📌The disappearance of Alissa Turney- 17th May 2001📌
On May 17th, 2001, 17 year old Alissa Turney was reported missing by her stepfather Michael Turney. A note was left in Alissa’s handwriting, stating that she was running away to California with her savings, however, the $1800 in her bank remained untouched. Police classed her as a runaway due to her age and the note. A week later, after Michael insisted that a California number that had called him was Alissa, police requested the recording of the call as well as CCTV from the day she disappeared. These monitoring systems had been in place and constantly running for years, With all incoming and out going calls automatically recorded, and CCTV filming the inside of the house, with one of the cameras inside a vent facing the sofa. Michael alleged that all of these systems were down that day.
As his versions of events from May 17th changed and info was scarce, police added more pressure and Michael stopped cooperating. The case stalled. Then 7 years later, Phoenix’s largest explosives bust happened, with Michael in the center of it. Over 25 bombs were found, as well as multiple assault rifles and a van full of gasoline. Among stuff found was a contract written by Michael and signed by Alissa stating that he had not molested her, as well as a manifesto detailing plans to bomb the Union Hall, his belief being that assassins from the brotherhood of electrical workers had killed Alissa and buried her in the Californian desert. He was sentenced to 10 years for the crime.
Meanwhile, Sarah Turney turned from believing her father, to leading the fight to get him imprisoned for her sisters disappearance and possible murder. Through scouring piles of documents and home video, she has uncovered alarming obsession and control from Michael to Alissa, including videos that Michael had recorded of Alissa while she was at work. Over 20 reports have been made from different sources alleging that Alissa had confided in them about sexual abuse happening to her at the hands of her step father. Sarah also met with her father and recorded a conversation in which Michael said he would confess on his death bed.
***UPDATE 1: Today, I saw the most amazing update regarding Alissa’s case. I, and a great number of you have been following and sharing Alissa’s story, as well as her sister Sarah’s battle to have her own father convicted for what happened to Alissa. Sarah has fought law enforcement, looked through mountains of information, confronted her father, and went on a mission to spread her sisters story to add enough heat to make action happen. Sarah… You did it 👏🙌 Law enforcement have officially, after 19 years, submitted Alissa’s case to the prosecutor’s office for charges against Michael Turney!!