In my mind
you're so vivid
Through every decision I make,
Every vow I promised not to break,
Even through loneliness and fear
You were here,
In my mind, soul and heart.
I am only a part of you.
For you are my maker,
Like a god from above
You have given me
My first vision of love.
You have taught me
Respect and trust
And I am sorry for the time that
I treated you with less.
You are bright, beautiful, bold,
loving and caring.
You are Marianne Song Asher
You are "My Mom",
I Love You!
Angie Asher Yarnell wrote to her mother Marianne Asher-Chapman
A mother and a
daughter have a special love and bond, that no one can ever
replace or tear apart. When tragedy comes upon a family, there
are no words that can console a Mother on loosing a child. When
one knows not where or what has happened to their child, each
day becomes a living nightmare. They wake, they pray that this will
be the day, either their child returns home, or word will come
as to where they are.
The emotions are a
continual roller coaster, life comes to a halt for families of
those whose child is missing. They can't heal, they can't
even grieve, for these families there is no closure.
Thoughts go through a parents mind, is my child alive or
dead. The parent becomes frantic, always searching, always
looking, seeking any clue to find anything out that they
can. It's a continual cycle of being afraid that
perhaps they will never know what has happened to one's
own child, always waiting, always hoping, always praying.
For these families, and Angie's family it is an ambiguous
October of 2003, Michelle "Angie" Yarnell of Ivy Bend, Missouri, was
to become one of the thousands of missing adults in the
United States. Angie wasn't a run away, or an adult who
walked away from those she loved. It
took five years before Angie's family would finally begin
to get answers to her disappearance. Michael Shane
Yarnell, Angie's husband, after being
apprehended and questioned, confessed to killing her
and disposing of her body. Marianne Asher- Chapman,
Angie's mom searched for over 5 years in trying to find
out what happened to her daughter. It was through Marianne
search that information was discovered that helped the
police to reopen this case and arrest Michael. I've
enclosed links below written in several newspapers about
In 2005, I was
contacted to help in this case. Upon talking with the
family and the detective in charge at that time, it was
agreed that I would travel to
Missouri. Through this tragedy, both Marianne and I agree
that her "Angie" brought us together for more reason's
then we would ever know. It has been the most humbling,
filled with such emotions, that our friendship begin to grow. I can't
say I know exactly what Marianne has had to go through
emotionally and mentally, but I have seen her live this
frustration, the fears, the hurt of a mother searching
endlessly and tirelessly for her daughter. Marianne could of sat back and
became immobilized by all of this, out of
frustration with the legal system.
Due to Marianne undying love as
a mother, she
continued to search for five long years without ever
stopping, looking for her daughter, Angie. Many thought
she should just let it go and move on with her life, this
was never an option for Marianne. During that time,
Marianne went on to establish "Missouri Missing
Organization" realizing from what she was going through
how the laws needed to be changed to help families of
Angie was born
May 20,1975 that Taurus child. She was full of
life, passionate, caring, and always giving to others
whether in words, time or gifts. She loved to write, and
over her short life time she wrote many journals in which
she kept her work. Above, was one of Angie's many
writings, a poem she wrote to her mother back in 1991.
Angie loved to be out in her garden, which she took great
pride in. Angie would take different gem stones and little
animal figurines and place them throughout her yard. She
loved collecting and putting together just about anything
and using them in her home, yard, even at times using as
gifts. Angie loved her family more then life itself.
Through out her life, she would drop her mother postcards
frequently calling her to let her know how much she loved
her. Angie has and will always be missed by her family.
The love and bond that was created between this precious
child and mother, didn't die that day, but will continue
Angie will always be that precious child to her mother,
Marianne. Even though her life ended tragically and too
soon, the lives she has touched won't ever be forgotten.
Angie truly dances with the angels, as she danced into the
lives of many while living, her spirit
continues to touch and bless those who never got to meet
her. What transpired that day she passed
away is still yet to unfold, in time the "whole truth"
will come out, and as Angie has always given, "Marianne,
you will get your daughter body back to bury her". There
are many of us who will continue in that search with
Marianne until that happens, bringing Angie to her final
I want to personally thank Marianne, for allowing me the
honor of helping with Angie's case and the loving
friendship that developed. You are an inspiration to me,
through your fierce determination, your unending courage,
your love as a mother and that hope of finding the truth
no matter what. Your Angie brought us together "The Three
Musketeers" and we aren't done yet!
Love & Light,
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Editor's Note: The solving of the mystery surrounding Angie
Yarnell's disappearance was the most prolific news event of 2008
at Lake of the Ozarks.
LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Mo. -- A five-year search for the truth
about the fate of a missing Morgan County woman has reached a
turning point. The disappearance of Michelle "Angie" Yarnell has
been declared a homicide and police are confident remains will
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Area man accused of killing wife in 2003 missing persons case
The husband of a missing woman now faces murder charges after a
three-day investigation brought closure to a five-year-old
missing person case.
Michael Shane Yarnell was charged late Thursday with second
degree murder, voluntary manslaughter and first- and second
degree involuntary manslaughter in relation to the death of his
wife, Michelle "Angie" Yarnell.
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Husband charged in wife's 2003 death
December 6, 2008
BY The Associated Press
VERSAILLES — A Morgan County
man has been charged with killing his wife, who has been missing
Michael Shane Yarnell, 39, was
charged Thursday with second-degree murder, two counts of
voluntary manslaughter and one count of involuntary manslaughter
in the death of Michelle "Angie" Yarnell, who was 28 when she
disappeared around Oct. 26, 2003.
Police, who had been looking
for Michael Yarnell since 2005, arrested him Nov. 5 in Biloxi,
Morgan County Sheriff James
Petty said Yarnell told police his wife died after the couple
fought and he pushed her off a 10-foot-high deck at their Ivy
Bend home. He then dumped her body on an island, Petty said
Sheriff's officers told Angie
Yarnell's mother, Marianne Asher-Chapman, about the charges
Thursday night, Petty said.
Asher-Chapman, who had pushed
investigators to continue looking for her daughter for five
years, told the Sedalia Democrat she didn't know how to react to
"I don't know yet," she said.
"I'm just kind of numb."
Yarnell told police he took
his wife's body by boat to an uninhabited island off the Osage
River near Ivy Bend, where he left her remains, Petty said.
Yarnell led investigators to the island about four miles from
the Yarnells' former home and a search was under way for the
Morgan County Prosecutor
Marvin Opie said Yarnell faces four different charges to allow
an eventual jury to find him guilty on a lesser charge if
sufficient evidence isn't available to convict him on the murder
charge. If convicted of murder, Yarnell could face life in
He also faces charges for
forgery and tampering with evidence , which were filed in
November when Asher-Chapman reported that she had received a
post card that purported to be sent from her daughter on Nov. 7,
Michael Yarnell told police he
sent Asher-Chapman the post card, Petty said, in the hope that
it would stop the investigation and lead investigators to think
Angie Yarnell was alive and headed to Texas.
Investigators found items that
Angie Yarnell would have taken with her while searching the home
of Michael Yarnell's former stepfather, Petty said.
That made it clear to
investigators that Michael Yarnell's previous story about his
wife's disappearance "didn't match up," Petty said. When Michael
Yarnell was confronted with the new evidence, he confessed to
killing his wife, the sheriff said.