Leslie Diane Marty

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Above: Marty, circa 1983

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: July 30, 1983 from Parkersburg, West Virginia
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Age: 20 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'7, 115 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Marty has marks on her lower back and scars on her right wrist, left upper arm and lower lip.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A red and blue two-piece bathing suit.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Marty was abducted at gunpoint from Parkersburg, West Virginia by Mark Francis Hanna on July 30, 1983. Hanna and Marty had dated each other, and their relationship was troubled; there were frequent arguments and episodes of domestic violence between them. By June 1983, Marty was seeing another man.

    At 6:00 p.m. on July 30, Hanna visited Marty at her new boyfriend's house, gave her flowers and a card, and told her he loved her. Marty told him to stay out of her life. Three hours later, Hanna went to the residence a second time, kicked in the door, threatened both Marty and her boyfriend with a gun, and forced Marty to leave with him. Hanna said he simply wanted to talk to her. She has never been heard from again.

    In 1985, Hanna was convicted of burglary, kidnapping and abduction with intent to defile in Marty's case. Two witnesses testified that Hanna had told them he shot Marty to death. He testified in his own defense at the trial and said Marty voluntarily spent the night at his apartment after they left her boyfriend's house, then the next day they went to Ohio, where they spent the day shopping and visiting a state park. Hanna claimed he and Marty checked into a hotel in Columbus, Ohio to spend the night, and when he woke up, Marty was gone and money was missing from the hotel room. Authorities investigated his story but were unable to substantiate it.

    Hanna's conviction of abduction with intent to defile was overturned in 1989, but his other convictions were upheld. Marty was declared legally dead in 1991. In 1996, after he became eligible for parole on the burglary and kidnapping charges, Hanna was additionally charged with her murder. He was convicted in 1998.

    Marty left behind a young son. Her body has never been found. It may be in Florida, as Hanna owned property there.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Parkersburg Police Department
    304-424-8440

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    Source Information
    NamUs
    The Charleston Gazette

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    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated September 18, 2013; casefile added.

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