Tulsa mother searching for answers years after daughter's disappearance

Posted at 9:41 PM, Mar 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-24 23:45:43-04

TULSA - It was supposed to be an evening spent with friends, but after a night out, Christina Morris never returned home.

Now a 26-year-old man Texas man is behind bars for life.

Friday, just a few weeks after a 2 Works for You story aired, Dateline spent time with Christina’s mother and step-father.

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"Christina's loved giraffes ever since she's been little," Christina Morris' mother Jonni McElroy said. "She loves the long neck and she loves that they stand tall."

There's not an empty space on the wall. Everything is giraffe. Around the corner is a portrait of a beautiful blonde.

23-year-old Christina Morris was last seen August 30th, 2014 on surveillance video walking with 26-year-old Enrique Arochi through a parking garage at the Shops at Legacy in Plano, Texas.

"I think that Enrique Arochi committed an evil crime and he did the unthinkable to my daughter," McElroy said. 

Christina's mother wants to find her daughter's body and bring her home.

"You feel like you've failed her at the end of each day," McElroy said

Investigators found Morris' DNA in Arochi's car. He was convicted of kidnapping and sentenced to life in prison.

"It was the most unbelievable pain that a parent could feel to look at the person that you know is responsible for taking the most important, most precious gift from your life," Christina's mother said. 

Every Saturday a handful of people still search for the University of Texas graduate.

"She didn't deserve it," McElroy said. "We didn't deserve it. I want to think that I've done good all my life."

It's been two years and no word where Christina may be. Leads continue to come in but not one successful.

"It seems so long now and that it wouldn't feel real and I would be able to have a sense of peace and be okay," McElroy said.  

The giraffes on the wall are a constant reminder of Christina. Now, it's her family that's standing tall.

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