WA SUSAN LIBBY MARABLE: Missing from Yakima, WA - 23 April 1991 - Age 34

Susan Libby Marable

Marable, circa 1991

Missing Since: 04/23/1991
Missing From: Yakima, Washington
Classification: Endangered Missing
Sex: Female
Race: White
Date of Birth: 05/09/1956 (63)
Age: 34 years old
Height and Weight: 5'0 - 5'2, 90 pounds
Clothing/Jewelry Description: A denim jacket, blue jeans, tan clogs with white soles, and a single silver unicorn earring.
Medical Conditions: Marable was addicted to heroin at the time of her disappearance. She also suffers from anxiety.
Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Marable has scars on both upper arms, on her neck and on her abdomen. She has a homemade tattoo of a star on her left hand between her thumb and index finger. Her ears are pierced. Marable's nickname is Sue, and she may use the last names Hernandez and/or Shortt.

Details of Disappearance
Marable was last seen in Yakima, Washington at 9:30 p.m. on April 23, 1991. She had gone out with friends to the Sports Center Tavern. The bartender saw her getting into a maroon pickup, which he recognized as owned by Bill Robinson. She has never been heard from again.

According to her sister, Marable got involved with drugs after she graduated nursing school, and wound up losing her nursing career and custody of her daughter due to drug abuse. By the time of her disappearance, she was a street prostitute. She was abducted and raped by a stranger in 1990, and suffered from anxiety after the attack. The parking lot where she was last seen was the same lot she was abducted from.

The attacker, John Robinson, was convicted of first-degree rape and kidnapping in Marable's case. During his sentencing in the spring of 1991, he threatened her and her family in open court. Marable disappeared a few weeks later.

John was civilly committed as a sexually violent predator after his release from prison. He was released from the commitment center in February 2019 and went to live in the Tacoma, Washington area, but was returned to the center a few months later after violating the terms of his release.

John was in jail at the time of Susan's disappearance, but it's worth noting that it was his brother Bill's pickup truck that Susan was seen getting into on the night of her disappearance. The police never interviewed Bill about Marable's disappearance, and he died in 1992.

Marable last saw her family in February 1991. She was acting uneasy and told her family she wanted to turn her life around. Foul play is suspected in her disappearance, but there have been no solid leads in her case in decades.

Investigating Agency
Washington State Patrol 360-704-4227

Source Information
Washington State Missing Persons Information
NBC News
The Yakima Herald
Facebook Page for Susan Marable

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Bit of hope

Article from 2018

In the picture she seems to have a nice ring....nothing is mentioned about that in the files. Also I wonder what kind of scars she has, especially the one on her upper arm and neck. Did she had a child/children? Star tattoos are very common...what kind of star, I wonder.


So answering some of my own questions. Quotes from the article above:
"She moved away from Aberdeen after 12 years working in her dream career as a nurse"
"“When she got involved with drugs, it completely destroyed her life,” Robyn <her sister> told Dateline. “She lost her nursing career. She lost her daughter. She lost her life.”

"Susan’s daughter, Rebecca, was four years old when her mother went missing. After her mother’s disappearance, Rebecca, who had been in the foster system at the time, was adopted by one of Susan’s nieces, Robyn told Dateline. Rebecca’s father was not a part of her life."

Yes, here we go again:

"The investigation that followed included ground searches and interviews with Susan’s friends and family. Sgt. Bardwell told Dateline that police at the time did not interview Bill Robinson <brother of John Robinson who raped her and was convicted for this crime, and the person owning the car where a witness see her get into>, but the reason for that was not clear. Bill Robinson died the year after Susan’s disappearance. Sure! I hate this.
"Sgt. Bardwell also said that Leroy Sadecki, Susan’s roommate at the time, did not speak with police. Authorities continue to try to contact him for an interview".

Susan Marable would be 61 years old today. She is 5’2” <other sources say, petit, 5'0, 5'0 - 5'2, 90 pounds is accurate IMO> with brown eyes and brown hair. If you have any information about Susan’s whereabouts, please contact Sergeant Tim Bardwell with the Yakima Police at (509) 575-6012.


Deputized Emu Slayer/Horse Thief Hunter
Just reading this one. This is so strange.

So they never interviewed the driver of the truck she got into who was the brother of her rapist who was known to have threatened her in open court? That makes absolutely no sense to me. He seems like the prime suspect.

And they never interviewed her male roommate? That is odd as well.

While the one seems like the prime suspect, if people knew about this threat to her, it would be easy for someone else that did this to point the finger in that direction.

The bartender said she got into this truck, did any of her friends see her do so?

It is just so unbelievable LE did not talk to these people who may know something. Did they just think she was missing of her own accord?


Well-known member
Yes. I am guessing she didn't know her Rapists Brother. So sad what a bad place she was in her life. But it says she wanted to get out of that life. Never got a chance.

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