March will honour local woman missing for years

Nanaimo's Lisa Marie Young vanished on Canada Day in 2002

Danielle Bell, Daily News
Published: Monday, June 21, 2010

It is an especially hard time of year for one Nanaimo family, whose daughter disappeared one summer night after leaving a nightclub nearly eight years ago.

The unsolved disappearance of Lisa Marie Young, who was only 21 when she vanished on Canada Day weekend in 2002, is one of Nanaimo's most high-profile missing persons cases. Police said early on they believed Young may have met with foul play.

Each year around this time, her parents, Joanne and Don Young, hold a vigil to remember their daughter.

Young was last seen leaving a downtown Nanaimo nightclub in a red Jaguar with a group of people and attended several house parties, but then the trail went cold.

This year for the first time, on the eighth anniversary of her disappearance, the family has planned a march in honour of the their daughter, who was about to move into a new home and start a new job when she disappeared.

Joanne has joined other people in past walks that raise awareness of women's issues, such as domestic violence, and felt the solidarity was a moving testament.

"I thought a walk would be important this year," said Joanne. "We just thought it would be good to have one for Lisa."

The route will take participants through the downtown core. People will march along Skinner Street, where Young left the former Jungle nightclub, now Club 241, the night she vanished. Family may light a candle outside one of the last places she was seen alive.

The walk then winds its way along the waterfront to Swy-a-Lana lagoon, where a spiritual ceremony and candlelight vigil will be held.

The Youngs keep in contact with Nanaimo RCMP, whom Joanne spoke to last week. The unsolved crime remains an active investigation but there are no known leads in the case.

"(The police) are not going to let it go either," said Joanne.

The march will begin at Diana Krall Plaza at 7 p.m. on June 30.



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