Family gives update on Harvey search

Rebecca Neipp

News Review Staff Writer

Local family in friends searching for Lisa Harvey, who disappeared almost three weeks ago while en route to Lake Isabella, announced earlier this week that they had successfully obtained a warrant to access the Google account associated with her phone.

Harvey, who resides in Ventura, was on her way to visit family in the Kern River Valley. At approximately 11:50 p.m. on April 29, she called a family member to say that she had missed her turn.

At 12:30 a.m. the following morning, another call came in from her phone, though no one was on the other end.

Operating under the assumption that she was driving on U.S. 99 in Tulare County when she called to say she was lost, family and friends scoured the vast area to see if she had gotten stranded or hurt. However, they subsequently learned from law enforcement that her 11:50 p.m. call came from the vicinity of Palmdale.

Jennifer Cotterell of Ridgecrest, a member of Harvey’s family who has been active in organizing the grassroots search, said that the family had been trying to find out the exact location of the 12:30 a.m. call, but was hampered by a variety of issues — including an apparent confusion about which law enforcement agency would have jurisdiction once the search shifted into another county.

“Getting info from Google could take months, so we are back to waiting,” said Cotterell. “But at least we know law enforcement is working with us.”

A Facebook community titled “Help Find Lisa Gail Harvey” has been established to coordinate searches, share information and give the latest updates.

Story First Published: 2017-05-19