Oswego (WSYR-TV) -- On the 19th anniversary of her disappearance, Heidi Allen’s sister is releasing a book about the ordeal. April 3, 1994 was the last time the 18-year-old was seen while working at a convenience store in Oswego County.
Heidi’s sister, Lisa Buske, says she lived back in 1994 for the last couple of years writing the book. “There were a lot of tears,” she told NewsChannel 9.
She’s been back many times to the store where her younger sister was last seen, so holding her first book signing there made perfect sense. She says writing the book proved to be therapeutic in many ways.
"It was very healing on one hand because I dealt with some stuff that I thought I had dealt with, but until writing the book I realized I didn't, there was still a lot of anger and bitterness, Buske said.
It was a snowy Easter morning 19 years ago today, and even though all that time has passed, April 3, 1994 is still very fresh in the minds of people close to Heidi Allen.
"What strength she's finding in doing this. I'm so glad. Nobody will ever let Heidi be forgotten,” said Suzie Shoults, a friend of Lisa and Heidi.
Buske says the book isn’t about every detail of the case, or the two men – Richard and Gary Thibodeau – who were arrested for kidnapping Heidi. Gary Thibodeau was convicted and sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. His appeal was denied. Richard was found not guilty.
Instead, she says the book is about her sister and says there was plenty to say until she got to the end of the book.
“That was the most difficult part to write, I didn't have a last chapter,” Buske said.
Buske says there is an ending to the book, but it’s not the final chapter. One day she hopes to tell the story of what happened to Heidi Allen.
Buske says by midnight she’d like to get 6,935 likes on the Facebook page “Where’s Heidi”
– a page created in Heidi’s memory. It would be one like for each day Heidi has been missing.