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Marlena Childress

Real Name: Marlena Danyele Childress
Nicknames: No known nicknames
Location: Union City, Tennessee
Date: April 16, 1987

Bio

Occupation: Unrevealed
Date of Birth: February 17, 1983
Height: 4'0"
Weight: 38 pounds
Marital Status: Unrevealed
Characteristics: Caucasian female. Light brown hair, blue/hazel eyes

Case

Details: On April 16, 1987, four year old Marlena Childress vanished while playing in front of her Union City, Tennessee home. Two months after she vanished, Marlena's mother, Pamela Lynn Bailey, told police investigators that she had hit her and unintentionally killed her. Pamela claimed that she later dumped her body into the Obion River. However, she recanted her confession a few weeks later. She was later charged with second degree murder in her daugher's case, but the charges were later dropped. Then, several reported sightings of Marlena began occuring throughout the United States. One sighting occured at a hair salon in which two women came in with a girl and boy. The girl continued to cry and say "I want my mommy!", and the older woman then told the girl, "Be a good girl Marlena, and we'll take you to the movies" and a few days later, one of the hair stylists saw Marlena's photo in the paper and recognized her as the girl. In the summer of 1987, she was believed to be in Anniston, Alabama, with a family that harbored other people's children. One of the children told a social worker that she was Marlena, and two days later the family vanished. Two weeks later, the family was located, but the girl claiming to be Marlena was not with them. Several more sightings of a girl who may have been Marlena occured within the next three years, one of which was at a supermaket. A woman lost track of her son and later found him in the toy aisle, talking to a young girl, who was soon taken away with an unidentifed woman. The woman and her son later identified the girl as Marlena. The latest sighting of Marlena was in Nevada in the summer of 1990. However, none of these sightings have been confirmed and Marlena still remains missing.
Suspects: Pamela Bailey is a suspect in her daugher's disappearance. The women with Marlena in the many sightings have never been idenified, but may be Marlena's abductors.
Extra Notes: The case was featured as a part of the September 5, 1990 episode.
Results: Unresolved. In 2002, Pam Bailey was arrested for stabbing her twelve year old son in a cemetery. The child survived, and Bailey was charged with attempted murder. She pleaded no contest, and was sent to prison. Marlena's case was re-opened after her mother's arrest. Police now believe that Pam was probably responsible for her daugher's disappearance, although she has never been charged, nor has Marlena ever been located.
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