Sunday, September 5, 2021

The Disappearance of Tisa Gantt

Tisa Gantt went missing at the age of 36 on January 2nd, 2007. She was last seen in Titusville, Florida. Shortly before her disappearance, Tisa filed sexual assault charges against a man named Edwin Deon Morris after he reportedly raped her near S. Deleon Ave. Tisa was very nervous about filing charges, as she feared that Morris would retaliate against her for telling the police what happened.

Despite these circumstances, police initially believed that Tisa left on her own accord. Her family has never believed this, as they do not believe Tisa would voluntarily be out-of-touch with her loved ones. As the investigation continued, police eventually began to think that something sinister happened to her. About a year after Tisa’s disappearance, a team of investigators searched property near the home of Edwin Morris, but reportedly nothing significant was found. Still, investigators returned to the same spot in 2011 and 2015 to conduct further searches. Morris has officially been named as a person of interest in Tisa’s disappearance. He is currently in prison on for an unrelated conviction, and at this time he has not been charged with anything related to Tisa’s case.

The numerous searches near Morris’s home included digging up parts of the property, likely in search of remains. So far, no sign of Tisa has been found. The only known trace of Tisa was found three years after her disappearance, in January 2010. Then, Tisa’s purse was found in a ditch near W.C. Stafford Street. Tisa’s personal belongings were inside the purse, but it had been in the ditch for so long that weeds were growing through it. A subsequent search of the surrounding area turned up no other evidence.

Tisa’s family members believe that more than one person knows what happened to her. Tisa’s brother Raymond Gantt explained, “there’s more people in Titusville that know what’s going on, but they don’t step forward.” At this time, there is a $5000 reward being offered to any person with information on Tisa’s disappearance. If you have any information that could help, please call Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS.
UPDATE (September 2021):  On September 3rd, 2021, Titusville Police announced they were searching the vacant lot for evidence regarding the 2007 disappearance of Tisa Gantt. This is the same area that was searched during previous years, located near the home of Edwin Morris. Police have not revealed what prompted them to return to the property, nor have they revealed what--if anything--was found. The investigation is ongoing and updates will be provided if more information becomes available. 

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