Lisa Mowrey found dead

Eighteen-year-old Lisa Anne Mowrey, a cosmetology student, disappeared on her way to class in Tampa, Florida on February 6, 2004. Well, last week her skeletal remains were found along Interstate 75 in Florida. The bones were identified today. There’s no indication of a cause of death or foul play or anything at this point; they may never know what happened. A salon smock was found with the remains. Lisa was wearing one the day she disappeared; she probably died within a short time after that.

She was probably the victim of a homicide, simply because she was only eighteen and didn’t have any medical conditions that would cause her to drop to dead. It may be worth noting that she was mentally ill: she had ADD, bipolar disorder and OCD, but those conditions were being controlled with medication.


The Northeast News and Tribune
The Miami Herald
The St. Petersburg Times
ABC Action News

6 thoughts on “Lisa Mowrey found dead

  1. emma l March 24, 2010 / 11:27 am

    I had kind of held out hope for her because of the CCTV photos of the food stamps lady (think I am thinking of the same person). Very sad.

  2. Lori March 28, 2010 / 7:00 am

    Please note that ADHD – this is the DSM IV dx code, ADD is now included in that dx – is not a mental disorder, but a neurological disorder.

  3. Laura April 4, 2010 / 1:47 am

    I knew Lisa and her siblings from Church Camp when they were younger. I am so sorry to hear what happened to her, but relieved that the family has some closure after 6 long years.

    While I think what you guys do here is admirable, i.e. blogging about missing people, I think it was COMPLETELY unnecessary to add in information about any emotional/mental disorders that Lisa suffered from. I feel like it is disrespectful to her memory and a jab at her family who has already suffered a devastating loss.

    • Meaghan April 4, 2010 / 2:02 am

      I have written about that (revealing such information on missing people) elsewhere on this blog. My general theory on the matter is: I’m not trying to make anybody look bad by revealing information about, say, mental disorders or criminal records, and I believe the more information there is available about a missing person, the better, because a mental illness or criminal history could well be a factor in the disappearance itself. Also, due to public education I think most people are aware that most mental illness is caused by physical problems in the brain and is not the fault of the sick person or their family.

  4. Sammy Jo July 3, 2010 / 4:10 pm

    I didn’t know this beautiful child, but it is so sad to read this story. I offer my family sincere condolences. God bless you Lisa.

  5. kena marie July 15, 2010 / 1:52 am

    I was her sister. Thank you all for your comments. She will be missed by every ones life that she touched in such the short time she was on earth.

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