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  1. #1
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    ID - Randall Leach, 20, Idaho Falls, 6 Nov 1980

    http://doenetwork.org/cases/1292dmor.html

    Randall Dean Leach
    Missing since November 6, 1980 from Bend, Deschutes County, Oregon.
    Classification: Missing


    Vital Statistics
    • Date Of Birth: July 28, 1960
    • Age at Time of Disappearance: 20 years old
    • Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'8"; 140 lbs.
    • Distinguishing Characteristics: White male. Brown hair; blue eyes.
    • Marks, Scars: Healed collar bone, pierced ear.
    • Dentals: Available

    Circumstances of Disappearance
    Leach was last seen on November 6, 1980 in Bend, OR.
    Last edited by KateB; 04-08-2015 at 05:22 AM. Reason: updated doe network link

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    Then this news article appeared.....

    http://www.midhudsonnews.com/News/Taconic_ID-27Nov05.htm

    http://www.midhudsonnews.com/News/Im...ng-25Nov05.jpg
    Missing identity since 1983

    Remains found 20 years ago are still a mystery

    State Police at Wappinger have re-opened their investigation into unidentified remains found in Fahnestock State Park in Putnam County in 1985. Police believe the skeletal remains are that of a man who may have died two years earlier.

    The body was found on Route 301, about two miles west of the Taconic State Parkway.

    Found on the body were three pairs of socks, four pairs of underwear, two pairs of shorts, one pair of long pants, one dress shirt and a pair of size 10 Dunham boots.

    Also found was a comb, a dental floss container, a road map of the New York and New Jersey areas and two laminating prayer cards.

    The victim was believed to be a white male, approximately 27 to 35 years of age, five feet-nine inches tall, with dark brown, straight hair.

    Anyone with information or knowledge of the victim is asked to call Wappinger State Police at 845-298-0952 or 845-677-7300.

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    On another forum someone suggested the match so I called and spoke to a really nice Trooper. Although the age is off, the other stats match, and the sketch to photo of Leach are really close (I wish I knew how to post side by side pics on this forum!). He said he was going to check it out. Now we are just waiting....
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    By the way, I didn't notice the sketch, of the person who's remains were found, on the Doe Network, so maybe it also matches a case you are aware of? Please take a look, just in case.

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    The first link on the John Doe won't open.

    I'm familar with this case, as I've hiked in the area on occasion. Seems a Doe gets found near popular hiking areas in NY every year...!

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    addy

    Quote Originally Posted by shadowangel
    The first link on the John Doe won't open.

    I'm familar with this case, as I've hiked in the area on occasion. Seems a Doe gets found near popular hiking areas in NY every year...!
    He accidently had a space in the address - try this one:
    http://www.midhudsonnews.com/News/Ta...ID-27Nov05.htm

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    I'm going to try the John Doe link again... Websleuths seems to be very tricky to try to insert links!

    http://www.midhudsonnews.com/News/Taconic_ID-27Nov05.htm

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    Oh, you know, only the best here at WS!

    Welcome, by the way!

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    Charley Project states that he was last seen on Nov 6, 1980 in Idaho Falls, ID (not Bend). He was attempting to hitch-hike to Bend, OR from Wisconsin.

    Westley Allan Dodd was about the same age as Randall. He was only convicted of sexually assaulting younger boys (starting at age 13, I believe), but he did threaten to rape the guards at Walla Walla prison when he was incarcerated.

    Although Idaho Falls to Bend wouldn't take one through Tri-Cities, where Dodd was from, he was known to travel around the NW. I don't know if he was ever in the Bend area, but he was in the Vancouver/Portland area. (Someone hitchhiking to OR through ID could have easily gotten a ride on a semi coming to Portland, I would think)

    I know it's a long shot, especially since Dodd was executed.

    These young adults who hitch-hiked back in the day seem to have fallen through the cracks IMO. I hope someday Randall's family will have closure...
    Last edited by AnnieOakley; 02-21-2011 at 06:20 PM.
    A run-away may leave on purpose, but that doesn't mean that they are able to get back home.... Never stop searching.

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    Re: Randall Dean Leach

    This is my first post, so if I am doing this incorrectly, let me know. :-)

    I found this interesting. This individual was shot in the left shoulder, which could explain the absence of an obvious left clavicle fracture postmortem. Any input would be great!

    http://www.co.nezperce.id.us/Elected...ColdCases.aspx

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    Quote Originally Posted by LucyOso View Post
    This is my first post, so if I am doing this incorrectly, let me know. :-)

    I found this interesting. This individual was shot in the left shoulder, which could explain the absence of an obvious left clavicle fracture postmortem. Any input would be great!

    http://www.co.nezperce.id.us/Elected...ColdCases.aspx
    Welcome to Websleuths, LucyOso!

    The thread in our UID forum says that Randy has been ruled out as this UID after a large investigation. Here is the thread for this UID - ID ID - Snake River near Lewiston - White Male 229UMID, 18-20, June 1982 - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community


    Last edited by KateB; 04-08-2015 at 05:16 AM. Reason: repair url tag.

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    BUMPING for Randy, now missing 32 years.


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    The Charley entry says that little is known about the circumstances of Randy's disappearance, but here's a link that has additional information. His parents went looking for him, plastered his intended route with posters, met a family with whom Randy had stayed and worked for a short time along the way.

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    Randall's file on Idaho's Cold Case site:

    http://eastidahocoldcasesinc.com/eas...hooregon-1980/

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    Cold Case: Clues sought in missing man’s case, 35 years after he disappeared

    http://fox6now.com/2015/11/06/clues-...e-disappeared/

    Officials say Leach left Wisconsin around November 1, 1980, hitch-hiking towards a final destination of his sister’s residence in Bend, Oregon. Leach was last seen alive on November 7, 1980 in Idaho Falls where he had stopped and worked at a dairy farm for a couple of days.

    In the last 35 years, the Oregon State Police has never received any information or confirmation that Leach reached his final destination of Bend, Oregon or if he had ever entered the state of Oregon.

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    Wisconsin man disappeared near Idaho Falls while hitchhiking in 1980

    http://www.idahostatesman.com/news/l...e46983985.html

    Looking at grisly photos of dead bodies is not the worst part for Renaye Leach.

    Periodically, for decades, investigators have contacted her with information about and pictures of unidentified dead men to see whether she recognizes her missing brother.

    The worst part is all of the “what ifs.” What if he was hurt? What if he was attacked by an animal? What if he suffered from amnesia and is still alive, not knowing who he is?
    With almost no leads from the initial investigation, the only thing Bonneville County Sheriff Paul Wilde can say for sure is that no one on the farm hurt Leach. With no suspects and no trail, all that’s known is that Leach left the farm after staying there for two days.

    Wilde said the farmer and his farmhands were all interviewed and cleared of any possible wrongdoing. He said he knew the lead detective, Clyde Burgess, and his custom was to vet every interview and make sure nothing was missed. Leach seemed to have just packed up and continued his trip, Wilde said.

    “There was nothing to indicate anything was going on there or foul play, just that he (Leach) moved on,” Wilde said.

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    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/994umca.html

    This man was found just a month after Leach disappeared. I see a resemblance, the only discrepancy is eye color.

    http://www.doenetwork.org/hot/hotcase2016.html

    This man was found just 11 days later. He also had a pierced left ear.

    Does anyone know if they've been ruled out by LE?



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