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|McDonough police: Missing lesbian died of self-inflicted gunshot wound|
|by Ryan Watkins|
|December 13, 2012 13:27|
Lisa Lawson, a 40-year old lesbian who was reporting missing in mid-November and was found deceased Dec. 4, died of an apparent suicide from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to a McDonough police report obtained by GA Voice.
Lawson was first reported missing Nov. 19. Her disappearance prompted her girlfriend, Michelle Alexander, to create a media campaign to help find her. The website, www.findlisalawson.com, and an accompanying video on YouTube helped spread the story of Lawson's disappearance.
An expanded search of Lawson's last known whereabouts was conducted on Dec. 4 and her vehicle, a green Chevrolet Suburban, was found in a Wal-Mart parking lot in McDonough, Ga., after investigators determined her last known location using cell tower records.
An officer from the Clayton County Police Department first discovered the vehicle. The case was then turned over to McDonough.
McDonough's report states that Lawson was discovered in the backseat of her vehicle, with two apparent gunshot wounds to the head. Initial observations lead investigators to believe the death was a suicide.
Lawson sent and received several text messages to her family, including her mother, daughter, Alexander and friends. In those messages, Lawson told friends and family that she loved them and asked that they look after her daughter.
The content of those text messages was included in the police report but will not be published by GA Voice because they were Lawson’s last words to her loved ones.
Lawson’s family is holding a memorial service for her on Friday, Dec. 14, at Mount Ephraim Church at 1202 W. Marietta St. NW Atlanta, GA 30318, beginning at 11 a.m.
Top photo: Lisa Lawson (courtesy findlisalawson.com)
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