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Marlena Childress: Missing For 25 Years

By 7 Eyewitness News Staff
By news@wbbjtv.com

A troubling case of a three-year-old girl who vanished 25 years ago continues to haunt investigators in Union City.

Marlena Childress disappeared from her home 25 years ago, and the lead investigator said he thinks about her every day.

When officials conducted a massive search for her back in the spring of 1985, she was nowhere to be found.

Then, her mother told investigators she accidentally killed Marlena and put her body in the Obion River - a confession she soon recanted.

Union City police said that DNA samples of the child have been put into a national database.

The girl's mother, Pam Bailey, was later convicted in Graves County, Kentucky, of stabbing her 12-year-old son after taking him to a cemetery.

The boy got away and survived the attack.