Alissa's friends say she was a typical teen with an upbeat and fun-loving spirit. She experimented with marijuana, skipped class and had a steady boyfriend. They describe her as normal and able to take care of herself. But her father, Mike, says he had to watch over her constantly to make sure she didn't put herself in harm's way. He said he would monitor phone calls and sit outside the restaurant where she worked to make sure she was safe.
(Courtesy Charity Thompson)