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Recent lesbian suicide highlights importance of prevention

Lisa Lawson, a Clayton County lesbian reported missing Nov. 19, was found by police deceased in her car Dec. 4.

The death shocked Atlanta’s LGBT community, who had learned of Lawson’s disappearance thanks to a media campaign created by her girlfriend, Michelle Alexander, to help find Lawson while she was missing. Less than 24 hours after the campaign went viral, Lawson was found deceased in a Wal-Mart parking lot of an apparent suicide. Investigators determined her last known location using cell tower records.

Lawson had taken her life with two self-inflicted gunshot wounds, according to a McDonough police report. She was 40 years old.

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McDonough police: Missing lesbian died of self-inflicted gunshot wound

Lisa Lawson

Lisa Lawson, a 40-year old lesbian who was reporting missing in mid-November and was found deceased Dec. 4, died of an apparent suicide from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to a McDonough police report obtained by GA Voice.

Lawson was first reported missing Nov. 19. Her disappearance prompted her girlfriend, Michelle Alexander, to create a media campaign to help find her. The website,, and an accompanying video on YouTube helped spread the story of Lawson's disappearance.

An expanded search of Lawson's last known whereabouts was conducted on Dec. 4 and her vehicle, a green Chevrolet Suburban, was found in a Wal-Mart parking lot in McDonough, Ga., after investigators determined her last known location using cell tower records.

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Memorial planned for Lisa Lawson as McDonough police remain mum

Lisa Lawson

A memorial will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Dec. 14, at Mount Ephraim Church for Lisa Lawson, a 40-year old lesbian who was found deceased last week in McDonough, Ga., after she had been missing since mid-November.

Mount Ephraim Church is located at 1202 W Marietta St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30318. Lawson’s girlfriend, Michelle Alexander, posted information about the service on the “Find Lisa Lawson” Facebook page she created while Lawson was missing.

Lawson was found Tuesday, Dec. 4, in her vehicle within the city limits of McDonough, according to the Clayton County Police Department.

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[Updated] Missing Ga. lesbian found deceased in McDonough

Lisa Lawson

Lisa Lawson, a missing 40-year old lesbian from Henry County, has been found dead, according to a post on social networking site Facebook made by Lawson's girlfriend, Michelle Alexander.

It is with the greatest level of sadness that I have to come to you all and let you know that Lisa has been found, but she is no longer with us. We really do not care to discuss the details so please understand if I don't respond. We are working on arrangements and will let everyone know when services will be. #lisamatters Rest In Peace Lisa... I love you more than Love...

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[Updated] Media campaign launched to find missing Ga. lesbian

 Lisa Lawson

This story has been updated.

Henry County resident Lisa Lawson has been reported missing and her girlfriend, Michelle Alexander, launched a campaign to help find her at 

Lawson, who is 40, was last seen Nov. 19 in Clayton County, according to the website. Her description states that she is 5'10” and 175 pounds. She is an African-American woman, last seen wearing a red Atlanta Falcons sweatshirt and black sweatpants. She was driving a green 2001 Chevrolet Suburban (tag PAN 6028) after taking her daughter to work.

Alexander told GA Voice she and Lawson have been together for about five months. They have known each other for four years, she added.

“I really don't know. The family and I have tried to ponder,” Alexander said. “There were some text messages sent to me and some family members telling us that she loved us very much and then she disappeared. We don't know if she ran away. We don't know if she's in a ditch somewhere. We just don't know.”