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On Thursday evening, February 22, 1973, David “Dave” Morris, 68, was shot in the back of the head behind the meat counter at Morris Foods, the supermarket he owned at 2550 Maury Street in Des Moines. Two empty .32-caliber shell casings lay near his body.
Robbery appeared to be the motive, as Morris’s wallet had been stolen and an undisclosed amount of cash was missing from the cash register.
Around the time of the murder, an old delivery truck was seen parked at the store. According to witnesses, the truck resembled the kind used to deliver bread.
No one has ever been charged in Morris’ death.
David Morris was born January 8, 1905. He and his wife, Celia, are buried in the Jewish Glendale Cemetery in Des Moines. Celia passed away in 1985.
If you have any information regarding Davis Morris’s unsolved murder, please contact the Des Moines Police Department at 515-283-4864.