Woman’s body found in wooded lot in Macon

Authorities don’t know what killed a 23-year-old woman whose body was discovered on a wooded vacant lot off Pio Nono Avenue on Wednesday morning.

Crystal Morgan, of nearby Dubose Street, was found at about 8:20 a.m. by a man walking along a cut-through located across Pio Nono Avenue from Bells Terrace that connects Pio Nono and Marigold avenues, said Macon police Capt. Robert Grabowski.

An autopsy was performed on Morgan’s body Wednesday, but a final cause of death is pending results of blood and tissue tests, said Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones.

“It could be months” before we know how she died, Jones said.

It appears as though Morgan died seven to eight hours prior to her body being discovered, Jones said.

Grabowski said there were no obvious signs of trauma on Morgan’s body, but detectives are continuing their investigation.

“We are investigating this as a homicide until we get all the results back from the tests,” he said.

Grabowski said Morgan was last seen alive at about 10 p.m. Tuesday at a shopping center at the intersection of Montpelier and Pio Nono avenues, just down the road from her home and the vacant lot where she was found dead.

Police have interviewed Morgan’s friends, family members and the man who discovered her body, he said.

So far, no persons of interest or suspects have been named.

Skeletal remains of a man were found on a vacant lot a few blocks away near the intersection of Winship Street and Niagra Avenue on Nov. 2, 2007. The man had been stabbed to death about two months before his body was discovered.

Capt. Jimmy Barbee said although police have determined the man was known as “Shorty,” they have not been able to determine his full name. The case is unsolved.

Friends and family members gathered at the homes of Morgan’s father and grandparents Wednesday.

Her uncle, Steve Morgan, described his niece as being joyous and whimsical.

“You couldn’t be mad at her because she’d force a smile on your face,” he said.

Her father, Willie Morgan Jr., said there were times when his daughter could “make you laugh so hard you’d hurt yourself.”

Willie Morgan said Crystal, mother of three children ages 2 to 8, was loving and didn’t have any enemies. The children are living with other family members.

He said he thinks she was robbed and killed.

“The only thing I can figure is that they thought she had some money,” Willie Morgan said, wiping a tear from his eye.

He said his daughter typically carried pepper spray on her key chain and he can’t remember her using the cut-through where her body was found.

The path is well-worn through the wooded vacant lot junked with tires, styrofoam cups and other debris scattering the ground.

Willie Morgan said the last time he saw his daughter was about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

“She said she’d be back in a little while,” he said.

Neighbors gathered along the street that was lined with police cars in the median as investigators gathered evidence in a roped-off section of the woods Wednesday morning.

A tearful Debra Wilder, who talked to Morgan daily, said her friend never bothered anybody.

“She was real sweet,” Wilder said. “She’d do anything for you.”

Anyone with information about Morgan’s death or the skeletal remains found on Nov. 2, 2007, is asked to call the police at 751-7500 or Macon Regional CrimeStoppers at (877) 68-CRIME.

Information from The Telegraph’s archives was included in this report.

Staff writer Liz Fabian contributed to this report.