by Carol Thompson
New Haven author Lisa M. Buske revealed the cover to her book, “Where’s Heidi” at an emotional ceremony held Friday at the location where her sister, Heidi Allen, disappeared.
“Losing Heidi over 19 years ago was difficult. We also worried about Lisa,” Sue Allen, the mother of Heidi and Lisa, said.
Through tears, Allen said that you can turn your life around from tragedy.
“We hope it will help others,” she said of her daughter’s book.
Allen was introduced by Oswego County Sheriff Reuel “Moe” Todd, who said the goal is to bring Heidi home.
“That’s what we’re here for,” he said.
Todd noted that every lead is followed as the investigation continues.
Heidi Allen disappeared from the convenience store where she was working on Easter morning 1994.
The 18 year old was working alone as a cashier at the D&W Convenience Store, located at the intersection of State Routes 104 and 104B in the Town of New Haven and had opened the store at approximately 5:45 a.m.
About 7:50 a.m., a marked Oswego County Sheriff’s Department patrol unit was flagged down in the area by a citizen who reported that the convenience store was open with lights and gas pumps on, but no one tending the business.
Allen had apparently vanished from the store. Additional sheriff’s units were called to the scene and an investigation commenced. Intense scrutiny revealed that the cause of her disappearance was foul play.
The book cover unveiling was held at the Heidi Allen Memorial Garden, located at the store property, on the late afternoon of the missing sibling’s birthday.
Buske, a Christian author, thanked Todd for being at the event and also thanked her parents for giving her permission to write the book.
The first draft was written in 2006. She said, “It was emotional vomit.”
She rewrote her manuscript and in 2010, she attended her first writers conference and proceeded through the process of finding a publisher. She ultimately chose to self-publish her book because, she said, publishers take too much control of what you can do and when you can speak.
“I want to keep it community and I want to keep it home,” Buske said.