Where’s Heidi? A Kidnapped Girl and Her Sister, Lisa Buske

Part of being a full time blogger is having control over what to blog about and meeting so many inspirational people along the way. Lisa Buske is someone I might never have met if it hadn’t been for this blog. She’s been an amazing supporter, friend, and writer. This week is Lisa’s sister’s birthday. Her sister, Heidi, has been missing for more than 19 years. She was born September 14, 1975. In celebration of Heidi, I’m sharing Lisa’s story and her books with you.
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Age Progression

Heidi M Allen, kidnapped on Easter Sunday, April 3, 1994, while working alone at the D & W Convenience store in New Haven, New York, remains missing today. Two men were arrested with one acquited and the other serving a twenty-five to life sentence for Heidi’s kidnapping. This conviction is based on the “presumption of death.”

Some ask, “Why an updated age progression if there is a conviction?” The answer is simple to understand when you’re the family searching for a missing loved one. Yet, we understand it creates confusion when you aren’t living each day in the unknown.

Although there is a presumption of death, this isn’t a confirmed, 100%, proof of death. This means there is a percentage, an ever so small one, that Heidi may be alive somewhere in New York or across the country. With all investigations, there is a process. Part of this process when your loved one is missing and their disappearance transitions to a cold case is to have an age progression photo done. This increases the likelihood, if your loved one defeats the odds and is alive somewhere, they still have a hope and chance for recovery.

Families of the missing understand this percentage is so small, especially when there are convictions for their loved one’s disappearance. The updated age progression is one way the family keeps their missing family member in the media spotlight, the community’s memory, and ensures every possible avenue has been taken to bring their loved one home. We accept and trust the Oswego County Sheriff Department and DA yet we need to do everything we can, as Heidi’s family, to cover all bases. This age progression is a step in the process every family of the missing does when their loved one becomes a “cold case.”

At the time of her disappearance, Heidi was described as a white female, 5’11”, 145 pounds, light brown/blond hair worn long and curly, and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a gray sweatshirt with a plaid SU logo on the front, and white sneakers. She wore glasses or contact lenses and had pierced ears. Her date of birth was September 14, 1975.

Anyone who may have been in the area of the convenience store at or around the time of her abduction, or anyone who has any information on the case is asked to contact the Oswego County Sheriff’s Office bye-mail, or by phone at one of the following numbers: 1-888-349-3411, 1-800-724-8477 or 315-349-3411

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“If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.”

1 Peter 4:11

Since my sister’s kidnapping over seventeen years ago I have rode the rollercoaster of life. During the first hours, days, and weeks I only went through the motions. For months and years I simply lived, with no direction or hope. In 2004, after the 10 year anniversary of Heidi’s disappearance ~ my hope was restored and I was smiling on the inside and the outside.There are a lot of hurting people in the world – some know Jesus can heal this pain while others are still searching. I write and speak to share the hope and healing found in Jesus. The past year I have devoted time and prayer to my writing. In addition to my writing I have included speaking to my venue.
Are you looking for a speaker? Whether it be for a women’s group, church, or even an educational setting ~ contact me to collaborate. I’m flexible and confident we can work something out together to fit your venue.
Lisa M Buske
P.O. Box 261
New Haven, New York 13121

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Lisa M. Buske
P.O. Box 261
New Haven, New York 13121
Twitter: @LisaBuske
AIM: Lbuskewriter 
Writing for Him…To share Heidi and Hope after tragedy

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  1. Michelle,

    Thank you for this beautiful blog today! You made my day and I too thank God for crossing our paths and connecting us. I’m proud to me a member of your street team girl, you rock!!

    Thanks again,

  2. That is a terribly difficult situation, so sorry to hear those details, but applaud what you and family have done and are doing to face it. God bless you and may there yet be resolution.

    • Hi Delores –

      It’s an amazing story of faith. I’m reading Lisa’s book about Heidi right now and feeling Lisa’s pain so deeply that I dreamt about Heidi last night.

      Have a great day!


    • Delores,

      It is a tragic situation yet thankfully, God brought such healing and hope to me and many of my family. My story is one of hope and a reminder to anyone grieving a loss, they too can survive. I write starting from the moment I learn of my sister’s abduction through today. Michelle, it opens with the pain and transitions to the strength and hope. Keep reading!


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