Police investigating the disappearance and death of Lisa Lawson, a 40-year-old lesbian from Atlanta, Ga., announced Wednesday the investigation concluded that Lawson's death was a suicide. McDonough County Police Chief Preston Dorsey declined to give further detail, noting that the department does not comment on suicides.
A memorial service for Lawson is scheduled for Friday, December 14 at 11 a.m. at Mt. Ephraim Church in Atlanta, according to a post by Lawson's girlfriend on a Facebook page dedicated to raising awareness about her disappearance.
According to Georgia Voice, Lawson had been missing since November 19, and was found dead inside her SUV in neighboring McDonough County on December 5.
Michelle Alexander and the late Lawson had been together for about five months, and while Alexander thought Lawson might be suffering from slight depression, Alexander said she couldn't think of a reason her girlfriend would run away. "I've seen her in some really dark places and she never once ran away," Alexander told GAVoice.
In the days after Lawson's disappearance, Alexander launched an extensive social media campaign to spread the word about her missing partner. Alexander launched FindLisaLawson.com, a website with information, photos of Lisa and a video trying to help locate the woman.
If you or someone you love are struggling with thoughts of suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, or the Trevor Project, which hosts a confidential, free, 24-hour hotline for LGBTQ people under 25 years old, at 866-488-7386.