Luzerne County man’s disappearance still a mystery after one year


SUGARLOAF TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — It’s been nearly one year and the whereabouts of a Luzerne County man are still a mystery. The disappearance of 59-year-old Bill Morse from Sugarloaf Township remains the focus of a state police investigation and frustrating for his friends.

Friends of Bill Morse say there is no way he would simply walk away from his life. They are convinced he is the victim of foul play.

“Bill didn’t have what it takes to disappear off the grid,” Morse’s close friend Jeff Bonacci said.

But that is exactly what happened. Bill Morse was last seen at his home on Hollow Road on the evening of June 11, 2018. He spent much of that day in Jim Thorpe. A photograph was taken on a bridge in Jim Thorpe earlier that day.

“Actually my wife had the last conversation with Bill on the bridge that morning at approximately 10:00. He was in the best spirits that I had seen him in, in a long time. The picture speaks volumes. Bill was happy where he was in life. There was a lot ahead of him, and he was excited about his future,” Bonacci said.

Shortly after his disappearance a family member found Morse’s coat on Hollow Road near his house, but there was nothing in the coat  and no sign of Morse.

Over the past year, tracking dogs searched the Morse property. Nothing was found. In October, a Chevy Suburban owned by Morse was seized by state troopers from a repair garage in Sugarloaf Township. It was taken to a crime lab for examination. Troopers are not saying what, if anything, they found in the vehicle. The district attorney talked about the investigation in December.

“I can’t say much at this point but I will tell you it is under investigation, and we are progressing with the investigation. We’re keeping it close to the chest in order to protect the investigation, ” Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis said.

Bonacci and other friends believe someone out there has information that can solve this mystery.

“Unquestionably that someone knows something that happened that day. If they are afraid to come forward it would leave me to believe that they were involved at some level with what happened to Bill,” Bonacci said.

Morse’s friends are offering a $10,000 reward for information about his whereabouts. We reached out to Morse’s family for comment. They have not yet responded. They did tell us in the early days of the investigation that Morse had some psychological issues, and they did not believe that foul play was involved.

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