Yes, he misses his mom dearly. He does ask questions about her,” Rick Morrison said.
 
Rick Morrison just wants closure.
 
“Just be a human being, step up. If you don't step up as a human being, step up for the money,” he said.

The family will hold a rally Saturday in Crystal Morrison's honor.
 
The family and supporters will walk from International Drive to Davidson Highway in Concord where she disappeared.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:27:37 -0400

Mysteries shroud Davidson woman’s death

Details are emerging in the death of a Davidson woman.

Sarah Long, 41, was found dead in her home on Old Meeting Way July 23.

Police ruled her death suspicious but have yet to reveal many details in the case.

On Wednesday, Channel 9 obtained a search warrant that police executed on her home Aug. 14.

The warrant details why investigators have ruled her death suspicious.

It states on July 23 that a man, who later claimed to be the married woman’s lover, contacted police and expressed concern that he hadn’t heard from Long.

Officers responded to her home and said they found her lying on her bed with a single gunshot wound to the head.

A medical examiner noted Long’s body was badly decomposed and estimated she had been dead since July 19.

The reporting man told police Long was in an “abusive marriage” and “had cervical cancer and was suicidal,” according to search warrants.

But a medical examiner couldn’t rule her death a suicide. 

Rather, he questioned a lack of blood on her hand and also noted the resting position of the weapon at the center of her chest near her breast bone was in an “odd location.”

The warrant went on to say the man then told police about three weeks prior to her death Long gave him documents sealed in an envelope along with orders to give it to her financial advisor should anything happen to her.

The man claimed he later opened the documents which stated he was the “primary beneficiary of 100 percent of her assets.”

The amount totaled nearly $940,000.

The warrant states he asked police if the documents were real.

Investigators confiscated approximately 19 items from Long’s home, including various electronics, according to court documents.
Channel 9 is not identifying names mentioned in the warrant because no arrests have been made.

Police said the investigation is ongoing.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:49:40 -0400

Children caught in crossfire of immigration debate

There was a show of support in Charlotte for children who have come to the United States seeking asylum.
 
Some of them are facing deportation.

Nine-year-old Igdalia Ochoa witnessed killings and rapes as she fought to get out of Honduras, and now it will be left up to a judge to decide if she'll have to go back.
 
Marisela Morales, a student in international studies at the University of North Carolina- Charlotte, said she met 9-year-old Igdalia Ochoa through her work with the Latin American Coalition.

“I could only imagine what a child her age could've gone through,” Morales said.

She said Ochoa spent weeks living in a shelter in Honduras before making it to the American border alone in hopes of making it to Charlotte to live with her parents.

“She had experienced sightings of killings and she was threatened by the gang violence there,” Morales said.

Ochoa stayed at the border for weeks before her parents were able to find the money to get her to the United States.

Morales said a coyote, a person known for smuggling immigrants into the U.S., was waiting for the cash.

Now, Ochoa’s future is uncertain after she faced a judge Wednesday in Charlotte who could decide if she'll be deported to Honduras.

A group met Wednesday night in hopes to bring about awareness and save the hundreds of children.

It could be a few months before a judge renders his decision and until then, Ochoa will live in Charlotte with her parents.

President Barack Obama is considering making some changes to the legal immigration system.

One change would be the way green cards are counted. Officials said that could free up some 800,000 visas.

The move would lessen the bottleneck for businesses seeking global talent and shorten the line for those seeking green cards for relatives.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:18:02 -0400

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