Missing woman's mother works to purchase home where daughter died

Marianne Asher-Chapman sits on the front porch of her Holts Summit home scrolling through photos on her laptop of an Ivy Bend home for sale. The land it sits on is where her daughter, Angie Yarnell, is said to have died. (Megan Sanchez/KRCG 13)

To some, a lot and trailer home for sale in Ivy Bend may not seem significant, but Marianne Asher-Chapman has been waiting for this to happen for years.

"I always said when that property went up for sale, I would buy it," she said.

On October 25, 2003, Asher-Chapman's then 28-year-old daughter, Angie Yarnell, went missing from the Ivy Bend area.

Five years later, Angie's husband, Michael Yarnell admitted to causing his wife's death. He served four years in prison and was released in 2013.

Despite a promise Asher-Chapman said Michael Yarnell made to lead authorities to Angie's remains, despite the time authorities spent searching for her body, and despite the countless hours Asher-Chapman has spent digging, looking, and searching, Angie Yarnell's remains have never been found.

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Asher-Chapman said she has a gut feeling she can't shake - that Angie's body could be buried on the land of the home where her husband claimed she died.

"He killed her," Asher-Chapman said. "He killed her at their home, and I believe she's buried on that property. I think that when we find her, her remains will show that she died way different than what he said."

When Michael Yarnell pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, he said he had shoved Angie off the deck and she hit her head. Because her remains have never been recovered, there has never been an autopsy to determine the official cause of death.

Asher-Chapman, fueled by her experience searching for her daughter, began a nonprofit organization called Missouri Missing. She runs the 501(c)(3) at her house in Holts Summit. Through this she has met and helped countless Missourians who are also searching for missing loved ones.

Now, many of them want to help her.

A GoFundMe has been set up to assist Asher-Chapman in raising money to purchase the land where it is believed Angie died. She said this will provide her the freedom to properly search the property.

"I know I'm supposed to have this property," she said. "I'm supposed to find Angie, and even if we don't find her, Missouri Missing - we work with so many families. We could do some improvements and make a little retreat area."

The fundraiser's goal is $35,000. Asher-Chapman said that will be enough to purchase the home and do some improvements. The trailer the couple lived in was scrapped years ago, and a new one sits on the property.

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She said if the home sells before they can raise enough, the money will go to help the nonprofit in general.

Each year on the anniversary of when Angie went missing, Asher-Chapman adds a green ribbon to the tree outside her home. This fall will mark 15 years, and she said, it's still hard.

"I just miss her spirit, her voice," she said, holding back tears. "I miss everything about Angie. I'm never not thinking of Angie. It's all consuming. It's just hard to be a mother, and you can't find your child."

Asher-Champan said she won't lose hope. She will continue to tell her story, and hopes in her lifetime, she will be able to give her daughter a proper burial.

"She deserves a dignified burial just like anybody else," she said. "She never deserved any of this. I just need to bring her home."

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