Marilyn McCown’s 40th birthday is approaching. This is a time when Marilyn and her friends should be making plans for this milestone birthday. But they are not. Her last 10 birthdays were spent without her – because Marilyn, also known as Niqui, went missing 11 years ago. Her story almost reads like a Hollywood film. It’s filled with an upcoming wedding, cheating, and a cop who commits suicide.
On Sunday, July 22, 2001, Niqui dropped her daughter off at her mother’s house and went to the Richmond Coin Laundry near the 1100 block of South E Street in Richmond, Indiana. She returned to her mother’s house to wait for her clothes to dry. Her mother stated that Niqui was very agitated and told her that some Hispanic men were harassing her at the laundry mat. A few minutes later she left her mother’s home to return back to the laundry mat. She has not been seen again. Four months later on November 3, 2001, her 1990 GMC Jimmy truck was found in the parking lot of an apartment complex 40 miles away in Dayton, Ohio. Her clothes are still neatly folded in a basket sitting in the back seat. This is also the parking lot of where her ex-boyfriend lives. He had an alibi and passed a polygraph so he was never considered a suspect.
So where is Niqui?
Niqui, a student at Sinclair Community College, was studying to become a United States Marshall. She was also a few weeks away from her wedding where she was to marry her fiancé, Robert “Bobby” Webster. Webster, just a few days after her disappearance, cancels the wedding and tries to get a full refund from the reception hall and he tries to get money back for his wedding band, but could not because Niqui was the one who purchased it.
McCown was seeing another man, Tommy L. Swint. She met Tommy at her job. He was a corrections officer at the State Prison where Niqui was the accounting clerk. 6-years later, in 2007, after only 2 months on the job as a newly sworn in Trotwood, Ohio police officer, Swint resigns. The police department finds out that he was a suspect in Niqui’s disappearance, a fact that Swint did not disclose to them.
So where is Niqui?
On February 3 2010, Tommy L. Swint commits suicide. Earlier that day he was indicted for the 1991 murder of Tina Marie Ivery and authorities where at his home to arrest him when he ended his life. Swint is still considered a suspect in Niqui’s disappearance; he probably took any information the family needs to bring her home.
Case Type: Endangered Missing
DOB: January 6, 1973
Age at time of disappearance: 28
Missing Date: July 22, 2001
Last Seen: Richmond Coin Laundry (now called Corner Laundry) at 1100 block of South E Street, Richmond, Indiana
Hair Color: light brown
Hair Length: long/shoulder length
Eye Color: Brown
Identifying Marks: Scar in the middle of her head and on her left knee; small scar on right side of face; small scar over left eye. She was wearing a hot pink and purple flowered swimsuit top, dark colored shorts; white gold bracelet and diamond earrings when she went missing.
If you have any information regarding this case, please contact: Richmond Police Department at (765) 983-7247.