03-08-2006, 02:04 PM #1
LeeAnna Marie Warner (5) - Chisholm MN, 2003
Date Missing: 6/14/03
Missing From: Chisholm, MN
Age at Disappearance: 5 years
Weight: 50 lbs.
Eyes: Dark Brown
Hair: Brown, short bob.
Last Seen Wearing: A blue sleeveless denim dress and barefoot.
Other: Leanna has a wart on her left ankle and a dimple on her left shoulder.
Circumstances: Leanna was last seen at her home in Chisholm, Minnesota at 5 p.m. on June 14, 2003. She was going to walk to a friends house around the block from her home and has not been seen or heard from since. LEANNA IS CONSIDERED TO BE ENDANGERED. Leanna's website A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction in the abduction of Leanna Warner. Leanna's photo is shown age-progressed to 7 years by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
If you have information concerning this case, please contact:
Chisholm Police Department (218) 749-6010
or The Polly KlaasŪ Foundation (800) 587-4357
01-30-2008, 12:30 AM #2Former Member
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LeeAnna Warner (5) - Chisholm MN, 2003
Missing Since: June 14, 2003 from Chrisholm, Minnesota
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date Of Birth: January 21, 1998
Age: 5 years old
Height and Weight: 3'0 - 3'2, 48 - 50 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, dark brown eyes. LeeAnna has a mole or wart just above her left ankle, and a dimple on the back of her left shoulder. Her nicknames are Beaner and Little Beaner. Her hair was cut in a shoulder-length bob at the time of her June 2003 disappearance, and her ears are pierced. Her name may be spelled as "Leeanna," "Leanna," or "Leanne," or she may be referred to as LeeAnna Marie Warner.
Clothing/Jewelry Description: A sleeveless dark blue denim dress (some agencies call it a shirt) with a belt and no shoes or socks.
Details of Disappearance
LeeAnna was last seen walking home from a friend's house, which was a block and a half from her own residence. She had gone to play with the friend at 4:30 p.m., but no one was home at her friend's residence. She was last seen walking on southwest Second or Third Street, westbound, between 5:00 and 5:15 p.m.
LeeAnna's mother, Tiffany Kaelin Whittaker, more commonly known as Kaelin Warner, began looking for her at 5:30 p.m., enlisting neighborhood children to help. When the search turned up no sign of LeeAnna's whereabouts, Kaelin called the police between 8:40 and 9:00 p.m. An extensive search by authorities, which lasted several days and included helicopters and bloodhounds, failed to locate LeeAnna or any sign of where she might be. LeeAnna lives near the Iron Mountain Range and, had she gotten lost in the mountains, probably could not have survived the conditions more than about 72 hours. While there is no evidence that she was kidnapped, authorities have been leaning towards that view, feeling they would have found her quickly had she merely wandered off. Tracker dogs traced her scent to the roadside edge but lost it after that.
An unidentified man in his mid-thirties was seen on foot in the neighborhood at about the time of LeeAnna's disappearance. He was approximately 5'10 tall and 155 pounds, with a dark-colored tattoo of a star or sun on his right arm. A maroon and blue two-door Cadillac driven by an African-American man in his twenties or thirties with a bald or shaven head, and an older model rusty brown pickup truck driven by a Caucasian man with black curly hair were also seen in the area. Neither the vehicles or their drivers have been identified. It is unknown whether any of them had to do with LeeAnna's apparent abduction.
Matthew James Curtis, 24, was arrested in Chrisholm in August 2003 for possession of child pornography charges which were unrelated to LeeAnna's case. He was interrogated several times about a possible connection to LeeAnna, however, due to the nature of his alleged crime. Curtis was found dead September 2003, the day before he was supposed to appear in court on the child pornography charge. Police say he suffocated himself with a plastic bag and his body was found in a gravel pit eight or nine miles outside of Chrisholm. The investigation into his death has been closed and ruled a suicide. There has been speculation that Curtis did not commit suicide and was in fact murdered in a possible revenge or gangland-style killing, and his remains were then staged to make it look like he took his own life. There is no evidence to support this theory, however.
Authorities initially suspected that Curtis was involved in LeeAnna's disappearance, and they processed his pickup truck for DNA samples. They could not find any evidence that the child had ever been in the vehicle, and it was decided that Curtis was not connected to LeeAnna's apparent abduction.
Police suspect foul play in LeeAnna's disappearance. LeeAnna's parents were not asked to take lie detector tests and are not suspects in their daughter's apparent abduction. They have both been previously divorced and LeeAnna's father, Christopher, had domestic problems with his ex-wife; they both sought mutual restraining orders and he alleged that she had threatened Kaelin and LeeAnna. These difficulties occured several years before LeeAnna's disappearance, however, and are not thought to be related to it. The Warners moved to Chrisholm just a few months prior to LeeAnna's disappearance.
After LeeAnna vanished, her footprints were found near Longyear Lake, a shallow lake near where she was last seen. Investigators pumped some of the water out of the lake in late October 2003 to search for evidence relating to her case, but they found nothing important and had to stop pumping because the lake was freezing over. They began a new search of Chrisholm in the summer of 2004, looking for the child's remains, but to no result. No further searches are scheduled for the forseeable future. LeeAnna's parents believe she is still alive and was possibly abducted for the purposes of black-market adoption.
LeeAnna enjoys playing with dolls and riding her bicycle, and is described as an outgoing, precocious, and fearless child. She has been known to wander, and her survival instincts are said to be quite advanced for her age. Her case remains unsolved.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Chisholm Police Department
04-08-2010, 03:50 PM #3Former Member
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