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

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

    Basics

    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.

    The Charley Project:
    http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/l/leach_william.html

    Background

    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:
    http://www.missingin.org/reg3016/frederick_donald_leach.htm
    also
    http://www.missingin.org/reg7865/william_donald_leach.htm

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

    California Dept of Justice website: http://dojapp.doj.ca.gov/missing/detail.asp?FCN=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/tomjondahl/Subpage.aspx?mod=5&ID=33595
     
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    Jake479 Well-Known Member

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    Bumping
     
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    burblestein Well-Known Member

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    And just how is Walker County Jane Doe connected with Bill Leach's case?
     
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    My post is not misplaced. You're looking at my signature. Whenever I post, that signature shows up.
     
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    Ooops. My apologies.
     
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    That's o.k. It's an easy mistake.
     
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    Frederick Donald Leach

    Can find no new information for Mr. Leach. Just bumping to let the family know that he has not been forgotten.
     
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    Mr. Leach would be 95 in 2021.....if he is still alive...not very likely...but you never know.
     
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    William Donald Leach – The Charley Project

    Leach was last seen in Laytonville, California on March 17, 1976. He lived approximately one mile south of the city at the time of his disappearance.

    After he went missing, his house was found ransacked with dinner laid out on the table. Many items had been stolen, including several vehicles: a 1960s Ford Falcon, two Willy's PU Jeeps, a Suzuki motorcycle and a Harley Davidson motorcycle. Leach worked as a mechanic and had an extensive collection of cars and motorcycles. He has never been heard from again.

    According to Leach's daughter, blood spatters were found on his property after his disappearance. She stated one wall was stained with blood and, in a bus parked on the property, there was an armchair covered with a sheet, saturated in fresh blood. Leach's daughter also stated in a second house on his land, she found a picture of a goat's head with a cross on a grave and words, including Leach's name.

    Not long before his disappearance, one of Leach's friends noticed him limping and asked why, and Leach stated he'd been beaten. He was allegedly in a dispute with some people who were angry because he refused to sell them items they wanted.

    It's unclear whether any of this has anything to do with Leach's disappearance, but he is missing under suspicious circumstances. His property had nearly been paid off before his disappearance and he was looking forward to his upcoming retirement. Few details are available in his case.
     
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    Maybe follow the Mendocino county goat cheese makers, existing since the day he went missing?
     
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