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    MO - Michelle 'Angie' Yarnell, 28, Ivy Bend, 25 Oct 2003 *M. Yarnell guilty*

    Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

    Missing Since: October 25, 2003 from Ivy Bend, Missouri
    Classification: Endangered Missing
    Date Of Birth: May 20, 1975
    Age: 28 years old
    Height and Weight: 5'0, 170 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Light brown hair, brown eyes. Yarnell wears contact lenses or eyeglasses with round, gold wire frames. Her tongue and ears are pierced and she has small surgical scars on each side of her hip. Yarnell has three tattoos: a jagged barbed-wire fence in black ink around her right wrist, a green frog on her left shoulderblade, and the word "obey" in black cryptic writing elsewhere on her body. She goes by her middle name, Angela, or the nickname Angie.
    Clothing/Jewelry Description: Possibly a white gold or silver watch, emerald earrings, and white gold or silver bracelets on her right wrist.



    Details of Disappearance
    Yarnell was last seen at her residence in the vicinity of the 3900 block of Ozark View Road in Ivy Bend, Missouri on October 25, 2003. Her husband of three years says he came home after work and Yarnell was gone. He said he assumed she had gone to Holts Summit, Missouri to visit her mother and would return in a few days, but she never did and has never been heard from again. Her mother reported her missing seven days later after Yarnell's husband came to her house to see his wife and discovered that she had never arrived at Holts Summit.


    Two weeks after Yarnell vanished, her mother received a postcard supposedly from Yarnell, which was postmarked on November 8, 2003, from a small town in Arkansas. The postcard stated that Yarnell was en route to Texas to visit the family of someone named "Gary." Yarnell's loved ones do not know anyone by that name and do not believe she did either, and her mother does not believe Yarnell actually sent the postcard. She stated that the handwriting appeared markedly different from her daughter's. Yarnell left all her personal belongings behind when she vanished. Her marriage was troubled, but Yarnell was close to her mother and her relatives do not believe she would leave without contacting them, as she has no history of such behavior. Her case remains unsolved.
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    573-378-5481


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    Without A Trace

    Although officials have not commented, it appears there may be new information that might shed some light on a missing person case filed four years ago when Michelle Yarnell was first reported missing from her home in the Ivy Bend area.

    The Morgan County Sheriff's Department has apparently renewed its efforts to locate Michelle Yarnell's husband, Michael.

    In a statement released this week, the sheriff's department asked anyone with information on the whereabouts of Michael Shane Yarnell, 38, to contact authorities. His last known address is 3964 Ozark View Road, the home he shared with Michelle Yarnell until the day she disappeared.

    Literally, without a trace.

    The sheriff's department is now referring to Michael Yarnell as a person of interest. Michael Yarnell may be in the Kansas City metro area or the California, Mo., area, where he has relatives.

    Michelle has not been seen since Oct. 24, 2003. She was 28 at the time.

    http://www.lakesunleader.com/article...24/news/01.txt

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    Cash reward offered for information leading to missing Ivy Bend woman
    Foundation puts up $5,000 after three years of searching

    By Justin Ludwig/Lake Sun
    Published: Monday, May 22, 2006 11:37 PM CDT

    Michelle Angela Yarnell was last seen at her Ivy Bend residence on Oct. 25, 2003.

    MORGAN COUNTY — After following hundreds of leads through nearly three years of searching, Morgan County Sheriff’s Department Detective Ron Witt is hoping for a breakthrough in the longest missing persons case he’s ever handled. Michelle Angela Yarnell was last seen at her Ivy Bend residence on Oct. 25, 2003. She left behind all of her personal items and did not contact family members, according to a sheriff’s department press release. The search for the woman, who would now be 31 years old, has found new life in the reward being offered by the Carole Sund/Carrington Memorial Reward Foundation.

    It is a group that helps families without economic means offer rewards for information in order to help law enforcement officials locate missing loved ones. To date, the Foundation has paid a total of $232,500 in rewards to citizens who helped locate missing persons across the country.

    The reward is the latest in a series of efforts to bring the search for Yarnell to a conclusion. Witt has followed up on leads, gone knocking door-to-door and even tried psychics from Kentucky who donated their time, he said.

    Yarnell has light brown hair, brown eyes and weighs approximately 170 pounds. She is five feet tall.

    The reward is a one-time deal, Witt said. It has a time limit of six months. Anyone with information regarding Yarnell’s disappearance should contact the MCSD at 378-5481.

    Contact this reporter at justin@lakesunleader.com

    http://www.lakesunleader.com/article...23/news/01.txt

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    Police resurrect 2003 missing woman case by declaring husband a "person of interest"


    By Terri Sanders/LakeExpo.com
    Friday, November 23, 2007 5:20 AM CST



    Anyone with information about the location of Michael Shane Yarnell, 38, or Michelle Angela Yarnell, 32, is asked to contact the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department at 573-378-5481, extension 122.
    More than four years have passed since Michelle “Angie” Yarnell was reported missing. Now detectives are seeking assistance in locating her husband. In a press release issued Wednesday, the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department named Michael Shane Yarnell a “person of interest” in the case of his missing wife.

    Detectives are not releasing any information about the case other than to say they are interested in re-interviewing Yarnell, but, in order to do so, they have to find him first.

    Authorities said Yarnell’s last known address was 3964 Ozark View Road in Morgan County. It is believed he no longer resides in the area, but authorities verified he has family members in both Kansas City and Moniteau County.

    At the time of Angie’s disappearance, Yarnell told authorities his wife had left him for another man but did not provide the name of this alleged individual or his whereabouts.

    Marianne Asher-Chapman, Angie’s mother, said although she does not know what has happened to cause the newfound interest, she is happy the authorities are still working on the case and that they are being proactive to find Yarnell.
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    According to Chapman, the last time she spoke to her daughter was before Oct. 24, 2003. She has not spoken with Yarnell for well over two years.

    “The last time I talked to Angie was in late October in 2003. We spoke on the phone about 15 or so minutes. She didn’t indicate to me at that time that there was anything wrong or that she was seeing another man,” Chapman said. “After that I tried to call her several times and I just kept getting her answering machine. The weekend after that was when Mike (Yarnell) told me she had left.”

    Nearly a week after Angie went missing, Chapman said Yarnell drove to her home in Callaway County and claimed Angie had left him for another man. Yarnell said he did not know her whereabouts.

    “I knew something wasn’t right. I just couldn’t believe she would just leave and not tell me where she was going,” Chapman said. “Angie and I were very close and I was going through treatment for throat cancer at that time and I just knew she wouldn’t leave me through all of that.”


    For the past four years, Chapman said she has searched desperately for answers.

    “You wouldn’t believe how many letters I have written and asked for help and how many phone calls I have made looking for her,” she said. “I always come up empty. It just doesn’t make sense.”

    Chapman said she was invited to appear on the Montel Williams Show in September, 2005.

    “That was always Angie’s favorite show so when they invited me to come as a guest I thought if she was out there somewhere watching the show, she would see me and surely she would contact me,” she said. “But she didn’t. Nothing. It’s really hard to describe how hard it is not knowing where she is or what has happened to your child.”


    After her appearance on the Montel Williams Show, Yarnell’s family told Chapman he left town. Chapman said there is no indication he has been heard from since. Family members also said Yarnell did not attend his father’s funeral earlier this year.

    In Chapman’s opinion, the biggest problem when adults go missing is the difficulty to get authorities to take it seriously at first because adults have the right to leave and not tell anyone where they’re going.

    “I don’t have any idea how to explain what it’s like to have a missing person in your life,” she said. “If you don’t have a missing person in your life, trust me you don’t want to. It truly is an ambiguous loss.”

    Anyone with information about the location of Michael Shane Yarnell, 38, or Michelle Angela Yarnell, 32, is asked to contact the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department at 573-378-5481, extension 122.

    http://lakeexpo.com/articles/2007/11/23/top_news/05.txt

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    Reward increased to find Angie Yarnell


    By LakeExpo.com Staff
    Friday, November 23, 2007 5:19 AM CST


    The reward in the case of a missing Morgan County woman has been increased to $10,000 for information leading to the location of Michelle “Angie” Yarnell, last seen at her home near the Ivy Bend area on Oct. 25, 2003.

    Family members say she disappeared without taking any personal belongings and has not contacted anyone since, which they said is very unusual behavior.

    At the time she went missing, Angie was 28 years old. She is 5-foot tall, weighs 170 pounds, has light brown hair and brown eyes. She has tattoos of a jagged barbed-wire sphere in black ink around her right wrist and a green frog on her left shoulder. She also has small surgical scars on each side of her hip, and her ears and tongue are pierced.

    More information is available on the web at http://www.geocities.com/findangieyarnell.
    http://lakeexpo.com/articles/2007/11/23/top_news/06.txt

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    Fifth Christmas and mother's search continues


    By Heath Hooper/The Sedalia Democrat, Sedalia, Mo.
    Sunday, December 23, 2007 10:58 AM CST


    HOLTS SUMMIT, Mo. -- Christmas is a hard time for Marianne Asher-Chapman.

    Her house looks festive enough -- reindeer decorations, a tree, stockings. But those will be gone as soon as the holiday's over.
    This will be the fifth Christmas Chapman has celebrated since her daughter, Angie Yarnell, went missing.

    On Christmas Day, as she has every year since Yarnell's disappearance, Chapman will take the present she bought for her daughter and place it in a special trunk.

    That trunk's a treasure trove, should her daughter ever come knocking on her door, Chapman said. It's got gifts and mementos ranging from four years of Christmas and birthday presents to the ashes of Blossom, Yarnell's beloved boxer.

    But Chapman doubts that her daughter will ever get those gifts.

    Chapman last spoke with her daughter for 16 minutes on Oct. 20, 2003. Up to that point, the mother and daughter talked often, sometimes for hours at a time. Chapman's husband, Tommy, joked that Yarnell would call just to get her mother out of cleaning up after dinner, Chapman said.

    On Nov. 1, 2003, the family gathered to celebrate the birthday of Yarnell's niece and Chapman's granddaughter, Samantha.

    Chapman hadn't spoken to her daughter in days and was concerned, but expected her to roll into the driveway for the party. The two had spoken previously about the gift Yarnell had bought for Samantha.

    "All day, I kept looking out in the driveway, looking for Angie," Chapman said.

    By 5 p.m., Chapman again tried to call her daughter, leaving a message that she was going to show up on her doorstep early in the morning if she didn't turn up soon.

    Two hours later, a familiar vehicle turned into the driveway. But instead of her daughter, Mike Yarnell, Angie Yarnell's husband of three years, got out with the couple's two dogs.

    Mike Yarnell entered the home and told the family he hadn't seen his wife for days, she said. According to Chapman, he said he suspected his wife took off with another man, but even then Chapman didn't think the story added up.

    Yarnell wouldn't leave without her dogs, she said. They were like children to her.

    And so began the Chapman's four-year-long quest to find her daughter. It's been like a roller coaster, she said, but getting it out of the gate was one of the more difficult decisions she had to make.

    Angie Yarnell, 28 at the time of her disappearance, lived in Morgan County, so Chapman traveled to the Morgan County Sheriff's Department to fill out a missing person's report.

    She was nervous about it, she said, afraid it might upset or embarrass her daughter when she turned up.

    But Angie Yarnell wasn't the type to just pick up and leave, Chapman said. They were good friends, and she wouldn't have left without contacting her.

    Still, Chapman knows all mothers say that.

    Since then, Chapman's gone everywhere she could, checked every lead. Every time a body part washes up, there's a new round of phone calls to get the details, to make sure. Having a body, even a piece, would bring some closure, she said. Not knowing is hard.

    She's on her 10th spiral notebook of letters to her daughter, and sometimes wonders if her daughter's reading them over her shoulder.

    One can never know what it's like to be the parent of a missing child until you are one, she said.

    Chapman remembers walking through Yarnell's neighborhood in Ivy Bend looking for her daughter. It was a surreal experience, she said, describing seeing what she thought was a skull, only to have it turn out to be a bleached-out turtle shell.

    She had a shrine built, but had to put it away. You have to back away after a while, she said, but she's found other ways -- a tattoo, a special garden -- to honor her daughter.

    The downhill slopes on the roller coaster can be rough. She once received a card purporting to be from her daughter. It fooled her for a few days, she said, before she realized the handwriting was wrong.

    Rumors abound when a person is missing, and not all of them are kind. She once received a communication that her daughter would never be found because she'd been fed to pigs.

    Psychics have tried to help, one traveling from Kentucky and staying for three days on her own dime, Chapman said. But nothing's come of it.

    Her family -- Tommy, Samantha and son Eric -- has been a strong source of support. Especially Samantha. She's the only one allowed to look in the trunk, and then only with her Grandma.

    Angie Yarnell's biological father hasn't shown much interest in his daughter's disappearance so far as she knows, Chapman said, but the two weren't close.

    In addition to her family, Chapman finds solace in Missouri Missing, a non-profit support and lobbying group she started with friend Peggy Florence.

    The group's mission is "to unite as one voice for our missing, create a support network for the loved ones of all missing persons and to educate and create awareness for the families of all missing persons," according to its literature.

    Like Chapman, Florence is the parent of a missing child, although this will be Florence's first Christmas as such. Her adult daughter, Jasmine Haslag, went missing June 18. The two met while Florence was waiting on the side of the road as cadaver dogs searched for her daughter's body, Chapman said.

    Missouri Missing's an active group. Chapman's phone lights up with calls from members of the group, from messages that Florence's DNA was entered into a national database to calls from the group's board members.

    The group members hope to increase awareness, both in the public and in legislation, about the myriad problems with missing adults, Chapman said.

    Thousands of bodies are unclaimed and unidentified in morgues, she said, some destined for cremation. There needs to be a way to quickly connect an unclaimed body with one of the thousands of missing people nationwide, if indeed a connection can be made, Chapman said.

    Getting authorities interested in a missing adult can be difficult as well, she said. There are no Amber Alerts for adults, and grown-ups don't have to tell anyone when they're ready for a new life.

    For Chapman, this year has seen developments. In November, Mike Yarnell was named a "person of interest" in his wife's disappearance. But Mike Yarnell has been difficult to find.

    In September 2005, Chapman was invited to do an interview regarding her daughter on the "Montel Williams Show." "The day that it aired, he skipped out and nobody's seen him since," Chapman said.

    In hindsight, Chapman says she should have seen problems. The husband and wife had been fighting in the weeks leading up to Angie Yarnell's disappearance, Chapman said, although her daughter just blamed it on Mike Yarnell's then-recent attempt to quit smoking.

    The pair met as neighbors, she said, and Mike Yarnell worked several jobs as a janitor and a floor buffer, and shared a job with his wife at a local marina. Of her son-in-law's personality: "He was, and is, by far, just the most extremely introverted man I have ever met," Chapman said.

    He's done a pretty good disappearing act, Chapman said, even skipping his father's funeral. She's heard he may be in Louisiana, or Kansas, or Mexico, but she's not sure.

    Chapman said she's unsure why he's been named a person of interest. Authorities have told her there's something new with the case, but haven't told her what.

    The renewed interest is promising, though. She's put up a $10,000 reward, and has hopes the recently renewed hunt for her son-in-law will turn something up.

    "I know there are people that know where he is," she said.

    Until then, it's another round of ads in the local papers, asking for prayers to find her daughter, another round of radio shows to talk about Missouri Missing.

    And one more present in the trunk.

    hhooper@sedaliademocrat.com

    http://lakeexpo.com/articles/2007/12/23/top_news/06.txt

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    No. 2: Police resurrect 2003 missing woman case by naming Mike Yarnell a "person of interest"

    By Terri Sanders/LakeExpo.com
    Monday, December 31, 2007 12:48 AM CST

    Anyone with information about the location of Michael Shane Yarnell, 38, or Michelle Angela Yarnell, 32, is asked to contact the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department at 573-378-5481, extension 122.
    Editor's note: LakeExpo readers made this the No. 2 news story of 2007.
    Original publish: Friday, November 23, 2007 5:20 AM CST

    More than four years have passed since Michelle “Angie” Yarnell was reported missing. Now detectives are seeking assistance in locating her husband. In a press release issued Wednesday, the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department named Michael Shane Yarnell a “person of interest” in the case of his missing wife.

    Detectives are not releasing any information about the case other than to say they are interested in re-interviewing Yarnell, but, in order to do so, they have to find him first.

    Authorities said Yarnell’s last known address was 3964 Ozark View Road in Morgan County. It is believed he no longer resides in the area, but authorities verified he has family members in both Kansas City and Moniteau County.

    At the time of Angie’s disappearance, Yarnell told authorities his wife had left him for another man but did not provide the name of this alleged individual or his whereabouts.

    Marianne Asher-Chapman, Angie’s mother, said although she does not know what has happened to cause the newfound interest, she is happy the authorities are still working on the case and that they are being proactive to find Yarnell.

    According to Chapman, the last time she spoke to her daughter was before Oct. 24, 2003. She has not spoken with Yarnell for well over two years.

    “The last time I talked to Angie was in late October in 2003. We spoke on the phone about 15 or so minutes. She didn’t indicate to me at that time that there was anything wrong or that she was seeing another man,” Chapman said. “After that I tried to call her several times and I just kept getting her answering machine. The weekend after that was when Mike (Yarnell) told me she had left.”

    Nearly a week after Angie went missing, Chapman said Yarnell drove to her home in Callaway County and claimed Angie had left him for another man. Yarnell said he did not know her whereabouts.

    “I knew something wasn’t right. I just couldn’t believe she would just leave and not tell me where she was going,” Chapman said. “Angie and I were very close and I was going through treatment for throat cancer at that time and I just knew she wouldn’t leave me through all of that.”

    For the past four years, Chapman said she has searched desperately for answers.

    “You wouldn’t believe how many letters I have written and asked for help and how many phone calls I have made looking for her,” she said. “I always come up empty. It just doesn’t make sense.”

    Chapman said she was invited to appear on the Montel Williams Show in September, 2005.

    “That was always Angie’s favorite show so when they invited me to come as a guest I thought if she was out there somewhere watching the show, she would see me and surely she would contact me,” she said. “But she didn’t. Nothing. It’s really hard to describe how hard it is not knowing where she is or what has happened to your child.”

    After her appearance on the Montel Williams Show, Yarnell’s family told Chapman he left town. Chapman said there is no indication he has been heard from since. Family members also said Yarnell did not attend his father’s funeral earlier this year.

    In Chapman’s opinion, the biggest problem when adults go missing is the difficulty to get authorities to take it seriously at first because adults have the right to leave and not tell anyone where they’re going.

    “I don’t have any idea how to explain what it’s like to have a missing person in your life,” she said. “If you don’t have a missing person in your life, trust me you don’t want to. It truly is an ambiguous loss.”

    Anyone with information about the location of Michael Shane Yarnell, 38, or Michelle Angela Yarnell, 32, is asked to contact the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department at 573-378-5481, extension 122.
    http://lakeexpo.com/articles/2007/12/31/top_news/06.txt


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    Tragedy, heartbreak and Missouri Missing


    By Terri Sanders/LakeExpo.com
    Monday, January 28, 2008 2:16 AM CST



    Two women have joined forces to help hundreds of families cope with the uncertainty and heartbreak of loved ones gone missing. Peggy Florence and Marianne Asher-Chapman will appear on local television talk show, Pepper and Friends (KOMU Channel 8, Columbia) on Tuesday to share the stories of their missing daughters and introduce a new organization, Missouri Missing.

    “Dealing with the loss of a loved one is by far the hardest thing I have ever done,” Chapman said. “My daughter went missing from Morgan County more than four years ago and I have fought this battle almost alone, until now.”

    Michelle “Angela” Yarnell was reported missing on Oct. 25, 2003, from the Ivy Bend area. She has not been seen or heard from since. Law enforcement suspect foul play in the investigation and recently named her husband, Michael Yarnell, as a person of interest in the case and are currently trying to locate him.

    Chapman said she had been able to cope with the loss of her daughter through the help of family and friends only. That changed when Chapman met Florence a few months after her daughter went missing from Cole County.

    Florence’s daughter, Jasmine Haslag, has been missing since June 2007. Prior to meeting Chapman, she searched for a Missouri organization to turn to for help. She found nothing.
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    “I was at a loss. I couldn’t believe there was nothing out there to help me through this and I found that to be unacceptable,” Florence said. “I knew what I wanted to do almost immediately and once I met Marianne, things just started falling into place and by October we were ready to launch Missouri’s only missing adult organization.”

    Through their journey -- Chapman’s four-plus years and Florence’s seven months -- both women have gained extensive knowledge about missing adults. They hope to pass their education to other families who are dealing with the same loss and at the same time educate those who are unaware of the painful loss.

    “The sad thing is unless you are personally affected by the loss of a loved one, regardless how old they are, you never think about it,” Chapman said. “You never think of never seeing your daughter again and not knowing what happened to her. It’s not something that will ever cross your mind, until it happens to you.”

    Missouri Missing is designed to be an outreach service to families who suffer the loss of a loved one.

    “We are still in the infant stages and we have a lot of growing to do,” Florence said. “It is amazing how things are falling into place. We have a board of directors who are armed with a lot of knowledge about missing persons and every day we are gaining more and more.”

    The organization’s website, www.MissouriMissing.org was recently launched and is growing daily.

    “Our webmaster is working around the clock getting the site running,” Chapman said. “She is now in the process of putting a page together for every missing person in Missouri. Some of them are available and others will be put up as the information is processed and verified through law enforcement. It’s a great site and we hope it will grow into a site that becomes a resource for everyone.”

    Anyone interested in joining Missouri Missing’s efforts, can contact Chapman via email at mchapman@missourimissing.org or Florence at pflorence@missourimissing.org.
    http://lakeexpo.com/articles/2008/01/28/top_news/04.txt

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    Husband Of Missing Woman Now Listed As Missing

    A Morgan County man once tabbed by authorities as a “person of interest” in the case of his missing wife has officially been listed as a missing person.

    Morgan County investigators are now asking the public for assistance in locating Michael Shane Yarnell, who reportedly disappeared almost two years after his wife, Michelle “Angie” Yarnell, was reported missing by her mother, Marianne Asher-Chapman.

    The couple lived in Ivy Bend at the time of Angie's disappearance.

    Investigators said they have been trying to locate Michael since November 2007, after he was named a person of interest in Angie's disappearance.

    http://www.newstribune.com/articles/...l05missing.txt

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    Michael Yarnell charged with wife's murder Five years after Angie Yarnell disappeared

    Michael Yarnell was named as a “person of interest” four years after she went missing. He was arrested in Biloxi, Miss., last month and was extradited back to Missouri

    http://www.lakesunleader.com/homepag...h-wifes-murder

    Sheriff: Morgan County Murder Mystery Solved, Body still Missing

    On Friday, investigators searched a remote part of Morgan County where they say Yarnell told them to look.

    http://www.kspr.com/news/local/35632954.html

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    Five long years, one day at a time


    By Michael Shane YarnellPhotos

    By Deanna Wheeler
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    Mon Dec 08, 2008, 11:24 PM CST


    Morgan County, Mo. -
    Oct. 20, 2003 was the last time Marianne Asher-Chapman talked to her daughter, Michelle “Angie” Yarnell. According to the phone records Chapman has kept, it was a 13-minute conversation.
    Chapman still remembers that conversation. Angie said she was going to look for a job in town.
    For the next eight days, Chapman’s phone records show several two-minute phone calls, just long enough for Chapman to leave a message on the answering machine.
    On Nov. 1, the family gathered for a niece’s birthday party.
    “It’s something she wouldn’t have missed for the world,” Chapman said. “Earlier she told me what she got her and she was so excited.”
    When Angie missed the party, Chapman said a huge pit in her stomach developed.
    “I left a message saying that if I didn’t hear from her by the next morning, I was going to come to her doorstep and knock the door down,” Chapman said.
    Several hours later, Angie’s husband, Michael Shane Yarnell, drove to Chapman’s residence in Angie’s vehicle claiming Angie had run away with another man.
    Rather than believe Yarnell, Chapman filed a missing person report.
    A week later, Yarnell sent Chapman a postcard pretending he was Angie. The postcard said Angie had moved to Texas.
    Chapman says she, along with everybody else, believed the postcard at first. It hit her a few days later that the handwriting wasn’t Angie’s.
    Four years later, the family found a handwriting expert on the Internet who offered to take a look at the postcard and concluded what Chapman had believed all along - the handwriting on the postcard didn’t match Angie’s. It matched Yarnell’s.
    It was the piece of evidence needed to re-ignite the case.
    Four years after Angie was reported missing, the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office named Yarnell as a person of interest.
    A few months ago, Chapman filed a missing person report for Yarnell. Her intention was to get access to posters and fliers.
    When Yarnell, who was living in Biloxi, Miss., applied for a new job last month, the report popped up when a background check was conducted.
    Officers with the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office traveled to Mississippi and interviewed Yarnell.
    Based on the information gathered, when the officers returned to the area, charges were filed for felony counts of forgery and tampering with physical evidence. Yarnell was arrested without incident and extradited back to Morgan County.
    “It’s a little funny that the very thing he thought would keep him safe – sending a postcard – took him away,” Chapman said.
    Chapman credits the new investigators handling the case, calling them her heroes.
    But it was also her own persistence.
    “I never gave up and I wouldn’t let them either. I was a pain in their butt,” Chapman said.
    On Dec. 4, 2008, Yarnell was charged with four more felonies for the murder of his wife.
    The charges include murder in the second degree, voluntary manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter in the first degree and involuntary manslaughter in the second degree.
    He is being held in the Morgan County Adult Detention Center on a $100,000 cash-only bond.
    Chapman said she’ll be attending every single court hearing Yarnell has so she can get closure.
    “I will be better when it’s all over,” Chapman said.
    On Dec 12, Yarnell will go before a judge for a case review on the charges of forgery and tampering with evidence.
    Contact this reporter at deanna.wheeler
    @lakesunonline.com


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    Wow, I have been out of touch. I had no idea Michael had been charged with Michelle's murder. I always suspected he killed her but had not heard of the charges. I can't believe it took them 4 yrs to submit the postcard for handwriting analysis.
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    Kudos to Ms. Chapman for her persistence

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    Photos from various cases (click on left-column names on the main photobucket page...they are in alphabetical order) http://s296.photobucket.com/albums/mm166/crankycrankerson/

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    Mother finally gets closure in murder case, but it's bittersweet

    http://www.linncountyleader.com/news...ts-bittersweet

    By Deanna Wheeler
    GateHouse News Service
    Posted Dec 09, 2008 @ 06:15 PM

    <snipped>
    Last week authorities showed up on Chapman’s doorstep and told her the news that Angie’s husband, Michael Shane Yarnell, had confessed to her murder.

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    Mo. man sentenced to 7 years in wife's death

    http://www.heartlandconnection.com/n...5#.TnTYrzBJkps

    Posted: 06.10.2009 at 6:16 AM

    Short article at link.

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