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|[Updated] Media campaign launched to find missing Ga. lesbian|
|by Ryan Watkins|
|December 04, 2012 16:54|
This story has been updated.
Henry County resident Lisa Lawson has been reported missing and her girlfriend, Michelle Alexander, launched a campaign to help find her at www.findlisalawson.com.
Lawson, who is 40, was last seen Nov. 19 in Clayton County, according to the website. Her description states that she is 5'10” and 175 pounds. She is an African-American woman, last seen wearing a red Atlanta Falcons sweatshirt and black sweatpants. She was driving a green 2001 Chevrolet Suburban (tag PAN 6028) after taking her daughter to work.
Alexander told GA Voice she and Lawson have been together for about five months. They have known each other for four years, she added.
“I really don't know. The family and I have tried to ponder,” Alexander said. “There were some text messages sent to me and some family members telling us that she loved us very much and then she disappeared. We don't know if she ran away. We don't know if she's in a ditch somewhere. We just don't know.”
A report was filed with the Clayton County Police Department, but limitations in the case exist because Lawson is an adult and no suspicious activity is suspected, said Sgt. Kevin Hughes, the department’s public information officer.
Clayton County Police Sgt. Tracy Jakes told GA Voice that police aggressively investigate missing persons reports only under certain conditions.
“Unless there is some reason, a mental illness or Alzheimer's or something like that, there are restrictions because a person has the right to up and walk out of their previous life,” Jakes said. “We don't know that's case.”
Jakes said she understands and sympathizes with the family in cases like these, but acknowledged the department's limited tools in organizing or investigating missing person searches for adults.
Frustration with the Clayton PD was the motivation to create her own missing person campaign, Alexander said.
When asked how the Clayton County Police Department could help in the search, Alexander said she hoped to gain access to Lawson's cell phone records.
Lawson's phone rang for more than a day and a half after she went missing, which could provide clues to her last-known whereabouts based on cell signal triangulation from towers.
“What they could do is get me the cell tower records so we can see where her phone was ringing from. That would help us. Maybe she did run away? Maybe she did travel somewhere. It would help us understand and have a trail. Without cooperation from them, and no support and follow-up, we're just left sitting here and asking how come no one is helping us,” Alexander said.
“I still don't have any word on whether they've [Clayton Police] received cell phone information,” she added.
Clayton police told GA Voice the last documented location of Lawson's cell phone and vehicle was in the McDonough area off of Jonesboro Road headed toward the city of McDonough. They did not include a time or date.
“There's nothing there I saw so major to make her just run away,” Alexander said. “I've seen her in some really dark places in life and she never once ran away.”
Alexander said that Lawson may have been suffering from “slight depression,” but added that she believed her girlfriend would not simply run away from any personal difficulties.
“She has family members, a daughter, things in her life that she's responsible for,” Alexander said.
Alexander appears in “The Other Women of America,” a lesbian reality show under development in Atlanta.
Anyone who has seen or had contact with Lawson is urged to contact the website administrators by phone at 678-480-0147 or email [email protected]
This story has been updated.
Top photo: Lisa Lawson (courtesy findlisalawson.com)
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