THE family of Lisa Ambler today face seeing in another New Year not knowing what has happened to her.
It has now been eight years since mum-of-two Lisa – who would be 43 – went missing from Halifax.
Her disappearance is still shrouded in mystery. No one has heard from her and extensive investigations to find her have proved fruitless.
Her brother Stephen, who now lives in Queensbury, is pleading with anyone who has information about where she is to speak out.
“We just want closure now,” he said. “We just want to know.”
Lisa has two children – now both in their 20s – and is one of eight sisters and five brothers. All have been left having to mark birthdays and Christmases without knowing where she is.
Lisa’s mother died two years ago not knowing what happened to her daughter.
“We just want answers,” said brother Stephen.
“Lisa’s really easy-going and never has a bad word to say about anyone. We just want answers.”
Lisa was sleeping rough in a tent near Southowram Bank, Halifax, with boyfriend Dale Mawson before she went missing.
He told the Courier at the time that he last saw her in Halifax town centre.
The couple had been together in the town centre for most of the day when Dale decided to go back to their tent.
Dale said he thought she would join him later but when he woke next morning she still was not back.
Police carried out extensive searches from the Woolshops to Southowram Bank – the route she was expected to have taken when last seen.
Canals, drains and culverts were checked by West Yorkshire Police underwater search unit and specially-trained dogs were used to look for clues.
Detective Inspector Steve Snow said: “The disappearance of Lisa Ambler continues to be an open investigation.
“Extensive inquiries have been made over the years and although eight years have passed since Lisa went missing, we continue to seek the vital pieces of information that could lead us to her.
“Lisa’s last confirmed sighting was on August 14, 2003 in Halifax town centre.
“With the passage of time, someone who was unable to come forward and speak to us then might now be in a position to do so.
“I would urge them to get in touch.”
Anyone who can help with information about Lisa’s disappearance is being asked to call police via 101 or Crimestoppers, where information can be passed on anonymously, on 0800 555111.