The family of 18-year-old Marina Boelter is still searching for her and needs the public’s help.
Marina has been missing since New Year’s Eve.
Marina’s mother, Tressie “Cricket” Palmer, her grandpa Craven Plamer and Marina’s three sisters live in Greene County. Her three brothers on her father’s side live out of state.
The Greene County Daily World reports that Marina planned to attend the Culinary Arts program at Vincennes University to become a pastry chef. She was working at the Bloomfield IGA Deli when she disappeared.
On New Year’s Eve, Tressie stopped into the store while Marina was working to talk to her about a family get-together on New Year’s Day. But when Marina didn’t show up the family became worried.
According to police, Marina finished working her shift in the deli on New Year’s Eve and was last seen in the parking lot of the store getting into a four-door 2009 to 2011 Mercury Milan near the Bloomfield IGA.
The vehicle’s color has been reported as everything from silver to beige, even gold in color. The Mercury has multi-spoke rims, a spoiler and a blue tooth or cellular shark fin antenna on top.
Investigators also now have an unknown person of interest in the case.
The person has been reported as the driver of the Mercury and has been described as a white male, in his 40’s or 50’s and heavy set. The male was also said to have been wearing glasses.
Nobody has seen or heard from her since.
Her mother says Marina loved her job, had just recently moved into her own apartment, and things were looking up in her life.
Her family continues to look for her, visiting people who Marina knew, both friends and acquaintances and driving through the city to places Marina might have visited.
Her father and brother have made numerous trips to the area to aid in the search. Family members have handed out fliers, searched fishing holes, fields and wooded areas hoping to find Marina.
Lamar Imaging in Linton is assisting at giving anyone a special rate if they would like to help make posters or fliers for the missing woman.
In the flyers she hands out, she points out the cross necklace Marina is wearing in a photo – it once belonged to Tressie but Marina had asked if she could have it.
When friends and family and community members came together last week in the Bloomfield Park for a vigil to pray for Marina’s safe return, they played a song, “Open the Eyes of my Heart.” It’s a special favorite of Marina’s.
Marina first heard the song when she saw a video of a young, autistic, blind boy singing it — her mother said Marina started to cry and that’s when she wanted the cross and has wore it ever since.
Anyone with tips or information regarding the whereabouts of Marina Boelter can remain anonymous and are asked to contact the Indiana State Police Bloomington Post at (812) 332-4411, the Bloomfield Police Department or the Greene County Sheriff’s Department.