Breaking News: Arrest Made in Morse Homicide Investigation

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SUGARLOAF TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Stunning developments Tuesday in the homicide investigation of 59-year-old Bill Morse from Luzerne County.

His son has been charged in connection with his death. Morse went missing in June 2018. Police arrested 28-year-old William Morse for the murder of his father.

Morse was arraigned in district court Tuesday afternoon. Investigators say Morse carried out the murder of his father and then did everything could to cover it up, including burning his body. His arrest followed a police search of their property on Hollow Road back in September.

The FBI, state and local police spent six days at the home and property looking for evidence in Morse’s disappearance and murder. That same week, investigators said that someone had posted pictures of Bill Morse on a dating website.

He was last seen alive at his home on June 11 of 2018. His family filed a missing persons report six days later. Police first searched the Morse property in July of 2018 and several months later seized a vehicle owned by Bill Morse that has been parked at a repair garage in Sugarloaf

According to arrest papers, investigators found human bone fragments in a burn pit area on the property. Investigators say just yesterday a hunter found a note and other items belonging to the younger Morse. The note allegedly written by the younger Morse said he killed his father: “I William Morse IV murdered my father period. My mother knew nothing. I bludgeoned him on the concrete then burned his body. Robin knew nothing.”

“This case should be a reminder to everyone that we do not give up on the victims. We do not abandon their family and their friends. Most importantly, we do not forgive or excuse people who commit violent crimes in Luzerne County. We will pursue you. We will find you. And we will give you your day in court,” Luzerne County District Attorney Stephanie Salavantis said.

Medical first responders responded to the home for an attempted suicide by
Morse several days after police searched his home.


Breaking news out of Luzerne County. An arrest has been made in the missing person/homicide investigation of William Morse III.

Morse’s son William Morse IV is now charged in connection with the homicide investigation. Morse III went missing in June of 2018, months later his death was ruled a homicide investigation.

A press conference was held this afternoon. The I-Team’s Andy Mehalshick will have the latest beginning on Eyewitness News at Five.

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