Her daughter has been missing and presumed dead for more than a year.
But Martha Hollis is at peace. She’s not afraid of the man she accuses of killing Camisha Hollis.
So after watching Marvin Young appear in court Friday for the first time facing a first-degree murder charge, she calmly and directly asked Young to tell authorities where Camisha’s body is so the family can have a proper burial.
“Marvin, I wish you would just come and tell the truth of what you did with Camisha,” Martha Hollis said outside the Douglas County Jail. “You’re already forgiven, I forgave you. So just let us know what you did with Camisha for the sake of your own children. And to take the pressure off (your) own heart.”
Martha Hollis thinks that Young, who until Friday had been charged only with three counts of intentional child abuse since Camisha Hollis’ disappearance, may now be more willing to speak. Young was Camisha’s boyfriend, and the couple had three daughters together.
Martha Hollis said she would be open to a plea bargain if Young would tell authorities where they could find Camisha Hollis’ body.
“I do believe he’s gonna tell us,” Martha Hollis said. “If he doesn’t, something is wrong with him.”
Young, 37, was ordered held without bail Friday afternoon.
Little information was revealed Friday about any additional evidence that prompted the Douglas County Attorney’s Office to file a first-degree murder charge against Young.
Prosecutor Anthony Clowe said video surveillance captured Young with Hollis’ car at the 402 Hotel near 22nd and Douglas Streets. The video showed Young putting Hollis’ purse in the trunk, Clowe said.
Officers located Hollis’ car five days after she last was seen on April 1, 2018.
Authorities searched for her body at the Schilling Wildlife Management Area along the Missouri River, but they found nothing. Family and friends formed search parties to try to find her at various times last year.
Hollis had told Young to move out of their home near 56th Street and Hartman Avenue just before Easter 2018.
Hollis told her mother that Young was abusive and controlling.
After she disappeared, police found evidence of a physical altercation at the home — Hollis’ blood and two spent shell casings.
Police have said Hollis and Young were home with their three girls — ages 10, 8 and 6 at the time — the night she disappeared. The girls have told authorities that their dad gave them purple liquid so they would sleep, but the oldest spat hers out.
Before falling asleep, she told officers that she saw Young with a steel-toed boot he often used to hurt Hollis and heard her father beat her mother.
Martha Hollis has custody of the three girls. She said they have seen news reports about what happened, but she’s hesitant to tell them more.
She said, however, that if Young ever wants to have some sort of relationship with his children, he should talk to police.
“If he does tell them where their mom is at, maybe later in life they will have a relationship with him,” she said.
“Keeping it hidden, he’s gonna lose his children also.”