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AZ ALISSA MARIE TURNEY: Missing from Phoenix, AZ - 17 May 2001 - Age 17

Discussion in 'Missing 2000 to 2009' started by PLT, Apr 28, 2016.

  1. PLT

    PLT Member

    Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

    · Missing Since: May 17, 2001 from Phoenix, Arizona

    · Classification: Endangered Missing

    · Date Of Birth: April 3, 1984

    · Age: 17 years old

    · Height and Weight: 5'4, 130 - 145 pounds

    · 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.

    · Clothing/Jewelry Description: Gray shorts, a white tank top and gray sneakers.

    · Medical Conditions: Alyssa suffers from ADHD (attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder).

    Details of Disappearance

    Alissa was last seen at her home in the vicinity of Bell Road and 34th Street in Phoenix, Arizona on May 17, 2001. It was the last day of her junior year at Paradise Valley High School. Her stepfather, Michael Roy Turney, says he took Alissa out of school early and they went out to lunch, then came home. A photo of Michael is posted below this case summary. He stated they got into an argument during the meal 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. and 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 quickly hung up. This was the last trace of her.

    Authorities initially treated Alissa a runaway and 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 cellular phone behind as well. She apparently did take a black packpack 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 with a stable home life. 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. He had surveillance cameras set up inside the family home, and telephone conversations in and out of the home were automatically recorded. Michael never gave police the videotape for the day Alissa went missing, but said he had reviewed eight hours of it and seen nothing of interest. He said the phone recording system wasn't operating the day Alissa called him after her disappearance. Several people claim Alissa told them Michael had sexually abused her or tried to abuse her. Michael denies this and maintains he is a good parent who never harmed his stepdaughter. He said the cameras were for security reasons, not so he could observe his children's activities.

    In December 2008, police executed a search warrant on the home where Alissa had lived and the home across the street where her family lives now, looking for evidence in Alissa's case. They found nineteen high-caliber assault rifles, two handmade silencers, and 26 handmade explosive devices. It was the largest stockpile of weapons discovered in Phoenix Police Department history. More than 100 neighbors were temporarily evacuated from their homes as a safety precaution, and Michael was arrested on several weapons charges. He was carrying two pistols, a recording device and seven magazines of ammunition when he was arrested. Police found a 98-page document, titled "Diary of a Madman Martyr" in his home. In the document, Michael accused the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers of being behind Alissa's abduction and murder. He wrote that he had already killed two "assassins" who were responsible for his stepdaughter's death and he would blow up the union hall in revenge and kill himself in the process.

    In March 2010, Michael pleaded guilty to possessing 26 unregistered pipe bombs. He was sentenced to the maximum term of ten years in federal prison in September 2010. The sentencing judge cited reports that Michael suffers from a parnoid personality disorder that is worsening in spite of the psychiatric treatment he's received; she stated she felt he was dangerous to the public. He will be required to participate in a mental health treatment program in prison. Investigators haven't said whether Michael is a suspect in his stepdaughter's disappearance. They found many videotapes of Alissa at her home during the search, but not the one from the day she disappeared. His family set up a website advocating for him and proclaiming his innocence.

    Alissa lived with her stepfather, and younger half-sister at the time of her disappearance; her mother died of cancer when she was eight years old and Michael legally adopted her. Her four older half-brothers had moved out of the family home. She had no known enemies, and it's uncharacteristic of her to leave without warning. Many agencies continue to classify her as a runaway.


    Edited by Imamazed to add media link
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  2. Kimster

    Kimster Administrator Staff Member

    Sounds like step dad needs to get something off his chest.
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    Main Stream Media

    New clues in case of missing Phoenix teenager (Part 2)
    Posted: May 16, 2012 8:29 AMUpdated: Mar 10, 2015 9:15 PM


    By Mike Gertzman
    PHOENIX -- Phoenix Police Detective Will Andersen believes, "For any crime to occur, you have to have means, motive and opportunity."
    Andersen, with the Phoenix Missing Persons Unit has dedicated years investigating the disappearance of 17-year-old Alissa Turney.
    Turney was a Junior at Paradise Valley High School when she vanished on May 17, 2001. Her stepfather, Michael Turney, picked her up early that last day of school and no one ever saw her again.
    Andersen told 3TV, "There's no reason for me to believe she ever came home."

    3TV has uncovered horrifying allegations about Alissa's childhood.
    Andersen said, "She's spoken to her friends, she's spoken to other family members about being handcuffed, about being gagged about being woken up with him on top of her holding her down."
    The "him" is none other than Michael Turney. When police searched his home, they discovered hundreds of hours of video and audio tapes.
    Among the recorded phone conversations confiscated, Turney is heard discussing why he felt the need to record everything.

    Here is the transcript from a conversation Mike Turney had with this adult son.

    "You gotta keep (expletive) video cameras on all your children all the time. And every conversation you have with them has to be taped. This is the insanity of this (expletive) state.
    You know my secrets are always told everywhere by a big mouth. Of course there's no foundation for them or I'd be in jail."

    Detective Andersen believes one of Turney's secrets involved Alissa.
    "My opinion is there was molestation in that family, she was a victim, she was coming to the point, in her 17 years that she was no longer going to tolerate it, she was going to go public with the allegations."
    The year before Alissa disappeared, police say Turney made a bizarre move by calling Child Protective Services attempting to discredit Alissa in the event she would report abuse.
    "If his daughter, Alissa Turney called CPS to make a complaint of molestation that it was a lie and she was trying to manipulate him into buying her a car," explained Det. Andersen.
    Sarah Turney is Alissa's little sister. She launched HelpfindAlissa.com in hopes of getting answers. But in her mind, "It's pretty obvious that my dad's not entirely innocent about every aspect of this entire story.
    And as an adult reflecting back, it's easier to see and it's pretty shocking."
    When Sarah confronted her Dad, "I said 'I think there are a lot of holes in the story. Dad, do you want to tell me something? All these things are coming to light and I'm really confused.' He says that he loves me and he didn't do it."

    Detective Andersen doesn't buy it. Unfortunately without more physical evidence, he says his case has stalled. Despite that, Andersen refuses to give up.
    "He can't be rewarded for being creative enough to get rid of a body that's basically my bottom line."
    Turney said the videotape of the day Alissa left exists but it doesn't show anything.
    Therefore, he hasn't let anyone see it. Turney has also refused to cooperate with detectives.

    3TV requested to speak with Turney but never got a response. Turney is currently serving a 10 year sentence for explosives possession in the Federal Correctional Institution in Loretto, Pennsylvania.

    For any tips regarding this case, contact Phoenix Police Detective Will Andersen at (602) 534-2121 or www.missingkids.com or NamUs at www.namus.gov.
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    MULDER Bronze Member

    From the 20/20 ID video - some frightening twisted information...

    No money gone from her bank accounts
    An internal CCTV recording inside the house, with a focus on Alissa - but with no recordings on the day of Alissa went missing.
    A passive recording system on the telephone - where some tapes are missing.
    A refusal to go down to the investigators for an interview.
    Alissa's father had been determined to have issues with control and power over his daughter.
    SWAT team makes a raid at the Mike Turneys house only to find firearms, silencers and pipe bombs - which he was arrested for and then was jailed for.
    A manefesto written by Mike Turney outlining an attack to the Union Hall that he thought was out to get him and who abducted Alissa.
    Bones found in the desert in an area Mike Turney had named.
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  6. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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    Paradise Media Mod

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  9. Kimster

    Kimster Administrator Staff Member

    :thankyou: @Supy! I'm going to listen to it as soon as I get a chance!

    Please let us know of any other cases that have a podcast, too!

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  10. patsella

    patsella Bronze Member

    I'm not trying to be biased in this situation. But, his story sounds like several others where the daughter/step-daughter disappears.
    Just sayin'.
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  11. patsella

    patsella Bronze Member

    Thank you, I'm listening now.


    Attached Files:

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  12. patsella

    patsella Bronze Member

    I did not see this link posted. Am watching it now.
    The parent is interviewed so you can get a visual on him.

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  13. patsella

    patsella Bronze Member

    Alissa's NamUs report:
    Case Report - NamUs MP # 1333

    Case Information
    Status Missing
    First name Alissa
    Middle name Marie
    Last name Turney
    Nickname/Alias Alissa Strahm
    NCMEC number 912562
    Date last seen May 17, 2001 00:00
    Date entered 12/29/2008
    Age last seen 17 to 17 years old
    Age now 33 years old
    Race White
    Sex Female
    Height (inches) 64.0 to 65.0
    Weight (pounds) 140.0 to 150.0

    City Phoenix
    State Arizona
    Zip code 85032
    County Maricopa
    On 5/17/01 at approximately 11 AM, Alissa Turney was last seen at her school in the area of North 34th Street and East Bell Road. This was the last day of her junior year at Paradise Valley High School. She was taken out of school early by her step-father who said he left her alone at the home around 1 P.M. The step father claims he returned at approximately 5 P.M. to find a note from Alissa saying she was running away to California. The step-father also claims he received a phone call from Alissa a week later from a California payphone. No one else has seen or heard from Alissa since her disappearance.

    Hair color Brown
    Head hair
    Brown Hair with blond highlights
    Body hair

    Facial hair
    Left eye color Brown
    Right eye color Brown
    Eye description
    No known distinctive body features
    Distinctive features as described below
    Scars and marks
    Scar on chin.
    Pierced ears
    Artificial body parts
    and aids
    Finger and toe nails
    Other distinctive
    physical characteristics

    Foreign objects
    Skeletal information

    Clothing and Accessories
    Clothing and accessories are unknown
    Clothing and accessories are described below
    Gray shorts, white tank top.
    Gray sneakers


    Black back pack.

    Transportation Methods
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    Vehicle model
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    Status: Dental information / charting is available and entered

    Status: Sample submitted - Tests complete

    Fingerprint Information
    Status: Fingerprint information is currently not available

    Investigating Agency
    Title Detective
    First name Stuart
    Last name Somershoe
    Phone 602-261-8065
    Case number 2001-10922334
    Date reported
    Jurisdiction Local
    Agency Phoenix Police Department
    Address 1 2120 North Central Avenue #250
    Address 2
    City Phoenix
    State Arizona
    Zip code 85004
    Missing and Unidentified Persons Unit: 602-534-2121
    Title Detective
    First name William
    Last name Andersen
    Phone 602-262-1663
    Case number 2001-10922334
    Date reported
    Jurisdiction Local
    Agency Phoenix Police Department
    Address 1
    Address 2
    City Phoenix
    State Arizona
    Zip code 85004
    Missing and Unidentified Persons Unit: 602-534-2121
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    patsella Bronze Member

    Additional photos:




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  15. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    What Happened to Alissa Turney? Update on Her Case & Arrested Stepfather in 2018

    Alissa Turney vanished in 2001 from her home in Phoenix, Arizona. She was an a typical teenager who wanted her independence. Like most parents, her stepfather Mike Turney was strict with her. When she vanished, she seemingly left a note saying she “ran away,” so police treated the case as such.

    It has been almost exactly 17 years since Alissa Turney was last seen by her stepfather, storming into her bedroom on May 17, 2001. It was her last day of her junior year at high school.

    Mike Turney picked Alissa up from school early that day to have lunch, according to the reports. During lunch, however, they had an argument after Alissa asked for more freedom. Her stepfather refused to allow it. At home, Mike Turney watched Alissa angrily go to her bedroom.

    Later interviews has Turney saying that he left the home to pick Sarah up from school, and run some errands. He reportedly called the home to check up on Alissa, but said there was no answer.

    Despite Turney’s claims, Sarah came home from a water park trip arranged by her school, expecting her father to be there to pick her up. She called him, but he didn’t answer.

    So she walked home with a friend. Upon arrival, she said nobody was at home. Sarah called her father, and left a message to say she would be at a friend’s place.

    When Turney went to get Sarah, he told her that Alissa was not answering the phone, and he was worried.

    He asked Sarah to give Alissa a call, and after multiple attempts, there was still no answer. When they got home, nobody was inside, and Alissa’s cell phone was vibrating in her room. Sarah then found a note in Alissa’s bedroom, saying that she saved enough money, and was headed to California.

    The note also addressed her younger sister: “Sarah you wanted me gone. Now you have it.”

    In 2008, investigators discovered that Turney installed surveillance cameras inside and outside of his home, and he recorded calls.

    Turney told officers that the cameras were there for safety, not monitoring. However, he also provided them with tapes of Alissa with men she reportedly met at work, and of the teenager with her boyfriend.

    Police then asked him about the tapes of the day she disappeared, but Turney claimed he went through eight hours of footage, and saw nothing of relevance.

    2018: Alissa Turney Still Not Found

    On the Oprah Winfrey Network, Alissa Turney’s chilling story was highlighted once again.

    Her case was also documented and aired on Investigation Discovery. However, no new leads have surfaced.

    Alissa is described as 5’4” with brown eyes and brown hair. She would be 34 years old today, and was last seen in her home in Phoenix, Arizona. She has a scar on her chin, and weighs 145 pounds.

    She is still believed to be in the Arizona area or in California, and helpfindalissa.com is urging people to contact Child Protection Education of America, Inc. at 866-USA-CHILD, or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST if they have any information about Alissa Turney’s whereabouts.

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  16. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Headline of that article makes it sound like Alissa's stepfather was re-arrested in 2018. But "arrested stepfather" is just referring to his 2008 arrest.
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