Thursday, May 23, 2024

The Disappearance of Kit Mora


Kit Mora has been missing since November 2021. The then-16-year-old teen was reported missing to authorities in Omak, Washington during April 2022. However, Kit's family and friends stated that they have not seen or heard from Kit since November 2021. 

Kit is indigenous and identifies as nonbinary. They were adopted by a family from Yakima at the age of 4 after Kit's mother, Lorie Sue Mora, lost custody due to reports of abuse and neglect. Years later, when Kit was 16, they reconnected with their biological mother. In June 2021, Kit decided to move in with Lori Sue and their biological siblings. 

According to reports, Kit's loved ones soon became concerned with the way Lori Sue treated them. A 2023 report from The Cooper Point Journal states that "Kit reached out to their friends about how Lorie Sue wasn’t respecting their transgender identity or sexual orientation." Various other reports state that Kit became the sole caretaker to their younger siblings, leading some to question if Lori Sue had invited Kit to move in so they could care for the kids rather than reconnect as a family unit. 

Additionally, Kit and Lori Sue were reportedly fighting often in the months leading up to Kit's disappearance. A Facebook page dedicated to spreading awareness about Kit's disappearance states that Kit contemplated moving back in with their adoptive family after arguments with Lori Sue, but Lori Sue always convinced them to stay. 

Suddenly, in November 2021, Kit fell out-of-touch with their family and friends. A wellness check was conducted, but the Omak PD officers who completed the check fell short in many ways. No body camera footage was recorded, and the officers left without seeing Kit in person. Lori Sue told police that Kit was okay and that they had blocked their adoptive family because they were abusive towards them. The police apparently accepted this story, and no missing persons was filed.

Finally, in April 2022, Kit's missing persons case was finally opened. At that time, Lori Sue reportedly told police that Kit ran off with a significant other. However, Kit's loved ones do not believe Lori Sue's story. A lot of online speculation points to Lori Sue knowing what happened to Kit, but at this time, she has not been charged with anything related to their disappearance.

Kit remains missing today. Their loved ones are searching for answers. There is a monetary reward available for anyone who can lead to Kit's whereabouts. If you have any information that could help the investigation, please contact the Omak PD at 509-826-0383.


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