Eighteen years after Lisa Marie Young went missing without a trace, loved ones and supporters marched down the streets of Nanaimo to ensure her disappearance remains in the public eye.
On Sunday, June 28 dozens participated in the annual walk for the missing Tla-o-qui-aht woman, an event that has been held annually since 2003. The walk began at the Nanaimo RCMP detachment, progressing to the city’s waterfront on a warm afternoon.
Lisa Marie Young was last heard of on June 30, 2002, when she was out with friends to celebrate a birthday. She was 21 at the time.
On Tuesday, June 30 people are encouraged to participate in “Lights on for Lisa” by leaving porch lights on to recognize Young’s disappearance.
“Even if you didn't know Lisa, please leave your lights on for her,” reads the event’s Facebook page. “She could have been your sister, daughter, granddaughter, or friend. Our community needs healing, we need to find Lisa.”
This year both events were recognized by the City of Nanaimo with an official proclamation signed by Mayor Leonard Krog.