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.

Alissa Turney’s stepdad pleads guilty in pipe bomb incident

My contact with the Phoenix PD sent me this press release. Michael Turney, stepfather of the missing seventeen-year-old Alissa Turney, has pleaded guilty to possession of 26 unregistered pipe bombs. He faces up to a decade in prison.

Michael sounds like a very scary guy, frankly. The cops haven’t said so, but it seems he’s a suspect in Alissa’s disappearance. She went missing back in 2001 and he says she ran away. He was her legal adoptive father and sole guardian, as her mother died when she was a child. While executing a search warrant to the Turney home in Alissa’s case, the cops found 26 pipe bombs, nineteen rifles and two homemade silencers — the largest illegal weapons stockpile found in Phoenix history. Michael allegedly planned to blow up a local union hall whom he accused of being responsible for Alissa’s disappearance.

It’s worth noting that his children are standing by him and set up two websites for him, maintaining he was a good father and didn’t cause Alissa’s disappearance. However, I find it significant that the Free Michael Turney site doesn’t really address the whole “huge weapons stockpile found in Michael’s house” thing. They only say the search that found the said stockpile was illegal.

Whether or not this man caused his stepdaughter’s disappearance, I think he belongs behind bars.

Primetime report on Alissa Turney

ABC Primetime has done a report on Alissa Turney, a seventeen-year-old girl who disappeared from Phoenix in 2001. For many years she was thought to be a runaway, but now the police think foul play was involved. Alissa never mentioned any runaway plans, she left all her stuff and money behind, and after her disappearance no one ever heard from her again, except for one phone call she supposedly made to her stepfather. The stepfather is, at the very least, a bit unhinged — late last year the cops found a massive stockpile of weapons in his house, which he was allegedly going to use to blow up a local union hall.

This article is very frustrating to me because of it ending, or lack thereof. “Watch our show to hear more!” Well, I don’t have cable, and I never watch TV anyway. But what little they did disclose seems to imply some kind of sexual abuse of Alissa by her stepfather. I wish I could find out more. For what it’s worth, Alissa’s younger half-sister stands by her father and says he was a good parent who never did anything bad.

As to whether Michael Turney harmed his stepdaughter…time will tell. But the girl’s been missing for over eight years. SOMETHING happened to her and it probably wasn’t good.