The family of a missing Indiana teen is wringing their hands this week after a search was launched for sixteen-year-old Marley Richie, who was last seen in Scottsburg on Saturday night, June 25, 2022 about 85 miles south of Indianapolis. The search has been launched nationwide in search of Marley’s whereabouts, and a Silver Alert has been issued as authorities believe Marley to be in danger.
Marley was last seen around 9:30 PM on Saturday night in Scottsburg, Indiana, wearing a white tank top and blue checkered pajama pants. According to Sheriff Jerry Goodin’s Facebook post on Sunday, June 26, “Please, if anyone knows the whereabouts of Marley Richie, I plead for you to give us a call so we can bring her home. Marley, if you see this release, please reach out to us or any law enforcement agency so we can help you and your family. Our primary goal is to see you home, nothing else.” Goodwin’s office has stated that a nationwide search for Marley will continue until she is found. The Silver Alert issued for the missing Indiana teen was attributed in the post to the point that investigators have “reason to believe Marley Richie is in extreme danger and may require medical assistance.” Silver alerts are commonly reserved for missing adults and children whom law enforcement believe to be in danger. Until this past year, Silver Alerts were only issued for endangered adults, but standards were revised to include children in this category.
Marley Richie is described as standing 5’4” tall, weighing approximately 135 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes. If you have any information on Marley Richie, contact the Scott County Sheriff’s Department at 812-752-550 or call 911. Sheriff Jerry Goodin has advised that everyone who calls in with information may remain anonymous.
St. Clair County authorities in Michigan have released very few details regarding the investigation into the disappearance and death of a teenager whose remains were discovered last Sunday following a missing person report from her family. Leah Conner, only 16 years old, was discovered by the state police’s canine unit beneath a bridge along a popular hiking trail approximately two miles from her home.
Leah Conner was reported missing last Saturday by her family around 4:45 in the afternoon after she failed to return home from a walk. Leah was a junior at Yale High School. She was a busy team with a diverse list of interests, including cross-country, playing the ukulele, singing, songwriting, and holding a spot on the school’s robotics team. “She had such a beautiful soul,” said Kayla Harris, a family friend, “and I want everyone to know, I want to scream it to the world. She would make you feel very special when she was little. She would give up her toys to another kid to play with. She would rather have you be happy. And that’s how she was with her sisters, too, and her mom. She would just walk through the kitchen and just hug them and say, ‘I love you,’ just because. That is who she was.”
Because the authorities have deemed her death as suspicious, they are not releasing many details regarding the discovery and condition of the body. There is an autopsy planned, according to a statement from the Michigan State Police. “Investigators are still at work on this,” said Lt. Lizabeth Rich of the MSPD. “We aren’t discussing or releasing other details until after an autopsy. Any death in this manner is considered suspicious until an autopsy is completed. But we don’t feel there is any reason for the community to be alarmed. At this time, law enforcement does not feel there is a threat to the public.”
Friends of Leah Conner have set of a Go Fund Me campaign as a memorial for Leah to help pay for costs associated with her funeral, garnering more than $19,000 in only a few short days. Conner is survived by her father, Ian, and four sisters, Hannah, Elizabeth, Keely and Kenzie.
Investigators asked anyone with information about the incident to call the Lapeer State Police post at (810) 664-2905.