Alissa Turney’s Disappearance Case: Solved or Unsolved?

On May 17, 2001, a 17-year-old girl named Alissa Turney, visited Paradise Valley High School in North Phoenix. But unfortunately, she did not return home since that day. She was living with her stepfather Michael Turney and step-sister Sarah as her mother passed away long ago. Though Sarah thought that her father has something to do with Alissa’s disappearance, Alissa’s stepfather has now been charged by a panel of adjudicators in her killing.

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Alissa Turney’s disappearance case has remained a secret since the day she went missing, and law enforcement has failed to solve the case. Here are the details you may be curious to know about this startling disappearance case:

Quick highlights:

  • Earlier this case was seen as a fugitive juvenile scenario, but now it is considered as a case of foul playing.
  • Close discussions and interviews with Turney’s family and friends have revealed that she was social and intelligent. But her personal life was darker than anyone can imagine.
  • The police have considered plenty of suspects over the years, but Turney’s sister Sarah felt that her allegedly unmannerly stepfather is the culprit.
  • Alissa’s stepfather was under arrest for second-degree murder related to her disappearance.

1Early reports made by Phoenix Police Department about Alissa’s disappearance

According to Phoenix Police Department, Alissa’s father, Michael Turney, told a whole different story to the authorities. He did say that he picked up his daughter at 11 am on the last day of high school, and then they went out for lunch. Michael additionally told that Alissa had an argument with him over the topic of her freedom.

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Even after returning from lunch, Alissa was very angry with Michael. Then, Michael goes out of the house to pick up Sarah from a field trip. But when Sarah and Michael returned home, Alissa was missing. Besides, she left a note stating that she was fleeing to California. At this point in the case, the cops also believed that it was a runaway case and there was nothing like foul play in it.

Early reports made by Phoenix Police Department about Alissa’s disappearance

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2How good Alissa’s stepfather was with her?

Media reports reveal that tensions between Michael Turney and Alissa were at an all-time high. Police found that Michael was a slightly strict father with Alissa as he controlled her whereabouts. In contrast, Michael was a composed and calm father with Sarah. Michael once told Sarah that her behavior towards Alissa was strict because she needed more direction in her life. Some close media reports also conveyed that Michael used to monitor Alissa through secret video recorders.

How good Alissa’s stepfather was with her?

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3Alissa’s family initially thought she had run away from home

It was very difficult for Alissa’s family to digest her disappearance as she left everyone in a lot of confusion. Alissa left all her things at home. Furthermore, she did not withdraw any money from her bank account. However, her family thought she ran away from home. It was more shocking to learn that she never approached or called any of her friends. When Alissa was missing from her room, Sarah found that Alissa had left her cellphone on top of a dresser, and her bag scattered on the bed.

Alissa’s family initially thought she had run away from home

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