June 17, 2007- Another Father’s Day has come and gone with no sign of our beloved daughter.
Another year of heartache, another year of crying ourselves to sleep. Over 3 years now, and 39 long, lonely months since Mary disappeared without her smile to brighten our days and her laughter to warm our hearts.
Have you ever had a child disappear without a trace? I can tell you it is the most gut-wrenching sinking feeling you could ever imagine. Wondering what happened to her or what nightmare she endured on that fateful night 39 months ago? We learned too late that Mary was a severe victim of domestic violence. If only we’d known, we could have whisked her away to safety and protected her from an ultimate death on that fateful night.
Many of you are aware how crucial an initial investigation is into finding a missing person. A strong multi-jurisdictional task force effort must commence immediately. That point was proven last week in the case of the woman missing from the parking lot of a store in Kansas. Even though Mary’s investigation was not handled properly, we still seek your help in finding my daughter by providing information to fill in the pieces of this tragic puzzle. We plead to you to help us.
We know the only way to solve this mystery, bring justice for Mary and put the murderers away forever is for good citizens like you to provide us the information to bring her home. Without her body, we can’t lay her to rest and have a proper burial. We plead for your help in finding Mary.
We want to say thank you to our investigator, Jim Carlin of Justinian Investigative Services who has tirelessly donated his time and resources. Jim has followed up on every lead, every scrap of evidence available to him and sincerely listened to those who have provided us valuable information.
We also want to say thank you to the citizens of Marshall who have given us hope, love and comfort during this horrible ordeal. We couldn’t go on without you.
2007 marks the 4th Father’s Day that Cliff Marshall and his family have endured the tragedy of Mary’s disappearance. Lets make this the last one without answers to their questions, Where is Mary? and, When will we have justice for Mary?
More and more people are coming forward and providing us information and we soon will bring Mary home as a result of assistance from good citizens in the community. In August, we will hold a motorcycle benefit run on behalf of public awareness for Mary Denise Lands. It will be a 55-mile "Ride for Mary" and already people are signing up for the event. Ball Joint - Godfather’s Pizza, Atlas Sales-(Anheuser-Busch) and other businesses in Battle Creek are helping the family as well as hundreds of other friends and supporters. We will soon post details of the ride and we thank everyone for their help.
On Saturday, August 18, 2007 the community will see 300 motorcycles roaring through Battle Creek, Burlington and Marshall and those riders and the public will be demanding an answer to the question, Where is Mary? 2007 will be the year that Mary is brought home and the person/s responsible for her disappearance and murder will be held accountable in a court of law.