Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Marilyn's husband of thirty years, John Brinson, said he last saw her on the night of July 16, 2002 at their home in the 2000 block of northeast Russell Road Northland, Kansas. She went to bed as usual. When he woke up the next morning she was gone, and he assumed she went to work, but Marilyn's wedding ring was left behind on the dresser and her boss called to ask why she had not shown up.
Police located Marilyn's car, a green four-door 1995 Ford Taurus, found abandoned in the middle of 24th Street near Topping Avenue. A large amount of her blood was found inside the vehicle, spattered around and in pools on the dashboard and the passenger seat and floorboards.
On August 14, less than a month after Marilyn's disappearance, John was charged with her murder. Police found his handprint in Marilyn's blood in her car. They believe he inflicted an injury, possibly with a gun, on her that caused her to die from blood loss. He may have then disposed of her body in a river. The couple's adult sons said Marilyn and John were arguing the night before her disappearance. John said that shortly before his wife's disappearance, he had learned that she was having an affair. He maintains his innocence in her case. He was tried in June 2005, but in the middle of the proceedings the judge declared a mistrial. H.
Marilyn is described as a kind person. She worked at a Texaco Star Mart station at U.S. 169 and northeast 68th Street in Northland at the time of her disappearance. Her husband was a heavy machinery operator. They have four children together. Foul play is suspected in Marilyn's case.
In 2006 John Brinson was convicted of first-degree murder in the shooting death of his wife, whose body has never been found.
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Clay County Sheriff's Department
Columbia Daily Tribune 10/31/06