Vigil planned for missing Nanaimo woman

By Jenn Marshall - Nanaimo News Bulletin
Published: June 19, 2010

Lisa Marie Young was last seen eight years ago.

Her family is holding a walk and candlelight vigil in honour of the anniversary of her disappearance and to remind people she is still missing.

Relatives, friends and the public are invited to join Joanne Young, Lisa’s mother, in a walk around downtown Nanaimo, followed by a candlelight vigil at Swy-a-lana Lagoon on June 30.

“I just feel it’s really important to keep the awareness out there,” said Young. “There’s been a couple times when we just laid low and didn’t do a whole lot.”

Lisa was last seen leaving a house party in Nanaimo on June 30, 2002. A man in a red Jaguar was going to give her a ride to Subway and then home, but she never made it to the restaurant or home.

The walk, which begins at Diana Krall Plaza on Commercial Street at 7 p.m., will pass by what was formerly the Jungle Cabaret on Skinner Street that her daughter was at before she went missing.

The candlelight vigil in Swy-a-lana will include playing “Lisa’s Song” by Nanaimo musician Allison Crowe.

“I really hope a lot of people come out,” said Young. “You wish one day someone would come out and tell us what happened. We’ve always believed that someone knows something.”

Last year, Nanaimo RCMP teamed up with Crime Stoppers and Shaw TV to do a TV re-enactment of Lisa’s last-known movements to help generate some fresh leads in the case.

Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman, said the re-enactment generated dozens of tips, many of which are still being investigated and followed up by the serious crimes unit.

“It’s still an active investigation,” he said.

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