Vigil for Mary Lands, 10 years after disappearance

MARSHALL, Mich. (WOOD) – Wednesday marks 10 years since Mary Lands disappeared from her Marshall home.

She was declared dead in 2011.

If she were alive, she would be turning 50 years old in September.

As investigators continue to look for answers and get tips, the Marshall community came together for an annual memorial service to remember Lands’ life.

The service at the chapel of the Craig K. Kempf Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 723 Old U.S. 27 North in Marshall, was led by private investigator Jim Carlin who has worked the case for the family for years.

Noticeably absent from the ceremony were Mary’s parents, Clifford and Anita Marshall.

Carlin said they were too broken up to attend, and frustrated with the lack of progress and interest in the case now a decade old.

Local law enforcement officials did attend the service, including the Calhoun County prosecutor, Marshall police chief and Emmet Township Public Safety Director Mike Olson. They all said they continue to work the case, and eventually there will be justice for Mary Lands.

Carlin made reference to Lands’ former boyfriend, Chris Pratt, the long-time person of interest in this case. Pratt was paroled in November 2013 after serving more than six years in prison for holding another former girlfriend against her will.

A representative from S.A.F.E. Place women’s shelter spoke about domestic violence.

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