Missing mother found alive; mystery remains

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Vernon - posted Fri., Jul. 15, 2011
Mariann MacKinnon was found Thursday afternoon. Courtesy Photo. - Contributed Photo

A local woman who had been missing since early Tuesday, July 12, was found Thursday evening.

Vernon Police Chief James Kenny said Mariann MacKinnon, 30 – a mother of two – was found in a “shedded area” near the corner of Vernon Avenue and Grand Avenue. The space where she was located was in an attic space atop a garage at the property at 66 Vernon Ave., where MacKinnon formerly resided.

Hundreds of family members and friends had been organizing a search of several area towns, and a large search party consisting of a group of local residents had assembled at Henry Park, just hours before MacKinnon was found.

Police said there was a 50-hour exhaustive search by their department, but MacKinnon's family and friends deserve the credit for finding her.

MacKinnon was a dancer at SweetHeart's gentleman's club on Route 83 in Vernon. She was also reportedly studying for her GED.

MacKinnon was taken to Rockville General Hospital, and later transported to St. Francis Medical Center in Hartford.

Police detectives said they could not speak as to MacKinnon's medical condition.

At press time, Kenny said the investigation as to what happened to MacKinnon was still open.

MacKinnon had last been seen at the 7-11 on the corner of Routes 30 and 83 in Rockville, around 3 a.m. on Tuesday, before her disappearance. Reports indicate that there was no foul play, and that she went to the Vernon Avenue property under her own volition.

A Facebook page, entitled “Finding Marianne MacKinnon” was set up, and had more than 1,600 followers. Friday, the page was littered with many comments speculating as to the events leading up to, and during, MacKinnon's disappearance, some of which were accusatory in nature. There were also a large number of friends and neighbors defending her.

“It makes me sad that people are commenting negative things when no one knows what happened that night,” one post read. “Let's not forget that we all have our own issues. Thank God she was found alive.”

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