"We're hoping that keeping Lisa's name out there might somehow bring in some information. And I hope people listening to Lisa's Song will remember to keep themselves safe, to keep their family members safe if they can." ~ Joanne Young, Lisa's Mother
Lisa Marie Young's life was taken from her in the early hours of Sunday, June 30, 2002. Lisa, who'd turned 21 that May 5, was murdered – and the killers and accomplices in Nanaimo have not given her family opportunity to bury her body. This grievous tragedy continues to irreparably harm Lisa's family and loved ones and her community. There is no justice – yet.
Lisa had gone out socializing on Saturday, June 29, a festive night in the midst of the Canada Day long weekend. After leaving a nightclub in downtown Nanaimo, B.C., Lisa had gone to a pair of house parties with companions - celebrating the birthday of a friend, Dallas Hulley.
As Saturday evening became Sunday am, Lisa wanted to get a bite of food from an all-night shop or fast-food location and to go home. Chris Adair, a man in his 20s whom Young, Hulley and friends had joined earlier at the nightclub, offered to drive Lisa in a burgundy Jaguar. But, Adair drove Lisa to another location. On her cell-phone Lisa Marie communicated to her friends back at the house party.
Hulley has recounted that final early am conversation: "Sure enough it's Lisa on her cell-phone. I call her back. She goes, "Dallas, I don't know what's going on - this guy won't bring me back! We're sitting in a driveway on Bowen Road and he won't bring me back'."
The car in which Lisa was taken from her friends was owned by Chris Adair's grandmother - Geraldine Lorna Adair, a prominent member of the business community in Qualicum Beach (a Vancouver Island community not far from Nanaimo, BC). "Gerry" Adair, a realtor, subsequently sold the Jaguar, and threatened to sue over talk that could implicate her grandson in the disappearance. (She passed away in 2011.)
When he encountered Young, Hulley and co. that 2002 weekend in Nanaimo, Christopher William Adair had a criminal record - convictions for assault, and unauthorized use of credit cards arising from crimes in Kamloops, BC and Edmonton, Alberta (places where Brenda Adair, his mother, and other family lived). Charges of fraud, theft (Kamloops, BC) and assaulting a peace officer (Yorkton, Saskatchewan) would soon follow.
In Lisa Marie Young's hometown police have failed to bring to justice those responsible for her murder / disappearance. Identities of those involved with Lisa's death, as wel as witnesses, even a local dubbed the "clean-up girl" are all known and discussed within - and beyond - the island community.
It's believed Lisa Marie Young was delivered to her death at the hands of a member of the Nanaimo street / criminal underworld and his associates. And even though the polygraph aka "lie detector" is "pseudo-science" - in Nanaimo it appears that results of a polygraph test have been used by authorities to quash concern. The American Psychological Association states "although the idea of a lie detector may be comforting, the most practical advice is to remain skeptical about any conclusion wrung from a polygraph."
In December 2015 the government of Canada announced a National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. It's hoped this may lead to a change in the official status of the investigation and outcome. Draft terms of reference, leaked online in July 2016, “do not go far enough in scope to look specifically at the effects indifferent or ineffective policing has had on families," says Sheila North Wilson, Grand Chief, Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/mmiw-inquiry-violence-prevention-1.3686671)
Lisa Marie Young's case is profiled in Summer 2016, episode 26 of ‘Casefile’, an Australian+ true crime podcast featured in Rolling Stone and on iTunes. It can be heard desk-top via http://casefilepodcast.com/case-26-lisa-marie-young and on devices @ https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/case-26-lisa-marie-young/id998568017?i=1000372988520&mt=2 and http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/casefile-true-crime-podcast/e/45496269 (+ numerous podcast-playing apps for, both, apple and android).
“If anyone has info and wants to get in touch please do so at firstname.lastname@example.org Will treat any info anonymously,” notes the international team behind ‘Casefile’. You can also email producers of the series c/o email@example.com and get in touch via direct private message on facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/casefile and the show’s website @ http://casefilepodcast.com
Lisa's kin and community continue to organize vigils and to conduct their own public calls for help. It is now 16 years since Lisa was with family and loved ones.
Earlier reports on Lisa Marie Young's case - since June 30, 2002
Never Give Up Hope ~ June 24, 2010 ~ A Channel TV News
Lisa Marie Young - Shaw TV Nanaimo - Nanaimo & District Crime Stoppers
Please take time to click on the butterflies below and visit the website linked there to gather information in the ongoing search for Lisa. NOTE - Though there is a form on this linked page where you are invited to provide info it's possible that the data access is no longer working. To be most sure of info being helpful - please contact newer addresses posted earlier on this page - and/or write firstname.lastname@example.org - we'll treat any contact in confidence.
Please remember Lisa and help any way you can to bring justice and closure to the Young family and loved ones.