BROWNSMEAD, Ore. (KOIN) — Marty Benthin Evans was a bridesmaid in her best friend’s bells at a Lutheran abbey in Knappa, Oregon on February 10, 1990.
The 33-year-old afar mom of 2 was the second-oldest of 8 siblings. She was a little afraid about actuality in the wedding. Her sister fabricated her bridesmaid’s dress.
Pictures from the wedding, taken anon afore she vanished, appearance her cutting that dress with baby’s animation in her hair. She abolished that night and has never been apparent since.
After the wedding
After the bells and reception, Marty chock-full at her mother’s house, breadth she and her 10-year-old son Andrew were blockage afterwards affective aback from Ashland. Marty’s babe was with her ex-husband, who additionally lived in the area.
While she was at her mother’s house, ancestors associates said she had bawling conversations on the buzz with a man she capital to date as able-bodied as her ex-husband.
“Crying and arrant on the phone,” her mom, Gloria White, told KOIN 6 News.
Family associates gave her a few bucks for gas and Marty, still cutting her bridesmaid dress, collection her brother’s auto barter to The Logger in Knappa to accommodated up with friends. Some bodies said she seemed agitated while she was there.
When Marty larboard the bar she collection to what was afresh a adjacent bazaar and gas base forth Highway 30.
“She went up to the D&D to get gas, and she got the gas. She alone had $4 because that’s all she would booty from us,” her mom said.
But the barter wouldn’t alpha back she approved to leave the gas station. She alleged one of her brothers, who came there and got it activity again. He watched as Marty headed out on Highway 30 against Astoria.
“It was like she angry and he aloof apparent her go, and that was it,” her sister, Linda Benthin-Weirup, said. “Nobody saw her again. He was the aftermost one in our ancestors to see her.”
The ancestors doesn’t apperceive what happened abutting that night. Marty never showed up at the restaurant in Astoria breadth she eventually planned to accommodated up with her sister. Ancestors associates said they knew article wasn’t appropriate the abutting day back they didn’t alike get a buzz call.
“She would never accept larboard Andrew. Never,” her mother said. “And if you could allocution to him he’d say the aforementioned thing: ‘Mom would accept never larboard me.’”
They alleged the badge and started aimlessly analytic for Marty and the auto truck. They put up fliers and authorities scoured adjacent waterways but never begin any assurance of Marty or the truck.
“I anticipate it got active with her. I anticipate she’s apparently with it,” Linda said. “The what-ifs. There’s so abounding what-ifs, a thousand what-ifs.”
‘She didn’t do this on her own’
Even now, 30 years later, her mother describes not alive what happened as “torture.”
“Drive bottomward the alley in town, any town, and see a dark-haired babe and anticipate it’s her, maybe,” Gloria said.
“You’re consistently looking, consistently and you never abdicate looking,” her sister said. “Your affection and apperception tells you to accumulate appropriate on going.”
Family associates accept continued wondered if Marty comatose into the accoutrements about forth the continued and ambagious barricade alley that leads to her mother’s home. At the time, there was no affirmation of an accident. Still, there is one bend they question.
“There’s big holes in this bend abode breadth the trains acclimated to appear in and I assumption they’re 30 to 40 anxiety abysmal bottomward there” with abysmal alluvium in that spot, Linda said.
Of all the accessible theories surrounding Marty’s disappearance, Linda believes she was acceptable the victim of a crime.
“Somebody intervened with her, took her somewhere, did article with her. She didn’t do this on her own,” Linda said. “Could you go actual far if you accept $3 in gas and a pop, and not alike your purse with you?”
She hopes somebody comes advanced with information.
“Somebody knows something, there’s no agnosticism in my mind. That one being could appear advanced with absolute advice that could advance to what happened to her or breadth she’s at,” she said. “We accept to adhere assimilate that hope, that’s all you’ve got. And I anticipate everybody in my ancestors feels the aforementioned way. You can’t abdicate acquisitive because that’s our sister.”
Anyone with advice is asked to acquaintance the Oregon State Badge at 503.325.5515.
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