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Find Missing Alissa Marie Turney! (Part One)

Find Missing Alissa Marie Turney!

Find missing Alissa Marie Turney!
As in the case of so many missing teens
Police classified her as a runaway.
Some agencies still call her a runaway.
But it is eighteen years after the fact.
What happened to Alissa Marie Turney?

Find Missing Alissa Marie Turney!

Find Missing Alissa Marie Turney!

Missing Person: Alissa Marie Turney
Missing Since
Missing From
Phoenix, Arizona
Endangered Missing
Date of Birth
04/03/1984 (35 years old current age)
Age when last seen
17 years old
Height and Weight
5’4, 130 – 145 pounds
Clothing/Jewelry Description
Gray shorts, a white tank top and gray sneakers.
Medical Conditions
Alissa suffers from ADHD (attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder).
Distinguishing Characteristics
Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Alissa had blonde highlights in her hair at the time of her disappearance. She has a half-inch scar on her chin and pierced ears. She may use the last name Strahm.

Find Missing Alissa Marie Turney!

Alissa Marie Turney was last seen at her home. It was located in the vicinity of Bell Road and 34th Street in Phoenix, Arizona. This incident occurred on May 17, 2001. It was the last day of her junior year at Paradise Valley High School.

Her stepfather is Michael Roy Turney. He says he took Alissa out of school early and they went out to lunch. Then she came home. He stated they got into an argument during the meal. That was because Alissa wanted more privileges. And when they returned home she was upset and went into her room angrily.

Michael left her alone at 1:00 P.M. Then he went to run errands and pick up her sister. He tried to call Alissa while he was gone. But she didn’t answer the phone. When he returned to the house at 5:00 P.M., Alissa was gone, leaving behind a note saying she was running away to California.

Michael says she called him a week later from a pay phone in California. But she quickly hung up. This was the last trace of her.

Authorities initially treated Alissa a runaway. They believed she could be either in California or still in the Phoenix area. But foul play is now suspected in her disappearance. She left $1,800 untouched in her bank account. And she left her makeup, hairbrush, house keys and cell phone behind as well. She apparently did take a black backpack with her.

Alissa was very close to her siblings, her friends and her steady boyfriend. But she never mentioned any runaway plans to them and none of them heard from her after she went missing. It’s uncharacteristic of a runaway to leave behind all her belongings and money, as Alissa apparently did, and to never contact friends or family again.

A Florida man confessed to her murder in 2006. But his story turned out to be false. Michael, a former law enforcement officer, says he made over thirty trips to California to look for her.

Alissa’s friends describe her as a normal, spirited teenager with a rebellious streak. She had experimented with marijuana and she sometimes skipped class. But she was a good student. Her friends stated Michael was a strict parent who regularly searched Alissa’s belongings, monitored her phone conversations and sat outside the restaurant where she worked.

Police found strange “contracts” which Michael wrote and made Alissa sign; a forensic psychiatrist who viewed one of the documents said it showed Michael had an “absolute need for control and dominance” of Alissa. Michael also had surveillance cameras set up inside the family home, and all telephone communications in and out of the home were automatically recorded.

After Alissa disappeared, Michael refused to take a polygraph or sit down with police for an interview, although he did communicate with them through fax, email and the phone. He never gave police the surveillance tapes for the day Alissa went missing, but said he had reviewed eight hours of footage and seen nothing of interest. He said the phone recording system wasn’t operating on the day Alissa called him after her disappearance.

Several people claim Alissa told them Michael had sexually abused her or tried to abuse her. She had spoken to friends and family members about him gagging her and handcuffing her. Michael denies the allegations and maintains he is a good parent who never harmed his stepdaughter.

This has been Part One of Alissa Marie Turney’s story. Her story concludes in Part Two. Read it here.

Find Missing Alissa Marie Turney!

This is a case of a missing teen who was labelled a runaway. It turns out that this was not a runaway situation. I wonder how many other teens called runaways turn out to be victims of foul play. It can happen if the person who sees them last gives police a plausible story about a runaway scenario. After eighteen years, Alissa’s loved ones and others who care for her need answers. They believe that Michael Ray Turney, Alissa’s stepfather, killed her. They need hard facts and evidence, not suspicions.

Do you have any information concerning the whereabouts of Alissa Marie Turney? Do you have any information concerning the person (s) who may be involved in her disappearance?

If you have any information, please contact the Phoenix Police Department (Arizona) at: 1-602-262-6141 or 1-602-261-8042. You may contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children: 1-800-843-5678. You may contact SILENT WITNESS at 480-W-I-T-N-E-S-S (480-948-6377). You may contact 480-T-E-S-T-I-G-O (480-837-8446). You may contact 1-800-343-TIPS (8477). You may submit your tip online. Click here to do so. You may submit your tip via the “P3Tips” mobile phone app. Learn more. You may call 9-1-1 or your local police.

If you have any information regarding this case you may contact
Silent Witness at W-I-T-N-E-S-S, that’s 480-948-6377, or toll free at 1-800-343-TIPS.
You can also leave an anonymous tip on the silent witness website at silentwitness.org.
Remember, you remain completely anonymous and could earn a cash-reward for information
leading to the arrest and/or indictment of the suspect(s) of this crime.
You must contact Silent Witness prior to arrest or indictment to be eligible for any reward

NCMEC Case Number: 912562
NamUs Case Number: MP1333
Agency Case Number: 2001-10922334
SILENT WITNESS Case Number: 2001-928

Alissa Marie Turney has a National Missing Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Click here to learn more.
Alissa Marie Turney has a NamUs profile. Click here to learn more.
MISSING ALISSA is a website and podcast documentary for Alissa Marie Turney. Click here to visit this site.
This is a video appeal for Alissa Turney. Click here to view it.
MISSING ALISSA is a Facebook page for Alissa Marie Turney. Use Facebook? Please “like” this page.
JUSTICE FOR ALISSA is a website set up for Alissa Marie Turney. Click here to visit this website.
This is a detailed article about the suspicious disappearance of Alissa Turney. Click here to learn more.
This is a detailed article about Alissa Turney’s case and her stepfather. Click here to learn more.
Alissa Marie Turney has a SILENT WITNESS poster. The above image is courtesy of this profile. Click here to view it.
The above information is found on Alissa Marie Turney’s Charley Project page. I have adapted and remixed it. It is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial 4.0 International License.


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