Monday, June 17, 2024

‘It’s never too late’: Search for Nanaimo’s Lisa Marie Young continues 21-years-later


Lisa Marie Young disappeared from her hometown of Nanaimo on June 30th, 2002 at the age of just 21-years-old. She has now been missing just as long as she had lived, prior to her disappearance.

21 years ago, Young was having a night out with friends. She went to a nightclub and two house parties before accepting a ride to a fast food restaurant from a man she had reportedly never met before. 

Although her body has never been found, Nanaimo RCMP have been investigating this case as a homicide. 

Now, posters still line the streets of Nanaimo displaying Young’s picture and calling on anyone with information to come forward and help the Nanaimo RCMP in their investigation. 

Police say that even though there has been an uptick in homicide cases in recent years, their Serious Crimes Unit has kept Young’s case as a priority. 

“Over the years, investigators have received hundreds of tips, have interviewed as many people, conducted numerous searches, and have diligently followed up on old and new information,” said Reserve Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

On Sunday, June 25th, Young’s friends, family and members of the community who wanted to stand in solidarity with them gathered outside the Nanaimo RCMP detachment for a vigil. 

A song was sung, a prayer was said and some of those in attendance spoke to keep Young in the forefront of their minds as those gathered then marched to the pavilion in Maffeo Sutton Park. 

“We want the public to know that this investigation continues to move forward. If you have information that you have never shared with police, now is the time to do so,” said O’Brien. 

“It’s never too late.”

Anyone with information on the disappearance of Lisa Marie Young should call Nanaimo RCMP at (250) 754-2345.

Curtis Blandy

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