|Birth: ||Jul. 18, 1969|
|Death: ||Mar. 31, 1988|
A victim of murder, Lisa's disappearance and death gained national attention and was aired on the television programs "Unsolved Mysteries" and "Cold Case Files."
Lisa is the beloved oldest child of Ron and Sheila Kimmell. Her parents granted the wish of her paternal grandmother by naming her Lisa Marie, a name she'd always wanted for a granddaughter. That same grandmother nicknamed her "Lil Miss," which was shortened from "My Lil Miss Lisa Marie."
Lisa was a hard-working, dedicated individual with so much potential. Although I never knew her, I've learned that she was a very special, sweet, fun and outgoing person who loved to collect teddy bears.
She has two younger sisters and a younger brother. Her brother, Ricky, died at age 3 in a tragic accident. Unfortunately, this would not be the only tragic loss her family would be forced to endure.
Lisa was born in Tennessee, where her father was stationed in the U.S. Marine Corps. She grew up in Billings, Montana.
After graduating from high school in 1988, she was living and working in Denver, Colorado.
On March 25, 1988, Lisa disappeared while traveling from Denver to Billings. She was going home to Billings for Easter and planned to pick up her boyfriend in Wyoming along the way. When she didn't arrive, he contacted her family, who reported her missing.
Her 1988 Honda CRX bearing Montana license "LILMISS" also disappeared. About a week later, her body was found in the North Platte River near Casper, Wyoming. She had been raped, bludgeoned, and stabbed.
Because of a very sacred experience, her mother is convinced that Lisa died the night of March 31, 1988.
Fourteen years later, investigators got a match on DNA recovered from Lisa's remains. It was matched with Dale Eaton, who was in federal prison in Colorado. They unearthed Lisa's car on Eaton's property in Moneta, Wyoming. He was charged, tried, and convicted of his crimes against Lisa and was sentenced to death.
In a wrongful death lawsuit, Lisa's parents acquired Eaton's property, where Lisa had been held hostage and murdered. They had the buildings burned down and everything hauled away on July 19, 2005, the day after Lisa's 36th birthday. As her Mom said, it was a big birthday candle in her memory.
This page is about Lisa and in memory of her life, so I don't want to go into the details of her death. Lisa's mom has written a book about her and the case. For further information, read "The Murder of Lil Miss."
A special thank you to the sponsor of this memorial. Lisa's family does view this page and have been very touched by the kindness reflected in the notes left here. Thank you to Lisa's Mom, Sheila, for providing the photos for this memorial page.
Sunset Memorial Gardens
GPS (lat/lon): 45.76738, -108.56822
Created by: A Marine's Daughter
Record added: Apr 29, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 8701970