Families of Ind. missing gain hope from Ohio case

By The Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS — Relatives and friends of some long-missing Indiana residents say they have new hope with the discovery of three women in Cleveland years after their disappearance.
Keri Dattilo said she holds onto a slight belief that her cousin Molly Dattilo might still be alive. Molly Dattilo was a 23-year-old Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis student when she was last seen in July 2004 at a gas station on the city’s west side.

“I can’t even imagine that feeling if we got a phone call today that Molly was alive,” Dattilo told The Indianapolis Star. “It would be a miracle.”

A fundraising run honoring Dattilo is Saturday in her southern Indiana hometown of Madison. No arrests have ever been made in her disappearance, but in 2010 the family won a $3.5 million civil judgment against two men they believe were responsible.

Avery Garrett said he’s happy the Ohio families have been reunited, but he still worries about what happened to his friend, 27-year-old Morgan Johnson. He was last seen in May 2011 leaving his motel room in Plainfield, just west of Indianapolis.

“Having Morgan still missing, you get to thinking, what’s he going through?” Garrett told WISH-TV. “I’m happy those children are reunited with their mother. There are still a lot of other children that their mothers are going to go to sleep tonight not knowing where they’re at.”

Johnson, who grew up in Terre Haute, was living at the Plainfield motel while working nearby. He had just been informed of his grandfather’s death before he disappeared, with his seizure medication and other personal items left behind in his room, authorities said.

Keri Dattilo said the survival of the Cleveland women shows there is reason to be hopeful.

“Ninety-nine percent of me believes Molly is no longer with us, but there’s that 1 percent that believes maybe Molly will appear like these girls from Cleveland and we’ll see her again,” she said.

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