Friday, October 31, 2019

Socialite found dead

Foul play suspected

Blonde woman in a red cocktail dress and diamond jewelryHalloween got off to a grisly start when Kelly Moran, 40, was found dead in her Muirfield Drive residence last night.

Her body was discovered by her husband, Russell Moran, when he arrived home from the Yoknapatawpha County District Attorney's Office, where he is employed.

Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's spokeswoman Elizabeth Jones said Mrs. Moran's death appears to be a homicide, but declined to say exactly how she died. An autopsy will be performed today.

Crime scene investigators are still processing the scene.

No known enemies

Kelly Moran, originally of Miami, Florida, was a housewife and a regular in the Oxford social scene.

Jones said the sheriff's department is not aware of any threats against Mrs. Moran and has not logged any prior incidents at the Moran residence.

Neighbors suspect burglar may be responsible

"This kind of thing just doesn't happen here," said a neighbor who asked not to be identified. "It must have been some bad element from somewhere else, one of those home invasions you're always hearing about on the news."

Jones confirmed that evidence of forced entry was observed but would not comment on neighborhood speculation that the death resulted from a break-in gone wrong.

According to sheriff's department records, the last reported burglary in the upscale Country Club subdivision was in 2016.

Retaliation against the husband?

Russell Moran has worked as a prosecutor since 2009 and has won convictions of numerous felony and misdemeanor defendants.

When asked if someone could have been seeking revenge against Mr. Moran, Jones said, "It would be irresponsible to speculate this early in the investigation."

"We have no suspects at this time," Jones continued. "We are investigating every possibility."

Calls to Russell Moran seeking comment have not been returned.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

By Kemper Jones at 9:20 AM

People in this conversation

Comments (16)

This comment was minimized by the moderator on the site

It was mentioned that the victim does not have any enemies and that similar situations rarely occur in the region, as most suspicions are directed towards her husband, or perhaps it was a manipulated suicide..

  Noor
This comment was minimized by the moderator on the site

Suspect burglary but no burglary case since 2016.

  Tiyonna
This comment was minimized by the moderator on the site

This case iam take too important case but iam se only 5 clus gotten I want frds to me to I want a 3girls and 3boys iam want a be frdship and group of discuss in investigation

  Jackkallis
This comment was minimized by the moderator on the site

Yeah I think it's re investigation now

  Jackkallis
This comment was minimized by the moderator on the site

ne two

  haily stead
This comment was minimized by the moderator on the site

Okay guys, totally random but related to the site. I need help/advice on using the comment box tools. I figured out how to use the B I, U, and icons, but how do I use the </> icon and what is it for, and how does the icon that looks like a cat...

Okay guys, totally random but related to the site. I need help/advice on using the comment box tools. I figured out how to use the B I, U, and icons, but how do I use the </> icon and what is it for, and how does the icon that looks like a cat emoji work?! Also, when I tap the three dots icon it leaves square brackets with an asterisk in them. Lol I thought the 3 dots were for more menu options, but obviously it has a different function. DetEmilyKaiCSI how the heck are you replying to other detectives comments?!? I do not see a “reply“ option on any of the comments, but I very much would like to converse with specific user’s the same way you did with Di. All help is greatly appreciated!!!!?☺️??

Read More
  Felicia
This comment was minimized by the moderator on the site

Maybe it was practice to put the dog in the basement in that time of day. If theory about dealing pharmaceuticals is true, the victim could arrange for deals to happen in particular time of day, and that time she would put her dog away, and the...

Maybe it was practice to put the dog in the basement in that time of day. If theory about dealing pharmaceuticals is true, the victim could arrange for deals to happen in particular time of day, and that time she would put her dog away, and the killer took advantage of that fact...

Read More
  Tin Big T Cvitkovic
This comment was minimized by the moderator on the site

I'm calling it. It was the neighbor. Already trying to direct attention away from himself..."This kind of thing just doesn't happen here," said a neighbor who asked not to be identified. "It must have been some bad element from somewhere else,...

I'm calling it. It was the neighbor. Already trying to direct attention away from himself..."This kind of thing just doesn't happen here," said a neighbor who asked not to be identified. "It must have been some bad element from somewhere else, one of those home invasions you're always hearing about on the news."

Read More
  Matt
This comment was minimized by the moderator on the site

The medical examiner, Dr. Barbara Sampson, concluded that the victim committed suicide by hanging. Oh, wait...wrong case.

  Matt
This comment was minimized by the moderator on the site

It doesn't seem random to me because of what Russell did say about their dog Baxter. The dog growls and barks and is not too friendly when they have guests.
So it was either Kelly who put Baxter in the basement, because she was expecting...

It doesn't seem random to me because of what Russell did say about their dog Baxter. The dog growls and barks and is not too friendly when they have guests.
So it was either Kelly who put Baxter in the basement, because she was expecting somebody to visit, or whoever the visitor was, [the killer] put Baxter there. Which ever way, that would seem to me that the killer is known by the Morans.

Read More
  Di.
This comment was minimized by the moderator on the site

Agreed. However, it seems unlikely that anyone other than Kelly herself put Baxter in the basement prior to her death.
The Husband says the dog was already in there when he arrived home. And, if Baxter barks, & GROWLS, even @ guests.....
A. By...

Agreed. However, it seems unlikely that anyone other than Kelly herself put Baxter in the basement prior to her death.
The Husband says the dog was already in there when he arrived home. And, if Baxter barks, & GROWLS, even @ guests.....
A. By guests, does he mean friends, even Kelly's BEST friends, or acquaintances & strangers. AND
B. Wouldn't ANYONE be afraid that they would be attacked upon breaking into the home? So I don't think the killer put the dog in the basement. UNLESS....
C. The HUSBAND is the KILLER. Which means he is lying, of course.

I need to ask Russell Moran the following questions: 1. Who with and under what circumstances is Baxter friendly, including Kelly & himself. And by friendly, what does that mean, EXACTLY.

Read More
  DetEmilyKaiCSI
This comment was minimized by the moderator on the site

Nice to meet everyone. I'm new here, so can I ask a question here or do I need to go to (ask the detective)?
Thanks, Emily.

  DetEmilyKaiCSI
There are no comments posted here yet
Load More

Login

Weekly Updates

Get weekly updates on the investigation.
      Click to view previous updates

Contact

Crime Scene
3602 N 16th St
Phoenix, AZ 85016

Voice (623) 565-8573
Fax (602)-274-7280

For Crime Scene Store inquiries: store@crimescene.com

For technical assistance: support@crimescene.com

Go to top