The search continues

Police acknowledge foul play likely in disappearance of Lisa Stone; friends fighting to keep investigation alive

WATCH VIDEO OF LISA STONE’S FRIENDS TALKING ABOUT THE CASE

John Wright  |  Online Editor wright@dallasvoice.com

GARLAND — Dallas police for the first time this week publicly acknowledged that they believe foul play is likely in the disappearance of Lisa Stone, a 52-year-old lesbian who’s been missing for more than three months.

However, Sgt. Eugene Reyes of DPD’s special investigations unit said detectives won’t formally reclassify the case as a homicide until Stone’s remains are found, and he stopped short of identifying her longtime partner, Sherry Henry, as a suspect.

“Every time there’s a body found, we’re hoping it’s Lisa,” Reyes told Dallas Voice in an exclusive interview on Tuesday, Sept. 14. “Not that we’re hoping she’s dead, but at least that will bring closure and get us closer to a suspect. It’s not like her to be out of touch this long. I think foul play is very likely, yes, because it’s out of her characteristics.”

Stone’s friends, who’ve long said they suspect foul play in her June disappearance, expressed frustration with DPD’s handling of the case and said they recently hired a private investigator. But Reyes insisted that investigators have tracked down every lead, including sending 70 officers to search a wooded area of Hunt County in July. Police also searched the home Stone shared with Henry and are awaiting results from forensic tests, Reyes said.

“I am just as frustrated as they are, but we’re bound by the Constitution, and there’s only certain things you can do without violating that, and if we violate them then what good is it if we go to court and everything gets thrown out?” Reyes said. “Whoever did this told someone. All we need is that someone to step up.”

Stone’s friends, many of whom have known her since they attended Mesquite High School together in the 1970s, have held several vigils outside her home on Truxillo Drive in Northeast Dallas. Their Facebook page, “Looking for Lisa Stone… help us find her!,” has almost 2,000 fans. They’ve also set up another website, www.ForTheLoveofLisa.webs.com, and rented a billboard in Garland.

Standing beneath the billboard at LBJ Freeway and Northwest Highway this week, two of Stone’s friends said that while they may be growing increasingly desperate, they’re not about to give up until they obtain both closure and justice.

“It’s very frustrating at this point to have brought all this evidence to the police, and now feel like we don’t know what’s going on,” said Lyndi Robinson, one of Stone’s gay friends. “That’s probably the most frustrating part of the whole thing, is we feel like nothing’s happening, so we’re to the point where we want to scream. I don’t know what we need to do. We need to raise a ruckus, because we want to know the answers.”

Tina Wiley, one of Stone’s straight friends, noted that a $10,000 reward is being offered through Crime Stoppers, and that another vigil is planned for Sunday evening, Sept. 19 at the site of the billboard.

“I know without a doubt she’d be doing the same thing for me, and I basically have no choice,” Wiley said. “I cannot go to sleep at night if I don’t feel like I’ve done everything I can, and I don’t feel like I will ever rest until I feel like I’ve done everything I can.”

Henry, Stone’s partner, isn’t cooperating with police or communicating with her friends. According to both Reyes and Stone’s friends, Henry has left the state and may be staying with relatives in Missouri.

Shortly after her disappearance, one of Stone’s friends witnessed Henry discarding some of Stone’s personal items in a Dumpster, including her birth certificate and the last effects of her late gay brother, Dennis. Henry has also filed a stalking complaint against Stone’s friends and threatened to sue them for harassment, they said.

Stone’s friends questioned why given that they were together for 17 years, Henry isn’t actively assisting in the search for Stone.

Police questioned Henry when they searched the home in July but released her later the same day. Henry couldn’t be reached for comment.

Robinson, who was close friends with Stone’s brother Dennis who died from AIDS in 1997, said she promised him before he passed away that she would look out for Lisa.

“Any one of us, especially in the gay community, could be the last of their family, and your friends are your family, and we’re here to say we’re not going away until we find you, Lisa, and we bring you home,” Robinson said.

Anyone with information about Stone’s disappearance should call Crime Stoppers at 877-373-8477.  Sunday’s vigil will be at 7 p.m. at the site of the billboard, 2010 Eastgate Drive in Garland. For more info, e-mail fortheloveoflisa@aol.com.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition September 17, 2010.

—  Michael Stephens

Rewards for info on Lisa Stone’s disappearance

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in the disappearance of Lisa Stone, a lesbian from Dallas who’s been missing since early June. To submit a tip to Crime Stoppers, call 877-373-8477 or go here.

In addition, Stone’s longtime friend Tina Wiley says a separate $5,000 reward is being offered by an anonymous source for info leading to Stone’s safe return, as well as the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for her disappearance. For information about the second reward, e-mail lookingforlisastone@yahoo.com.

About 75 people reportedly attended another vigil Aug. 6 outside the northeast Dallas home Stone shared with her partner. Relying heavily on Facebook, Stone’s friends have done a remarkable job of keeping her disappearance in the news, as the Dallas Observer, White Rock Lake Weekly and Mesquite News all reported on the vigil.

Above is a video featuring scenes from vigils outside Stone’s home. The video, posted by Wiley, is fittingly set in part to the Williams Brothers’ “Can’t Cry Hard Enough,” which was featured in “Brokeback Mountain.”

With police reporting no new information in the case, the outlook of Stone’s friends is perhaps best summed up by Tammye Markle in the White Rock Lake Weekly: “Our first hope and prayer is that Lisa will come back to us. However, it has been two months and the reality is that the chances of that happening are slim.”

—  John Wright

WATCH: Another prayer vigil set for Friday as search for missing lesbian Lisa Stone continues

Looks like another prayer vigil is set for this coming Friday outside the home of Lisa Stone, a lesbian from Dallas who’s now been missing for almost two months. Stone’s home is at 3323 Truxillo St., and the vigil will be from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tina Wiley, Stone’s longtime friend, reports that items will be for sale at the vigil to raise funds for the search. Also, above is a slideshow memorial Wiley put together for Stone. And below is a recent segment on Stone’s disappearance from HLN’s “Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell,” who concludes that the case has “foul play written all over it.” For more details on Friday’s vigil and the search for Stone, stay tuned to the Facebook page. Anyone with information about the case can call Dallas police at 214-671-4316 or e-mail lookingforlisastone@yahoo.com.

—  John Wright

Gay woman’s disappearance remains a mystery


Senior Cpl. Kevin Janse, a spokesman for the Dallas Police Department, told me late Thursday afternoon that investigators had nothing new to report in the case of Lisa Stone, the 51-year-old lesbian who’s been missing for more than a month.

“Still following up on leads and talking to friends and family,” Janse said in an e-mail.

Asked whether Stone’s partner, Sherry Henry, is considered a suspect in her disappearance, Janse said, “Not at this point.”

Stone’s friends held another vigil outside her home on Sunday, July 11. And the Facebook page they’ve set up to help find Stone now has almost 1,300 members. Stone’s longtime friend, Tina Wiley, posted this message on the page this morning:

The page also says that anyone with information can e-mail lookingforlisastone@yahoo.com.

—  John Wright

UPDATED: Missing woman’s partner taken into custody

A flier that’s being distributed by Lisa Stone’s friends.

UPDATE: To read our full story, go here.

Original post:

A woman described as a longtime member of the Dallas gay and lesbian community has been missing since June 4, and her friends suspect foul play.

Lisa Stone, 51, was last seen by neighbors near her home in the 3300 block of Truxillo Drive, her friends say. They suspect foul play because all of Stone’s personal belongings were left behind, including her purse and pets.

Dallas Voice received an e-mail from one of Stone’s friends, Carla Watts, earlier this week.

“We’re afraid that a wrong has been committed against her and we’re just wanting to find her and help her,” Watts wrote. “We have a profile page set up on Facebook with over 350 members, friends, colleagues. We’ve contacted the Dallas Police Department who have agreed to open a missing person’s file. We’re beginning to distribute fliers with Lisa’s photo.”

A spokesman for the Dallas Police Department couldn’t immediately be reached for comment Wednesday night. According to Watts, a story about Stone’s disappearance was set to air on WFAA Channel 8 at 10 p.m.

Stay tuned to Instant Tea and Dallas Voice for more details. To view the Facebook page, go here.

UPDATE: WFAA reported that Stone lived with her partner of 15 years. The TV station contacted Stone’s partner, but she refused comment. The WFAA report also said Dallas police have confirmed that some of Stone’s possessions, including a birth certificate, were found in a Dumpster near her home. Stone reportedly was scheduled to pick up a friend from the airport when she disappeared.

—  John Wright