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Lisa Marie Young 1
Age 21
Race First Nations
Sex Female
Location Nanaimo, British Columbia
Disappeared June 30, 2002
Missing for 18 years
Height 5'2 - 5'6
Weight 110 - 117 pounds
Classification Suspected homicide
Not to be confused with Marie Young, a former Jane Doe who was found in 1973 and identified in 2015.

Lisa Marie Young (born May 5, 1981) was a young woman who vanished after leaving a house party with a man she'd met a few hours prior.

Characteristics

  • Long, straight, dark brown to black hair.
  • Brown eyes.
  • Both earlobes are pierced.
  • A tongue piercing.*
  • A navel piercing.*
  • A band of flowers with a heart in the middle is tattooed on her right bicep.
  • Dolphins are tattooed on her lower back.*
  • A thin build.
  • A dark complexion.

Note: Characteristics with an asterisk at the end mean it was only said by one source.

Clothing and accessories

  • A silver, hooped necklace.
  • A sleeveless, black top.
  • A black skirt.
  • Black, high heeled, thigh-high boots.

Background

Lisa was born in Nanaimo to Marelene "Joanne" Martin and Don Young. The couple also had two sons, Brian and Robin, who were 19 and 17 when Lisa disappeared. Joanne was from the Tla-O-Qui-Aht First Nation in Tofino, British Columbia. Both of her parents, Cecilia Arnet and Moses Martin, attended Kakawis Residential School on the nearby Meares Island.

Lisa had a strong bond with her family. They lived next door to her in the same apartment building, but Lisa would visit them nearly every morning for coffee and a conversation. She regularly informed her parents of her whereabouts, assured them that she wasn't travelling alone, and told them if she would be away for a while. Joanne described Lisa as independent, "a hard worker with a hard head," and had "inner strength that was totally awesome."

Dallas Hulley was Lisa's friend and the last person to hear from her. He remembered Lisa as outgoing, confident, bubbly, and said "she was somebody you noticed right away, at a party or a gathering, or whatever it was. She just had a light about her.”

A family friend of Lisa's, Melanie Stevenson, said Lisa was focused and well-liked by peers. There was nothing in Lisa's personality that would stir up conflict or violence. Lisa showed no indication of any problems when she began bartending, a job she considered a step up from McDonald's.

Paul Manhas was Lisa's former employer at the Old Flag Inn, Palace Motel, and Jungle Cabaret. Although she stopped working for him three months before she went missing, she still frequented the Jungle Cabaret. Paul remembered Lisa as a nice, quiet woman who was liked by all the staff. He briefly saw Lisa at the Jungle Cabaret two days before her disappearance and did not believe anything was wrong.

Before going missing, Don was supposed to help Lisa move into a new apartment, something she was excited about. She was scheduled to begin a new job at a call center within a few days. Lisa was also debating pursuing higher education, with the hopes of becoming a sports broadcaster on television.

Disappearance

Lisa's parents last saw her at 11 P.M. on June 29, 2002, where she was leaving their residence to go party with friends. She'd spent a few hours with several friends at a nightclub in downtown Nanaimo called the Jungle (Now known as Club 241) to celebrate the birthday of her friend, Dallas Hulley. When the nightclub closed at 2:30 A.M. the next day, Lisa and her friends met a man named Christopher Adair, who offered to take them to a party in southern Nanaimo, which they accepted. Christopher took all of them to two separate house parties, both in southern Nanaimo.

At the second house party, Lisa became hungry, but due to being a vegetarian, she couldn't find anything to eat at the party. Christopher claimed to know of a nearby sandwich restaurant that was still open and offered to drive her there. Lisa accepted the offer and she was last seen around 4:00 A.M., where she was leaving the house party and getting into a burgundy Jaguar with Christopher in the early hours of June 30, 2002.

Around 4:30 A.M., Lisa called Dallas to inform him that Christopher didn't take her to get something to eat, but instead took her to another house party. She was still in Christopher's car and didn't feel comfortable about the situation, due to knowing nobody at the party and being unsure of her whereabouts. The final time Lisa contacted Dallas was when she sent him a text message reading "Come get me, they won't let me leave."

An article by Ha-Shilth-Sa from 2013 says Lisa's final cellphone signals were in the Departure Bay neighbourhood of Nanaimo. However, when Lisa's grandmother, Cecilia, was interviewed in a Ha-Shilth-Sa article from 2019, Cecilia claimed she doesn't know what happened to Lisa's cellphone, as she never heard anything about it.

Investigation

Later that year, Christopher was questioned by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). He was previously charged with unauthorized use of credit cards in Edmonton, Alberta, along with assault, fraud, and theft in Kamloops, British Columbia. Unrelated to Lisa's case, Christopher was also eventually charged with assaulting a police officer in Yorkton, Saskatchewan.

Christopher claimed to have dropped Lisa off, who supposedly planned on calling a taxi, despite no record of that. Joanne said when she asked Christopher where Lisa was, he responded with: "I can't. I'm sorry, I don't mean to disrespect your family." The RCMP refuses to confirm the legitimacy of this conversation. Allison Crowe's website suggests Christopher passed a polygraph test.

Geraldine Adair, Christopher's grandmother, was the owner of the car Christopher used to chauffeur Lisa and her friends around. During the investigation, she sold that car and threatened to take legal actions if Christopher was implicated in Lisa's disappearance anymore. She passed away in 2011.

On June 21, 2017, Joanne passed away from liver failure at the age of 54. Her family believes her deteriorating health was the result of stress from losing Lisa. Joanne's sister, Carol Frank, revealed after Joanne's death that Joanne attempted to hide her and Lisa's First Nations ancestry; Joanne feared people would jump to the conclusion that Lisa was a sex worker or living on the streets and blame Lisa for her own disappearance.

Dallas passed away after being struck by a vehicle on March 25, 2018. He and a friend were walking along a highway when he walked out onto the road to retrieve something. Although the driver that hit Dallas was going 10 kilometers under the speed limit, she was unable to see him in time due to his lack of reflective clothing.

In January 2020, Lisa and another missing Indigenous woman from Vancouver Island became the subjects of an electronic billboard along the Island Highway, near Nanoose Bay. Their billboard spots were funded by the Lil' Red Dress Project and will be up for four months at the cost of $7,000.

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