This is an EXTREMELY sad case that I’ve been following, but haven’t been reporting here. For the past week, Las Vegas authorities have been trying to locate a missing child who was in the care of a woman later arrested for stabbing a co-worker at a Las Vegas casino. Jade Morris, 10, was last seen Friday by family members, when she got into a red, 2007 four-door Saab with her father’s fiancee, 50-year-old Brenda Stokes, also known as Brenda Wilson.
Jade’s father was out of town at the time. When Stokes failed to return with Jade, the little girl’s mother contacted police and reported her missing. The girl’s mother then learned Stokes had been arrested at the Bellagio casino, following a violent altercation with another woman. Stokes was arrested at about 10 p.m. Friday, accused of slashing the face of friend and co-worker Joyce Rhone, 44, several times with “an edged blade.” Rhone survived the attack, but was admitted to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center with deep lacerations to her face. But the more important question is, where is Jade? On Thursday, AP reports that authorities may have found discovered her body that was found in an undeveloped housing tract. Authorities couldn’t immediately confirm that the body belonged to Jade Morris when it was discovered. Las Vegas police homicide Capt. Chris Jones said,
“I can tell you that the likelihood is that this is our victim.”
He said the body belongs to a black girl, and Jade was black. Coroner Michael Murphy said he expected to make a positive identification Friday, the same day that Brenda Stokes, the woman Jade was last seen with, appears in court on charges that she slashed a co-worker with razor blades at the Bellagio resort casino. Stay tuned and please keep Jade’s family in your thoughts and prayers. [AP, Huff Post, CNN]