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04/06/03

Family Wants Safe Return Of Missing Loved One

"Today is the seventh day of this, and I haven't heard from her since one-thirty on the 28th. And I feel as though if she was at all capable of contacting me, she would," said Manly Bell.

Bell is talking about her mother Bonnie Marshall, who has been missing since March 28th - the same day her husband, David Marshall, escaped from the George County Hospital in Lucedale.

Bonnie's sister Connie Bowen flew down from her home in Iowa after hearing of the disappearance of her sister.

"Immediately I was, the first thing that came to my head was that David kidnapped her because I've heard him threaten her. That if she ever left him, he would kill himself. And then, he, not directly threaten her but that he would kill her, but he just said that she would be with him always," said Bowen.

Bonnie and David Marshall have only been married for about a year and a half. They met in the Harrison County jail - she was a deacon, serving in prison ministry. And he - a prisoner, serving a 55 year sentence on two counts of sexual assault and one count of kidnapping. Her family says Bonnie is the type of person who believes everyone needs a friend.

"She's sensitive, she's sweet, she's caring. She has a heart for anybody that is there, no matter what they've done, where they've been, and how they've done it,"said sister-in-law Trish Sager.

Police believe Bonnie may have gone with David willingly. Her family agrees she may have, but only under the impression that he would not hurt her or her family.

Bonnie had moved on with her life. She had a new home, a new job, and a new outlook on life.

But she wanted to end her relationship with David.

"She wanted it over. And I like Ginny told her Mom be careful because if he is ever to be released, that's it. He will come after you," said Bell.

The family is concerned about Bonnie's safety, and they wanted to send a message to the couple.

"I want her to know that I love very much, and that no matter what I will be here when she gets here. We will take care of anything that needs to be taken care of, and I plead with David, to know if he loves me like he says he does and if he loves her, he will bring her home to her family. And he will turn himself in. Do what's right. Do what's right," said Bell.

Bonnie Marshall's family is asking the community for their prayers to bring her back home safely.

Bonnie Marshall is five foot one, weighs 140 pounds, and has hazel green eyes and auburn hair. David Marshall is six foot one, weighs 190 pounds with blue eyes and sandy brown hair.

The couple may be traveling in this silver 1996 Ford F-150 pickup truck with a Harrison County license plate that reads "ILV-DAVD".

If you see this couple or know anything about this case, please contact local authorities immediately.

By Karla Redditte

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