Friends Refuse to Let Case Go Cold in Mysterious Disappearance of Lisa Stone
|Lisa Stone has been missing since June 4. Anyone with information as to her whereabouts is encouraged to call 214-671-4316.|
As the once-ubiquitous Celine Dion hit "My Heart Will Go On" played softly near a table of "Looking for Lisa" T-shirts, one of Stone's Mesquite High School classmates, Rick Hurst, wondered if he would ever see the Facebook friend request that he submitted to Stone the week before her disappearance confirmed. "It's still on there."
Hurst is a couple years older than Stone, who was a drill team all-star, but he's become part of a tight-knit group of Mesquite High alumni who've united on Facebook and through candlelight vigils to search for the woman they reconnected with on the social networking site last year.
|Photos by Andrea Grimes|
|Lisa Stone's friends pray for answers outside her home in Far East Dallas.|
Collin County Commissioner Joe Jaynes, who attended Mesquite with Stone, spoke at the vigil. He encouraged her friends to use Stone's disappearance as a reminder to cherish every moment with each other -- just as Stone did. "Lisa was not a hand-shaker," Jaynes said, "She was a hugger." Jaynes also read a Bible passage, Isaiah 41:10, prefaced with a joke: "Here I am, a lawyer-politician, reading scripture. So don't be surprised if lightning comes down."
|T-shirts with Lisa's photo and a tip line phone number were available for a donation.|
Right now, it appears as though the trail is cold. DPD Senior Corporal Janice Crowther told Unfair Park Monday that "there is nothing new" to report in Stone's disappearance. Stone's friends will have to content themselves with memories of the bubbly drill team dancer for now.
"[Lisa] was -- is -- a really loving person," recalled Cathy Dean, who grew up with Stone and remembered playing together while their parents hosted domino games. Until Lisa Stone's fate is known, her friends will continue to wonder whether to speak of her in the past or the present.