Marlena Danyele Childress
What you need to know:
Born on February 17th, 1983
Disappeared on April 16th, 1987 from Union City, Tennesee
Has light brown hair and blue eyes
Has silver caps on her top and bottom front teeth.
Has pierced ears.
Was last seen wearing a purple and white shirt, light purple pants, and pink jelly shoes
What we know about the case:
We know that Marlena was last seen playing in her front yard. She was seen speaking to a man in a red two door sedan with Kentucky plates.
Months later, Marlena's mother confessed to her murder, but recanted shortly after.
From my humble point of view:
I'm really trying to not consider the fact that Marlena's mother has her issues, In 2002 she was charged with attempted murder of another one of her children. She gave conflicting statements about Marlena's disappearance - one starting that she sold Marlena to pay a drug debt, one that she had been abducted by a family friend who'd been molesting her. It's hard to make heads or tails of what really happened. My gut says mom had something to do with this - but with what appears to be an altered mental state, could she have covered this up successfully for so long? Someone else seems to be involved.