Marsha Ellen Brantley

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Above Images: Marsha, circa 2009


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: May - June 2009 from Cleveland, Tennessee
  • Classification: Missing
  • Date of Birth: February 28, 1959
  • Age: 51 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'8, 125 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Light brown hair, blue eyes. Marsha's maiden name is Rader and some accounts refer to her as Marsha Rader Marsha.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Marsha was last seen in Cleveland, Tennessee sometime in late May or early June 2009. She lived with her husband of nine years and three dogs in the Benwood subdivision of Cleveland at the time of her disappearance. Her parents are deceased and she has no children. A friend reported Marsha missing in November 2009, after months without contact. When questioned by police, her husband, Donnie Ray Brantley, stated she had simply left him and they planned to get a divorce. Investigators searched her home for evidence, but didn't find anything.

    Prior to her disappearance, Marsha enjoyed spending time in an RV she owned in Townsend, Tennessee. Authorities were unable to find the RV until November 2012, when it turned up on property owned by Donnie's family. Donnie was arrested at that time and charged with hindering a creditor; authorities believe he was hiding the vehicle to keep it from being repossessed.

    In August 2013, Donnie was additionally charged with Marsha's murder. A photo of him is posted below this case summary. Investigators haven't released any information about the case against him.

    Marsha previously worked for Lee University. She enjoys hiking and other outdoor pursuits, and she is an award-winning writer. Although her body has never been found, foul play is suspected in her case due to the circumstances involved.

    Above: Donnie Ray Brantley


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Tennessee Bureau of Investigation


    Source Information
    Tennessee Bureau of Investigation
    The Chattanooga Writers Guild
    News Channel 9
    The Cleveland Daily Banner
    The Knoxville Writers Guild
    Marsha Brantley's Blog
    Facebook Page for Marsha Brantley
    Project Jason


    Updated 4 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated September 3, 2013; details of disappearance updated.

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