Five years later, family still looking for answers in disappearance
Lisa Marie Shuttleworth
Name: Lisa Marie Shuttleworth
Date Missing: Sept. 4, 2003 Age in 2003: 34
Description: White; 5 feet, 3 inches tall; 102 pounds; brown hair; blue eyes
To help, call: Crimestoppers of the Midlands: (800) 559-TIPS
Aiken County Sheriff's Office: (800) 922-9709
What is known:
About 7 that morning, she talked to Krystina, then 14, on the phone. Krystina had spent the night with a friend.
Ms. Shuttleworth took her son, Ryan, to Warrenville Elementary School, telling the then-9-year-old that she was going to see a friend that day.
About 8 a.m., an acquaintance spotted her at the Pit Stop convenience store on Pine Log Road. She must have stopped to get gas, her mother said.
She'd borrowed a white car from a friend, Neal Durden, who is now deceased. She called him at about 10 a.m., Mrs. Mabrey said, and also told him that she was expecting a guest.
All phone calls after 10 a.m. went unanswered, Mrs. Mabrey said.
Mr. Durden went by the house later that afternoon and found the Beech Island home locked tight. When Ryan got home from school, Mrs. Mabrey said, Mr. Durden brought the child to her house.
Mrs. Mabrey said that her daughter rarely missed meeting her son at the bus stop after school.
When Mrs. Mabrey, her husband and Ryan went back to the home with a key, they found both her daughter's car and the loaned white one in the driveway and a pot of tea on the stove.
Her purse was gone.
Someone took Ms. Shuttleworth, Mrs. Mabrey said.
"That's what we're thinking, that she left with someone and all signs say that she was planning to come back," Mrs. Mabrey said.
Ms. Shuttleworth, who would have turned 37 in June, would not have deliberately abandoned her children, Mrs. Mabrey said.
"She was an excellent mother."
Both Krystina and Ryan are now in the custody of their maternal grandparents.
Mrs. Mabrey is heartened by a new way a tipster can tell authorities what he or she knows, without fear of repercussion and with the hope of receiving a reward of up to $1,000. When her daughter disappeared three years ago, she said, Crimestoppers of the Midlands didn't operate in Aiken County.
Even if there are no eyewitnesses to what happened to her daughter, Mrs. Mabrey said she believes the person will eventually slip up and tell someone about being involved.
"If somebody has done something to her, how can they keep that inside
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This is letter to Lisa from her daughter Krystina. (August 08, 2007)
Here it is , next month will be four years since I've seen your face or heard your voice. I miss you with every ounce of my heart and soul, not a day goes by that I don't think of you, and wonder what it would be like to have you back.
I graduated last month, it hurt so much to look in the crowd and not see you there. Why did someone take you away from me? I can't stand waking up each morning not knowing where you are or if you are all right.
No matter what has happened, I hope that you are with me and by my side in all the things that I do in my life. I am still "Mommy's Little Girl" and I know I wouldn't be as far as I am without my mama in my heart.
I love you mama!!
I just can't believe that a person can just disappear into thin air. Someone, Somewhere knows something. Please come forward and help us bring Lisa home.
Lisa you are my best friend, my sister, I miss you so much, I promise I will never stop looking for you until you are home with us again.
Lisa the kids came by today loving and missing you. You would be so proud of them. Krystina is starting school this fall and Ryan has a girlfriend!!! He has grown so much, it is hard to imagine that he is 14 this year. I look at him and I remember the little boy with the big blue eyes, so quite clinging to you. Krystina, well she is beautiful just like you :) I might have to beat a few boys away!!
We love you so much and miss you more than words can express, the wondering and not knowing is the hardest thing to wake up to everyday. Krystina has been very active in the search, you would be so proud of her. Your Momma and Daddy are heartbroken as we all are, but they are really taking great care of Ryan and Krystina, but I know it is so hard for them because their hearts are breaking. But, everyone is staying strong for you, we will find you...I promise.
I love you