New details about missing Slope woman

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The Park Slope woman whose disappearance has stunned the neighborhood for more than a week was last seen at a deli near her 14th Street home a full day after she allegedly vanished after a fight with her boyfriend.

Mike Haden, the owner of La Dolce Vita deli at the corner of Seventh Avenue, told Marion McCleneghan’s mother this morning that the 40-year-old woman was in tears when she came into the shop on Feb. 8 at around 7 pm.

“She said to him, ‘Goodbye — you won’t be seeing me anymore,” McCleneghan’s mother, Barbara Sullivan, told The Brooklyn Paper. “She said she was headed to Long Island.”

That testimony is contrary to reports that McCleneghan was last seen leaving a party at her boyfriend’s 14th Street home at 2 am on Feb. 7, just a few doors down from her own apartment.

The boyfriend, Richard Eric Sosa, has been unreachable.

Sullivan said that Sosa and her daughter were “drinking buddies,” and that McCleneghan had intended to spend the night of Feb. 7 at Sosa’s place. But the two quarrelled and McCleneghan left the party “in a huff,” Sullivan said.

That explains why initial reports suggested that Sosa had been the last person to see McCleneghan. The Post reported that Sosa had a scratch on his face and that he was initially cooperating with police, but has since gotten a lawyer.

Sullivan said that Sosa and her daughter were in the process of breaking up — the latest trauma for McCleneghan, who is undergoing therapy for anxiety.

“She was having a rough year — first she lost a friend, then her father and two aunts,” said Sullivan, who also mentioned that McCleneghan had been regretting her decision to separate from her husband, Benjamin Soto.

Sullivan said she doesn’t know what McCleneghan’s somber “goodbye” implies, but she remains suspicious about several factors in the disappearance. Her daughter left two packs of unopened cigarettes and $300 at home before she vanished, and hasn’t used or answered her phone since. Plus, the only person McCleneghan knows in Long Island is her brother, who hasn’t heard from her, Sullivan said.

Soto and other members of McCleneghan’s family admit McCleneghan was having some emotional issues, but said her condition and medication didn’t affect her “extremely smart, alert, well-spoken” demeanor.

Soto noted that the two were in consistent, friendly contact despite the separation, and can’t believe that she might run away.

“She just got a new job, she’s extremely happy, and she wouldn’t just pack up and leave,” he said.

A detective on the case said the search for McCleneghan is a priority. Sullivan’s talk with deli workers revealed that her daughter was last seen wearing jeans, a bright-colored shirt, a baseball cap and a “big pocketbook.” She had her hair down.

Anyone with information on Marion’s whereabouts is asked to call NYPD Det. Gibbons at (718) 636-6483. Give case number 109 for reference.

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the wise one from Brooklyn says:
Hag; you need to stop conducting your own investigation. You are repeating hearsay and unverified information. Maybe your daughter was killed by Sosa, and you said she went to Long Island? Did you verify this or is it hearsay?!
Feb. 23, 2010, 9:43 pm
another brooklyn one says from sheepsheadbay says:
ok,smart one,for one,who the hell are u callin hag !! this hag may be ur mother one day lookin for you too,iam assuming ur sosas friend.woohoo,sounds to me like ur stickin up for ur friend there,is it hear say that u are or wat,and two,iam also a mother of 4,u say stop conducting her own investigation,well i have news for u missy,god help him if this was my daughter,the investigation would be on me cuz beleive me,id make sure i got a peice of him,hes nasty cold,seemed annoyed plez,why isnt he lookin for her then.look,lets face it,anything coulda happen whos to say right but shes the mother which alows her to say whateva the hell she wants,and iam sure sooner or later the truth will come out,and i hope to god she is ok,and he didnt hurt her,but till then u never no.i dont understand wen something like this happen how ppl can be so crul.shes a mother have a heart.
Feb. 23, 2010, 10:54 pm
concernd citizen says:
nobody knows wut has happend or who did wut, so it is not wise for someone to b blurting out wuteva comes to their mind just for some attention! tha police r doing their jobs n dont need a self righteous, self important anybody blurtin out info to any and everyone that can b possibly damagin to their investigation! if her mother gave that any thought n truly cared, she would shut her mouth n let the police do their jobs! i've been followin this story since it first came out, n it seemd like the police got alot of info n help from true friends without the mother comin into the pic.
Feb. 24, 2010, 11:46 am
smart one in the city says:
well u no wat tho,if it was your daughter would you shut your mouth,i know i wouldnt,id do everything in my power to find out wat happen.and shes only saying what was told to her,she didnt say her child went to long island,she said the deli from 7th ave said she went to l.i.
i just feel that ppl should have respect for the mother,seems like ppl are backin him up wen he himself made himself look guilty,the paper said he rufused a lie detector test,had scratches on his face n got a laywer,so come on,its all pointin to him,they also say hes less then helpful.i just feel for this mom and anyone missin a luved one.but i agree the police will solve this up,my wishes are for a good out come.
Feb. 24, 2010, 12:11 pm
More of a concerned citizen from Park Slope says:
I am going to assume that "concernd citizen" has never had a child go missing. Your post seems a bit harsh on the mother. I doubt most people would just sit around when someone they love is missing. It also seems that you imply the mother would try to damage an investigation, truly you must have many issues, i'm sure. My guess is the woman was talking from emotion, not from an investigators point of view. Didn't your mother teach you that if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all?
Feb. 24, 2010, 12:15 pm
smart one in the city says:
to the concerned citizen in park slope..
i couldnt have said this any better then you just did.not only did his or her mother not teach him if he has nothing nice to dont say anything at all,but im very sure they werent taught to have respect eaither,how sad is that??
Feb. 24, 2010, 1 pm
Pete from Slope says:
Um... has anyone every been to the La Dolce Vita deli? How the hell is a dude named "Mike Haden" the owner? It's a bunch of Egyptian dudes who call you "my friend". This is weirder that the disappearance.
Feb. 24, 2010, 1:02 pm
concernd citizen says:
im not defending sosa in anyway, if he was the last one to see her, has evidence of any kind of assault, has lawyerd up and is no linger willin to cooperate than he his def a person of interest in my book. And thats why the mother should keep shut! It seems the police have CREDIBLE leads, w/out havin to stop n check leads that aint!
Feb. 24, 2010, 1:18 pm
More of a concerned citizen from Park Slope says:
I would have to guess the mother is hoping that Sosa had nothing to do with this and is holding on to any information that would lead her to a daughter that is alive. It is true that from what is reported in the papers and the news that the outcome will not be such a happy one. But, can you blame a parent for keeping hope alive? If Sosa did do something, that means her daughter is probably dead. Chances are the police, who may have credible leads, don't share that information with the family, rightfully so, but try to look at it from the grieving families point of view.
Feb. 24, 2010, 2:30 pm
Balki from Park Slope says:
Pete. I agree with you about the "Mike Haden" post. The "la Dolce I'll charge you a different price every time for the same item Deli" doesn't seem to be owned by a Mike Haden! This should be investigated!
Feb. 24, 2010, 3:46 pm
smart one in the city says:
i agree with u balki,but mayb they are investigating it,that guy sounded like a moron anyway,
as for concerned citizen,its very hard for a parent to keep shut wen ur luved one is missing and a mother knows best,if she has agut feeling and she does,well she needs to go on it,as for credible lead,whats that,iam so sure that mother is in contact with investigators everyday,and shes the last one to want to hurt the case,she knows what shes doing beleive me,like the lady says,look at it from her point of i said b4,shes doing it right,me,not so sure,i think sosa would fear me more n beg the cops to take him in had that been my i give her credit.hey,iam just saying !!!
Feb. 24, 2010, 4:15 pm
wtf from queens says:
all i have to if you're girlfriend turned up missing after being at your apartment for a party and the police asked you to come in for a lie detector test are you dumb enough that you wouldn't get a lawyer. Nobody is printing anything about the husband or anyone else. Police investigations are based on more than what the papers get told. You guys should be doing more with your time then piecing together bits of news and pointing fingers. How about finding the poor girl.
Feb. 24, 2010, 5:53 pm
And thats exactly wat were doing!!!! nobodys pointing fingers here,he pointed the finger on himself!!i cant imagine y there not going with anyone eles,mayb there is nobody but him.but if ur girl is missin wouldnt u be out lookin for her instead of being so dam cocky !!!
dont worry,god is watchin,god will get whoeva did her harm.(if there was harm done)
as for the police,im very sure there doing everything in there power to find her n im sure they will.
Feb. 24, 2010, 6:20 pm
to wtf from queens says:
Maybe they aren't printing anything about the husband because he didn't lawyer up and is doing everything in his power to find his wife. He didn't refuse a lie detector test, he didn't go into hiding. If the b/f was with this woman for a year, even if he didn't want to be with her anymore, how can he be so cold and not try to find her or at least not make it so difficult to get any information that might be helpful. Sorry, but i'm going to guess that's why a lot of people are saying things about him. Personally, I hope he just don't know anything and this woman shows up. But, what are the chances of that?
Feb. 24, 2010, 11:23 pm
Kim says:
My Prayers are with all the loved ones.
Feb. 25, 2010, 5:04 am
SAD says:
i am sad that this woman has vanished, i am sad that her husbands life is in turmoil, i am sad that the fam is distraught- the despair they r all feelin. my prayers r with all of them. may God grant u peace and bring her back home safe.
Feb. 26, 2010, 9:04 pm
barbara sullivan from brooklyn says:
please correct- I did not say baseball cap and big pocketbook.
March 2, 2010, 9:16 am
piscesmystery from Passaic County says:
In addition to the $300.00, 2pks of cigs, I remember reading that MM's cellphone and wallet were also found in the home. When taken together IMO these are not items one would leave behind if one was only planning to cool off and escape things for the remainder of the weekend or even for a few days.

I believe it was also said that two laptops were missing along w/ one or two journals. I've wondered whether the power cords were missing along w/ the laptops?? I wonder ... who was MM "spying" on or perhaps having a online war with? Perhaps a female friend or "ex" of Sosa's?

I find the missing journals of great interest as well - if true. As journals don't seem to be the sort of thing a guy (stranger or otherwise) would take from the home. A female perhaps, but IMO, not a guy.

I suspect a troubled love triangle here - one with perhaps fatal consequences. I also suspect the involvement of an unknown / unnamed female in the equation.

My prayers to MM's family and friends. I have great faith in the NYPD. Stay strong and believe it will only be a matter of time.
March 7, 2010, 10:13 am
a smart one in the city says:
To piscesmystery.
we have great faith in the nypd.we beleive its a matter of time b4 the truth comes a guy wouldnt be interested in journals in less there was something in there about him.then i think he would take dont dissapear from the face of the earth just like sound like a pyscic.are you??
well imo god is good,from my mouth to his ears,i hope they find her soon.her family needs her home.thanks for being a concerned person.
March 7, 2010, 3:20 pm
A friend from park slope says:
Know what funny? Marion would even say, it's weird how all of a sudden her mom is so concerned. She didn't want to even start an investigation or call the news. It's funny what marion went through for years with her mom. Her mom never helped marion out. Now all of a sudden we r gonna act like we care! As for ben, he has been actively looking for his wife. He even asked eric to help put up flyer and eric had better things to do. I hate reading peolpe assume stuff and be so cruel. marion is the best person u can ever meet. and i hope she is returned safely. please pray for her. don't give up hope. I won't.. love u marion. xoxoxoxo
March 24, 2010, 1:25 am
not a real friend from park slope says:
To the idiot "A friend from park slope": You write in your post "I hate reading people assume stuff and be so cruel" that's funny, cause you are the cruelest post i've read. How dare you say such things about marion's mother. You obviously don't have any idea about who Marion "really" was. Here are the "facts", Marion's mother didn't even know about her being missing until three days after the fact because Ben didn't want to upset her. Barbara is the one that insisted a police report be filed. You obviously have no idea what you are talking about. As for what Marion went through with her mother, another thing you have no idea about. If you really "loved" Marion then you would know she would be the first one to tell you off for saying such things.
March 26, 2010, 9:30 am
not a real friend from park slope also says: says:
To the alledged "friend from park slope". Whoever you are you have your own agenda and you obviously do not know Marion so well. Her mom and she were close, so close that Marion asked her mom to be maid of honor at her wedding to Ben. And again, Marion would soooo tell you off right now.
March 26, 2010, 6:52 pm
a friend from parkslope says:
ok, whatever u say. I guess marion hasn't confided in u at all.(whoever u r) Yeah she would be telling u off,not me. She has been through alot with her mom. And yes i know about the maid of honor, because marion tryed everything to regain a close relationship with her mom. But, there was always something her mom did to push her away. She asked her for help so many times and nothing. SO u have ur facts i have mine. I know marion better than u do, that's odvious. yeah and nobody knew she was missing until 3 days so that means nothing. atleast ben started right away to look for her. If it wasn't for ben, how long would it have taken barbara to find out her daughter was missing?????????? Yeah can't answer that..... I know more than u do.
March 26, 2010, 11:14 pm
a friend from parkslope says:
Oh by the way,not a real friend, (yeah i figured that out) the name calling.. I thought u had to be over 18 to post here.. let"s keep it above a grade school level with the name calling... Everyone has there facts. U have urs, i have mine.. And marion can clear it up when the nypd finds her.
March 26, 2010, 11:28 pm
response to "a friend from parkslope" from no friend there says:
"above grade level"??? Come on here, what mature person would bash the mother of a missing person who is probably dead. If you know Marion so well then I guess you know she would never go away this long on her own. You think you know it all, but sadly you only know hate. I wont bother with you anymore because you are just a sad, angry person that wants to spread hate. EVERYONE fights with their family at times. Get your facts straight before you put your useless opinions out there.
March 27, 2010, 8:34 am
A friend from parkslope says:
Awwww does the truth hurt? And what kind of friend r u or sister of marion and write that she's dead. She probably wanted to get away from eric and u also..
April 2, 2010, 11:04 pm
Reply to idiot says:
The "truth" never hurts. What does hurt is to know Marion had such hateful people in her life. You hide behind the anonymity of a comment site. Come out into the open and reveal who you are if you are such a wonderful friend of Marion. My guess is you're one of the stupid people Marion was always trying to help.
April 3, 2010, 7:37 am
Knew Marion a long, long time ago from Sheepshead Bay says:
I can't believe the unbelievably harsh, repugnant comments on this page. I was thinking of Marion earlier tonight when I saw a friend post something on Facebook. I have not seen her since junior high school and I do not pretend to know what her life was like.

But I do know that no matter what issues were going on, she deserves more than a modicum of respect. And whatever her issues were -- or perhaps weren't -- with her mother, it's not anyone else's business.

Instead of calling each other names and bragging about how close you were to her, what don't you say a few kind words about this beautiful, funny, intelligent, sharp and ultimately sweet woman. And just keep your virtual mouths shut and either help her get found, or at least lend some moral support to the people who really do miss her and wish for her return.

If Marion did runaway, clearly the ugly people with their rancid comments on this page surely represent some of the reasons why.

Marion, if you're reading this, please let everyone know you're okay. And a guy you probably don't even remember hopes that you find whatever peace you sought.
Aug. 24, 2010, 12:39 am
ConcernedReader from NY,NY says:
There is something strange about the Deli guy. Check this out. The Deli owner claims his name is Mike Haden, but the Owner of that deli is listed as Mike Amdahok, who is listed as owner of the Deli under a corporate name ANM Food Corp. Good luck finding either of these names or any background info on them. Why is this Mike Haden aka Mike Amdahok nonexistent on any legit data listings? And why does this deli owner seem to know so much about Marion McCleneghan? His statements also make him the last to see her alive.
Aug. 4, 2012, 6 am
MikeWho? from PS says:
Check out the deli guy!!!!
March 31, 2014, 12:51 am

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