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Ghostwheel
03-18-2004, 01:57 PM
Police, family and friends search for missing Marshall woman
http://www.woodtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=1715852

Volunteers searching for missing Marshall woman
http://www.woodtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=1721119


http://www.charleyproject.org/images/l/lands_mary.jpg
http://www.charleyproject.org/images/l/lands_mary2.jpg
http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/l/lands_mary.html

Trino
03-18-2004, 09:14 PM
Sure seems strange that a woman would go out for a walk ALONE at 10:30 p.m. The brother reported her missing, but not the live-in boyfriend. Hmmmm.

Ntegrity
03-18-2004, 11:02 PM
Sure seems strange that a woman would go out for a walk ALONE at 10:30 p.m. The brother reported her missing, but not the live-in boyfriend. Hmmmm.
You took the words right out of my mouth. I smell sturgeon.

Doyle
03-21-2004, 05:22 AM
The major crimes task force has been activated to help find a missing woman from Marshall.
http://fox17.trb.com/news/031904-wxmi-missing,0,69819.story

Police, family, friends and volunteers are teaming up to search for clues, while Mary's fiancee is working with a national missing persons search firm and is organizing a candlelight vigil
http://www.woodtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=1721119

Search continues for Marshall woman missing since March 12
http://www.battlecreekenquirer.com/news/stories/20040320/localnews/112370.html

Juliana
03-21-2004, 10:08 AM
One of the above articles says she was carrying her purse when she left at 10:30 pm for a walk. That seems strange to me. I never take my purse when I go for a walk.

IMO

Trino
03-21-2004, 07:06 PM
I believe this posting is a duplicate. See Mary Denise Lands...

Doyle
03-24-2004, 04:42 AM
The search for a missing Marshall woman continues, even after rumors swept the community over the weekend that she was found.

"I am here to tell the public that there have been countless rumors that Mary has been found and these rumors are false," said Sue Burkwalt of Marshall.
http://www.battlecreekenquirer.com/news/stories/20040323/localnews/128962.html

Doyle
03-24-2004, 01:42 PM
Marshall Police are now offering money for tips leading to the safe return of a missing woman.
http://www.woodtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=1731769&nav=0RceLjbx

JDB
04-12-2004, 03:37 PM
As many of you might know. I have a very dear friend that has started the MissingYOU foundation in Mich. I was reading the Laci Peterson board she statred many months ago. And there is no news on Mary Lands except this is which I find biazarre. Mary Denise Lands is related to Laci Peterson. Seems they are related on thier mother side.

Juliana
04-12-2004, 04:00 PM
As many of you might know. I have a very dear friend that has started the MissingYOU foundation in Mich. I was reading the Laci Peterson board she statred many months ago. And there is no news on Mary Lands except this is which I find biazarre. Mary Denise Lands is related to Laci Peterson. Seems they are related on thier mother side.

Mary Lands and Laci share the same middle name - Denise. Wonder how closely they are related?

allybeemer
05-04-2004, 10:51 AM
Hi guys,

A quick correction...

Mary is NOT related to Laci Peterson. That was my mistake. However, a member of her family is, and I will not be telling you who at this time.
Sorry for any trouble or confusion that this may have caused.

Shannon
(ally)

JDB
05-04-2004, 11:41 AM
Hi guys,

A quick correction...

Mary is NOT related to Laci Peterson. That was my mistake. However, a member of her family is, and I will not be telling you who at this time.
Sorry for any trouble or confusion that this may have caused.

Shannon
(ally)

AllY: Any news on Mary yet? An I am sorry for posting the info here. Please do not be mad at me.

allybeemer
05-04-2004, 01:32 PM
AllY: Any news on Mary yet? An I am sorry for posting the info here. Please do not be mad at me.

Hey JDB!

No news as of this morning. Still hoping and praying with all that we have that she'll be brought home safely and swiftly.

Of course I'm not mad at you! It was MY error! And with a personality like yours, how could anyone be grumpy with you? Let us not forget that you were a big contributing factor in MYF's launch!

Hugs!

Shannon

Sam
03-13-2005, 12:51 AM
http://woodtv.com/global/story.asp?s=3068479&ClientType=Printable

On the news they stated many people were dissappointed to see her boyfriend in attendance. Many turned their backs as he and his mother spoke at the vigil. Police however have not listed him as a suspect.

mysteriew
04-07-2005, 08:17 PM
She's been missing for a year and a month, and a man who never met Mary Lands is searching for her all by himself.

On March 12, 2004, 39-year-old Mary Lands vanished from Marshall. Her fiancee was the last person to see her. He says she left her apartment to go for a walk and never returned.

Denny Olson feels a connection to this case. He says he wanted to start searching a year ago, but knew he had to let police do their investigating.

http://fox17.trb.com/news/040305-wxmi-lands,0,136353.story

Jillkfs
05-05-2005, 04:14 PM
Hi guys,

A quick correction...

Mary is NOT related to Laci Peterson. That was my mistake. However, a member of her family is, and I will not be telling you who at this time.
Sorry for any trouble or confusion that this may have caused.

Shannon
(ally)

This was on the radio here in Sacramento this morning. Does anyone know what's going on with it? And is there really a connection to Laci?

crocus
06-13-2005, 12:04 AM
This was on the radio here in Sacramento this morning. Does anyone know what's going on with it? And is there really a connection to Laci?

I read that Mary Lands mother is related to Sharon Rocha, cousins I think. It was in an article in the Battle Creek Enquirer, within the last few months.

CaliKid
06-13-2005, 12:18 AM
I read that Mary Lands mother is related to Sharon Rocha, cousins I think. It was in an article in the Battle Creek Enquirer, within the last few months.
Poor Sharon. I wonder if she was close to Mary. As if Laci's death isn't enough for her to deal with.

allybeemer
07-19-2005, 12:03 PM
Just to clear up the confusion, Mary's half-sister is cousins with Sharon and Laci, not Mary's mom.

Gina, Mary's sister is the one who did the Sacremento spot on the radio. I didn't have the opportunity to hear it, but knowing Gina, I'm sure she did a wonderful job with it.

If you would like to see another video that has Mary included with it, please visit www.helpMYF.org , it's right at the top of the home page.

Shannon Dingee-Kramer
Missing You Foundation

hoppyfrog
03-05-2006, 07:42 PM
Two year anniversary of Many Lands' disappearance.

From this link: http://woodtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=4587806

The story of Mary Lands haunts the community of Marshall.

Lands, a 39-year-old mother of two, vanished nearly 24 months ago.
As the family plans to mark an anniversary, they're opening up for really the first time with their feelings and questions.

"It's hard. My wife cries going to work, she cries coming home. It's hard on us. We want to find her and put her to rest and we're not getting any help", says Clifford Marshall, Mary's father.

Marshall long ago allowed himself to realize the reality his daughter most likely met a horrible end. He's angered.

Jim Carlin is a private investigator who is writing a book on the case and helping the family. Carlin says there was one glaring problem early on.

Lands live-in boyfriend Chris Pratt said he and Lands had been in an argument and she walked away. Her scent was purportedly tracked to a local motel, leading to the possibility that Lands was an adult runaway.

The family knew that wasn't case and they say that lead to lost crucial moments, days, and weeks they believe.

More at link

hoppyfrog
03-30-2006, 05:35 PM
From this link: http://woodtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=4703486


The family of a missing Marshall woman is praying her body has been found and they will be able to get some closure.
Mary Lands has been missing since March 12, 2004.

A private rescue team from Indiana searched Wednesday (http://www.woodtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=4700919&nav=menu44_1)a plot of land located at F Drive North & 24 Mile Road, just north of I-94, between Marshall and Albion.

After about three hours of searching, cadaver dogs made a positive hit, back in the tree line near a marsh just beyond a pile of trash.

24 Hour News 8 talked Thursday morning with Michigan State Police investigators. They said they are in the process of organizing their own search to determine what the dogs found.

more at link

Hoppy

mysteriew
04-01-2006, 01:13 AM
State's search teams and dogs not available, they are out of state. Search will have to wait a day or two.
http://www.woodtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=4703486

SewingDeb
04-01-2006, 01:50 AM
They finally got the dogs out there:

http://woodtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=4708909&nav=menu44_2

(Calhoun County, March 31, 2006, 6:16 p.m.) Investigators continue to search for a missing Marshall woman.

snip

Michigan State Police cadaver dogs arrived at the scene on Friday to see what they could find.

hoppyfrog
05-08-2006, 10:16 AM
From http://woodtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=4871605

CALHOUN COUNTY -- A bone found in Calhoun County's Sheridan Township will be tested Monday by a forensic anthropologist at Michigan State University. Meanwhile, the family of missing Marshall woman Mary Lands guarded the property where the bone was found.

"I just want to help the family find Mary. I want this to be over with," said family friend Mike Vanderweg.

"We need closure. If she's here, we need to bring her home," said Mary Lands' cousin Dean Marshall.

The bone found Saturday appears to be a human bone, according to the family's private investigator. 24 Hour News 8 was the only media outlet on the scene when the find was made and police were called in. Marshall Police bagged it up and sent it for tests. But on Sunday afternoon, the family's biggest question wondered why police aren't on the scene.

"Police show no interest in this, especially the Marshall Police. They came out here yesterday and didn't think that this was any big deal. I take this very serious and they should be out here right now," said Vanderweg.

24 Hour News 8 spoke with Marshall Police Chief Mike Olson Sunday evening. He told us, "We need to know what type of bone was found and gather more information before determining the next steps we should take."

mysteriew
05-08-2006, 01:58 PM
This reminds me so much of what happened with Carrie Culberson. They were going to search the pond there the next day, the family left for the night and the cops left soon after. When they did the search the next day, the bottom of pond showed markings but nothing was found in the pond. She has never been found, and it has always been thought that she was in the pond that night and was moved after the cops left. I am so glad that this family is standing guard.

mysteriew
05-10-2006, 03:50 PM
Bone found was not human. Was most likely from a small deer.
http://www.woodtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=4875215&nav=menu44_1

Old Broad
06-04-2006, 01:50 PM
I hope one day this family can get closure!

Old Broad

http://www.badd.org/

Ryder97
02-26-2007, 08:11 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5kKvJv1Rno

On March 12, Mary Denise Lands will have been missing 3 years. As a family supporter I have created this video to bring more attention to her case and hopefully some day bring closure to this case and bring Mary home to her family. I hope you will all take the time to view this video.

The video is also on Google Video and YouTube!

Rle7
03-13-2007, 01:59 PM
Yellow balloons floated into the gray sky as tears stained the cheeks of some people who let them go.

The balloons and the tears marked the third anniversary of the disappearance of Mary Marshall Lands.

The 39-year-old woman was last seen March 12, 2004, after her boyfriend, Chris Pratt, said they argued and she walked away from their townhouse.

Lands has not been found and her family presumes she is dead.

"We know she is deceased but we want to keep her memory alive," Lands' mother, Anita Marshall, said Monday.

About 30 people joined Anita Marshall and her husband, Clifford, for a 1 p.m. ceremony at the Brooks Memorial Fountain in Marshall. A few people wore white baseball caps with the words "Where is Mary?" and one friend presented Anita Marshall with a small yellow rose plant.

With tears in her eyes, Anita Marshall told the crowd, "we appreciate every one of you," before they released 36 balloons, one for each month Lands has been missing.

"I don't know why they haven't solved this," Clifford Marshall said after embracing his wife.

http://www.wzzm13.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=72385

Bobbisangel
03-13-2007, 06:18 PM
Another man and woman who got into a fight and she walked out the door never to be seen again....SURE. I wonder how well LE looked at the boyfriend?
I didn't read that Mary took anything with her. Anyone know if she even took a purse. There sure are a lot of wives and girlfriends that have a spat with their husbands/boyfriends...they leave in a snit and just never come back but instead disappear into thin air :banghead: :furious:

hoppyfrog
07-02-2007, 10:33 AM
http://woodtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=6735834

Missing woman's fiance due in court Monday


GRAND RAPIDS -- A West Michigan man accused of assaulting his girlfriend is scheduled to appear in court Monday. Chris Pratt faces four charges, after prosecutors say he attacked his live-in girlfriend last month.
It's not the first time Pratt has been targeted by police. He is the former fiance of Mary Lands, who has been missing since March of 2004. Sources close to the case tell 24 Hour News 8 that Pratt is a person of interest in her disappearance, though authorities have never called him a suspect.

hoppyfrog
07-03-2007, 06:22 PM
http://woodtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=6744165

BATTLE CREEK -- Sexual assault charges that were dropped have been reinstated in a case of a man accused of assaulting his girlfriend.

On Monday, prosecutors dropped the charges (http://www.woodtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=6735834&nav=0Rcd) against Chris Pratt, but added charges of unlawful imprisonment, which is a 15-year felony offense. Prosecutors say he attacked the woman last month.

The victim took the witness stand and described an afternoon of verbal, physical and emotional abuse. Pratt's attorney said the only reason why his client is here is because of who he is and his past.

Pratt is the former fianc of Mary Lands of Marshall who has been missing since March 2004. Sources close to the case tell 24 Hour News 8 Pratt is a person of interest in her disappearance, though authorities have never called him a suspect.

crocus
07-03-2007, 11:07 PM
What happens in Marshall Michigan....stays in Marshall, Michigan. Even perps who shoot, stab, rob, beat, etc. We keep it under the rug. God forbid we malign our historical (hysterical) city. We like to keep our image flawless. The Comical (Chronicle) keeps it that way.

hoppyfrog
01-08-2008, 12:20 AM
http://www.woodtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=7586135&nav=0RceI6Uf

7 Jan 08

The ex-fiance of a woman missing for over three years will spend between 4 1/2 - 15 years in prison on separate charges.

Christopher Pratt was convicted of Unlawful Imprisonment after he locked up his live-in girlfriend in their home, breaking the phone so she could not call anyone.

When he took the stand in early December, Pratt admitted to having anger problems but said he would not harm his girlfriend.

A jury found him guilty on December 5.

and

Pratt is the former fiance of Mary Lands, who went missing in 2004.

more at link

ebedeeb
10-15-2008, 07:47 PM
October 12, 2008 sadly marked 4 years & 7 months since Mary Denise Lands purportedly walked away from her apartment at Waldon Pond Town Homes, #7, 1200 Arm Street in Marshall, Michigan at approximately 10:00 P.M. on the wintry evening of Friday, March 12, 2004. Weather conditions on that date and time were recorded to be; 19 degrees, 10-15 mile per-hour winds, intermittent snow flurries, with snow on the ground. Mary was attired in light-weight blue medical scrub pants with a "Sponge Bob" print scrub shirt, soft slip-on athletic shoes with no heel back, and wearing her favorite winter brown leather bomber jacket. This was the report of her fiancé, Chris Pratt. 44 hours after she allegedly went missing he called her mother and father in California to ask if they had seen Mary? The family then notified the Marshall Police Department.

The 5th winter season since Mary disappeared is just around the corner. Before long it will be the 5th Thanksgiving Day, the 5th Christmas Day and the 5th New Year that the Marshall family have endured not knowing the fate of their beloved daughter? Chris Pratt still refuses to speak or offer help in the search for Mary as he sits in prison cell at Bellamy Creek Correctional Facility in Ionia. As most people are aware, he was sentenced to a minimum of four years and eight months to a maximum of 15 years in prison. He was convicted by a Calhoun County jury in December 2007 for felony assault and other violent crimes against another girl-friend. He has now been incarcerated for 16 months. A possible parole could occur as early as February 2012. In about 3 years Christopher Luke Pratt could again be stalking the streets of Marshall placing victims, families, and society in fear.

http://www.justiceformary.blogspot.com/

http://www.marydeniselands.com/marylandshome.html

hoppyfrog
03-15-2009, 06:39 PM
http://www.wzzm13.com/news/story.aspx?storyid=106729&catid=2

12 March 09

Today marked the 5th anniversary of the disappearance of Mary Lands from Marshall in Calhoun County.

Lands vanished in March 2004 following an argument with her boyfriend Chris Pratt. At the time Pratt told police Lands walked of their apartment and never returned. Her family has been looking for her ever since.

more at link

Tonia
06-25-2009, 12:17 PM
Search continues for woman missing for five years

The search for a missing Marshall woman has turned up something, but investigators aren't sure exactly what it is.



On Wednesday, an area swamp was searched with people close to the Mary Lands case.


Her parents have always had an aching suspicion that she was killed and her body may have been dumped in a patch of swampy land near Albion.



On Wednesday, a law enforcement officer from Wisconsin came with a special tracking dog to search for any sign of human remains in that land, something that Mary's parents have wanted to do for some time.



"We continue to get tips, you know we didn't go far enough, we didn't go deep enough, we didn't go west enough, so we're hoping that this will put it to rest out here," said Cliff Marshall, Lands father.



Initial searches didn't turn up anything, but a search of a different area did turn up scents, possibly of human remains, according to people close to Wednesday's search.

http://www.wwmt.com/articles/marshall-1363994-missing-woman.html

Tizzle
03-12-2010, 06:27 PM
Bumping for Mary. Six years have passed since she vanished.

Mary was my neighbor on the lake until three weeks before she disappeared. I hope her loved ones get their answers, this case has haunted me. Prayers for Mary.

Cyan
03-13-2010, 11:44 AM
MI Individual Claims to have Found Human Remains, Police No Show! - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community

Tizzle
03-17-2010, 09:42 AM
Vigil marks 6 years since Lands vanished
Sarah Lambert • The Enquirer • March 13, 2010

A chilly wind drew 51 yellow and red balloons across Brooks Memorial Fountain and up toward the gray sky Friday morning.

The red balloons signified the 45 years since Mary Marshall Lands' birth. The six yellow balloons represented the years since she disappeared without a trace.

About 40 people gathered at the Marshall fountain Friday morning to hold a vigil on the anniversary of Lands' disappearance.

"We want to thank all of you for coming out with us and supporting us for six long years," said Anita Marshall, Mary's mother, with her husband, Clifford. "We have needed that support."

The mystery of Lands' disappearance in March 2004 never was solved, but nobody is giving up, said Jim Carlin, the family's private investigator.

~~~~~~
The case had a breath of fresh air this year when a new Marshall police chief, Jim Schwartz, made the case a priority, Carlin said.

"Now that I was taking over as the head of the department, I said we need to refocus and start working the case again," Schwartz said.

The police department still is accepting new tips and re-examining old ones, Schwartz said.

Anyone with information about the case, no matter how insignificant it may seem, should call Silent Observer at 964-3888 or the Marshall police department at 781-2596, Schwartz said.

There is a $20,000 reward for information leading to the recovery of Mary Lands and the successful prosecution of those who harmed her, Carlin said.

http://www.battlecreekenquirer.com/article/20100313/NEWS01/3130320/Vigil+marks+6+years+since+Lands+vanished

amandab
04-14-2011, 09:23 AM
Mary Lands has been declared dead

http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/27541891/detail.html

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed
05-09-2011, 11:32 PM
The first annual Missing in Michigan Event was held on May 7th, 2011 at Ford Field in Detroit, MI. The slideshow was made to commemorate the families of the missing that attended the event.

Mary is included.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2gXGL6xQLA

CatFancier
10-12-2011, 01:21 AM
October is domestic violence awareness month and now, one of West Michigan's best-known missing persons cases will help bring awareness to the issue.

Mary Lands has been missing for more than seven years. Her parents say she was a victim of domestic violence at the hands of her fiancé and they say they didn't know that until after she was gone and they don't want the same thing to happen to anyone else.

http://www.wwmt.com/articles/woman-1396948-michigan-missing.html

imamaze
11-11-2012, 06:38 PM
Mary Denise Lands (http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/l/lands_mary.html)
Marshall Police Dept.
269-781-2596

summer_breeze
03-07-2013, 07:50 AM
http://www.battlecreekenquirer.com/article/20130306/NEWS01/303060027/Family-Mary-Lands-still-seeking-answers

Mar 7, 2013

MARSHALL — Nine years after she disappeared, the family of Mary Lands wants people to remember she is gone.

http://cmsimg.battlecreekenquirer.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/bilde?Site=A5&Date=20130306&Category=NEWS01&ArtNo=303060027&Ref=AR&MaxW=300&Border=0&Family-Mary-Lands-still-seeking-answers

summer_breeze
03-11-2013, 01:02 PM
http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2013/03/vigil_will_mark_9th_anniversar.html?utm_source=fee dburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+kzgazette_news+(Kalamazoo+Gazet te+News+-+MLive.com)&utm_content=Google+Reader

By Aaron Mueller |
on March 10, 2013 at 4:45 PM,
updated March 10, 2013 at 4:48 PM

Details at link

UdbCrzy2
11-09-2013, 11:22 PM
Christopher Pratt paroled from prison

The man who was the last to see Mary Lands of Marshall before she disappeared in 2004 has just been paroled from Prison.
http://wkzo.com/news/articles/2013/nov/09/christopher-pratt-paroled-from-prison/

concernedmother
03-12-2014, 07:00 PM
http://fox17online.com/2014/03/12/mary-lands-missing-10-year-anniversary/#axzz2vnAZjXVH
10 years

gregjrichards
03-12-2014, 07:24 PM
Mary Lands was declared dead in 2011 but her body has never been found.

Family, friends and the investigator in her case are still hoping her body will be discovered and her killer will be brought to justice.

Wednesday morning at 10:00 they're holding a memorial vigil in the chapel of the Craig Kempf Funeral Home in Marshall.

http://wwmt.com/shared/news/features/top-stories/stories/wwmt_10-years-since-disappearance-mary-lands-19065.shtml

I found the article above today and I thought I would post it. I hope there are some leads in Mary's case soon and her family find out what happened.

KateB
03-13-2014, 03:43 PM
Another post commemorating the decade mark of Mary's disappearance.
A decade later, Mary Lands' disappearance inspires resolve for justice (http://www.battlecreekenquirer.com/article/20140312/NEWS01/303120031)
Mar. 12, 2014
The case continues to remind the community about domestic violence, according to Jennifer Fopma, director of SAFE Place, a Battle Creek shelter for victims of the crime. Fopma said victims of domestic violence like Lands are scared to stay in the relationship and afraid to leave.

“When a woman leaves, her risk of being murdered increases by 75 percent,” Fopma said, because the crime is one of control. “This is not a private family matter, it is a crime. And it’s devastating if we let it continue in silence. This is a community issue. This case really highlights how difficult it is for a domestic victim to leave. It doesn’t mean they shouldn’t leave, but it is more difficult than people believe. Let’s give Mary the voice she deserves and end domestic violence.”more at link.