Saturday, August 7, 2010

Our final "Ride for Mary"- August 7, 2010

Mary Denise Lands disappeared from Marshall, Michigan on March 12, 2004 and has now been missing for 6 years, 4 months, & 26 days. This was our 4th annual "Ride for Mary" and it will be the last. Next March, Cliff & Anita Marshall will be forced to go into a court and have their beloved daughter declared legally deceased. On March 12, 2011 Mary will have been missing for 7 years.

Today, 81 motorcycles roared, and the friends and supporters of the Marshall family came together to once again promote public awareness for Mary's case. (View YouTube video; 4th Annual Ride for Mary)

A special thanks to Dick Johnson, Angie & staff of the BallJoint/Godfather's Pizza, Gary Fields Comedy Club, Bud's Wrecker in Marshall, The Marshall Area Jaycee's, The Battle Creek Police Department, the Marshall Police Department, and all those who helped make this last ride a huge success.

We still are optimistic that the person/s responsible for the disappearance and murder of Mary Denise Lands will be held responsible in a court of law. The law enforcement community has a good idea of who the perpetrator/s may be and we will not give up until we have "Justice for Mary" and we can bring her home.

As most of you know, Mary's former fiancé, Christopher Luke Pratt is serving a prison sentence of 5-15 years for the violent assault of a more recent girlfriend. He has been in jail/prison for over three years, and Inmate Pratt is not eligible for parole until February 2012. Already hundreds have signed up to send letters to the MDOC Parole Board to keep him in prison until the expiration of his sentence in 2022. Inmate Pratt is a severe threat to his previous victims and our community. Help keep this evil person incarcerated! (MDOC OTIS- Christopher Luke Pratt, Inmate 673261)

If you can help with that one vital tip that is needed to close the case, please contact any of the following; "Together we can bring Mary home"
Chief Jim Schwartz, Marshall Police Department- 269.781.2596
D/Lt. Scott McDonald, Marshall Police Department- 269.781.2596
D/Sgt Mike Salmen, Michigan State Police, Battle Creek Post- 269.968.6115
D/Sgt. Mike Scott, Michigan State Police, White Pigeon Post- 269.483.7612
Calhoun County Prosecutor's Office- 269.969.6980
Office of the Michigan Attorney General- 517.241.6565

Jim Carlin
Justinian Investigative Services, Battle Creek, Michigan


Anonymous said...

I am sorry to hear that this was the last ride for heart goes out to Mary and her family and friends..I am curious if after Mary is declared legally desceased can charges be brought against Chris Pratt at that time... I have a feeling that there is enough evidence to prove to a jury that there was a reason Chris Pratt was the last person to see Mary alive...there are at least 2 witnesses .. very strong woman who can testify as to how violent Chris Pratt really is..and maybe give some kind of closure to the families involved..and some closure for she may rest in peace

Anonymous said...

Aloha- Our prayers and aloha to you Mary's Ohana. We have been recently made aware of this horrific story.. John Pratt and Christina Pratt I believe to be the siblings of Christopher Pratt ( Christina has named one of her sons after Christopher) are residing here in Hawaii. They have been involved in some theft situations and we would like nothing better than to get them the heck off our lovely Island. If you have further info regarding this dangerous family, we would appreciate the info so we can forward it on to Honolulu detectives. Our prayers to you.

Justinian Investigative Services said...

To the first comment about Chris Pratt and his status after Mary is declared dead;
There is no statute of limitations on homicide and our hope is that Inmate Christopher Luke Pratt may be charged by the prosecutor even without Mary's body being recovered.
The Marshall family is going forward with the court action is order to close out Mary's trust and distribute it among her children. It is not a very large amount, but is something that is needed to bring partial closure to Mary's disappearance and murder.

Regardless, in 2011, 2015, or 2020 we will not give up, nor will the police, in bringing to justice the person/s responsible for Mary's death, and the coverup.

Anonymous said...

John and Christina not siblings of chris pratt. U R mistaken.

Anonymous said...

Yes, we were made aware they are not Chris Pratt's children. They are Luke & Josh, but we do know the relationship of John Pratt and Christina in Hawaii.
Like his cousin, John is a a bad seed too. Most of the Pratts belong in prison.

Anonymous said...

I met John Pratt in the early 2000's. I dated him for a total of 2 weeks until he stole my credit card and debit card and used it for booze and to stay in a hotel room. When I confronted him with it he begged me not to turn him into the police. Needless to say I made him sell his car that he was living out of. Oh and his car was purchased by stealing a check from his parents which bounced (from what I heard). So I ended up having to drop his a** off at his grandmas in Battle Creek and throw all his crap out that he had transfered into my car after selling his. I ended up speaking with his sister and she said "we don't have a grandma that lives out where you dropped him off. He was a psychopathic lier.

To hear John got in trouble in 2007and is stealing in Hawaii does not suprise me one bit. He was one strange bird.

I feel really horrible for the Lands family. I'm so sorry for what you have been through all these years. I am praying you find what happened to your daughter so you can finally find closure. I never met Christopher Pratt and I thank God for that. I hope he is locked up in prison for the rest of his sorry life.