In , Alissa Turney was a 17 year-old junior in high school, living with her stepsister Sarah and stepfather Mike. Each sister had a very different relationship with their father. Mike was a cool, laid-back dad with Sarah, but with Alissa, he was more uptight and strict and monitored her whereabouts. He told Sarah he did this because Alissa needed more guidance and direction in life. Tensions between Alissa and her stepfather were always high.
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Some things are still up in the air. Her interaction with the Phoenix police was described by Sarah as rocky, to say the least. She has launched her own blog , been a part of several podcasts, and has plans to start her own soon. But despite her efforts, Sarah tells us that the police have refused to participate in any media opportunities. In early , Sarah says she was promised that billboard advertisements would run to help facilitate media attention, but not one has run yet. Since the episodes aired, she says she had a blunt, uncomfortable conversation with the commander of the unit. Sarah said she had to point out what she saw as lies that the commander told her about the case and about promises that were made; things she says they have recordings of, items that she said were sent by email. Sarah thinks there is something else going on. Why would a police department allocate 10 years of resources to a single case to drop it a week before the person of interest was to be arrested, Sarah wonders. But she wants them to know that after she gets justice for Alissa, she intends on fighting for others who are entangled in the detrimentally broken system and hopes to reform that system itself.
During their investigation, detectives had learned from Alissa's childhood friends that Alissa had told them that her step father Michael had tried sexually abusing her when she was younger. Michael had surveillance cameras set up outside and inside the family home. All telephone communications in and out of the home were automatically recorded. Asked for the tapes of the day when Alissa disappeared, Michael told detectives he had reviewed eight hours of footage back in and decided for himself that there was nothing of interest. I just want a fair trial. For more information check out:. John Lordan Series. By signing, you accept Care2's Terms of Service and agree to receive communications about our campaigns through email and other methods.
Updated: March 3, am. Who was Alissa Turney? Alissa Turney was a seventeen year old girl who lived in Phoenix, Arizona. She had not had the easiest life. Her biological father had not been in the picture since she was a toddler, and after her mother died of cancer, she was left with her adoptive stepfather, Michael Turney and her younger sister Sarah. At surface level, Alissa was a normal teenage girl. She had many friends and a boyfriend. She was ready to turn 18 and graduate from high school. She had a job at a fast food restaurant. Her step-dad, Michael Turney, made life very difficult for her.