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    VA - Lenny Harris (Community Activist/Volunteer), 53, Alexandria, 21 Sept 2011

    From the City of Alexandria (bbm):

    Alexandria Police Seek Public’s Help in Locating Missing Person

    Alexandria Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a man who was reported missing on September 21, 2011. Lenwood “Lenny” Harris, 53, was last seen around 9:00 P.M. at the Charles Houston Recreation Center in the Old Town area of Alexandria. He was driving a 1994 light blue Toyota Corolla bearing a Virginia license plate: XKG-8385. He is believed to be endangered. His cell phone was recovered Thursday on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge and he failed to show up for a presentation at the Alexandria Adult Detention Center.

    He is described as 6’1”, 210 pounds and has dark hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a gray sweat top and gray sweat pants.

    Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Lenwood “Lenny” Harris is asked to call the Criminal Investigations Section of the Alexandria Police Department at 703.746.4711 or the non-emergency number at 703.838.4444.



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    Lenny is apparently very active in our community. A friend of mine on several city boards first alerted me about him being missing. She described him as a "tireless community volunteer."

    Here are some other references about his community involvement:

    “Nobody wants to say ‘gentrification’,” said Lenny Harris, a 48-year resident of Alexandria who ran for city council last year. “But it has to be mentioned.”

    http://www.alextimes.com/news/2008/f...oing-the-berg/
    “We as a community have been sitting behind the wheel numb,” said Lenny Harris, the community organizer who planned last night’s meeting. “We as a community need to stop being reactive and start being proactive. We have to stop waiting for other people to tell us how to treat our community and raise our kids.

    “There’s nothing wrong with us standing on the corner discussing sports, family and friends. That’s part of our culture and you can’t take away our culture... We must come out of this meeting with one or two associations to protect ourselves, our communities,” Harris said.


    Lenny Harris of the Alexandria Consortium speaks at the community meeting he organized. (Photo: Alex Hampl)

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    Another article:

    Police: local activist missing

    City police say noted community activist and longtime resident Lenwood “Lenny” Harris has been missing since Wednesday and is believed to be in danger.

    More:

    http://www.alextimes.com/news/2011/s...ivist-missing/
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    Here's a bit more - it sounds very suspicious(bbm):

    Harris, 53, was last seen at the Charles Houston Recreation Center about 9 p.m. His older brother, Sherman, said Harris took a call from an unknown individual about that time and left to meet with the caller.

    When he didn’t return home by 7:30 the next morning, the family realized something was wrong. It’s not like him to disappear without letting anyone know, Sherman said. Authorities found his cell phone on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge later in the day.

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    Officials won’t describe the nature or the severity of the danger Harris faces – it’s part of the ongoing investigation, said police department spokeswoman Ashley Hildebrandt. Sherman likewise declined to go into specifics. He’s optimistic they will find his brother alive, but fears the worst.

    “We know he’s in danger, we don’t know if they’ve already killed him. We’re just praying that somebody has seen him and they haven’t killed him,” Sherman said. “I just believe that he’s still alive… The only way I‘m going to believe he’s dead is if the police tell me and I see his body.”

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    I got more emails. Lenny is a close personal friend of several of our neighbors and friends. Praying for a safe return but worried....

    Just crossed the Woodrow Wilson Bridge and couldn't help but scan the river, even though I think the phone on the bridge is either a setup (red herring) or someone threw it towards the river from a vehicle but it didn't make it all the way.
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    This is so sad and scary. Where is Lenny??

    I am surprised that here isn't more media attention on this.
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    I am wondering who the phone call was from? Did he tell anyone where he was headed?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Snoopster View Post
    This is so sad and scary. Where is Lenny??

    I am surprised that here isn't more media attention on this.
    Me, too... If the Washington Post would pick it up, that would really help. MOO
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    Quote Originally Posted by shefner View Post
    I am wondering who the phone call was from? Did he tell anyone where he was headed?
    My guess is that LE knows. I don't know him (never heard of him before now, to the best of my knowledge) but it seems that he was involved in some recent local political stuff. I'd hate to think that someone would harm him b/c of politics, but then again, there is sometimes money involved in some developmental deals - and standing in the way could be very harmful. My own family received numerous threats when my dad stood up to local city/county officials (not here, but where I grew up) regarding development/industry that would be a health hazard. He and a group of folks succeeded in running off the new development, but it cost a lot in terms of threats, sleepless nights, business, etc.

    I am not saying that is what is going on here - I have not heard that. I haven't heard any theories at all, actually. I'm just thinking out loud of the various possibilities.

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    Though Harris has long been a fixture in Alexandria, the longtime resident, husband and father garnered attention during a community dispute between Chatham Square residents and their neighbors earlier in the year. Harris led a community meeting in response to allegations crime was on the rise in the neighborhood.

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    Here is a description of the vehicle (and a picture of one I found online - NOT his exact vehicle):

    Harris was driving a 1994 light blue Toyota Corolla with Virginia license plate XKG-8385.

    http://oldtownalexandria.patch.com/a...ng-missing-man

    http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:A...pgNuj9X6zqHnwe
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    Appears to be a very nice man who is involved in his community. Praying for his safe return to his family..
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    Here's a news video with interviews with family members. It also says that his wife is the one who tracked his cell phone to the Wilson bridge using her computer. Seems like a very nice family.

    I have no doubt that this man is in danger - I hope and pray he is found safe...

    http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/lo...130483913.html
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    I hope the family is getting some good help from LE - his poor wife shouldn't have to be doing the tracking by herself (though maybe they are like my husband and I, we both run google latitude on our phones so we can each see where the other is if we need to).

    And yes, you'd think a well known community activist would garner some more coverage in the metro DC press?!

    So sorry to hear your family received threats in the past, belimom. I think its pretty well known that in the northeast US there are often some shady doings in development deals, especially the bigger ones. I hope this isn't the case with Mr Harris, that maybe in speaking out he angered the wrong people. So sad that trying to help your community can put a person in danger!
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    Alexandria, VA is probably the worst place in America for someone concerned about their community or country to be outspoken. Years ago when I lived in Nashville, federal agents contacted me to come to Alexandria, VA because I was too outspoken on various websites regarding my pessimism and opposition regarding the invasion of Iraq. Without going into detail, the meeting they were requesting sounded shady at best so I moved to northeast Asia, where I currently live and work.

    I'm not saying the government did something to Lenny, but it can't be ruled out. I would be interested in reading more about his activism. For example, if he was blaming the heroin problem in the black community on the federal government or on our war in Afghanistan, maybe he stepped on some of the wrong toes and paid the ultimate price.


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