Lisa Stone turned to Facebook to reunite with her high school girlfriends; they turned to Facebook to solve the mystery of her disappearance.

The flirtatious waiter drops off the first round of Bloody Marys at the table of Mesquite High School alums, Class of '77, gathered at the Buffalo Wild Wings over by Town East Mall for a girls night out. The Cowboys game against the Miami Dolphins is about to begin, but so far the game crowd can't compete with the boisterous chatter emanating from the women.

There's Tina Wiley, a bright-eyed, divorced office manager; Joni Shannon, a blonde, married, newly minted motorcycle enthusiast; and Beverley Scaling, whose thick brown hair complements her youthful expression. As more friends arrive, chairs are pulled up and bar tables pushed together. They laugh about who's changed and who still looks like the drill team beauties they were back in the '70s.

"These are really good!" says Shannon after taking a wide-eyed sip of her tomatoey beverage. To her right, there's talk of grown kids and jokes about expanding waistlines. Typical reunion chatter, but it doesn't last long. They are there to celebrate the birthday of one of their own: drill team high-kicker Lisa Stone. Only problem is, Stone has gone missing. No one has heard from her since her mysterious disappearance three months ago.

Facebook brought childhood friends Lisa Stone (above, right) and Tina Wiley closer together, as it did with many of their Mesquite High School classmates, who have used the social networking site in the search for Stone, who's been missing since June.
Facebook brought childhood friends Lisa Stone (above, right) and Tina Wiley closer together, as it did with many of their Mesquite High School classmates, who have used the social networking site in the search for Stone, who's been missing since June.
Tina Wiley and Joni Shannon (right), frequently drive by Stone's now-vacant house in Far East Dallas.
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Tina Wiley and Joni Shannon (right), frequently drive by Stone's now-vacant house in Far East Dallas.

At midnight this September 2, Stone will turn 52, or should have turned 52. With every mention of her name, her friends struggle with using the past or present tense. Shannon, Wiley and the others who have come to reminisce have no idea if their friend is dead or alive.

It's as if one day, Stone was rabidly posting as usual to Facebook, with her rambling musings on life and love, and the next, her page was silent. No more hopeful posts about new friends and fate and trusting in God. No more novel-length messages to the network of Mesquite alums who'd kept up with each other on and off over the years, but who came together stronger than ever last year, sharing their daily lives as Facebook friends. Suddenly, there was only silence from a woman who, by all accounts, was never at a loss for words.

"I have to know what happened," says Wiley, now stirring a vodka tonic. Gatherings like this give Wiley and friends a few hours to rehash everything they know about Stone's disappearance, looking for some connection, some clue that will help them figure out what happened on June 5, the last day any of them heard from Stone.

Over drinks, the women go over some of the timeline they've carefully assembled in hopes of getting police interested in the case:

June 20: Disabled neighbor and friend Juanita Burris' fears are heightened when Stone fails to pick up Burris' daughter from the airport, as scheduled. Burris files a missing persons report with the Dallas Police Department.

June 27: Tina Wiley learns about the missing persons report. She phones Stone at home, but Sherry Henry, her roommate and longtime partner, picks up. Henry says Stone isn't home. A call to Stone's cell phone reveals it is out of service.

June 29: Wiley calls the Dallas police asking for a welfare check on Stone's home, worried Stone might have fallen into a depression, unable to leave. The officer who visits Stone's home is greeted by Henry, who says Stone is attending a funeral. Police take no further action.

July 2: Joni Shannon observes Henry driving Stone's car; follows her to a dumpster where Henry throws out many of Stone's valued keepsakes, such as photos and journals.

July 5: Wiley, Shannon and friends go to DPD headquarters and demand to speak to investigators. The police agree to reopen the case.

No arrests have been made, which doesn't sit well with Stone's Mesquite High girlfriends. Even if Henry wasn't involved in anything sinister, they figure she certainly knows more about Stone's disappearance than she was willing to share. Undaunted, Stone's girlfriends continue their detective work, and draw attention to their cause through candlelight vigils and social media. Their Facebook group, "Looking for Lisa" currently hosts nearly 2,000 members. Were it not for their relentless dedication, their willingness to risk stalking, trespassing and burglary charges, Lisa Stone's story would have ended with a missing persons report.

"We want justice done," Wiley says. "The fact that someone could get away with an unspeakable crime" is what drives them to keep Stone's memory and their suspicions alive.

At the restaurant, Beverley Scaling pulls out the posterboard signs she bought at Party City so that the group can decorate them with colored marker messages to Stone, squeezing them on the table between appetizers, beers and Bloody Marys. Later that night, the women will stop by Stone's home on Truxillo Drive in Far East Dallas—the same home she inherited from her parents. Once there, they will place the signs in the yard of the vacant red brick house with the gray shutters. Henry appears to have moved from the home, which now stands dark and unoccupied.

Shannon grabs a blue marker and stands, taking a sip of her Bloody Mary before writing in a loopy, capital cursive: "Lisa, Happy Birthday, We Love You!" She dots her I's and the exclamation mark with stars, adding at the bottom: "We won't stop looking."

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Tseana
Tseana

I just watched the show on 48 hrs (I recorded it). Don't give up on finding Lisa. I hope the person(s) involved are not able to sleep at night and that someone who knows something will come forward soon. Keep up the good work you guys are doing an amazing job. I would do no less for my friends.

Txdee50
Txdee50

I know that if she was killed in the home with carpet in the home there will be evident in the carpet also in the pipes, even using strong cleaners, there will be evidence there.If this women was using her car It should be gone over with fine tooth comb where is that car? I do not believe this women is smart enough to think of body not being found in dumpster so look out along the highway going to Louisiana or 35 going to Oklahoma. Finding the body out there this woman could say see she did leave town.

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Danette Mullins
Danette Mullins

I have been following this story since the beginning - it saddens me that all of you "friend-sisters" have found no closure/answers. I think all of you guys are awesome!!!!! I have, this past year, found many old friends from high school and have reconnected through facebook - it's like time stood still. I can only pray that Lisa's story has a happy ending, and if not, that all of you wonderful people find your answers/closure. I pray that if something like this ever happens to me or one of my group of friends that we can be as loyal and as diligent as you all have been while searching for your beloved friend. God Bless you all!!!!

carolee
carolee

I truly hope and pray that ya'll find your friend.I am aware of the fears and constant wonder . A co-worker friend went missingover 4yrs ago and we still don't know for certain what has happened to her their are suspicions only she hasn't ever been found. It's frustrating and hard to understand how can someone just go missing. God Bless ya'll and don't quit

Michele
Michele

May God's angels lead you to the truth... and be with you every step of the way. YOU are the friends everyone hopes to have, and she is lucky you are hers. Keep on with your search, and keep plugging at those detectives.

Rachel
Rachel

I just sent the TV show "Disappeared" on ID this story because it moved and irritated me so much. I do hope that Ms. Henry is investigated thoroughly...especially after reading the new comments about her forgery history. She is a number one suspect in my book. I hope you guys will get this on all the crime shows until it is solved...that is what media is good for when police don't seem to be!

Ralph Taite
Ralph Taite

Just an additional piece of info, PublicData.com shows that Sherry Lynn Henry was arrested in Rockwall County on October 6, 1994 for third degree felony forgery. She did deferred adjudication and they lowered the felony to a Class A misdemeanor, and put her on probation for six years which she appears to have completed successfully.

The forged identities listed on the arrest record were Sherry Lynn Eads and Lisa Stone. It would be interesting to get a copy of the complete complaint against her to find out what document(s) she forged Lisa's name to.

cathey
cathey

i'm sorry about your friend going missing please view my blog http://freewaypass.blogspot.co...it talks about cyber tracking it's not that easy to go off the grid these days especially in the USA perhaps there's an avenue you have not checked.

DONNA
DONNA

Lisa Stone, is very lucky to have friends like you guys.. i could only hope that if something happen to me i had friends like you.. you guys are true hereos... my thoughts & prayers are with you all..

Sal1
Sal1

We are sad of the experience but glad to read that this poor lonely person has old friends and a reporter who would not forget her and are doing all possible to find her-Is not unusual for the following to occurr in endangered missing people cases and close a case:1. Police show no interest to investigate until pressured2. Immediate suspected friends/associates dissengage themselves to help3. Suspected motives for foul play are not investigated4. Suspects are not polygraphed and let roam free5. Police records are sealed from the public and family6. Police come up with an alternate determination to close a case7. Local media is distressed to clash with the police over a sensitive leading subject/ethnic group

When some of these mentioned events are present, a murder/s will walk free - keep up the good work ladies!!

*It will mark eight years next January that our teenage son Esteban was kidnapped and murdered; but city politics and economic prosperity in Garland are more important than justice -Beth & Bill Salazar (www.4esteban.com)

Chris
Chris

Common Sense here, seems like Ms. Henry was getting rid of evidence ...and has expanded to Austin, TX Would some Police Detectives or FBI please investigate all of Ms. Henry's actions, bank accounts, Cell Records in conjunction with Lisa Stone's total records and validate affidavids for Ms. Henry's every action from May 20th on....PLEASE DO SOMETHING !!!"Spring 2009; Politeed now has a location in Austin, Texas! Come see us across from the UT-Austin campus on the Guadalupe drag" ; "Contact Politeed!

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Pebbles
Pebbles

This sounds like a story I watch on tv on those crime channels. Chills ran up and down my spine when I read it. Lisa is so lucky to have these wonderful friends. I was impelled (or is it compelled) to write a comment today because even though this is such a truly sad story it still made me happy to see a story that showed that there ARE good people in this world. Lisa is truly fortunate to have her friends that love her. They are GOOD people. Although I am not a regular church goer I speak to God daily. Lisa will definitely be talked about when I talk to Him. My thoughts are with all of Lisa's loved ones and friends. Now LET'S FIND LISA!!

G. David Gates
G. David Gates

"they turned to Facebook to solve the mystery of her disappearance."

Really? They solved the mystery? Because having read the story, it seems that they haven't actually solved anything. Very misleading.

Sunny
Sunny

Thank goodness for good friends. You girls keep on looking and fight for this the lady. I truly hope the police and investigators and doing their part. This is a precious life. Sounds quarky on the partners part. I hope they are being investigated. Good luck. I am sorry to have to read about this.

Bril
Bril

The caption on the first image of this article is wrong. Lisa Stone is on the right. Please correct this just in case it may help her be found.

Elliot
Elliot

What a wonderful example of friendship this group of women has shown. Hopefully their work will be successful. It's too bad the Dallas Police have been so uninterested in this case, but maybe the publicity will help. Best of luck.

Dobbie
Dobbie

This roomate needs to be arrested and questioned at length;it's obvious she doesn't care about Ms. Stone since she threw out her valuables...sometimes the answer is this obvious!!

xdallasnewser
xdallasnewser

A range of emotions--concern,fear,hope,wonderful remembrances, gratitude for faithful friends,confusion as to why,how,when anyone could or would wish or do harm to,from my experience, a lovely person.

Joni Shannon
Joni Shannon

Andrea, I laughed and I cried. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for this detailed and accurate article on our Lisa. I hope the "players" read this and truly understand how horrible it is to lose a loved one the way we have. Thank you for showing up at the vigils and Lisa's BD party and putting so much heart and effort into this story. Honestly, I would do everything I have done all over again....for the love of Lisa. God Bless You!

Kami
Kami

Truly sad.. I hope the truth will come to light. She is very lucky to have such good friends. I also believe Ms. Henry knows exactly what happened and should speak up. God Bless you all.

Tammye Ritter Markle
Tammye Ritter Markle

Wonderful article Andrea. Thank you so much for taking the time to write such an accurate and detailed account of the last few months, and helping to keep Lisa's story alive.

Tina Wiley
Tina Wiley

Thank you for bringing Lisa's story to the public, Andrea...very nicely written! We cannot thank you enough...we pray this brings answers!

Missdorite
Missdorite

She stole and forged a 8k check from lisa's father

Mike
Mike

I was compelled to write after seeing the Sociopath on TV. last night That woman is cold, calculating and very manipulative. I don't know why the police are not knocking on her door everyday. I see she is beginning to crack. I think she should be brought down for questioning on a weekly basis! Good work ladies don't give up!

 
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