Girl Missing For Almost 25 Years, Police Still Searching

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This year marked 25 years since Marlena Childress disappeared in what could only be called a very strange case. Friday marked the 29th birthday of the Union City girl last seen alive when was just 4 years old. Lt. Andy Gibson had been working on this case for years, and he said the Union City Police Department still receives leads; and like her father, he still looks for answers. Although it had been a long time, Kevin Childress is grateful people still remember why February 17 is special to him. “It makes me feel great, that people still think about it. It’s still on people’s minds, we haven’t forgotten,” said Childress. Marlena Childress disappeared in 1987. Her mother, Pam Bailey, told investigators she unintentionally hit Marlena after disciplinary action and dumped her dead body in the Obion River. “That area was checked and the body was never found or no remnants of a body ever found,” said Lt. Andy Gibson. According to officials, Marlena was last seen in April 1987 at her home in Union City by her mother. Pam Bailey was charged with second-degree murder. The charge was later reduced to manslaughter, then dropped altogether for lack of evidence. Bailey moved to Kentucky after Childress disappeared. Lt. Gibson has been working on this case for a majority of the time and said the investigation was not over. “We have new information anonymously, some came in last week, we’re researching that information to see if it is viable or not.” Lt. Gibson and Marlena’s family all continue to search for answers. Pam Bailey was arrested in 2002 after she allegedly stabbed her 12-year-old son in a cemetery. The child survived the attack. Bailey was arrested and charged with attempted murder. Lt. Gibson said Bailey did her time and was released, and believes she is now in Marshall County, Kentucky. If you have any information that could help, contact the Union City Police Dept. (731) 885-1515, or Crime Stoppers at (731) 885-TIPS.

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