Missing since February 18, 1982 from Indian Run, Belmont County, Ohio
Age at Time of Disappearance: 21 years old
Distinguishing Characteristics: White male. Brown hair.
Circumstances of Disappearance
Leon Moncer was last seen on February 18, 1982, as he left his home in Indian Run, Ohio.
His car was found in a ditch, idling with the lights on. His coat and some change still inside. Moncer, who was known for never being without his cigarettes, had left them behind. The car interior was muddy with signs of a struggle.
At the time he was in the midst of a divorce and working three jobs. He had earlier received a note in his mailbox, made with letters cut out of a magazine. It read, "You are dead." His family says he shrugged it off and threw it away.
Three people swore that they saw Leon in the months that followed. His wife said she and her daughter were followed for six months by a man in a truck. And for two years, a man would stand outside her house, in the shadows. At the time the wife thought it may be Leon, wanting to see his three year old daughter. The wife also received anonymous calls, one telling her what had happened to Leon's body. The caller said that Leon's head was in a garbage bag in the river, his arms and legs out in the strip pits.
Leon Moncer was later declared dead.
The case file on the Leon Moncer disappearance was lost years ago during a previous sheriff's administration. But after an intensive search of an storage building, the file was found and reopened in November 2007.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Belmont County Sheriff's Department
The Doe Network: Case File 1196DMOH
such a bizarre story. did his disappearance (presumed murder) have anything to do with his divorce? was he involved in anything illegal (ie, drugs)...? why was he working three jobs?
why would anyone put a threatening note in his mailbox, if he wasn't?
why would someone stalk his wife? and he was so young.... only 21, just barely out of his teenage years.
too weird. glad they reopened it though.
A recent article on Leon and a video of a news report at this link...
It was a tragic anniversary.
And it is still a lingering mystery.
It was 30 years ago this month that a Bellaire man went out for the evening and never returned.
He left behind a beloved three-year-old daughter who is now an adult, a wife and mother.
But she has never forgotten the father who vanished without a trace.
Julie Wurtzbacher thinks about her father, Leon Moncer, every day.
"Every day," she says, fighting back tears. "Every day. Sometimes from the minute I wake up until the minute I go to bed."
On Feb. 18, 1982, Leon Moncer disappeared.
Father; Daughter Relentless in 30-Year Odyssey
February 19, 2012
By FRED CONNORS Senior Staff Writer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
Julie Wurtzbacher has not seen her father for 30 years, and she wants to find him - dead or alive.
The mysterious case of Leon Moncer began on Feb. 18, 1982 when he went missing from his home at 65746 Indian Run, Bellaire, shortly after finding a note in his mailbox declaring "Leave It Alone, Or You Are Dead."
Most of what the ex wife says seems to be a smoke screen IMO. I think she knows what happened, or knows who did it and has kept quiet. I have noticed that when Husbands in the news have wives missing, the story is always "She ran off" or "she left with another man." The story seems weak.
Such a bizarre case, I’m wondering if the note had something to do with his divorce or the fact he was working three jobs.
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There were a lot of coal mines, steel mills, and factories in that region along the Ohio River. Many areas in Eastern Ohio during the early 1980's had high unemployment. I'm thinking that he most likely had three part time jobs at the time of his disappearance.
I find the last paragraph in his case information in Charley to be very interesting.