Misty Morse was a beautiful 22-year old woman who went missing and was later found dead in the Indian River 16 years ago. Misty’s sad story will be recounted on ID’s Swamp Murders. In the Investigation Discovery episode, “Misty River,” a retired judge is baffled to find a dead body floating in the lagoon outside his home. As detectives race to find out the woman’s identity, they discover that rumors of a pregnancy, a massage parlor, and a wealthy son may be tied to the case.
Merritt Island, Florida: Something Is In The Water
It was a gorgeous morning in July 2000, when a judge went out to the boat dock behind his home. He could see something floating in the water, and as he got closer, it was apparent that it was a body.
When investigators arrived, they the woman saw floating in the water. The victim was naked and had rope and grocery bags tied to the body, which was badly decomposed, according to the coroner’s autopsy report. The victim was later identified as Misty April Morse, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
Upon talking to her mother, Linda Morse, detectives learned that she was last seen at her mother’s home, and she was dressed as if she was headed for a night out. Misty Morse had also received two phone calls before she left. Court records found at DenverDA describes the last night Linda Morse saw her daughter.
“Shortly after midnight on July 20, 2000, the victim’s mother heard the victim showering and drying her hair in preparation for going out. She later heard the victim’s phone ring twice and heard her talking on the phone. The victim left the house, and told her mother that she would see her in the morning. The victim’s mother left for work at about 3:00 a.m., and would never see her daughter alive again.”
Missing Woman Worked At Massage Parlor
It took a while before investigators could get the phone call records to see who may have called her last. In the meantime, they interviewed her family members and a boyfriend named Bobby, who told them that Misty Morse was working at a massage parlor that offered “unforgettable services.”
This information shocked law enforcement officials who believed that Morse worked as a waitress. Misty Morse was also seeing more than one man. But, police were able to clear them all as suspects, except her ex-boyfriend Brent Huck.
A Fresh New Lead
There was something interesting about 28-year-old Brent Huck. First, he was the son of wealthy parents who lived in a nice home on the Indian River, and he was living on family money that allowed him access to around $4,000 monthly. Everyone who knew him said that he told them he was a Navy Seal, which was untrue. Even more interesting was the fact that Brent Huck was furious when he found out through mutual friends that Misty Morse was telling people that she was pregnant with his child.
Brent Huck’s anger about Misty possibly being pregnant was puzzling since police knew that he was still having sex with her. The truth became clearer when it was revealed that Brent Huck had a new girlfriend, which was why he desired to keep his sexual relationship with Misty Morse a secret.
In an interview with police, Brent Huck was forthcoming about the nature of his relationship with Misty Morse. His statements included the following key points, court records indicate.
- Brent Huck met Misty Morse almost two years before she died.
- The relationship did not last because Brent found out that Misty had sex with his roommate.
- Misty and Brent still continued a sexual relationship. Whenever he needed it, he felt that he could call Misty.
- Their last sexual encounter was about a week before her death.
- Brent told police that Misty did not like sexual activities that involved choking or anything out of the ordinary.
Though Brent Huck denied killing Misty Morse, a piece of a rope, garbage bags, and white duct tape could all be connected to the home of Brent Huck’s wealthy parents and to Misty Morse’s body.
Brent Huck was arrested and convicted of Misty’s murder. He was sentenced to two life sentences. To see the story as it happened, watch Swamp Murders this Tuesday, August 23, at 9/8 p.m. Central on Investigation Discovery. In the previous episode of Swamp Murders, they featured the case of Kimra Lynn Riley.
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