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Story of Lisa Marie Young

Lisa Marie Young was a 21-year-old indigenous Canadian who disappeared from Nanaimo, British Columbia, on June 30, 2002. She had spent the night at a local nightclub and several house parties, before accepting a ride to a fast food restaurant from a man she had just met.

Although Young has never been found, her disappearance is being investigated as a homicide

Lisa Marie Young was the eldest child and only daughter of Don Young and Marelene “Joanne” Martin. She has two younger brothers, Brian and Robin. Martin was a member of Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation on the west coast of Vancouver Island and both of her parents attended Kakawis Residential School on nearby Meares Island.

Young was close with her family. Martin described her as an independent woman who was a hard worker with a hard head, and had “inner strength that was totally awesome.” Dallas Hulley, an acquaintance of Young and the last person to hear from her, described Young as “outgoing, confident, bubbly,” and said “She was somebody you noticed right away, at a party or a gathering, or whatever it was. She just had a light about her.”

At the time of Young’s disappearance, her father was helping her move into her own apartment in northern Nanaimo, something she was excited about. Young was also preparing to start a job at a call center within two days of her disappearance, and considered pursuing higher education, with the hopes of becoming a television sports broadcaster.


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