‘Decomposing body of missing mum’, 36, found in car inside shipping container
The decomposing body of a missing woman has been reportedly found in her car inside a shipping container.
Mum-of-three Marilane Carter, 36, vanished over two weeks ago on her way to Alabama from Kansas to seek anxiety treatment and visit family.
Sounding confused, she had called her parents on the evening of August 3 to tell them she kept getting lost.
The pastor’s wife was last seen on CCTV at a Missouri hotel the previous day where she stopped for three hours – with her body discovered on Tuesday by her uncle who was scouring the area her phone was last traced to.
He found the container in a remote field off Interstate 55, in Crittenden County, West Memphis, and noticed the door open.
The body has not been officially identified but police have confirmed the grey GMC SUV belonged to Mrs Carter, while her credit cards were also inside the vehicle.
According to reports, police are not treating the death as suspicious.
Leawood Baptist Church, where Mrs Carter’s husband Reverend Adam Carter is a pastor, confirmed her death on Facebook, adding it was “with very heavy hearts” they shared the news.
Crittenden County Sheriff’s Department Chief Todd Grooms told WREG officers had previously searched that field but did not think to look inside any of the containers.
He added: “I believe that anything that happened, happened by her own doing.”
Mrs Carter’s mum Marlene Mesler told WREG: “We were in contact with her all the way, but then, partway through the trip, she started seeming confused and disoriented. She said she kept on getting lost.”
Rev Carter had called for volunteers to help the family search around the I-55 bridge over the Mississippi River at Memphis where her phone last pinged.
Authorities have said Mrs Carter had made concerning statements to her family prior to her disappearance.