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    Marina Bischoff (39) found dead on the bank of a river 6 weeks after she went missing

    https://www.kansascity.com/news/loca...243500706.html

    Kansas City police said Friday that the search continues for a missing woman who was last seen leaving a police station over two weeks ago.

    According to police, Marina Bischoff, 39, was seen walking away from the Kansas City Police Department?s Shoal Creek Patrol Division, 6801 N.E. Pleasant Valley Road, around 7 a.m. on May 28.

    Police said Bischoff had been arrested the night before on suspicion of driving while impaired and leaving the scene of a crash.

    While in detention, Bischoff made multiple phone calls, police said. She was released on a signature bond, ?per COVID-19 protocols to reduce detention populations of non-violent offenders,? police earlier stated. They added that Bischoff did not appear to be impaired when she left the station.

    We've conducted area searches w/ volunteers, drones, dogs and more. Anyone who knows where Marina may be should call the Missing Persons Unit at 816-234-5136 or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).
    ? kcpolice (@kcpolice) June 12, 2020

    In a statement released Friday, police said video showed and officers saw that Bischoff stayed on Pleasant Valley Road between Searcy Creek Parkway and North Crystal Avenue until about 8:30 a.m. It appeared she was waiting for a ride, police said.

    In the last few days, police and volunteers have been searching the area. Missouri Search and Rescue Canines also assisted, police said.

    Bischoff is described as a white female, 5 feet 3 inches tall, around 110 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a black shirt and blue jeans. Police said she is a social worker for Children?s Mercy Hospital and frequents a church in south Kansas City, the International House of Prayer.

    Family members have told police they are concerned for her well-being.

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    https://www.kctv5.com/news/local_new...dff73002c.html

    Police say on the evening of Wednesday, May 27, Marina Bischoff had been in a car accident. She was charged with a DUI and spent the night at KCMO’s Shoal Creek Police Station.
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    KCTV5 News got word from those who’ve been out here searching all day, that Bischoff's keys and phone have been found. Having that phone will allow police to see who she last communicated with. Because right now, many details surrounding Bischoff’s disappearance still remain unclear.

    “It just seemed like something else was wrong,” Yolanda Armendariz, whose yard Bischoff’s car ended up in, said.

    Armendariz says it appeared to be more than just a crash.

    “There were tire marks that probably went through like three yards here,” Armendariz said.

    Before getting back in her car to then be stopped by police across the street, Armendariz spoke with Bishoff face to face. She says the social worker appeared disoriented.

    “She said she was trying to get home and that she was lost,” Armendariz said.

    Armendariz feels she was already disoriented before the social worker drove into her yard.

    “Like something more than a couple bottles of wine. Where did you do that? (as if talking to Bishoff) Did you do that at someone’s house, here in the neighborhood? Because you surely didn’t drive from your house to here that way,” Armendariz said.
    “She left the police department from the lobby area, went out to the lot, stayed out there for a while and she then walked,” Underhill said.

    Bishoff doesn’t have family in the area. Her parents are in Brazil, and other family resides in Texas. Loved ones say Bishoff suffers from depression and has been very down in recent days due to fears of COVID-19.

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    https://www.kshb.com/news/local-news...sh-for-answers

    Nearly two months have passed since Marina Bischoff, 39, disappeared after she left the Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department's Shoal Creek Division the morning of May 28.

    Nothing about the investigation of her disappearance makes any sense to Bischoff's family and friends. They believe there are key pieces of information that will solve the case, but they still have more questions than answers.

    "Nobody's been able to give me an answer that makes sense," Bischoff's brother, Victor Bischoff, said. "Why didn't we start the search earlier? Why didn't we take the missing persons report earlier?"

    Victor is in Texas trying to sort out the details. He said he was told to wait to file a missing persons report until the next week.

    Marina Bischoff was arrested for DUI and leaving the scene of an accident late on May 27 after she hit a pole with her car at Northeast 86th Terrace and North Mersington Lane. That location is not far from her apartment.

    She left the scene but came back as police were arriving.

    Searchers would later find her cell phone and keys by a treeline just down the street from the crash.

    Police said she made a few phone calls at the station. She left the next morning around 7 a.m. without her belongings.

    "I think the key information we're missing is the three phone calls she made in the morning on Thursday," Victor Bischoff said. "(Detectives) said their internal IT team had reviewed the phone calls but they were not able to identify those numbers."

    Victor said he asked detectives to check with the department's IP system provider to find out who she called, and he found out they had not done so.

    "That was shocking. I would think if you want to solve a case, you would have checked those things," Victor said.

    He's also shocked that none of the people Bischoff called that morning have come forward to the police, to his knowledge.

    KCPD was not able to respond to questions from 41 Action News regarding the case, but said there is nothing new to add at this time.

    Bischoff's coworkers, Hope Flynn and Allison Juneau, also are pushing for answers but feel like they have nowhere to turn. They say the COVID-19 pandemic has gotten in the way of organizing more searches and vigils.

    "Just different struggles trying to get the search for Marina started and having adequate resources provided," Flynn said. "We just feel like we're playing catch up and we're just hoping, I don't know, at this point that the police make Marina a priority."

    Flynn and Juneau worked with Bischoff at Children's Mercy in urgent care.

    Bischoff was a social worker, and her friends say she loved helping families. She started working in Kansas City about two years ago.

    "Everything from that night to today has been uncharacteristic and confusing for all of us," Juneau said.

    Juneau said the constant stress of COVID-19 had been weighing heavily on Bischoff, and they all talked about it at work.

    Victor also said his sister was likely depressed, but she poured herself into her work when she felt down.
    Victor Bischoff also is confused about how and why his sister got a DUI because she didn't drink.

    "Did something else happen that we don't know? That's still in the back of my mind," Victor said. "I don't see her just drinking by herself for no reason. Where exactly was she? Why did she drink?"

    Victor was told that his sister appeared to be disoriented when she hit the pole. Her friends received the same information.

    Police said staff deemed her competent to be released and couldn't keep her detained anyway due to COVID-19 protocols.

    Victor said he doesn't expect VIP treatment, but wonders if Bischoff should have been held for observation longer.

    "Releasing somebody, a small-framed person, 5-foot-3, 100 pounds, with no way to get home, no credit cards, no wallet, no cell phone, no car — what do you expect?" Victor said.

    He wonders if his sister wandered into the creek by mistake. He said every scenario should be investigated.

    "Had we done this back in the beginning I think we would have maybe found — if it is her body — maybe we would have found it in different circumstances," Victor said.

    Bischoff's friends are pushing for the police department to expedite the DNA results, along with the phone information and any information on her laptop found in her car.

    "We need to know," Juneau said. "We need to know if we continue to search for our friend or if she's been found and we can start to form some closure and put her to rest."
    This case really reminds me of the Mitrice Richardson case.

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    https://fox4kc.com/news/family-of-mi...-test-results/

    A decomposing body was found in Shoal Creek by a 10-year-old boy June 5. Those remains have been sent to a lab for DNA testing.

    Bischoff’s family held an online vigil in her honor Monday night.

    Her brother, Victor Bischoff, said police believe the body belongs to Marina because of the proximity to where she vanished, but they can’t be sure.

    He said the family has been told that DNA testing could take nine months. It’s a wait time that the family said is unacceptable.

    “If it is Marina, we’d really like to know as soon as possible,” Victor said. “If it is, then we need to make sure that we give her a proper burial, and if it isn’t, then we want to make sure we’re giving the attention to this and that we’re looking for her and that we’re not just dropping the ball and waiting nine months where she could be out there somewhere.”

    Kansas City Police Officer Doaa El-Ashkar said there is no new information in the case and that testing is backlogged due to COVID-19.

    “Due to COVID delaying the facility’s testing prior to them receiving this case, they are backlogged and are working as quickly, diligently and expediently as they can to provide results in this case and all others they have,” she said.

    Victor Bischoff said the family wants expedited testing and is in limbo waiting to know if the remains belong to Marina.

    “If this is Marina, then we need to take the next steps, but if it’s not, we need to continue to search for her,” he said. “And that’s what we want to know: Do we need to continue to search for my sister or is this really her?”

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    https://www.kshb.com/news/local-news...arina-bischoff

    An FBI lab confirmed that the remains found by a 10-year-old in July on the banks of Shoal Creek belong to Marina Bischoff.

    The remains were positively identified and the family was informed Friday, according to Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department spokesman Sgt. Jake Becchina.

    No foul play is suspected, but the final cause of death has yet to be determined. The county medical examiner is still conducting a final exam, Becchina said.

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