UPDATE: Authorities ID remains of Parkersburg woman who disappeared in 1983

By  | 

PARKERSBURG, W.Va.-(WTAP) UPDATE: 1:12 P.M.

Authorities confirmed at a news conference late Monday morning that they have found and identified the remains of a Parkersburg woman who went missing in 1983.

Leslie Diane Marty was 20 years old when she disappeared. Her remains were found in November in Washington County.

Parkersburg Police Chief Joe Martin said authorities used new information provided by her killer, Mark Francis Hanna, who remains in prison after being convicted of first-degree murder in her death in 1997.

Authorities found Marty's remains and several identifying items at the former Shell Chemical employee park in Belpre on Nov. 7. They did not release information on their investigation until the Montgomery County, Ohio, coroner's office could confirm the remains were those of Marty.

According to Martin, officials from the West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety told local Parkersburg police in early September that Hanna had told them he wanted to provide information that would lead police to Marty’s body.

On Sept. 25, Martin said Investigators watched an interview with Hanna, his attorney and a news reporter in Charleston. It was during this interview that Hanna provided specific information about where he had buried Marty. However, investigators were not permitted to speak with Hanna at that time, Martin said.

Nearly a month later, on Oct. 22, members of the Parkersburg Police Department and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office interviewed Hanna at the Mount Olive Correctional Complex in Fayette County, and he gave them additional information about the specific site, Martin said.

The led authorities, including agents from the FBI’s Cincinnati Field Office and Evidence Recovery Team, the Parkersburg Police Department and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, to put together a plan and begin searching the former site of the former employee park near.

Martin said authorites started digging a trench on Nov. 7 that ended up being roughly 5-foot-deep and 60- to 70-feet-long. They initially found a border used to trim a blanket and then a piece of the blanket in the trench. After that, Martin said crews began digging by hand until they found the skeletal remains.

Martin said authorities also recovered a bathing suit and two bullets.

Dental records were used to identify the remains, he said.


UPDATE: 12:05 P.M.

Authorities confirmed at a news conference late Monday morning that they have found and identified the remains of a Parkersburg woman who went missing in 1983.

Leslie Diane Marty was 20-years-old when she disappeared.

Parkersburg Police Chief Joe Martin said authorities used new information provided by her killer, Mark Hanna, who remains in prison after being convicted of first-degree murder in her death in 1997.

Authorities found Marty's remains and several identifying items at the former Shell Chemical employee park in Belpre on Nov. 7. They did not release information on their investigation until the Montgomery County, Ohio, coroner's office could confirm the remains were those of Marty.

Martin said Parkersburg police, the Washington County sheriff's office, and the FBI were involved in digging a trench that was roughly 5-foot-deep and 60- to 70-feet-long.

Authorities first found a border used to trim a blanket and then a piece of a blanket. After that, Martin said crews began digging by hand until they found the skeletal remains.

Martin said authorities also recovered a bathing suit and two bullets.

Dental records were used to identify the remains, he said.

The Wood County prosecuting attorney's office was also involved in the investigation.

We'll have more on this story during our evening newscasts.


UPDATE: 12/3/2018 10:00 A.M.
There's a break in a decades-old case, in which a Parkersburg woman was reported missing, then presumed to be dead, and in which a suspect was eventually convicted of her murder.

Parkersburg Police say human remains recently found near the Ohio River in Belpre have been positively identified as those of Leslie Diane Marty, who was last seen at the Parkersburg apartment of an acquaintance in 1983.

Mark Francis Hanna, now 60, was convicted of her kidnapping in the 1980's, then, in another trial in 1998, convicted of Marty's murder. He is serving a life prison sentence.

More details will be revealed at an 11 A.M. news conference by Wood and Washington County authorities, to be streamed live at wtap.com.

ORIGINAL STORY: April 20, 2016
20 years ago, Mark Hanna was convicted of the murder of a Wood County woman.

That was several years after he was convicted of kidnapping her.

Wednesday, he appeared in court by video, as part of a lengthy process of challenging the latter conviction.

Leslie Diane Marty disappeared in 1983. Her body has never been found.

Nearly a decade ago, Hanna filed a habeas corpus, meaning a petition seeking review of some of the issues in his court cases.
.
At a brief hearing Wednesday, a September 21 date was set for a hearing to discuss that evidence.

"Whenever any defendant is convicted of a crime, they have the right to challenge the underlying legal process that led to that conviction," Assistant Wood County Prosecutor Russ Skogstad explained after Wednesday's hearing.."The habeas is doing that."

Marty was 20 years old when she was last seen. She was declared legally dead a few years before Hanna's murder conviction.



 
Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station. powered by Disqus