That Lisa Stone's life may have ended in tragedy is sadly in keeping with much of what came before. Belying a joyful personality, Stone's life was punctuated with pain and loss, and she was treated for depression and anxiety as an adult. Stone's friends loved her and supported her as best they could, but even as a teenager, there was something sad about their beautiful, talented blonde best friend—a sadness that grew deeper right until the day she disappeared.

At teenage slumber parties, Tammye Markle, a former drill teamer who has also turned detective, remembers their favorite prank to play on Stone—putting mayonnaise in her hair. "She hated it!" Markle says, because of how hard it was to get the goop out of her thick blonde tresses. When they weren't freezing each other's underwear or slopping on condiments, the friends would playfully lock each other in the Markle family cattle trailer.

But these get-togethers with her drill team friends were also when Stone would share her feelings about her sister, who died in a car accident when Lisa was in the eighth grade. "She talked about how hard it was," Tina Wiley recalls. But with the support of her family—a strict but loving Dallas police officer father, a mom who could "light up the room" and two brothers—Stone blossomed into a popular, athletic girl who made lifelong friends with ease.

Tammye Markle, at home in Houston, keeps track of the search for Stone online through Facebook.
Mark Graham
Tammye Markle, at home in Houston, keeps track of the search for Stone online through Facebook.
In September, Stone's friends organized a candlelight vigil held beneath a billboard advertising a reward for information
leading to a felony arrest in Stone's disappearance. The vigil was one of several staged to raise awareness and money to aid in her search.
Andrea Grimes
In September, Stone's friends organized a candlelight vigil held beneath a billboard advertising a reward for information leading to a felony arrest in Stone's disappearance. The vigil was one of several staged to raise awareness and money to aid in her search.

"Lisa was one of those that would shout from the rooftops if she felt somebody she loved had been done wrong," says Markle, now a grandmother and owner of a recreational services business with her husband. Stone's dedication to her friends, which manifested itself even when she was a child, is part of what keeps the women searching for answers. "She defended her friends no matter what," Markle says, so "we're more determined to do it for her."

But after high school, many of the girls went their separate ways—Wiley to Austin, Markle to Houston. Most of them got married and began having children, though Stone's path was different. The women say they always knew Stone was gay, but none of them talked much about it, and Stone seemed more concerned about it than they did.

"She always worried that people would judge her," Wiley remembers. But "everybody's accepted Lisa for Lisa." Even though the years between high school and their online reunion found Stone involved in partying and drug use, she held long-tenured jobs with Texas Instruments and The Dallas Morning News.

"If you hadn't seen her for years, you could pick up from the last moment," Shannon says. And Stone always had so much to talk about. Wiley says that before returning Stone's missed phone calls, she often would wait until she knew she had a couple of hours to talk. She jokes about Stone even becoming "annoying" with her love of chatting and incessant calling. Though now, she says, she'd give anything to have those conversations again.

Stone's mother died in 1996. Then Lisa's brother, Dennis, died in 1997. She'd been especially close to him. "Dennis was everything to her," Markle says. "She never got over him being gone."

Then, in 2005, her father died. She and a brother, who lives out of state, were the only remaining members of her immediate family. She inherited her parents' house and her dad's truck. According to Stone's Mesquite high school friends, a fight over Stone's relationship with Sherry Henry left her estranged from her brother.

Also in 2005, Stone left the advertising sales job she'd held at the Morning News since 1991, thinking she would be able to live off her inheritance. Henry moved into the house in 2008 and Stone invested some of her inheritance in Henry's T-shirt company, Politeed.com, which prints shirts with conversation-starting phrases like "Are Gay Rights Civil Rights?"

But by the spring of 2010, the money was gone. Stone began calling Wiley, Shannon, Markle and others, asking for help. They would bring her sandwiches and loan her small amounts of money, often asking her, "Where did all that money go?" She'd tell them she "didn't realize" she was running so low. Or that she'd invested too much in Henry's business. Whatever the case, she needed a hundred or so dollars at a time—she said, to pay for utilities or food for the many cats that lived with her after she rescued them from kill shelters.

At first, Stone seemed embarrassed to ask her old friends for money, but they knew she had nowhere else to turn. "She kind of lost her pride in the end," says Shannon, whose loans came with the advice that she needed to work out a financial plan or get a job. Her friends suggested she sell the house or her father's old truck to get some cash flow going, but Stone was cowed by the prospect of searching for a new career at her age.

Because she was such a sentimental person, says Wiley, Stone refused to sell the things that reminded her so much of the family she missed.

On her Facebook page, Stone wrote about not having enough money for gas and composed messages about relationships gone awry. In late April, she wrote: "Some things are not as they appear, and some people just cannot be sincere and loyal." She gushed about meeting a man who claimed to be a former professional football player who had promised her a job and money. But nothing materialized, and Wiley asked Stone if she thought telling the online world about her personal issues might not be the best idea. "I have nothing to hide," Stone told her. She had always been an open book—and a long one, at that.

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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!

For questions, comments, assistance or to place an order, we invite you to contact us at info@Politeed.com or (866)490-TEED (8333)Monday - Friday 9 am to 5pm CST

You may also write to us at:Politeed908 Audelia, Ste. 200-168Richardson, TX 75081"

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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