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    WA - Marla Thomas, 22, Anacortes, 11 Dec 1974

    Marla Thomas

    https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/31485/26

    Age last seen: 22

    Age now: 65
    Race: White female
    Hair color: Brown
    Eyes Color: Blue
    Height: 62.0
    Weight: 140.0
    Scars and Marks: nothing

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    Marla was last seen on 12/11/1974.
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    Marla was added to Charley Project today: http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/t/thomas_marla.html. Little information is available for her.
    Who is Fly Creek Jane Doe?

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    A divorce from her husband, Alfred P Thomas, was completed in August 1976. According to the record (on Ancestry) she had 3 children. A separate marriage record on Ancestry suggests the divorce may have been to enable Alfred to remarry. Interestingly, 2 months before she disappeared, the family filed suit against Gulf Resources and Chemical Corp, and Bunker Hill Co for damages arising from lead pollution from the smelter operated by the companies and malicious conduct. They were seeking $1 million in damages. The story gives the names of the 3 children as Stormy Jean, Kristina and Alfred Jr. I have not been able to find any record of what became of the suit. (see https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/30072918/ ).

    Of the children, Stormy Jean married in Indiana in 1990 and became Stormy Jean Maike. Not sure what happened to the other 2 but it seems probable that the children are still alive.

    The following link, https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=...awsuit&f=false provides interesting background on the issues around Gulf, Bunker and their smelter operations. It seems they were involved in numerous legal cases and invariably played dirty.
    Last edited by alb1on; 11-18-2017 at 06:15 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alb1on View Post
    A divorce from her husband, Alfred P Thomas, was completed in August 1976. According to the record (on Ancestry) she had 3 children. A separate marriage record on Ancestry suggests the divorce may have been to enable Alfred to remarry. Interestingly, 2 months before she disappeared, the family filed suit against Gulf Resources and Chemical Corp, and Bunker Hill Co for damages arising from lead pollution from the smelter operated by the companies and malicious conduct. They were seeking $1 million in damages. The story gives the names of the 3 children as Stormy Jean, Kristina and Alfred Jr. I have not been able to find any record of what became of the suit. (see https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/30072918/ ).

    Of the children, Stormy Jean married in Indiana in 1990 and became Stormy Jean Maike. Not sure what happened to the other 2 but it seems probable that the children are still alive.

    The following link, https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=...awsuit&f=false provides interesting background on the issues around Gulf, Bunker and their smelter operations. It seems they were involved in numerous legal cases and invariably played dirty.
    Something that may help determine whether you have the right Marla Thomas is that her maiden name is Crabtree and her DOB is 22 April 1952.
    Who is Fly Creek Jane Doe?

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    Possibly Pierce County Jane Doe (1976)? Coincidentally, she was found two years to the day after Marla disappeared. Doe Network:http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/915ufwa.html and NamUs profiles:https://identifyus.org/cases/5665. She was estimated to be approximately 5'6" tall but the remains were skeletal so the height could be off. No mention is made of whether the UID is believed to have had children or not. Both MJT and the UID have dentals available for comparison. Thread: https://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...Hunting-Dec-76.
    Last edited by theshadow45; 11-18-2017 at 09:21 PM.
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    I am confident the records in #3 above are referring to the correct Marla Thomas. There are also marriage records on Ancestry confirming the maiden name and the newspaper article confirms the location. It is an odd case. I can find no indications to suggest any suspects, other than the lawsuit (and it seems a stretch to think that even as venal an organisation as Bunker Hill - as shown in the book linked - would resort to murder). What does puzzle me is that the family seem so silent.

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    Bumping for Marla, she has been missing for 43 years as of yesterday.
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