By The Numbers

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By The Numbers

Lisa was 21 years old when she was murdered, 21 years ago,[1] and someone who was in the room at the time of the murder is [when this was written] currently 21 years old.[2]

RCMP initially refused to accept the report of Lisa's disappearance, telling her mother to call back after 48 hours.[3][4] This was never the policy of any police force in Canada[5] and the first 72 hours are statistically the most critical to a missing person's case.[6]

Lisa's parents persisted with calling and about 8 hours later an officer stopped by and picked up a photo of Lisa, however when they tried to follow up with him the next day, they were told he had gone on 5 days off, and to call back after that.[1]

Despite Lisa's ominous final call (he won't bring me back) and text message (they won't let me leave)[7] and a neighbour's report of witnessing a backyard burial[8], and Lisa's failure to show up to move into her new apartment[9] or for her 1st day at her new job[1], it was still 10 days before RCMP admitted that Lisa may have met with foul play.[10]

Within the first 2 months after Lisa's disappearance, her family performed dozens of searches[11][9] including an underwater search by 2 private divers[12] based on tips from 2 psychics.[13][14] The dive took place less than 400 meters from Lisa's actual burial location.[15][16]

The RCMP's 1st search took place 80 days after Lisa was reported missing,[17] including an 18-day delay[18] because investigators were pulled off of Lisa's case due to an unrelated shooting[19] which was solved in less than 2 days.[20] Perhaps demonstrative of their faith in RCMP, Lisa's family repeated the search, 2 months later.[21]

Investigators were uninterested[22] in Lisa's father's repeated inquiries about producing a Crime Stoppers video re‑enactment,[23] and RCMP later said Crime Stoppers no longer does re‑enactments of crimes[23] — but 2 months later this was proven to be a blatant lie,[24] yet it still took another 6 years for RCMP to provide Crime Stoppers with the basic case details required to finally produce the re‑enactment[24] which was finally aired 7 years after Lisa's "disappearance".[25][26] Unfortunately, the 2½ minute video[27] contains at least 18 factual errors.src

After Lisa had been missing for 18½ years[8] RCMP performed their 2nd search, which was 6,666 days after their 1st search[17], in the backyard at 827 Nanaimo Lakes Road[28] — the location of the 1st houseparty to which Lisa was taken[29] — and was a location which Lisa's father had asked investigators to look into[23] after he received several tips indicating the significance of the property.[22]

Despite multiple people saying they saw Lisa at the party[30], RCMP was initially adamant that Lisa wasn't there,[23] yet 2 decades later admitted that the location was significant to her disappearance.[31] Investigators returned to search the property a total of 3 times[8][16], without success.[32]

The property is, however, where Lisa is buried,[16] beneath a 4ft² concrete square (49.14502, -123.97504) which was added in 2002,[33][16] but was never excavated or otherwise disturbed by RCMP[2].

Lisa's father and his Purolator Courier co-workers quickly distributed 1000's of "missing" posters[34] — which included her parent's home phone number,[35] and eventually, a photo of Chris Adair (Jaguar driver) — across Vancouver Island[11], generating a flood of tips from the public: dozens within the 1st week[36], 100's by the end of the month[13][37], and they haven't stopped coming. By 2019 investigators had received over 800 tips[38], and by 2021[38] (after the case received renewed attention[39] — including the viral popularity of the Where is Lisa? podcast[40] — the number of tips was in the 1000's.[41] As of 2022, RCMP continues to receive new tips a few times each month.[42]

On that Canada Day 2002, 26-year-old Chris Adair drove Lisa to 827 Nanaimo Lakes Road at least 2 times:[4][23] Around 1am, and again mid-day.[16] When Lisa was murdered there were 4 people in the room, although 2 of them were young children.[2][16]

3 weeks later, Chris was arrested in Kamloops (400 km away) on unrelated charges of Fraud and Theft,[43] outstanding from a year earlier.[44] 21 days after Lisa's disappearance, the 2 charges (and Chris), were transferred from Kamloops to Nanaimo, but only 1 charge arrived; the Fraud charge seemingly "disappeared" in transit.[44]

Around July 22nd, Chris was questioned about Lisa's disappearance at the Parksville RCMP detachment[4], and then released. It's unclear why this took place in Parksville — 40km from Nanaimo and 14km from Qualicum Beach, where Chris stayed with his grandparents — but notably, 21 years earlier, Chris's grandfather had been for 5 years Mayor of Parksville and Alderman for 3 years.

1 day later in Nanaimo, Chris was convicted of Theft and handed a Conditional Sentence Order (CSO),[44] requiring him to "keep the peace" and remain in BC for 90 days. However, 30 days later, he breached both conditions by assaulting an RCMP officer, 2000km away in his hometown of Yorkton, Saskatchewan.[9][43]

For Assaulting a Peace Officer while committing Breach of a Conditional Sentence Order, Chris Adair was sentenced to just 1 day in jail.[44]

On June 4th, 2020 — soon after release[45] of the Island Crime season 1: Where is Lisa? podcast series — Lisa's 1st cousin Chantel Moore was murdered by an RCMP officer, during a "wellness check" soon after she and her daughter moved from Vancouver Island to New Brunswick. Chantel is the 2nd of Tla-o-qui-aht Chief Moses Martin's granddaughters to become a victim of murder.[46]

Lisa Marie Young was murdered on Canada's 135th birthday.

See Also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Paul Walton, Nanaimo Daily News (July 4, 2002), Parents fear daughter the victim of foul play ndn20020704
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 This information was obtained first-hand by the author.
  3. Allison Crowe, Native Women's Association of Canada (May 1, 2015), Story Telling — Lisa Marie Young nw20150501
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 MP Paul Manly, Parliament, Ottawa (Oct 8, 2020), House of Commons Debate #12 - October 8, 2020 (43-2) at 1525 hoc20201008
  5. Canadian Centre for Information on Missing Adults (Dec 1, 2012), Quick facts about reporting a missing adult in Canada mp20121201
  6. Jolene Rudisuela, Capital Daily (May 5, 2021), More people go missing in BC than anywhere else in Canada. No one knows why cd20210505
  7. Verity Stevenson, Toronto Star (Aug 6, 2016), Inquiry brings back memories of Nanaimo woman missing since 2002 ts20160806
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Kendall Hanson, CHEK News (Dec 17, 2020), Nanaimo RCMP conduct new searches in nearly two-decade-old case cn20201217
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Jason Proctor, Vancouver Province (Sep 2, 2002), Where is Lisa-Marie? p20020902
  10. Alberni Valley Times (July 11, 2002), Police suspect foul play avt20020711
  11. 11.0 11.1 Paul Walton, Nanaimo Daily News (July 5, 2002), City woman's whereabouts still unknown ndn20020705
  12. Nanaimo Daily News (July 29, 2003), Dive shows no sign of Lisa ndn20030729
  13. 13.0 13.1 Nelson Bennett, Nanaimo Daily News (July 25, 2002), Lisa's kin follow psychic tip ndn20020725
  14. Nanaimo Daily News (July 25, 2003), Divers to search for Young ndn20030725
  15. Robert Barron, Nanaimo Daily News (July 26, 2003), Divers comb Colliery Dam for Lisa Young ndn20030726
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 16.5 This information was provided to the author by someone who was present.
  17. 17.0 17.1 Paul Walton, Nanaimo Daily News (Sep 18, 2002), Grim Task: Police comb woods for Lisa Young ndn20020918
  18. Vancouver Sun (Sep 14, 2002), Nanaimo RCMP to begin ground search for woman vs20020914
  19. Paul Walton, Nanaimo Daily News (Sep 10, 2002), Tips spark new search for woman ndn20020910
  20. Jim Beatty, Vancouver Sun (Sep 4, 2002), Husband charged in Nanaimo shooting vs20020904
  21. Paul Walton, Nanaimo Daily News (Nov 29, 2002), Police wait for break in city murder cases ...Young family to search for Lisa ndn20021129
  22. 22.0 22.1 Alberni Valley Times (June 3, 2003), Disappearance still a mystery avt20030603
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 23.3 23.4 Paul Walton, Nanaimo Daily News (May 29, 2003), When sadness turns to anger ndn20030529
  24. 24.0 24.1 Ruth Olgilvie, Ha-Shilth-Sa (Aug 14, 2003), Investigation for missing woman frustrates family hss20030814
  25. Danielle Bell, Nanaimo Daily News (May 19, 2009), Police hope TV spot sheds light on cold case ndn20090519
  26. Danielle Bell, Harbour City Star (May 22, 2009), TV spot aims to bring new clues to cops hcs20090522
  27. Crime Stoppers (May 15, 2009), Lisa Marie Young - re-enactment (video) yt20090515
  28. Jim Gibson, Star Phoenix (May 15, 2004), Vanished sp20040515
  29. Jim Gibson, Times Colonist (Apr 4, 2004), The case Nanaimo can't forget tc20040404
  30. MMIWG Inquiry (Apr 4, 2018), Vancouver Community MMIWG Hearings Day 1 - Martin Moses and Carla Moss (Facebook video) mm20180404
  31. Ian Holmes, NanaimoNewsNow (Feb 25, 2021), Fitness challenge honours missing Nanaimo woman Lisa Young nnn20210225
  32. Ian Holmes, NanaimoNewsNow (June 26, 2022), Disappearance of Nanaimo woman approaches 20 years as quest for answers continues nnn20220626
  33. Aerial Imagery: City of Nanaimo (1996—2022), Esri® ArcGIS 'NanaimoMap'
        → For historical satellite photos, change "Base Map" to "All Aerial Imagery"
  34. Joanne Young, Harbour City Star (Dec 18, 2002), Thanks for the Support hcs20021218
  35. CaseWarriors, Missing Poster: Lisa Marie Young (Source)
  36. Paul Walton, Nanaimo Daily News (July 9, 2002), RCMP keep searching for woman ndn20020709
  37. Chris Bush, Nanaimo News Bulletin (June 21, 2012), Candlelight vigil held for Lisa Marie, Mounties still investigate case nnb20120621
  38. 38.0 38.1 Eric Plummer, Ha-Shilth-Sa (June 24, 2019), Legacy of Lisa Marie Young to hang in Tofino hss20190624
  39. Troy Landreville, myCampbellRiverNow (Dec 19, 2019), Signage spreads awareness about missing Indigenous women crn20191219
  40. Kendall Hanson, CHEK News (May 26, 2020), New podcast sheds light on disappearance of Lisa Young from Nanaimo cn20200526
  41. Skye Ryan, CHEK News (May 5, 2021), 'Today's a very hard day': Family of missing woman Lisa Marie Young marks her 40th birthday cn20210505
  42. Kendall Hanson, CHEK News (June 26, 2022), Community marches for Lisa Young 20 years after she went missing in Nanaimo cn20220626
  43. 43.0 43.1 Allison Crowe, Allison Crowe (July 27, 2020), Lisa Marie Young Help Find Lisa Missed by family and loved ones from Nanaimo ac20200727
  44. 44.0 44.1 44.2 44.3 BC Provincial Court Services Online, Government of BC, Search Traffic/Criminal
      → Enter Last Name: (Adair), First: (Christopher), Enter Image Text, change no other fields, click Search
  45. Ian Holmes, NanaimoNewsNow (June 5, 2020), Podcast breathes new life into historic case of missing Nanaimo woman nnn20200605
  46. Justin Waddell, CHEK News (May 4, 2021), Red Dress Day: Indigenous female homicide rate six times higher than average cn20210504