Alissa Turney’s stepdad has been arrested

Michael Turney is honestly one of the creepiest missing persons suspects I’ve ever written about. He was extremely possessive of his stepdaughter Alissa: he regularly searched her belongings, monitored her phone conversations, sat outside her job while she worked, set up surveillance cameras in the family home “for security reasons”, and forced Alissa to sign weird “contracts.”

Now, if Alissa was a problem child who was involved with drugs and the wrong crowd, I could see a parent taking these kind of measures. But Alissa wasn’t a problem child. She was a good kid mostly, did well in school and had no history of running away.

Alissa allegedly told several people that Michael–who was, incidentally, her only parent since her mom died of cancer when she was little–had sexually abused her. This information never made it to the ears of Child Protective Services, but in 2000 Michael himself called CPS to pre-emptively declare his innocence, just in case Alissa should ever claim he was abusing her.

A year later, in the spring of 2001, Alissa disappeared at the age of seventeen. Michael said she ran away, but if she did it seems really weird that she left behind all her belongings including $1,800 in the bank, and never contacted her siblings, friends or boyfriend ever again.

In 2008, the police executed a search warrant on Michael’s home looking for evidence in Alissa’s case. I don’t know if they found any, but they did find 26 homemade bombs and a van filled with gasoline cans. It turned out Michael had been planning to blow up a local International Brotherhood of Electrical Works union hall and take his own life in the process.

He was sentenced to ten years, served seven, and was out by 2017. This afternoon he was arrested and charged with Alissa’s murder.

I don’t know anything about what in the way of evidence they have against him, as this is breaking news, only minutes old. But I’m thrilled to death.

4 thoughts on “Alissa Turney’s stepdad has been arrested

  1. Shari Salem-Kizziar August 20, 2020 / 10:22 pm

    I remember a video her sister posted of her. It was absolutely haunting.

  2. Dawn Marie August 21, 2020 / 1:17 pm

    he’s bad news and the ball was dropped more than once, even before Alissa died.
    Good thing they raided him before the union meeting. It sounds like he was planning to start his own war with all that ammo and bombs.
    All to cover himself. I bet he pleads insane, but if he really believed the union was responsible for Alissa’s death he wouldn’t call himself a madman in his manifesto.

  3. christie groves "TheDoePatrol" August 21, 2020 / 2:02 pm

    I cried when I saw the news, I couldn’t believe it I had to read it twice! I am so proud of Sarah. Michael Turney deserves hell.

  4. Valerie August 21, 2020 / 6:41 pm

    It’s fantastic that so many cases from 20+ years ago are being solved today while the perpetrator is still living and can receive prison time after all.

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