Sunday, December 19, 2010

Happy Holiday's to all, from the family of Mary Denise Lands

This holiday season unfortunately marks the 7th Christmas that Cliff & Anita Marshall have endured not knowing the fate of their beloved daughter, Mary Denise Lands. Unless you have walked in the Marshall's shoes for the last 6 years, 9 months, & 7 days you cannot begin to comprehend the frustration, anger, sadness, and despair they have suffered since Mary allegedly disappeared from her apartment on March 12, 2004. At this point, we can only continue to hope and pray that charges will be filed against the person/s responsible for Mary's disappearance and murder. For now, that process is in the hands of the prosecutor and the law enforcement community.

The Marshall's wish to extend a sincere Happy Holiday to all our friends and supporters, new and old, who have been with us since this tragedy unfolded. We also deeply appreciate the efforts of the Marshall Police Department, Michigan State Police, Michigan Attorney General's Office, and the Calhoun County Prosecutor's Office in their resolve to close Mary's case and our best wishes to them for a joyous holiday.

We are in the process of planning a final memorial tribute to Mary and her life that will be held on Saturday, March 12, 2011, the 7th anniversary of her disappearance. It will also be an event to promote public awareness on the issue of domestic violence. Details will soon be released and we hope you all will join us for this final good-bye tribute to Mary.

Update- December 20, 2010- WWMT-Chanell 3 News

For some time we have asked that anyone with information on Mary's case to come forward and provide that tip to Chief Jim Schwartz of the Marshall Police Department. We know that there is one person out there who's conscience is bothering them because they indeed could end this nightmare for Cliff & Anita. Please help this family as they have suffered long enough. Come forward, even anonymously, with the final piece of this puzzle that will allow us to close this case and bring Mary home.

"All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them" (Galileo).

Jim Carlin
Justinian Investigative Services

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Mary Lands' family meets with Susan Mladenoff, Calhoun County Prosecutor

Update- December 1, 2010 This morning, Cliff & Anita Marshall met with Calhoun County Prosecutor, Susan Mladenoff at the Criminal Justice Center in Battle Creek. It was a very productive discussion related to the investigation of their daughter's disappearance. Mary Denise Lands has now been missing for 6 years, 8 months, & 19 days. On March 12, 2011 it will be seven years since her former fiancé, Chris Pratt alleged that she went for a walk and never returned home. He is now serving a sentence of 5-15 years for brutal felony domestic violence offenses that were perpetrated on a more recent girl-friend, Norrene Parker.
MDOC OTIS link- Inmate Christopher Luke Pratt, #673261

This meeting followed up on another with Marshall Police Chief Jim Schwartz that was held yesterday. The family was reassured that the law enforcement community and the Prosecutor's Office are committed to bringing Mary home, and to prosecute the person/s responsible for the disappearance and murder of the Marshall's daughter.

The holiday season of 2010 marks the 7th year that Cliff & Anita have not known the fate of their daughter. As we have asked on many ocassions, if you have any information please contact D/Lt. Scott McDonald, Marshall Police Department; 269.781.2596, D/Sgt. Mike Scott, Michigan State Police, White Pigeon Post; 269.483.7612, D/Sgt. Mike Salmen, Michigan State Police, Battle Creek Post; 269.968.6115, or Jim Carlin; Justinian Investigative Services, 269.753.1181, Email;

Help bring Mary home!

Mary Lands Missing- "Now on Face Book"

A special thank you to Jamie Jones, and his wife who have been long time friends and supporters of the family who recently published a Face Book page on behalf of Mary Denise Lands. Numerous law enforcement agencies across the country now utilize Face Book as a resource for tips and to identity perpetrators in their communities. Fugitive and warrant squad investigators post information on people they are seeking and positive results have been achieved from this network. Hundreds of criminals have been taken off the streets as a result of Face Book pages. Do your part in helping keep your community safe.

In addition to this site, please stop and view Mary Lands Missing of Face Book;

This is yet another method to promote public awareness for Mary's case and to bring to justice the person/s responsible for her disappearance and murder.