07-17-2008, 01:44 PM #1
PA - Lisa Michelle Hatchell, 37, Philadelphia, 19 July 2003
n two days it will be Lisa's birthday. It also marks the day that she disappeared in 2003, five long years ago, from Philadelphia, PA after an argument with her long term boyfriend, Tyrone Henderson. It won't be much of a celebration for her grieveing mother,Alonie Walton, and Lisa's two children.
In January Nancy Grace did a segment on Lisa's case and there is just so much that was not done in the beginning, which seems to be not unusual anymore.
Can we all take a few minutes to contact media outlets and see if someone would be willing to do an update on Lisa's case....It's her Birthday!
07-17-2008, 10:29 PM #2
The vanishing: Hatchell was last seen at 54th and Warrington in West Philly.Five Years Gone
Army vet Lisa Michelle Hatchell is still missing. Her mother wants to know: Does anyone in Philadelphia care?
by Frank Rubino
For what should be a festive occasion, Alonie Walton of Abbeville, S.C., might be shopping for a present, stocking up on candles or buying a cake. Instead she’s steeling herself for a grim anniversary.
“Every day we look at the calendar,” the 67-year-old former North Philadelphia resident says over the phone. “They say, ‘A few more days and it’ll be Mama’s birthday,’ and, ‘A few more days and it’ll be five years.’ They miss their mother so very much.”
“They” are Walton’s grandchildren, 20-year-old Tony and 12-year-old Khadijah. Walton took them in after her daughter, Lisa Michelle Hatchell, disappeared from a Southwest Philadelphia street on July 19, 2003—her 37th birthday. She hasn’t been seen since.
“It’s like Lisa just vanished from the face of the earth,” Walton says, adding that although her daughter was a crack cocaine user, she wouldn’t have abandoned her family.
“As high as Lisa got, she always called me at least every two weeks, even if just to say, ‘Mom, I’m still alive,’” she says.
That’s why Walton doesn’t believe her daughter—a divorced Army vet who struggled with her addiction for a decade—simply walked away and started a new life somewhere.
Hatchell was last seen with her boyfriend in front of his house on the 5400 block of Warrington Avenue around 10 p.m. on July 19, 2003. The couple had been together for more than a decade; Hatchell had lived in the house for roughly a year.
Walton says Hatchell’s ex-boyfriend has acknowledged quarrelling with her over money that evening. “He told me, ‘Me and Lisa had a big fight because I wouldn’t give her the money to have her hair done,’” she recalls.
Walton hasn’t spoken with the ex-boyfriend in years, since he became annoyed by her frequent phone calls in the aftermath of Hatchell’s disappearance.
“That bothers me,” says Walton. “They were together 11 or 12 years.”
Det. Valarie Miller-Robinson of the Philadelphia Police Department’s Long-Term Missing Persons Unit says police don’t respond any less vigilantly to word that drug addicts have gone missing.
“That’s not the way the department is run,” says Miller-Robinson, who in December 2005 became the lead investigator in Hatchell’s disappearance.
Miller-Robinson says she can’t speak to interactions Walton had with police before she got the case, but emphasizes that in her office, a missing person’s lifestyle is irrelevant.
“It doesn’t matter,” she says. “If they’re missing, they’re missing.”
Unfortunately, five years back, Alonie Walton had a different experience.
Within weeks of her daughter’s disappearance she began calling the 18th Police District only to be rebuffed by officers after apprising them of Hatchell’s crack addiction.
“One cop asked me, ‘Do you think we have time to go searching for every crackhead who runs off?’”
Walton says she couldn’t even persuade police to take a report about her daughter until the summer of 2005, when she called Internal Affairs at the height of the massive search for La’Toyia Figueroa, a pregnant West Philadelphia woman found murdered in Chester on Aug. 20 of that year.
“I asked them how all those people could be looking for the Figueroa girl [a cousin of then-City Councilman Juan Ramos] when nobody had lifted one finger for my daughter,” Walton says. “That’s when they finally opened the case.”
Miller-Robinson says she doesn’t know exactly when police took the initial report on Hatchell, but acknowledges the case file’s first entry date appears to be Aug. 23, 2005.
Walton further argues police have been remiss in not searching the ex-boyfriend’s house.
“Lisa lived there, and they haven’t searched it to this day,” she says. “She could be buried in the basement or in one of the walls. Even if she’s not, any other evidence is gone.”
Miller-Robinson says she did interview the ex-boyfriend sometime during 2006 but admits nothing in the file indicates police ever searched his house.
She has, however, approached the district attorney’s office about procuring a search warrant.
“I want to [search the house] myself,” she says. “It’s been on the table with the DA’s office since some point last year but their only concern is … they don’t necessarily want to give me permission to forcibly enter someone’s home to look for evidence about something that happened five years ago.”
“The only thing they’re worried about is somebody suing them,” says Walton, who’s frustrated by the lack of progress on Miller-Robinson’s part.
Miller-Robinson counters that no matter what Alonie Walton believes, Lisa Michelle Hatchell might still be alive.
“You never know,” she says. “There are several missing persons cases where people just up and leave and start their lives over again. Granted, that’s not fair to the families and loved ones, but it does happen.”
Miller-Robinson adds that investigators in Georgia have relayed several leads placing Hatchell in the Atlanta area since she went missing.
“Hopefully, she is [living in Georgia],” she says. “It’s just one thing we’re investigating to determine whether it’s a good lead or a false lead. Hopefully, we’ll find her alive and well and doing her own thing down there.”
Walton says Hatchell lived in Atlanta for several years during the early 1990s and is sure the leads Miller-Robinson speaks of have either come from people who have their dates confused or are associated with another Lisa Hatchell.
“Lisa never, never, never would’ve gone away this long,” she says. “I think the Atlanta thing is something she’s saying just to pacify me. Lisa’s not in Atlanta.”
She pauses to reflect on the youngest of her three children, who she says prior to disappearing was considering joining her in Abbeville.
“Lisa was a sweet, funny person,” she says. “She was on drugs, but she was never disrespectful to people. The police should give her a birthday present by trying to find out what happened to her.”
07-17-2008, 10:30 PM #3
Please read and comment about Lisa's case at the following sites.
Some of these people have good connections, let's persuade them to just take a minute to make a call or send an email.....time is running out!
07-18-2008, 04:43 PM #4Registered User
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07-18-2008, 09:38 PM #5
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT.............
Please go to this site and vote for Lisa's article. What it will do is get it to the front page of this site, and may have a chance to be in their hourly news video, and possibly make it to their TV channel.
Really, all it does is get this article and Lisa's case more exposure.
THANK YOU! WE NOW RETURN TO REGULAR SCHEDULED BEER BREAK..................!!!!
07-19-2008, 09:51 AM #6
I would personally like to thank everyone who lit a candle for Lisa Hatchell today. If you haven't had a chance to do so, here is the link to her candle site.
No matter what goes on anywhere on this internet, the candle sites bring it all home to each of us. For Stacy, Kathleen, Lisa, Lilly, any of those that are in our hearts and need our help. It is a place that we all come together, with no argument or bashing, and give the thoughts and prayers that are in our hearts. That's what really counts. Thank you all again for being the great people you are!!
07-19-2008, 10:35 PM #7
PA-Lisa Michelle Hatchell, 37, Philadelphia, 2003
"Maybe she just went somewhere and died." As incredible as it sounds, that's what Philadelphia police told the mother of Lisa Michelle Hatchell. With that kind of mentality, it comes as no surprise that today, Lisa's 42nd birthday and the 5 year anniversary of her disappearance, she's still missing.
Last edited by Salem; 04-24-2010 at 12:20 AM.
07-20-2008, 02:01 PM #8Registered User
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07-22-2008, 01:40 PM #9
right, cuz 37 yr old women just go off and find a place to die like an old cat.
I will venture to speculate that the fact Lisa was poor, african-american and a drug addict has a whole lot to do with the lack of action regarding her disappearence.'The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated'
07-22-2008, 01:46 PM #10Former Member
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07-22-2008, 07:56 PM #11
Thanks for noticing Lisa's case. We at Peace4 the Missing had the pleasure of spending the day (online!) with Lisa's mother Alonie. She and Lisa's children were so grateful that we were able to get the word back out about Lisa. We all spent the day spreading it as far and wide as we could on the internet.
It is a shame the way so many police departments handle adult missing persons cases. Hopefully someday there will be legislation put in place to upgrade the procedures and enforce them. In the meantime there is a bill which was introduced in 2007 that would give grants to missing persons organizations to help law enforcement and families resolve some of these cases. http://www.opencongress.org/bill/110-h423/show
If everyone would bug their elected officials to get this bill out of committee and passed, maybe we would have less cases like Lisa's to discuss.
03-19-2009, 01:09 AM #12Former member
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This beautiful woman also served in our armed forces and deserves much better than she has gotten!
$1,000 REWARD - MISSING PERSON
Lisa Michelle Hatchell has been missing since July 19, 2003. She was last seen in the 5400 block of Warrington Avenue in
West Philadelphia. Her description is: Black female, 5’4” tall, 135 pounds, double pierced ears, small scar on neck,
and may have braided red hair, or it may possibly be in a weave. She may also go by the names of Cotton or Henderson.
The Citizens Crime Commission is administering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to her whereabouts.
03-19-2009, 01:12 AM #13Former member
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A mother of two and a military veteran is missing and her family desperately needs your help.
Lisa Michelle Hatchell seems to have vanished without a trace. The Willingboro, New Jersey woman had just turned 37, when she went missing on her birthday, July 19th, 2003.
Police say there was a reported sighting of Lisa Hatchell in the 5400 block of Warrington Avenue in West Philadelphia the night of July 19th. So far, nothing has turned up.
Her aunt says it is just not like Lisa to abandon her mother and two children unless she's unable to make contact.
Katherine Farmer/Missing Woman's Aunt:She's got a little girl and she asks about her mother. Her son, her mother, most of all, her mother's heart is just aching, I'm telling you.
Lisa Hatchell is 5 feet 3 inches tall. She weighs 135 pounds. She has black hair and black eyes.
Her married name was Cotton. She has, in the past, used her boyfriend's last name, Henderson.
There is a small scar under her neck. She has a birthmark on her outer right thigh. There are very small scars on her ankles from insect bites; and she previously suffered a fractured left ankle.
There are pictures of Lisa in her army fatigues. She was in the military for three years. If you have seen her, please pick up the telephone.
If you have ANY information regarding the disappearance of Lisa, you are asked to please call the Philadelphia Police Department at (215) 685-3258 OR (215) 685-3257. You may also email the family
You may remain anonymous if needed. More information and updates
visit Lisa's message board
05-06-2009, 09:35 PM #14
Philadelphia Woman Missing for Six Years
Lisa Michelle Hatchell, a 37-year-old mother of two, has been missing since July 19, 2003 Police say that she was last seen that night on the street outside her Philadelphia rowhome she shared with her boyfriend. The couple had been in an argument over money, according to witnesses, and it was the last time anybody saw her.
Philadelphia Police Capt. John Darby says that the special victim’s unit he heads has been looking for Hatchell since 2005. Over the years, he has gotten several tips that Hatchell is living in the Atlanta area, New Jersey and elsewhere. Henderson voluntarily took a lie-detector test, but the results have not been made public, Darby said.
05-14-2010, 10:13 PM #15
5 May 2009
Lisa Michelle Hatchell disappeared on her 37th birthday: July 19, 2003. She was last seen at 10 p.m. on the street outside the Southwest Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, rowhome she shared with her boyfriend.
She and her boyfriend were arguing over money, witnesses told police. Since that night, Hatchell's family and friends have not heard from the mother of two.
Hatchell was a U.S. Army veteran who struggled with drug addiction.
...Philadelphia police did not officially open an investigation into her daughter's case until two years after she was reported missing.
And so, her boyfriend was not questioned or their home searched until two years after Hatchell disappeared.
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