Brookings girl missing

Written by Scott Graves, Pilot staff writer June 23, 2013 10:45 pm

Marilyn’s mother, Erica McKay, and family members distributed this poster throughout Brookings Thursday. Submitted photo
Marilyn’s mother, Erica McKay, and family members distributed this poster throughout Brookings Thursday. Submitted photo
Brookings 8-year-old Marilyn Grimsley has been missing for two weeks and her mother is seeking the public’s help in finding her or her ex-husband, who is believed to have left town with their daughter in an effort to elude warrants for his arrest.

“We just want to know that she is okay,” said mother Erica McKay, 29. “We haven’t seen or heard anything about her since June 4.”

On Friday the Curry County Sheriff’s Department sent information to law enforcement agencies in Oregon and California in an effort to find the girl and her father, Justin Grimsley, 34.

Police told McKay on Friday that they believed Justin had used his debit card in Washington state.

A warrant for Justin’s arrest was issued last month after he failed to appear in court for probation violation.

McKay and Justin Grimsley have joint custody of their daughter. According to McKay, the father took Marilyn on a camping trip on the Chetco River on June 4. When the pair didn’t return home after a few days, McKay started contacting friends and family.

McKay and Marilyn’s aunt, Kelly Grimsley, left messages on Justin’s phone and Facebook page, but he did not respond, they said. 

“I think when the warrants were issued he just wanted to get out of town, but I don’t know why he would take our daughter,” McKay said.

She said her ex-husband doesn’t have a history of violence, but has been known to use drugs and may be with several people who use drugs.

She and other family members are using Facebook and posters around town to distribute photos and descriptions of Marilyn and Justin.

Marilyn is described as being 4 feet tall, with long brown hair, blue/hazel eyes and an olive complexion.

Kelly Grimsley can be reached at 541-469-6739. The Sheriff’s Office number is 541-247-3242.