It’s been four years since anyone has seen Marion McCleneghan, a 40-year-old woman from Park Slope, Brooklyn. Here are the bare bones of the story — Marion was at a party at her boyfriend’s apartment in the neighborhood, they had an argument (or so it was reported), and then she disappeared.
That’s been pretty much the extent of the news since February, 2010. Supposedly, the last person to see her alive was her boyfriend Eric when she left his apartment at 2 a.m. on the morning of February 7th. There was a later sighting, supposedly by a bodega owner, but I never put much stock in those kinds of reports. It sounds bogus to me.
According to press reports, Marion’s two laptop computers were missing, as were a stack of journals she kept over the years but her cell phone and wallet were in her apartment. I have no idea if that’s true because the NYPD basically does not talk about the case on the record. The police told me this week that the case is still active and anyone with any knowledge should call Crimestoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS. I’ve heard that one before….
I’ve kept tabs on the story because Marion lived just a few blocks from me and there were posters up all over the neighborhood. What’s astounded me is how little play the story gets in New York — it’s virtually never mentioned, even when old cold cases are dredged up.
I think the reason for this is because no one seems to be agitating to find Marion.
I did speak to a friend of Marion’s awhile back and she shed some light on the players involved. This friend, who knew Marion on and off for many years, said Marion had a “tumultuous” relationship with her boyfriend but that she and separated husband Ben were “like brother and sister.”
“I can’t imagine Ben doing anything,” the friend said. “He really loved Marion. He could never harm a fly and he volunteered to take a polygraph test and he passed it. Her boyfriend refused to take a polygraph and had a scratch on his face and got a lawyer.”
I could not reach either man to talk to them about Marion and the case.
Press reports indicate that Marion had a new job she was looking forward to after a year when she’d been through a lot of emotional turmoil. “Sometimes I feel guilty,” her friend said, “I wonder if I’ve done enough to help find her.”