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FL LISA BISHOP: Disappeared on ship travelling from Miami to Haiti - 17 Dec 1989 - Age 23

Discussion in 'Missing 1980 to 1989' started by Scorpio, Jul 23, 2016.

  1. Scorpio

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    [​IMG][​IMG] Lisa Bishop

    [​IMG]Florian Meyer-Bourch

    Lisa Bishop, Florian Meyer-Bourch and several Haitian crew members were last seen boarding a freighter called ''The Freedon'' The ship set sail from Miami at around 2:30 pm on December 17, 1988 en route to Haiti.

    in April of 1989, an underwater salvager recognized the Freedon in Georgtown Harbor on Grand Cayman Island, over 500 miles from Haiti and two weeks after it was reported missing. In May of 1989, Florian Meyer-Bourch and was seen alive in the company of an unidentified man in Grand Cayman. Lisa Bishop nor Florian Meyer-Bourch have ever been located.


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  2. Scorpio

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    http://unsolvedmysteries.wikia.com/wiki/The_Crew_of_the_Freedon
    The Crew of the Freedon
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    Lisa Bishop

    Real Name: Lisa Lynn Bishop, seven others whose names are unrevealed
    Nicknames: No Known Nicknames
    Location: Miami, Florida
    Date: December 1988

    Bio:
    Occupation: Journalism student
    Date of Birth: 1965
    Height: 5' 4"
    Weight: 105
    Marital Status: Single
    Characteristics: Blond hair, green eyes

    Case:
    Details: Lisa Bishop was a pretty young journalism student who vanished on a freighter called the Freedon with its captain, Florian Meyer-Bourch, and a crew of seven Haitians. Lisa was planning on writing a story about the World Bank and the economic contrasts between the United States and Haiti. Lisa met Meyer-Bourch at the Metroplex club in Atlanta, Georgia, which was owned by her boyfriend Paul Cornwell. Lisa worked there as the manager of the bar. Meyer-Bourch told Lisa about the trip around the Caribbean to Haiti and asked her if she wanted to go; she accepted. The ship set sail from Miami at around 2:30 pm on December 17, 1988, but it never arrived in Haiti. When Paul did not receive a call from Lisa on Christmas, and the Bishops did not hear from Lisa either, they became concerned, and they, along with the family members of the other crew members, contacted the United States Coast Guard. They searched for the freighter, but no trace of it was found. However, in April of 1989, an underwater salvager named Bob Nyberg recognized the Freedon in Georgtown Harbor on Grand Cayman Island, over 500 miles from Haiti and two weeks after it was reported missing. It is unknown where the ship went after Bob's sighting, but it gave the Bishops hope that Lisa was still alive. In May of 1989, Paul Cornwell and Bob Nyberg went to Grand Cayman and found that Florian Meyer-Bourch was reported to be seen alive around the time of Nyberg's sighting, and was in the company of an unidentified man. When Paul returned to Miami, he learned from a woman that the man seen with Meyer-Bourch could be a man named Phillippe from Haiti, who had chartered the Freedon. There was no trace of Lisa ever found.

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    The Freedon

    Before Bob and Paul could investigate further, Meyer-Bourch was gone again. There has been heavy speculation that Meyer-Bourch and possibly Phillippe could be involved in smuggling; Meyer-Bourch is still wanted for questioning in Lisa's whereabouts. The Bishops still hope that they will one day find their daughter and find out what happened to her. The whereabouts of Florian Meyer-Bourch is unknown.
    Suspects: Florian Meyer Bourch
    Extra Notes: This case first aired on the October 17, 1990 episode.
    Results: Unsolved
     
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  4. Akoya

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    Florian Bourch

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    Lisa Bishop

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    Gender:Female
    Height: 5’2”
    Eyes: Brown
    Hair: Brown


    Florian Meyer-Bourch

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    Gender: Male
    Height: 6’2”
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    Hair: Blonde
     
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  6. Akoya

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    The Freedon


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    http://unsolved.com/archives/lisa-bishop

    In January, 1989, Falcon jets from the United States Coast Guard searched the Old Bahama Channel in the Caribbean for an 82-foot freighter called the Freedon. The ship was on its way to Haiti but had been reported missing. On board were seven Haitian crewmembers, a young sea captain, and a 23-year old American journalism student named Lisa Bishop. Lisa's mother, Linda Bishop, said that Lisa had called her to say goodbye on the morning of her departure:

    "I could feel something was wrong. Mother's intuition, I guess you could call it. Lisa was to call me when she arrived. And that call never came."

    Lisa wanted to write an article about the contrasts between the wealth of America and the economic devastation of Haiti. Her voyage on the Freedon was the chance of a lifetime, even though it meant leaving behind her boyfriend of three years, Paul Cornwell:

    "We had a long discussion the night before she left, that she had to make her own decisions in life, that I couldn't follow her and take care of her wherever she went."

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    The Freedon was supposed to dock at Haiti


    Somewhere between Miami and Haiti, the Freedon simply vanished. No one has any idea what happened or why. People have suggested everything from pirates, to smugglers, and even the mysterious Bermuda Triangle.

    Lisa's voyage began when she met a 28-year old German national named Florian Meyer Bourch at a nightclub owned by her boyfriend. Florian was a marine mechanic and sea captain who had sailed throughout the Caribbean. According to Linda Bishop:

    "From what I've learned about him, Florian is a drifter, and he sponges off of people. Freeloads."

    A year after their first meeting, Florian told Lisa of an upcoming voyage from Miami to Haiti. He invited her to join him. Paul was upset when Lisa told him that she planned to sail to Haiti with Florian:

    "I didn't trust him with Lisa. Of course, I was concerned about Florian, you know, being a young guy. And she tried to tell me there was nothing to worry about, there was nothing romantic. I tried to discourage her as her parents tried to discourage her from going."

    Lisa's father, Bill Bishop, said there was no talking Lisa out of it:

    "I expressed my feelings about it, that I didn't want her to go or anything, and Lisa was a very headstrong girl when she made up her mind to do something."

    On the morning of December 17 th , 1988, at 2:30 in the afternoon, tugboats eased the Freedon through the Miami River on its way out to sea. The Freedon's planned route would take the ship 600 miles past the coast of Cuba to Gonaives, a small port on the western coast of Haiti. There were no storms and no distress calls, but the Freedon never arrived. When Lisa didn't call on Christmas Day, her family became concerned. Lt. Cdr. Jeff Karonis was with the U.S. Coast Guard:

    "The relatives of the people on board kept calling us, asking us for information. We kept in touch with the port authorities in the various ports in the Caribbean area, and likewise, down in Haiti. We sent several search and rescue flights in the most commonly traveled areas in the Old Bahama Channel, which is the area between the United States and Haiti. Still, it was unsuccessful."

    Linda Bishop and her husband traveled to Miami:

    "We came to Miami hoping to maybe get some answers from some of Florian's friends or just find anything we could. We were desperate."

    Finally, Lisa's parents received a promising lead. An underwater salvager named Bob Nyberg said that he had seen the ship two weeks after it was supposed to have disappeared:

    "I remembered that while I was working in Grand Cayman in January of that year, there'd been a boat that came in. We were working underwater, directly in the harbor area where the ships pulled up and tied up. When I heard the ship coming in, we came up, and as I was coming out of the water, we looked back and noticed that the name was Freedon. F-R-E-E-D-O-N. And I made a statement to my friend, that those guys need their freedom, they can't even spell the word. They were there for some time that afternoon. The next morning the boat was gone."

    Nyberg saw the Freedon in Georgetown Harbor on Grand Cayman Island, over 500 miles from Haiti. It was the kind of news Linda Bishop had been hoping for:

    "The fact that the ship was spotted, and that it had not gone down, brought me hope that Lisa was alive and had to be held against her will in order for her not to contact us."

    Lisa's boyfriend, Paul Cornwell, and Bob Nyberg went to Grand Cayman to pursue the lead. They met a number of witnesses who claimed to have seen Florian around the same time that Nyberg spotted the Freedon. Apparently, Florian was not alone during his mysterious visit to Grand Cayman. Some saw him with a short man with black hair.

    Paul returned to Atlanta and questioned a woman who had been storing Florian's personal belongings. There he found a picture of the man seen with Florian in Grand Cayman. The woman said his name was Phillipe. Paul later found out that it was actually Phillipe who had chartered the Freedon.

    "The girl told me that he mentioned that he was involved in a large scale smuggling thing, and that something had gone wrong, and that they had gotten involved in something too deep that Lisa didn't know about and couldn't handle it. I feel that if Florian is out there, eventually, I'll find out about it, and I'll locate him."

    Authorities believe that Florian Meyer Bourch is the key to the Freedon's disappearance.
     
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  8. Akoya

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    http://unsolvedmysteries.wikia.com/wiki/Florian_Bourch

    Florian Bourch

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    Real Name: Florian Meyer Bourch
    Aliases: David Florian
    Wanted For: Questioning in Smuggling, Abduction and possible murder
    Missing Since: December 1988

    Details: Florian Bourch is a German national and captain of the eighty-two foot freighter called the Freedon. It vanished in December 1988 on a trip from Miami to Haiti with young journalist student Lisa Bishop on board. Lisa was planning to write a story about the economic contrasts between the United States and Haiti. Lisa met Florian at a club in Atlanta, the Metroplex in Atlanta, Georgia, that was owned by her boyfriend Paul Cornwell. Florian told Lisa about the trip, asked if she wanted to go and she accepted.

    The ship set sail from Miami bound for Haiti at around 2:30PM on December 17, 1988, but never arrived in Haiti. When the Bishops did not receive a Christmas card from Lisa, they became concerned. Family members of Lisa and other crew members contacted the United States Coast Guard together. A search was performed but no trace was found.

    In April 1989, two weeks after it was reported missing in a Miami newspaper, an underwater salvager named Bob Nyberg recognized he had seen the ship in Georgetown Harbor on Grand Cayman Island--over 500 miles from Haiti. It is unknown where the ship went afterward, but it gave the Bishops hope that Lisa was still alive.

    In May of 1989, Paul Cornwell and Bob Nyberg went to Grand Cayman. They found that around the time of Bob's sighting, Bourch was seen alive in the company of an unidentified man. When Paul returned to Miami, a woman told him that the man seen with Florian could have been named Phillippe from Haiti, who had chartered the Freedon. No trace of Lisa was ever found. Before Bob and Paul could investigate further, Florian was gone again. There has been heavy speculation that Bourch and possibly Phillippe could be involved in smuggling; Florian Bourch is still wanted for questioning in Lisa's whereabouts. His whereabouts is unknown.
    Extra Notes: This case was first aired on October 17, 1990.
    Results: Wanted

     
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    An underwater salvager named Bob Nyberg said that he had seen the ship two weeks after it was supposed to have disappeared:

    "I remembered that while I was working in Grand Cayman in January of that year, there'd been a boat that came in. We were working underwater, directly in the harbor area where the ships pulled up and tied up. When I heard the ship coming in, we came up, and as I was coming out of the water, we looked back and noticed that the name was Freedon. F-R-E-E-D-O-N. And I made a statement to my friend, that those guys need their freedom, they can't even spell the word. They were there for some time that afternoon. The next morning the boat was gone."

    Nyberg saw the Freedon in Georgetown Harbor on Grand Cayman Island, over 500 miles from Haiti.


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    http://unsolved.com/comment/45669#comment-45669

    On the morning of December 17 th , 1988, at 2:30 in the afternoon, tugboats eased the Freedon through the Miami River on its way out to sea. The Freedon's planned route would take the ship 600 miles past the coast of Cuba to Gonaives, a small port on the western coast of Haiti. There were no storms and no distress calls, but the Freedon never arrived. When Lisa didn't call on Christmas Day, her family became concerned. Lt. Cdr. Jeff Karonis was with the U.S. Coast Guard:

    "The relatives of the people on board kept calling us, asking us for information. We kept in touch with the port authorities in the various ports in the Caribbean area, and likewise, down in Haiti. We sent several search and rescue flights in the most commonly traveled areas in the Old Bahama Channel, which is the area between the United States and Haiti. Still, it was unsuccessful."


    The Freedon's planned route would take the ship 600 miles past the coast of Cuba to Gonaives, a small port on the western coast of Haiti.


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    http://unsolved.com/comment/45669#comment-45669

    Somewhere between Miami and Haiti, the Freedon simply vanished. No one has any idea what happened or why. People have suggested everything from pirates, to smugglers, and even the mysterious Bermuda Triangle.


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