Family, friends honor Heaven LaShae Ross’ memory with balloon release

By WVUA 23 News Reporter Avery Lake

On Aug. 19, 2003, Heaven LaShae Ross left home to make her way to school. She never made it to the bus stop. For three years, Ross’ family and friends searched for her until her remains were finally found in Holt.

On Aug. 19, 2023, Shae’s family and friends held a balloon release at Snow Hinton Park in Tuscaloosa to help raise awareness of her case. Beth Thompson, Shae’s mother, said she’ll never stop her search for answers.

“I need justice for her and we have none. There’s no closure,” said Thompson. “There’s a lot of sleepless nights, a lot of anger, a lot of tears. I want to be able to wake up one day and be like, ‘I did it. I got you justice.’ I want to be able to do that, I need to do that and it’s all I’m asking, get me my justice for my baby.”

No arrests have been made in Shae’s disappearance or death, and the case remains open and active.

She would be 31 years old today. If you have any information on Heaven LaShae Ross’ disappearance and death, please contact your local law enforcement agency.

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