As Morgan, Steve, and I are driving to Grand Junction for doctor’s appointments, Morgan received a text from Lorraine at 1:48 PM wondering if she could babysit this afternoon. Steve dropped Morgan and I off at our doctor’s office at 2:15 PM and went on to his appointment. Once we were in the waiting area Morgan answered Lorraine that she was sorry, but she was in Grand Junction for the afternoon.
I sat talking with Morgan until 2:50 PM when I went in for my appointment. We were there for our annual check ups and it was such a long drive (almost 2 hours) that we always combined our appointments. She had been also texting with her friends and when I came out after my appt. Morgan had already gone in, so I waited for her to come out. I had talked to her doctor (who was also my doctor) about the stalking before she saw Morgan, and wanted to be sure she knew about what was going on.
Morgan came out just before 4:00 PM and I asked about her appointment. Morgan told me she had a conversation with her doctor about the stalking and how she felt. Her doctor had wondered if she felt like she needed sleep aids or anti-stress pills, because it sounded like a bad situation. Morgan told me she had told her doctor that she would rather not take pills, and she was getting through it.
We both sat by the front door and waited for Steve to come back after his appointment. Morgan texted her friend Calder and at exactly 4:00 PM Nathan called Morgan, using Calder’s phone, with some news that upset Morgan. Earlier that day a friend of Calder’s had met Keenan, and heard he was going to Grand Junction and wanted to go with him. He had told her that he was going with his girlfriend Morgan, and she didn’t want anyone else to go along. All of them wondered what was going on, and I called Detective Glassmire to fill him in on this story.
Detective Glassmire wanted this friend’s number so he could check out the story. Morgan set about trying to get the number. Steve picked us up and had a few errands to run before we went to the mall. Morgan was texting with friends and suddenly asked Steve if it would be OK if she had a knife to keep under her pillow – just in case. Steve wondered if anything had happened and we told him about the call about Keenan having a girlfriend named Morgan. Then Morgan heard that Morgan was his girlfriend for the last four years only he was living with Brooke all summer, and many were insisting they were still together, even though they announced their breakup on Facebook in October. Something was not adding up, and Morgan did not like it at all.
At Steve’s first stop Morgan and I waited in the truck, while Steve went inside. As part of his purchases he bought a folding knife and drew a happy face on the box and gave it too Morgan when he came back to the truck. I watched her open the box and smile. She told her Daddy how he was the best, he told her to be careful with it, and we stopped to have dinner together. Here is a picture Morgan took tonight of the box the knife was in – this is the happy face Steve drew on the box…we found the box, with the knife still in it in her bed the morning we found her body…she never had a chance to take it out of the box in time…
At 5:01 PM Morgan texted Calder that Detective Glassmire wanted to talk with his friend, and could he get her the number.
Back at the house at 6:12 PM a car came up our street and turned into Elliott’s driveway.
After dinner we decided to skip the mall, and Christmas shopping, because everyone was so tired, so we headed home instead.
We did not know the following until 2012 – At 6:40 PM on Facebook, Hannah Hurlocker (Brooke’s friend who is staying at her house now) posts on her wall. Brooke “I CAN”T STOP THINKING…I JUST CAN”T DO IT”
I sent Detective Glassmire a text to tell him we have not gotten the phone number yet, but there is another person you can talk to that knows all of the parties involved. He does not call.
We arrived home from Grand Junction at 7:49 PM, unload all of our stuff from the day and at 8:06 PM Steve walks Morgan and Wylah out to the car, and they leave. Morgan visits, texts, and calls her friends.
We did not know the following until 2012 – At 11:39 PM Brooke answers Hannah on facebook – “me either girl”
And at 11:49 PM Nathan and Morgan drive up. She has a beautiful new French manicure to show me. Nathan walks around to her window and checks that side of the house, then grabs his backpack from inside the car and goes inside. We have a large U shape couch in front of the TV. Nathan was going to go to sleep on the couch in the office, but instead they watch a movie out on the couch.
Today it is November 30, 2012 – After Morgan’s death I spoke with her doctor at length about that day and anything she might have said during her appointment that would be helpful. Her doctor remembered the visit well. She thought Morgan was “very positive” and “upbeat” and shared with her that the detectives thought they were close to an arrest of her stalker and she was very excited about that. Morgan did tell her that it was stressful and she did feel tired more often now because of the stalking. Her doctor agreed with her self assessment and found her to be in excellent health. I asked the forensic pathologist if he wanted to speak with one of her doctors that had seen her last and just a day and a half before her death. He said yes, but then never called her. Morgan’s doctor called him herself long after the first Postmortem Examination Report was released. They did not agree on a lot of things, but that is how it has been. No doctor we have ever spoken with has agreed with the pathologist, Dr. Kurtzman’s conclusions, no other Medical Examiner, and no other Forensic Pathologist – no one, except the sheriffs.
But there is much more to tell about the next two days of Morgan’s life and her death that will shed light on that. I admit it has been much harder than I imagined it would be to write these last few days, and I have had to walk away many times.