This past July, a 54-year-old South Lake Tahoe woman named Marie Hanson went missing during the 40th National Rainbow Gathering of the Tribes in Woodland, Wash. Emily McCarty, the Portland Media & Culture Examiner, first started covering the peace-focused event with her article titled National Rainbow Gathering 2011 Part 1, but soon found herself using her column to bring attention to two women found missing Missing: Hope Johnston & Marie Hanson, last were both seen at Rainbow Gathering. McCarty continued to follow the stories and while Hope Johnston was found safe, McCarty’s articles and updates kept a spotlight on Marie Hanson until local television news and authorities took action and the remains of Hanson’s body were discovered in early October Marie Hanson: Skamania County confirms identity of remains found during search.
The family of Marie Hanson recently wrote to knotmove.com thanking Emily for her diligence. The following is from Examiner Emily McCarty goes above and beyond to help family find closure, originally posted on the knotmove.com Blog on October 20.
Penny Gould, part of the family that lost a loved one, wrote us this remarkable letter, thanking Emily:
I am writing you today with a heavy heart, knowing that my sister-in-law, Marie Hanson, is deceased. It is, however, an amazing blessing at the same time. The reason that I am writing to you is to let you know that I hold your writer, Emily McCarty in the highest esteem possible. Without Emily’s tireless efforts, outstanding journalism, loyalty and dedication to our family, I am positive we would not have found her remains.
Emily single-handedly waged a media blitz while at the same time remaining compassionate and honest. She traveled to South Lake Tahoe to meet with family and fundraise for a private detective; she conducted fundraising herself. She truly went “above and beyond the call of duty.” It would probably take one hundred pages to list all of her hard work, if I could even begin to understand what she went through to devote herself and the last three months of her life, to our family and finding Marie Hanson.
We have been lifted up by her amazing spirit, her hard work and her never giving up. Marie Hanson’s remains were found Oct. 9, 2011.
I would have no way of knowing how to recognize her efforts, and congratulate her on her success. By adopting our family and our cause, she has truly helped us all find peace. If you or your organization could please look at her work, and understand its magnificence, I would be everlastingly grateful.
While the search for Marie has concluded, the family will now begin the task of trying to understand what happened to her. You can read more at mariehansonmissing.com, or on Emily’s Examiner page.
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