March 2nd, 2015:
Officials confirmed Sunday the body found in a submerged vehicle has been identified as missing piano teacher Lisa Hayden. Her vehicle was found Friday in the New River near a Fort Lauderdale marina.
According to Miami NBC affiliate NBC6, police said the case remains an active and ongoing investigation.
Hayden, who also goes by the nickname "Noodles", disappeared on January 24th after attending a concert in downtown Ft. Lauderdale.
The 51-year-old was a beloved piano teacher with dozens of young students. Her sister, Susan Hayden-O'Leary, told Dateline Lisa’s biggest passion was music. “She lives for those kids. Music was her life, she’s an amazing pianist. She’s been playing the piano since she was 5-years-old,” she said.
February 9th, 2015:
“Glitter, she’s like a handful of glitter and light,” Susan Hayden-O’Leary said of her missing sister, Lisa. “I just want to hear that voice again.”
Susan’s sister, Lisa “Noodles” Hayden, has been missing for more than two weeks now. Lisa vanished on January 24th, 2015 after attending a concert in downtown Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Since then, no one has seen or heard from the devoted piano teacher. Family and friends feared the worst when Lisa didn’t show up to teach one of her young students.
“She lives for those kids. Music was her life, she’s an amazing pianist. She’s been playing the piano since she was 5-years-old,” Susan told Dateline.
Investigators said Lisa had gone to use the bathroom at the Poorhouse following the concert at Revolution Live, but she never returned to her friends that night. The 52-year-old is described as a fixture in the Fort Lauderdale music scene, going under the name “Noodles from Jupiter.” She regularly took the stage to perform her original pieces.
Hayden’s car is also missing, and Susan believes that may hold the key to what may have happened to her older sister. “It’s very distinctive,” Susan told Dateline. “I think if we can just find her car, maybe it will lead us in the right direction to finding Lisa.”
Lisa Hayden is described as 5’6” tall, 101 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a peach shirt, blue jeans, and glitter sneakers. She drives a faded blue 2003 Hyundai with stickers on the hood and bumper with license plate number 3031EQ. She also suffers from bi-polar disorder, but family members said she has always been stable.
If you have any information that can help bring Lisa back to her friends, family, and students, please contact the Ft. Lauderdale Police Department at (954) 828-5700. Family and friends have also taken their search for Lisa to the web, creating the Facebook Page ‘Missing Lisa Hayden “Noodles on Jupiter” and the website findnoodles.com.