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Disappeared: Marion McCleneghan-Sodo, missing almost 4 years.

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On Saturday night, February 6, 2010, Marion McCleneghan-Sodo went to a party at the home of her boyfriend at 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Brooklyn, New York, only a few blocks from her own home. Marion, age 40, worked at a medical marketing firm and things generally seemed fine in her life, although there had been some recent deaths in her family that were undoubtedly tough to deal with. At the party Marion evidently got into an argument with her boyfriend, one Mr. Sosa. She stormed out about 2AM. It has been suggested that she did not go home–Marion’s cell phone, bank card and cash were left behind, although the clothes she was wearing at the party were missing, as were two laptop computers and a handwritten journal she kept.

Marion’s departure from the party was apparently not the last time she was seen. The owner of a local business said he saw Marion come into her bodega at 7PM on Sunday night, February 7. He said she had been crying and seemed upset, told him she was going to Long Island and wouldn’t be seeing him again. (I presume she was a regular customer and friends with the bodega owner). Marion’s brother lived on Long Island, but she didn’t show up at his place. Indeed she’s never been seen again.

In the days following her disappearance police combed the Park Slope neighborhood where she lived for any trace of her, and found nothing. They repeatedly questioned Mr. Sosa but he hasn’t been named as a suspect.

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This is the neighborhood in Brooklyn where Marion McCleneghan-Sodo was last seen in the winter of 2010. From Google Earth.

What happened to Marion McCleneghan-Sodo? The key to this mystery seems to be to figure out what happened between 2AM and 7PM on February 10–between the time she left the party and the time she was seen at the local bodega. As usual, cases like these pique my interest in the geography of where they took place. If Marion’s home, the boyfriend’s home and the bodega are all in the same area, this would strongly suggest that Marilyn spent those missing 17 hours in the neighborhood. Why didn’t anyone else see her there?

I’m intrigued by the detail of the laptop computers and the journal being missing. Presumably she didn’t bring those to the party. Where are they, then, and what happened to them?

Here is the Charley Project file on Marion McCleneghan-Sodo. If you have any information, contact the New York City Police Department.


  1. Sean,

    A few observations. Marion McCleneghan-Sodo was recently separated from her husband Ben Sodo. According to published reports he said they were still on good terms and talked almost daily. Mr. Sodo first became worried when he could not get in contact with her.

    According to Gothamist reporter Jen Carlson, Richard Eric Sosa began dating Marion after she moved to the apartment at 14th Street and Seventh Avenue in Park Slope
    section of Brooklyn. Marion and Sosa lived in the same apartment building.

    The party and argument took place at Sosa’s apartment. Marion lived eight doors away, which was were the laptops and journals vanished from. Her wallet and cell-phone were found in her apartment however, suggesting that the missing items were not taken in a common robbery. Her mother Barbara Sullivan noted that, “The clothes she was wearing the night of that party weren’t in her apartment. She never went home.”

    When asked to take a polygraph test Richard Sosa hired a lawyer and declined to take the test. As far as I can tell, to date he has not been publicly identified as a suspect.

    The bodega owner told her mother he spoke with Marion a day later, on February 7, but not till after two weeks had passed. I think his statement as to what she said, and her emotional state is probably correct, but the date is possibly wrong.

    Most likely hundreds of people come into his shop “La Dolce Vita” daily. A eyewitness being off by a day is not that uncommon. I could find no news reports that state his sighting date was confirmed by security video or other eyewitnesses.

    Marion’s mother was reported as saying that she was in the process of braking up with Sosa. That would explain why she seemed upset and planning to move to Long Island when talking with the bodega owner. It may also have been the reason for the argument at Sosa’s place

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