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    CO - Andy Joe Lepley, 18, Crow Junction, 30 May 1976

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    Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
    • Missing Since: May 30, 1976 from Colorado City, Colorado
    • Classification: Endangered Missing
    • Date of Birth: October 3, 1957
    • Age: 18 years old
    • Height and Weight: 5'9, 150 pounds
    • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair. Lepley's right hand is scarred and deformed. He goes by his middle name, Joe, and his nickname is Taco. He has a coppery complexion.
    • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A green Texaco t-shirt, a coat with the name "Joe" on it, blue jeans and lace-up hiking boots.


    Details of Disappearance
    Lepley was last seen at the Texaco station at Interstate 25 and Colorado 165 in Colorado City, Colorado on May 30, 1976. He had worked there part time for two years. Lepley picked up the keys from the manager and began his shift at 6:15 a.m. Only about fifteen minutes later, customers wanting to buy gas discovered the station was unattended. A short time after that, Lepley's manager and the police found Lepley's 1967 pickup truck in the station parking lot with the keys in the ignition. Inside the station, the manager's citizen band (CB) radio had its microphone ripped out and the cash register, which had contained between $50 and $100, was empty. Lepley has never been heard from again.

    Authorities stated a middle-aged Caucasian male, with graying sandy-colored hair and blue eyes, about 5'11 tall and 175 pounds, was seen at the Texaco station between 6:30 and 7:30 the morning Lepley disappeared. The person drove a "flashy" two-door late model car, possibly a Pontiac Grand Prix, colored silver or white with maroon trim and a maroon landau top. He was pulling an unusual four- or five-foot-long, tarp-covered plywood trailer that may have been handmade. He may have been en route to Wyoming at the time. This individual is the prime suspect in Lepley's disappearance. He has never been identified.

    Foul play is suspected in Lepley's case. He was a senior and honor student at Rye High School at the time of his disappearance, studying motorcycle mechanics in a vocational porgam, and went missing just days before graduation. He was a pole-vaulter, a football player and basketball player, and once had been president of his class. After his graduation, Lepley planned to spend the summer working for his father as a plumbing apprentice, then enlist in the Air Force and attend Adams State College.

    Lepley's mother believe he was abducted after he surprised someone burgling the gas station. Although he disappeared during the daylight hours in a high-traffic area on Memorial Day Weekend, no one saw or heard anything suspicious. His case remains unsolved.


    "Rye senior possibly kidnapped from gas station three days before graduation"

    http://blogs.denverpost.com/coldcase...aduation/4309/

    A Colorado college professor who lived in the same county came under suspicion, said Jeff Lepley, Joe’s older brother.

    Four days before Joe disappeared the professor’s wife vanished. The professor remarried and his second wife died under suspicious circumstances. The remains of the professor’s first wife was found four years after she and Joe had disappeared. The man committed suicide.

    Betty Lepley said law enforcement officials including a group of retired FBI agents and detectives who reviewed his case in 2005 believe the professor is somehow linked to the case.

    Series on killer resurrects Lepley mystery - July 25, 1991

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    40 years and still no answers in Joe's disappearance. Hopefully it can still be solved.

    http://www.chieftain.com/news/crime/...on-betty-leach

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    Probably not him, but possible date of death (4 to 5 years before discovery) and the relatively close proximity to Colorado City makes this John Doe interesting: https://identifyus.org/en/cases/9272

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill_Rodgers99 View Post
    Probably not him, but possible date of death (4 to 5 years before discovery) and the relatively close proximity to Colorado City makes this John Doe interesting: https://identifyus.org/en/cases/9272
    What makes it interesting is that it says 'one hand/arm missing' .....if someone has a deformed hand identification would be easy (or believed easy)...so may be removed to prevent identification?
    just a thought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill_Rodgers99 View Post
    Probably not him, but possible date of death (4 to 5 years before discovery) and the relatively close proximity to Colorado City makes this John Doe interesting: https://identifyus.org/en/cases/9272
    According to the thread, he was ruled out. I wish it would be more official though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thefacelessman View Post
    What makes it interesting is that it says 'one hand/arm missing' .....if someone has a deformed hand identification would be easy (or believed easy)...so may be removed to prevent identification?
    just a thought.
    I suspect the hand deformity in the case of Andy Joe Lepley may not be skeletal and so may not show anyway in a skeletal John Doe. Why? It says he was a pole vaulter. Having vaulted at club level when younger I know how much you rely on both hands. It would be difficult to vault with a major skeletal issue, but a deformity due to, say, burns or other soft tissue injury may be less problematic. It would be useful to know the nature of the deformity.



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