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(Park Rapids Enterprise)   Imagine your mother tells you she's taking a sabbatical to travel the world for a few months and is never heard from again. Imagine 24 years pass and still no word from your mom   (parkrapidsenterprise.com) divider line
    More: Vintage, Australia, Marion Barter, Sally Leydon, News team, Marion's family, Alison Sandy, Government of Australia, Australian authorities  
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843 clicks; posted to Discussion » on 08 Jul 2021 at 12:50 PM (3 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2021-07-08 12:52:39 PM  
I'm sure it's a fascinating story, Subby. If only I could read it without an account...
 
2021-07-08 12:57:58 PM  
Reading it w/ FireFox "Reader View" works.

Also, she never liked you, Jimmy - sorry.  Why couldn't you have been more like your older brother, who sees her all the time?
 
2021-07-08 1:08:04 PM  
I figured she was just running out for a pack of smokes, like Dad all those years before her...
 
2021-07-08 1:17:07 PM  
She's on a walkabout. Eventually some reporter from Los Angeles will do a story on her survival and croc hunting skills in the outback.
 
2021-07-08 1:19:33 PM  
I try not to pry into what people want to do; that's their business.
 
2021-07-08 1:19:59 PM  
Pay wall'd!
 
2021-07-08 1:40:30 PM  
I gather through context that this would upset some people?

What a double-edged sword. Imagine a mother disappearing, but you're SAD about it.
 
2021-07-08 1:54:05 PM  
Forget it Jake. It's Australia.
 
2021-07-08 2:12:16 PM  
Not only did she disappear but she also made it impossible to read about her. Impressive!
 
2021-07-08 2:38:35 PM  

Petite Mel: I'm sure it's a fascinating story, Subby. If only I could read it without an account...


Try this as it sometimes works for me:  Immediately after the article loads, start hitting the ESC key a bunch of times. Don't hit the key too early but be sure to start as soon as you think the full article is there (and, of course, before the "subscribe here" warning pops up). I do this on a PC while at work and have had pretty good luck with some (not all) links like that.
 
2021-07-08 3:16:35 PM  
Sounds fantastic. Can she do it shortly after I was born?
 
2021-07-08 3:30:47 PM  

MelGoesOnTour: Petite Mel: I'm sure it's a fascinating story, Subby. If only I could read it without an account...

Try this as it sometimes works for me:  Immediately after the article loads, start hitting the ESC key a bunch of times. Don't hit the key too early but be sure to start as soon as you think the full article is there (and, of course, before the "subscribe here" warning pops up). I do this on a PC while at work and have had pretty good luck with some (not all) links like that.


Or a quick ctrl-a & ctrl-c before the paywall hits and then paste it into a doc.

/far less effort than it sounds like
 
2021-07-08 5:34:45 PM  

The5thElement: She's on a walkabout. Eventually some reporter from Los Angeles will do a story on her survival and croc hunting skills in the outback.


Surely you mean sheep hunting skills.

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2021-07-08 5:39:30 PM  
Paywalled. Odd that it was green-lit.
 
2021-07-08 6:43:20 PM  

Petite Mel: I'm sure it's a fascinating story, Subby. If only I could read it without an account...


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2021-07-08 6:57:19 PM  

Dr.Fey: MelGoesOnTour: Petite Mel: I'm sure it's a fascinating story, Subby. If only I could read it without an account...

Try this as it sometimes works for me:  Immediately after the article loads, start hitting the ESC key a bunch of times. Don't hit the key too early but be sure to start as soon as you think the full article is there (and, of course, before the "subscribe here" warning pops up). I do this on a PC while at work and have had pretty good luck with some (not all) links like that.

Or a quick ctrl-a & ctrl-c before the paywall hits and then paste it into a doc.

/far less effort than it sounds like


Too much more effort for me but thanks for the clue.  ;)
 
2021-07-09 1:15:18 AM  
She dead.
 
2021-07-09 7:27:26 AM  
You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one.
 
2021-07-09 1:08:11 PM  
Maybe it was a black sabbatical...,

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2021-07-09 3:03:11 PM  
For the paywall impaired:
Disappearance of Marion Barter

- She legally changed her name, but didn't tell family or coworkers
- she applied to renew her teaching credentials for coming year
- she sold her home in a quick sale
- she took a sabbatical to England
- she stayed in various places in England, continuing contact for 2 months
- she planned to extend her stay at a particular locale, postponing a trip on the Orient Express
- then she disappeared
- after her kids grew concerned, they called authorities including checking with her bank... her account was depleted in $5k increments in the months since she stopped communicating
- her passport registered returning to Australia the day after last contact, and all bank transactions were from Australian branch locations
- her return custom card said she was married and living in Luxemborg, and was to be in Australia for only 3 days. It would not be used again
- police supposedly had some form of contact, claiming Barter wanted a new life, but admitted they never physically saw her
- the contact had errors of facts
- Barter never contacted family again, even after daughter married and had a child, father died, and son committed suicide
- she had a medicaire card made up under her old name in the interim missing 2 months and it was used a single time
- there was an anonymous tip that claimed she was dead and buried, but police searched the purported area and found nothing
- there was another tip from a random facebook post claiming she was alive and held against her will. Police never followed up

So, there's a number of points that can be construed as her truly ditching her family, and others that something untoward happened to her. Mostly, the missing persons unit made up their minds prematurely and dropped the ball on the investigation, and that's why there's nothing definitive in the case.
 
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