open case en West Tennessee Child Missing 24 Years <p>As the disappearance of Marlena Childress from her Union City home reaches its 25th anniversary, the lead investigator says he thinks about her every day. Marlena was three years old when she disappeared on April 16, 1987. A massive search turned up no trace of her. Then, her mother told police she accidentally killed Marlena and put her body in the Obion River - a confession she soon recanted. Union City Police Lieutenant Andy Gibson tells KYTN radio as investigative techniques have advanced, they&rsquo;ve put DNA samples from the child into a national database. Mon, 16 Apr 2012 13:52:18 +0000 AP 17642 at