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Authorities investigating whether body is that of missing 10-year-old

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Authorities investigate an area near North 5th Street and Dorrell Lane in North Las Vegas where a body was found on Thursday, December 27, 2012.

Updated Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 | 4:48 p.m.

Body found in desert could be missing 10-year-old girl

KSNV reports that the body found in the desert outside North Las Vegas could be that of missing 10-year-old girl Jade Morris, Dec. 27.

Jade Morris

Jade Morris

A grim discovery Thursday in the northern stretches of the Las Vegas Valley has authorities trying to determine whether the case of a missing 10-year-old is now a homicide.

Authorities say a man walking his dog today in an unfinished housing development near North Fifth Street and Dorrell Lane in North Las Vegas wandered upon the body of a small, black female. They would not describe the injuries of the deceased.

Capt. Chris Jones of Metro’s homicide division would not confirm the body was that of 10-year-old Jade Morris, who has been missing for six days. Nor would Jones describe how the deceased died.

The Clark County Coroner’s Office will release the identity after an autopsy is performed on the body, but Jones indicated in all likelihood the youngster was dead.

Morris has been missing since 5 p.m. Friday when she left her house with 50-year-old Brenda Stokes, a former acquaintance of the girl’s father. Later Friday, Stokes was arrested for an attack on a co-worker at the Bellagio casino. Morris was not with Stokes when she was arrested for slashing the face of blackjack dealer Joyce Rhone, who survived the attack.

Media reports indicate the girl’s family members believe the girl’s father, Stokes and Rhone were involved in a love triangle that prompted Friday night’s attack.

Stokes was charged Wednesday with burglary, battery with a deadly weapon and mayhem with a deadly weapon. She remained in the Clark County Detention Center with bail set at $60,000.

At today’s news conference, Jones confirmed Stokes was not being cooperative with police regarding Morris’ disappearance.

Earlier Thursday, a group of volunteers from the Red Rock Search and Rescue/Recovery group began looking for Morris in a sparsely populated area south of the Everett Apartments in the far southwestern valley near West Windmill Road and South Rainbow Boulevard. The search was called off this afternoon shortly after Metro announced its discovery.

Morris’ grandfather was among the 75 or so volunteers and told reporters Stokes often would pick up Jade for visits.

“It really wasn’t uncommon for her to come by and take (Jade) somewhere,” Tucker said as he prepared to join in the search with the Red Rock volunteers. “We had no reason to think (Stokes) would hurt (Jade).”

Tucker and an aunt of Jade Morris attended the news conference Thursday afternoon but did not comment to the Sun.

Stokes told police after the Friday night attack that she periodically takes Xanax for anxiety, according to a police report. Stokes also told police she visited her doctor earlier in the week, feeling like she needed to be admitted to the hospital because she might hurt someone, the report said.

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  1. "Stokes also told police she visited her doctor earlier in the week, feeling like she needed to be admitted to the hospital because she might hurt someone, the report said." - from the story

    Who the hell is her doctor?!? He should be hit hard by the family with a wrongful death suit. And then the state medical board needs to take a look.

    Deepest sympathy to the family.

  2. "Another child that can't control their own destiny is taken by modern day ACLU society!"

    BeSafest -- do explain what your problem is with this private group existing to defend civil liberties.

    "Who the hell is her doctor?!? He should be hit hard by the family with a wrongful death suit."

    boftx -- her doctor didn't kill anyone. And you're not aware of the doctor-patient confidentiality privilege?

    "Primum non nocere" -- Latin for "First, do no harm"

  3. KillerB,

    This has nothing to do with doctor-patient confidentiality. She told police she told her doctor she should be put in a hospital. That sounds a lot like a request for voluntary commitment.

    Given all the other stories lately it is highly relevant.

  4. Sad day inded...

    That poor girl.

    besafest;

    what in God's name are you blathering on about?

  5. She is trying to lay the ground work so she can claim to be insane! She won't help the police in the childs disappearance, She cuts a co-worker, And now we should believe that she allegedly told some doctor about her wanting to hurt people and s/he did nothing. Well I don't think she told anyone anything about wanting to hurt others. She may have went to the doctor but I would wager she never never declared what she now claims.

    She wants everyone to pay for her shame or scorn.

  6. @VegasNative2011 "Only the bad guys have rights when it comes to the ACLU."

    I dare you to cite a single instance where the ACLU argued against the Constitutionally protected rights of a "good-guy."

    Do you consider cops the "bad guys?" Here are just a dozen or so examples of where the ACLU defended the rights of police officers, including some right here in the Silver State. http://bit.ly/WYj5Ud

  7. @BeSafest... Gmag39 seemed confused and wondered. "what in God's name are you blathering on about?"

    Your response could not have been more clear...

    "I can't be anymore subtle or PC without being banned again. So here is an elementary clue?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kk5lvIiND...

    While I doubt you would have been banned if you had simply stated you were making absolutely no sense because you were completely wasted on Gin and Juice, I did enjoy your little scavenger hunt nonetheless.

  8. @BeSafets at 5:40pm:

    WTH are you talking about? And please.... no one with any amount of intelligence really puts a lot of reliability on youtube videos - except the ones about peoples' pets!

    <<@BeSafest, how would the Bellagio know she got arrested for coke? It's not like Metro calls your boss when they bust you. I don't know about you, but if I got arrested, I'd be unlikely to share that information with my employer>>

    @Next_Opinion: Casinos do a background check AND fingerprint you for that reason - to see if you are in the system for being arrested. I once applied for a part time job at the Hilton gift shop and had to do the whole 9 yards before I was actually hired - drug test, fingerprinting, etc. Why would the Bellagio be any different?

  9. "The Clark County Coroner's Office will release the identity after an autopsy is performed on the body, but Jones indicated in all likelihood the youngster was dead."

    Who proofreads these articles??

  10. Not the first Perp to do the crime, without regard for victims, so they can get something. Some want food and shelter for the winter. Some want more government programs, half-way houses, substance abuse counseling with benefits such as job assistance, food stamps, apartments, furniture. Anyone who commits violent crime must be permanently removed from society having forfeited her/his rights.

  11. Just another Obama troll making some lame excuse to justify what she did or didn't do and why she needs some mo' of that special treatment they get.

    This obviously isn't her first rodeo and she knows how their system works. What a waste of time and energy for y'all to think the Dr. or anyone is at fault, she is guilty, and she deserves to be nuked.

  12. How did Obama come into this?