Three days after a missing metro Atlanta lesbian was found dead inside her vehicle, few details are known about what happened and how she died. Police only say an investigation is continuing.
The body of Lisa Lawson, 40, was found inside her Chevy Suburban about 11 p.m. on Tuesday as Clayton County police expanded their search into McDonough, the county seat of Henry County located about 25 miles south of Atlanta. Lawson was reported missing on Nov. 19 and her girlfriend, Michelle Alexander, launched a social media campaign to find her and pressure police into taking a harder look at the case.
Lawson’s case generated intense social media interest and after Alexander announced on Facbeook that her body had been found, she declined to provide any details of what happened.
“We really do not care to discuss the details so please understand if I don’t respond,” Alexander said.
Clayton County police, the agency that handled the initial missing person report and the search, issued a one-paragraph statement on Wednesday that stated Lawson’s body was discovered. The search was based on cellphone records. Before she disappeared, Lawson texted family members that she loved them.
Since Lawson’s body was discovered, McDonough police – the agency now investigating her death – have not provided any details about what happened. On Friday, police Chief Preston Dorsey declined to say if his agency was treating the case as a suicide or criminal investigation.
“We’re not ready to release a whole lot because we are investigating this case,” Dorsey said. “It is under investigation and as soon as we come up with some definite information, we will pass that along.
Dorsey did not provide a timetable on when the agency may determine Lawson’s cause of death. A spokesperson for the Henry County coroner declined to comment and directed questions to McDonough police.
On Thursday, Alexander thanked the public for their help in the case and said a vigil is being planned.
First on behalf of Lisa’s Daughter and Mother and the rest of her family we thank all of you for the love and well wishes that you have showered. We all feel it and are so grateful for it. Im sure that all of you can only imagine how difficult this is for all of us.
We have not set a date as of yet. There will also be a seperate community vigil scheduled to allow the community that came together so beautifuly help find Lisa, have their chance to say good bye.
Idk what I would do if I lost the person I loved the most. #LisaMatters R.I.P— ♀♀January 11th♥ (@IEat_WetKitty) December 6, 2012
Photo of Lisa Lawson (top left, second photo) and Michelle Alexander (top right) via Michelle Alexander