01-25-2008, 02:53 AM #1Former Member
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Randy Wayne Leach (17) - Linwood KS, 1988
Missing Since: April 15, 1988 from Linwood, Kansas
Classification: Non-Family Abduction
Date Of Birth: July 25, 1970
Age: 17 years old
Height and Weight: 6'3, 220 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, blue eyes. Leach has a mole on his left ear.
Clothing/Jewelry Description: A blue pocket t-shirt, blue Levi's jeans, white low-cut tennis shoes and white socks.
Details of Disappearance
Leach was a senior at Linwood High School in 1988. He left his home at 6:30 p.m. to attend a friend's pre-graduation party in a rural area five miles east of her residence on April 15, 1988. Before arriving at the party, he stopped at Stoutís Convenience Store and purchased some candy, soda pop, and gasoline. Then he talked to some friends, then went to De Soto to check on the car he was restoring. As a result of these errands, Leach did not arrive at the party until between 9:30 and 10:00 p.m.
There were between 70 and 150 guests at the party and there was considerable drug and alcohol use by the mostly teenaged guests. Witnesses at the party believe Leach departed between 1:15 and 2:00 a.m., but no one actually saw him leave. At the time he was last seen, he was too drunk to walk straight. Leach apparently left driving his mother's gray four-door 1985 Dodge 400 or Dodge 600 sedan with Kansas plates numbered LVJ8721. He never returned home and has not been heard from again. Leach was carrying $50 in cash at the time of his disappearance. His vehicle has never been located.
Leach was reported missing by his parents on April 16. He had a 12:30 a.m. curfew at the time he vanished, and usually honored it. His parents slept undisturbed through the night and did not realize their son had not come home until 6:00 a.m. on April 16. They first thought he had been in a car accident and called one of his friends, who said she hadn't heard from him. Leach's parents then contacted police. Investigators went to the site of the party Leach had attended, but it had already been cleaned up and there was no evidence to be found.
Authorities do not believe Leach left of his own accord, since he left behind the 1966 Dodge Mustang he was restoring and his friends and family say he had no plans to leave home. He was not sure what he wanted to do after graduating high school, but his father describes him as an entrepeneur and a hard worker. Leach's parents still live in his old house and are hopeful that they will someday get the answers as to his fate.
In December 2002, Leach's case was reclassified from a missing person case to a homicide. A team of twelve detectives made the case the focus of a renewed investigation and are reinterviewing guests at the party Leach attended the night he disappeared. Three men were arrested in the early 1993 on suspicion of Leach's kidnapping and murder, but they were released without charge several days later and investigators admitted they had been mistaken about the men's involvement in Leach's case.
The house where the party was held was destroyed by a fire shortly after Leach's disappearance. Rumors circulate that Leach was abducted and killed by a Satanic cult that was supposedly active in the Linwood area. Later in 1988, a man told police that he had been kidnapped by the cult and held in a cave for two weeks, and had seen a corpse there that might have been Leach's. Police searched the cave and found no indications that a crime had been committed there; they decided that the man had hallucinated the experience while under the influence of drugs.
An adult acquaintance of Leach's, one of the last people to see him, found a severed foot on the banks of the Kansas River in March 1989. The foot was not Leach's. Leach's parents say the man drove past their house, going only about 10 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone, on the morning they discovered Leach's disappearance. The individual has since died and it is not known if he had anything to do with Leach's disappearance.
Some reports state that Leach left the party at 6:30 p.m.; in fact, that was when he left home to go to the party. In 2006, his disappearance received some publicity when a University of Kansas Master of Fine Arts (MFA) student wrote a play about his case; the play was titled Leaves of Words and was performed in Lawrence, Kansas. Leach's case remains unsolved.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office
02-09-2011, 05:14 PM #2Former Member
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