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“The officer who took the initial report
is away until Friday...”
—Nanaimo RCMP to Lisa's parents
July 2, 2002


After an RCMP officer finally showed up in response to the report of Lisa's disappearance, he picked up a photo of Lisa, and then promptly went on several scheduled days off.

Lisa's parents were informed of this after several unsuccessful attempts to follow up with the attending officer the next morning, and they were advised to call back when the officer was back at work.


the uniformed officer who took the initial report Sunday is away until Friday
Nanaimo Daily News, July 4, 2002 (Paul Walton)[1]
He asked some questions and took a photograph of Lisa. Then he told them he was off for the next four days and to call him on Friday. [Lisa's parents] were incredulous. This was on a Sunday. [When they contacted the media] a reporter came over right away.]
Native Women's Association of Canada, May 1, 2015 (Allison Crowe)[2]

As the day went on and Lisa's parents grew increasingly anxious, they made several more calls to the RCMP that day.[3] Their persistence finally resulted in a uniformed officer stopping by in the evening, though only to pick up a photo of Lisa.[1][2]

Lisa was to begin a new job
Nanaimo Daily News, July 10, 2002 (Paul Walton)[4]
they said just give it 48 hours
MP Paul Manly, House of Commons, Dec 8, 2020[5]

Urgency increased the next morning when Lisa failed to show up for her first day of work at a new job she'd been eager to start.[4] Seeking an update of the RCMP's findings, Lisa's parents tried to contact the officer who'd attended the night before. After several calls they were told that he'd gone on several scheduled days off, and they were advised to call back after that.[6]

Nothing's come up that would suggest foul play, we just don't know where she is. Const. Murray Conway [anim gif]
Nanaimo Daily News, July 4, 2002 (Paul Walton)[1]
she was immediately put on the national police computer
Nanaimo Daily News, July 4, 2002 (Paul Walton)[1]

The July 4th, 2002 edition of the Nanaimo Daily News, included a quote from RCMP Cst. Murray Conway: "Nothing's come up that would suggest foul play, we just don't know where she is".[1]

By this point, the only known progress by the RCMP was that Lisa's case had been "put on the national police computer".[1][7]

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Paul Walton, Nanaimo Daily News (July 4, 2002), Parents fear daughter the victim of foul play ndn20020704
  2. 2.0 2.1 Allison Crowe, Native Women's Association of Canada (May 1, 2015), Story Telling — Lisa Marie Young nw20150501
  3. Paul Walton, Nanaimo Daily News (July 5, 2002), City woman's whereabouts still unknown ndn20020705
  4. 4.0 4.1 Paul Walton, Nanaimo Daily News (July 10, 2002), Police fear local met with foul play ndn20020710
  5. MP Paul Manly, Parliament, Ottawa (Oct 8, 2020), House of Commons Debate #12 - October 8, 2020 (43-2) at 1525 hoc20201008
  6. Jim Gibson, Star Phoenix (May 15, 2004), Vanished sp20040515
  7. Eric Plummer, Ha-Shilth-Sa (June 24, 2019), Legacy of Lisa Marie Young to hang in Tofino hss20190624