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.
"She has never disappeared without letting the family know where she is," Hatchell’s mother, Alonie Watson, told Philly.com. "This is just not like her.”
Hatchell is a veteran of the U.S. Army who struggled with drug addiction, the Web site reported. But Watson doesn’t believe that’s at the core of her daughter’s disappearance.
“I feel in my heart that her disappearance doesn't have anything to do with her taking drugs that night and then running away. She just wouldn't do that."
Hatchell had worked at the Philadelphia Navy Yard for a while, got married and divorced. For the past 12 years, she had been living with her construction-worker boyfriend. At the time of her disappearance, Hatchell’s children, a 16-year-old son, lived with his father and 7-year-old daughter lived with Watson. Watson believes her daughter was the victim of foul play, noting that her daughter’s boyfriend, Tyrone Henderson, was not questioned and their home was not searched until two years after Hatchell vanished.
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.
Hatchell is an African-American woman about 5'4" tall and 135 pounds. She has black hair and black eyes. She was last seen wearing her hair in a red weave or braids. She has small scars on her ankles from insect bites and a small scar on her neck. She also has double pierced ears and a birthmark on her right thigh.
Anyone who can provide information on Lisa Michelle Hatchell's whereabouts or the identities of the person or people responsible for her disappearance is asked to call the Philadelphia Police Department at 215-685-3251, 3252 or 3258.
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