Body Believed to be Missing Wife of Kansas Pastor Found in Her Car Inside Shipping Container

The late Marilane Carter, 36, was married to Rev. Adam Carter who is the lead pastor Leawood Baptist Church in Kansas. | Facebook/Paul Carter

The body of a woman authorities believe is likely Marilane Carter, the missing wife of Pastor Adam Carter, was found in her vehicle inside a shipping container in Arkansas Tuesday after days of searching and 24-hour prayer vigils.

“With a heavy heart we share this update with everyone.  Today Marilane’s vehicle was found in West Memphis, AR, in Crittenden County.  A female was found deceased in the vehicle. Law enforcement says that foul play is not suspected.  The family asks for your thoughts and prayers right now and in the upcoming days,” findmarilane.com, a website promoted by her family, announced Tuesday.

Crittenden County Chief Todd Grooms told WMC Action News 5 that her vehicle appears to have been driven into an empty storage container on private property in Arkansas. It is unclear how the driver of her vehicle made it onto the normally gated property and into the container. A purse and credit cards belonging to the pastor’s wife were found inside the vehicle.

Grooms also revealed at a press conference that is was Marilane Carter’s uncle who discovered her vehicle in a Conex trailer that was hidden by tall grass in an area that had previously been searched.

“To be honest with you, I don’t know what I was expecting,” Grooms said. “I was hoping for a more positive outcome, where she would show up somewhere and had maybe been somewhere getting some mental health treatment.”

The body is expected to be positively identified in coming days.

The Overland Park Police Department said the 36-year-old pastor’s wife, who graduated from Samford University’s Beeson Divinity School and was a mother of three young children, was last seen by her family around 8:15 p.m. on Aug. 1. She left her home that day to go to Birmingham, where her parents and sister live, al.com reported.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair