David Clyde Morgan disappeared in July 2018 after threatening an officer
GENESEO — Human remains found in February in a cornfield off Route 20A in Geneseo have been positively identified as those of David Clyde Morgan, Livingston County Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty said in a statement Monday.
Morgan, a Wilmington, North Carolina, resident, disappeared into the field more than two years ago after allegedly pointing a gun at a Geneseo police officer. On Feb. 23, 2020, hunters searching for deer antler sheds found human skeletal remains in the field not far from where Morgan, a wanted felon, had last been seen.
On July 18, 2018, Morgan was driving with his girlfriend, Sandra Brown, in a stolen SUV when he was pulled over by the Geneseo officer for a traffic violation on Route 63, south of Route 20A. The 1999 white Ford Explorer had been reported stolen to the North Myrtle Beach Police Department.
Police previously said Morgan coordinated with Brown to pull a gun on the officer so they could flee on foot from the traffic stop.
Morgan allegedly pointed a gun at the officer, who fired a shot at the couple as they ran from the area. Brown was captured shortly afterward, but Morgan, whom police considered armed and dangerous, vanished.
Members of the Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division, Criminal Investigations Division, Forensic Identification Unit, Drone Unit and Command Staff conducted an investigation at the scene, where a weathered firearm also was found.
The skeletal remains were transferred to the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office and then sent to the University of North Texas for help with identification.
Morgan’s manner of the death has been ruled a suicide.
Morgan was indicted in 2002 in Fort Worth, Texas, on a felony charge of conspiring with two other men to distribute methamphetamines. He pleaded guilty in November 2002 and served 14 years in federal prison. He spent the last six years of his incarceration in a medium-security federal prison in Ray Brook, in the Adirondack Mountains region. He was on probation at the time of the 2018 traffic stop.
Court papers suggest he may have been on the run because of a raid at his North Carolina home that yielded 3 pounds of marijuana.