On Friday, James F. Logan announced he will be representing the family in an attempt to help find answers to what happened to the former Lee University employee.
Marsha is married to Donnie Brantley, who said she “left him and they were planning a divorce,” according to investigators.
“The family of Marsha Ellen Rader Brantley has met and spoken with Cleveland attorney James Logan to represent us as a whole in finding answers as to the disappearance of our loved one,” said Jana Wills, a niece of Marsha Brantley.
“We have corresponded with attorney Logan on several occasions, and he has agreed to seek justice for Marsha should foul play have been involved in her disappearance.
“Since Marsha’s disappearance in June, 2009, investigators have worked diligently to locate her whereabouts. Attorney Logan is pursuing other possible avenues regarding her disappearance. We ask for continued support and prayers from friends and the community,” Wills said.
The family has traveled to Cleveland from their hometown of Greeneville, several times to distribute flyers. The family has also established a reward up to $5,000 and pleaded with Gov. Bill Haslam to add to that amount for information to solve the case.
“Cleveland has been very receptive the numerous times we have visited to distribute flyers and spread the word of her disappearance. The family would like to express our sincere gratitude and thankfulness for the continued support and help from the Cleveland community,” Wills stated.
“The past 2 1/2 years have been a very difficult time for Marsha Ellen Rader Brantley’s family and friends. The hiring of the Logan-Thompson law firm to assist in attempting to bring this matter to conclusion is not to be construed as being derogatory to the tremendous work which has been and is being done by the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the local office of the district attorney,” Logan said.
Logan continued: “As a matter of public policy, there are many things which these investigators are unable to share with the public. It is important that many of the details be kept a private part of the investigation by law enforcement. We will do nothing to interfere with the criminal investigation of the disappearance of a wonderful Christian lady who dedicated herself to being a contributing member of our community.
“We will file a civil lawsuit and utilize every potential discovery tool available to prove the facts which we will allege in our complaint. It is our hope that there are people who may have information regarding the disappearance of Marsha and this information may lead us to additional evidence to show and prove the participation of a specific individual in causing her disappearance.
“If anyone knows anything about or of anyone which shows directly or circumstantially of the participation of anyone in the death of Marsha Ellen Rader Brantley, we request they provide that information to the Criminal Investigations Division of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, the TBI, the Office of the District Attorney, or our offices. Any information supplied to our offices will remain confidential unless permission is given to use the information.
“If someone knows something and they are willing to share it with us, we will be able to use what is shared in a way and manner in which we can protect the person who gives us the information. The contact person with our offices will be our investigator Arnold Botts, who may be reached at 423-476-2251 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“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. Law enforcement and our offices will never cease their efforts to bring the family and friends of Marsha Ellen Rader Brantley answers to the questions of what happened and who was involved,” according to Logan.
Marsha was a resident director at Lee University for several years. She was also a writer and an avid pet rescue advocate.
BCSO detectives located what they believed to be a “missing recreational vehicle owned by the couple which revealed no clues to her disappearance. TBI officials combed through the Brantley home in spring 2010 looking for clues.
Stephen Hatchett of the 10th Judicial District Attorney General’s Office said Friday his office has spoken with Logan.
“We have agreed to provide as much assistance as possible as long it does not jeopardize our investigation,” Hatchett said.