Brantley hearing is Aug. 26
by By GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
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MARSHA BRANTLEY’S family have made a memorial for her.
MARSHA BRANTLEY’S family have made a memorial for her.
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An Aug. 26 hearing has been set for a man accused of hindering a secured creditor regarding a missing travel trailer.

The case is set for plea or status. Meanwhile in Greenville this weekend, the family of Marsha Rader Brantley will place a memorial marker in her remembrance at her parents’ grave.

Donnie Brantley is scheduled in Bradley County Criminal Court, to face the charge he concealed where a recreational vehicle was located that he and Marsha Brantley owned.

Marsha Brantley disappeared in June 2009.

She was 52 when she allegedly left her husband to seek a divorce, according to Donnie Brantley’s statement to Tennessee Bureau of Investigation investigators.

Friends reportedly notified authorities in fall 2009 of her disappearance.

She was a graduate of and a former employee at Lee University.

“It’s been four years since Marsha disappeared. There have been a lot of things our family has done to help find her and also to take possession of the home her father bought for her,” said niece Jana Wills of Greenville.

During the past four years, the family has been to Cleveland numerous times, passing out leaflets and hanging informational posters in area businesses.

“This will give us a level of closure,” Wills added regarding the small memorial stone and the service that will be held in Greenville this weekend at a family reunion.

The family reunions during the past few years have also been the catalyst for a reward fund being established.

Donnie Brantley reportedly abandoned the home on Benwood Trail after his wife’s disappearance, then failed to show up in court to claim the property he once shared with his wife.

Wills and Medra Justis, of Clemmons, N.C., and other family members sought legal counsel to take care of the property.

The family obtained attorney Jim Logan.

Marsha Brantley’s family took possession of the house in late 2013 after Logan filed a declaratory judgment.

After the family took possession, they allowed investigators with the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office the opportunity to search for additional evidence, hoping to find clues to her disappearance.

Logan’s complaint also said Donnie Brantley has given inconsistent statements regarding his wife’s disappearance and “... has asserted falsehoods regarding the circumstances surrounding her death and disappearance.”

“Cases such as the death or disappearance of Marsha have reached the stage where some people call them ‘cold cases.’ Persons who participated in the death or disappearance of Marsha should know that cold cases do not die,” Logan said in February 2012.

Donnie Brantley was taken into custody in November 2012 by the U.S. Marshals Service, on a charge of hindering a creditor regarding alleged lack of payment on a Denali recreational vehicle that he reportedly attempted to keep creditors from repossessing.

The vehicle was located in Georgia on some of Brantley’s family property, according to officials and reports. Donnie Brantley was released from the Bradley County Jail after posting a $100,000 bond after his November 2012 arrest.

The search for Marsha Brantley continues, as well as the investigation regarding her disappearance, according to officials at the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office.