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    CA - Frederick 'Bill' Leach, 49, Laytonville, 17 March 1976

    Frederick Donald LEACH
    alias William Donald LEACH, Bill LEACH
    Mendocino County Sheriff's Office Case# 76-0715
    Date of birth: 6 December 1926.


    Bill Leach is a white male, 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 165 pounds, with gray hair and blue eyes. He had a tanned face with a scar on right side from an animal bite.

    He was living in his home a mile south of Laytonville CA when he vanished. He was last seen by his son on 17 March 1976 in Laytonville.

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    Bill Leach was a mechanic, car and motorcycle collector, and heavy equipment operator. He was seen limping just before his disappearance. He told a questioner that he had been beaten because he refused to sell some of his collectibles.

    The Ukiah (CA) Daily Journal, 21 February 1977: https://www.newspapers.com/image/2158974

    The Ukiah (CA) Daily Journal, 17 & 20 February 1976: https://www.newspapers.com/image/2372707

    The Ukiah (CA) Daily Journal, 30 March 1976 (ran repeatedly on other dates): https://www.newspapers.com/image/2379485

    Later on 17 March 1976, Bill's friend called his daughter to report him missing. Dinner dishes and food were still on his table, and the house had been looted. Gone from the premises was a 1960s Ford Falcon, two Willys jeeps, a Harley Davidson motorcycle and a Suzuki motorcycle. His white 5 door station wagon was also missing. Two big trucks reportedly loaded up Bill's goods.

    Bill Leach's premises were not processed as a crime scene; MCSO categorizes him as missing. However, his daughter reported blood stains on one wall of his home. An armchair covered by a sheet saturated in blood was in an old bus that was on the property. A second building on Leach's place contained a picture of a goat's head, with a cross on a grave, and marked with Bill Leach's name.

    Although initially dissatisfied with LE response, the family later became close to the detective assigned to Bill Leach's case.

    No dental X-rays are available.

    LE contact information

    Information concerning this case may be called in to the MCSO Tipline at 707-234-2100. Their Investigative Services Bureau may be emailed at barneys@co.mendocino.ca.us. The Sheriff's Office can also be reached at 951 Low Gap Road, Ukiah, CA 95482.

    National Missing Persons Directory:

    Mendocino County Sheriff's Office: http://www.mendocinosheriff.com/missing/

    California Dept of Justice website: http://dojapp.doj.ca.gov/missing/det...=3319314732712

    The Doe Network: http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/1893dcma.html

    CUE Center for Missing Persons: http://www.ncmissingpersons.org/frederick-donald-leach/

    PorchlightUSA website: http://z13.invisionfree.com/PorchlightUSA/ar/t16019.htm

    Memorial website: http://memorialwebsites.legacy.com/t...mod=5&ID=33595
    Last edited by burblestein; 12-27-2016 at 04:11 PM.

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