RENO, Nevada (FOX19) - An Ohio woman was found dead at a Nevada hotel earlier this month, FOX19 NOW has learned.
Reno police identified the victim as 37-year-old Amber Morris. Family members say Morris grew up in Ross, Ohio.
Police say Morris was found around 2 a.m. on July 19 at 500 N. Sierra St., the location of Circus Circus Reno hotel.
Mary Mullins says her cousin’s death hasn’t sunken in yet. Police told Mary’s family on Friday that Morris was gone.
“I keep listening to her voice messages and waiting for her to text me," Mullins said.
Morris’s cause of death, police say is still under investigation, but the case is being investigated as a homicide.
Mullins says Morris moved to California with her husband back in March.
They were in Reno last week for his job.
Mullins said the last time she talked with Morris, things were great.
“The whole situation surprises me, really. Because she said this is the happiest she’s been in a while," Mullins said.
Morris leaves behind 4 children, a husband and family and friends who all love and miss her.
Right now, as they wait for an arrest in this case, they’re working to bring Morris home.
The GoFundMe page goal is $2,500. Family hope that’s enough to bring her home.
Adding to their pain and frustration, Morris’s family can’t plan for her funeral until they know when she’ll be home.
“We want answers and we want to make sure the right person will pay for what they did to her. I have faith it’ll come," Mullins said.
The case is being investigated as a homicide.
Reno police say the suspect has been identified and is not considered a threat to the public.