Aiken Co. woman still missing 9 years later

Lisa Shuttleworth has been missing for nine years. (WRDW-TV / Sept. 5, 2012)

Lisa Shuttleworth has been missing for nine years. (WRDW-TV / Sept. 5, 2012)

If you have a tip, call the Aiken County Sheriff's Office at 1-800-922-3211 or call Crimestoppers of the Midlands at 888-CRIME-SC.

News 12 at 11 o'clock / Tuesday, Sep. 4, 2012

LANGLEY, S.C. -- As purple balloons rise toward the heavens, family members watch from below. They hope the balloons will somehow bring them closer to the spirit of Lisa Shuttleworth. The Beech Island woman was last seen on Sept. 4, 2003 -- nine years ago.

"She was a loving, loving mother that just vanished into thin air it seems like," said Krystina Shuttleworth, Lisa's daughter.

"It's gut-wrenching, and it's heart-breaking," said Lorraine Mabrey, Lisa's mother.

Nine years ago, officers say Lisa called a friend to tell her she was leaving her Beech Island home with another unknown friend. That was the last time anyone heard from her.

Thousands of days, weeks and leads later, the Aiken County Sheriff's Office still has nothing concrete.

"We don't have too many cases that are active for this length of time that are still a missing person case. They are either located some time later or it turns into a homicide case," said Cpt. Troy Elwell with the Sheriff's Office.

Elwell says they do believe foul play was involved. They're just one call -- one piece of evidence -- away from giving a grieving family answers.

"Anybody who knows information, and they're not coming forward, I don't know how they sleep at night. Well, actually I do, because they don't see what it's doing to our family," Krystina said.

Lisa's mother and father raised her two kids: 23-year-old Krystina and her younger brother, Ryan.

Gathered at Langley Pond Park Tuesday evening, they know statistics aren't on their side. Lisa probably won't be found alive, but what this family wants is closure and a place to honor the woman who loved people, especially her kids.

"I hope and pray that I'm at least half the woman that she was," Krystina said.

Elwell says they do have a person of interest -- just no evidence to tie her disappearance to that person. They say they still investigate every lead. Their last one came just this May.

Meanwhile, the family hopes a nonprofit search group will come to Aiken County this fall to help them find Lisa.

If you have a tip, call the Aiken County Sheriff's Office at 1-800-922-3211 or call Crimestoppers of the Midlands at 888-CRIME-SC.


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