Community Remembers Lisa Simmons with Candlelight Vigil

Community Remembers Lisa Simmons with Candlelight Vigil

Lisa Simmons was reported missing a month ago on September 9th, and although her body has not been found, Cumberland police say they have evidence that she was murdered.
CUMBERLAND, MD - Lisa Simmons was reported missing a month ago on September 9th, and although her body has not been found, Cumberland police say they have evidence that she was murdered.

On Wednesday night her family and friends remembered her with a candlelight vigil.

"A lot of people cared about her and she cared about everybody too,' says her son Robby Bennett.

Family and friends describe her as a wonderful daughter, mother and friend.

"I love her so much," says Simmons' mother Carol Growden. "I wish we could find her."

Simmons' neighbor Amy says, "Her body is still missing, and it would be great if our community still tried to find her, to lay her to rest, to give her family peace of mind."

They believe Simmons' boyfriend Stephen Schleuniger knows her whereabouts.

Police arrested and charged Schleuniger with 1st degree murder after finding evidence at the home they shared.

Investigators found bloody footprints on the front porch and a rug that was still wet with a large blood stain underneath it and on the floor below it.

Police also searched Schleuniger's truck and found blood stains on his shoes.

"I heard Lisa screaming and yelling stop and help," says Nelson Hartzell.

Donna and Nelson Hartzell live next door and heard the couple having a fight the night Simmons disappeared.

Nelson says, "My wife said that she had witnessed him stomping through the blinds and saw a silhouette of him stomping."

A DNA analysis showed the blood on the rug and Schleuniger's shoes matched the DNA of Simmons.

She was worried her friend was in an abusive relationship, and says she was trying to help her when they had their last conversation.

Donna says she told Simmons, "Please get rid of him, because I'm really worried about you, and I just had this uneasy feeling the longer it goes. I'm afraid that he's either going to put you in a coma or he's going to kill you."

The State's Attorney's Office says no trial date has been set for Schleuniger.
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