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Marilane Carter

‘She knew the way’: Desperation grows after mom of 3, driving alone, mysteriously vanishes while en route to see family [Update]

Police are continuing the search for Kansas woman, Marilane Carter, who disappeared while on her way to Alabama. Her husband says she would have never willingly left her three young children without checking in.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, Carter, 36, was last seen leaving her home in Overland Park, Kansas, at around 8:15 p.m on August 1, on her way to visit her family in Birmingham, Alabama.

Security footage showed her checking into a hotel in Quality Inn in West Plains, Missouri, on Saturday night, but she only stayed around three hours. Her family last heard from her by phone late Sunday, when she was in Memphis, Tennessee.

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“I just told our three kids to pray for mom, mommy. We’re going to find her. It might take a few days,” Marilane’s husband, Adam Carter, told ABC 9.

Adam Carter said his wife’s cellphone died while they were talking. At the time, she was close to the I-55 bridge as she drove into Memphis. Carter then called her mother but again, her cellphone died.

No one has heard from Carter since, but Adam Carter said he received a tip that she was at a Shell gas station in Desoto County, Mississippi, Monday morning, around 25 miles from where her cellphone last pinged.

A woman at the gas station said she helped Carter get gas, then watched her walk into a bathroom with a backpack on.

Carter’s last credit card transaction, however, happened at a gas station in West Memphis, Arkansas. None of her cards have since been used, according to Overland Park police.

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Marilane Carter [Photo: Overland Park PD]
“We showed them pictures of her and they felt like they had definitely seen her,” he said.

Adam added that his wife planned to get mental health treatment in Birmingham, where her parents live. According to ABC 40, Carter was having sleep issues and needed help. She was also supposed to meet her newborn niece.

“She was seeking some mental health care and she didn’t want to go to any place in Kansas City, but she wanted to go to a place she was familiar with.”

Adam said doesn’t know whether his wife checked herself into a mental health facility without telling anyone. He thought she may have checked into somewhere in Mississippi, but mental health facilities will not release patient information without their identification number.

“We are devastated because she has three children and they cry every night. They are asking for their mommy. Her husband loves her so much,” Carter’s mother, Marlene Mester said.

“She’s driven the route several times so she knew the way.”

Adam Carter, who’s the head pastor at Leawood Baptist Church in Kansas, is relying on the power of prayer to bring his wife home. He said their relationship was loving, with no marital issues.

Marilane Carter is described as a white female who stands 5-feet-8-inches tall and weighs around 130 pounds. She has long brown hair and green eyes. She was wearing a green t-shirt and black yoga pants when she left home.

She was last seen driving a dark grey 2011 GMC Acadia with Kansas tags, 194 LFY.

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[Feature Photo: Adam and Marilane Carter/Facebook]