WA WA - Leah Roberts, 23, Whatcom County, 13 March 2000

Discussion in '2000's Missing' started by Doyle, Mar 19, 2004.

  1. themissingandthelost

    themissingandthelost Active Member

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    The Youtube video of Disappeared: Soul Searcher has been taken down from Youtube. Does anyone else know where I would find it? I had 31 minutes left! :(
     


  2. themissingandthelost

    themissingandthelost Active Member

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    I really think Israel has a striking resemblance to the guy that Leah was last seen with. When I did a side by side comparison it's scary, and I am almost 90% sure I read somewhere he would have been in the surrounding area at the time Leah disappeared.
     
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  4. sarahperhaps

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    Since there was no blood found in the car, I think it is highly unlikely that anyone was in the car when it went off the road. This seems like an attempt to dispose of Leah's car in a fairly remote area with the intention to buy some time before it would be discovered.

    Given its location, it also seems highly unlikely that the person who did this acted alone. Whoever drove the car out there would need a way to then leave the scene. This makes me think that (1) either Leah was voluntarily near Canyon Creek Road, only to be abducted/murdered by someone who was also there and who had their own means of transportation; or (2) whoever disposed of Leah's car did so with another person who followed in another car so that they could both leave the scene once Leah's car was dumped.

    I also wonder if Leah went to see the movie at Bellis Fair just to have a quiet, dark place to have a nap! She had just done a ridiculously long drive in a very short time period, and even if manic (which, by the way, it total speculation), her body would be tired and in need of rest. Another interesting tidbit is that there is a street in Bellingham where a bunch of RVs/campers park for extended periods of time. I am new to the Bellingham area and don't know how long that has been going on for, but if Leah was looking for a place to sleep in her car, this guy in the bar might have told her about it. That being said, given how much cash she had, I don't know why she wouldn't just get a motel room, but I wonder if police ever investigated whether Leah had been sighted in the RV area.

    Another thought: A kitten would not last more than a day or two out in the woods alone. If Bea had been in the car when it crashed, she likely would not have strayed far from the crash site, yet no cat remains were found there. This makes me think that whoever harmed Leah might have offered her and Bea a place to rest. Did police question whether anyone in the area suddenly had a new kitten? Was anyone in the area gifted with a kitten in the days/weeks following Leah's disappearance?
     
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    I definitely think leah was lost when she got to Bellingham, she was nw of her destination. The car and its location....?
     
  6. sarahperhaps

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    I just went out to Mt. Baker yesterday, and I have some more thoughts!

    I think Leah intended to spend some time in Bellingham, at least overnight. As far as we know, it's the only place where she spent any significant amount of time-- at least a movie and a meal.

    The drive out to Mt. Maker is pretty much a straight shot east. Once you're out of Bellingham, it very quickly turns into farmland and then forest. The towns between Bellingham and Mt. Baker are tiny and primarily residential-- again, farms and forest. The town of Glacier is the last stop before getting to the mountain, and there are small shops and restaurants where people can stock up before going up to the mountain.

    Something that stuck out to me is that Canyon Creek Road, the road where Leah's car was found, is easy to miss. Leah definitely did not accidentally turn onto it, assuming that she was alive and driving her car out towards Baker. Her car was *intentionally* dumped there because it is off of the main road and not a place where someone would be easily spotted. Canyon Creek Road is also easier to spot on the way *back* from Baker, which makes me think that it's possible Leah actually did make it past Glacier.

    There IS, however, a campsite very close to Canyon Creek Road called Douglas Fir Campground. It would have been closed in March, so I don't think Leah would have been able to camp there (again, assuming she was alive and made it out of Bellingham). However, given that it would have been empty, it may have been a convenient place to bury a body. It might not be the smartest idea to dispose of a body so close to where the car was dumped, but it's possible. Were any of the nearby campgrounds ever searched with dogs?

    Yet another rough theory I had was that Leah could have been abducted from Glacier. There is one public restroom at the far end of a parking lot for a convenience store (Graham's). Again, Glacier is the last place to stock up on supplies and use a restroom before heading up Mt. Baker. Given how isolated the restroom is, it would be *very* easy to surprise someone, and there is even a small trail right behind the building. Was anyone in Glacier or anyone form Graham's ever questioned about whether they saw Leah?

    Lastly, if Leah *was* planning to do any sort of winter hiking/camping, she would have needed a Northwest Forest Pass and appropriate supplies. Was she ever at the REI in Bellingham or at the ranger station in Glacier to get a pass? If not, if she did make it out there to do some adventuring, she would have needed to be with someone who *did* have a pass. Anyone know a guy named Barry who had a Northwest Forest Pass? :D

    These are all half-formed ideas, but actually being out in the area really helped me get a better idea of the situation. Regardless, if Leah did plan to head out to Mt. Baker, it was a terrible time of year for a novice to do any sort of trekking.
     
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    Is there a thread on here for the body that was found with metal on the femur?
     
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    This is a puzzling case for sure. First thing that came to mind was, I wonder what the fuel level in the Jeep was at the time it was discovered? She had been using a debit card for gas and the last purchase was 300 miles from Bellingham. Based on the number of gallons on the receipt and the distance driven from the fill up previous to that one, the Jeep got about 19 mpg. The tank on that vehicle is 19.1 gallons. So max range would be about 360 miles. No purchase of gas on that card (which she had been using for gas) in Bellingham before heading out of town suggests to me she didn’t leave town in the Jeep. Other than perhaps a book store to get local information about Desolation Peak, or to a hotel, I don’t see her going anywhere other than a gas station after leaving the mall.

    As far as the vehicle being tampered with: I’m not an expert mechanic, but I know the location and function of the starter relay switch. Removing or disabling it is perhaps the easiest AND the stealthiest way to make a vehicle not start. Engine will not crank at all. It does exactly what the name would imply, namely controlling the connection between the battery, ignition, and the starter. I believe that the neutral safety switch is also in this loop. It’s failure allows the vehicle to be started in other than park or neutral....As far as how that would be helpful in accelerating an unoccupied vehicle, I’m not sure. I did see in a picture that there were a pair of Leah’s shoes on the floor in the driver’s cockpit. Oddly, as tossed around as everything was in the inside of the Jeep, they looked as though they weren’t. If someone wanted to accelerate the Jeep and then get out, why not put the floor mat slightly on the accelerator and weight it down (perhaps with a pair of shoes)? They could experiment with the RPMs with the Jeep in neutral until they felt like they reached a maximum amount of acceleration which still allowed them to put the Jeep in gear and get clear of it and avoid injury.

    Perhaps the starter relay was tampered with while she was in the theater or restaurant? The primary hood latch is inside the Jeep, but even if it was locked, it’s hardly Ft. Knox. A Slim Jim or even a wire coat hanger and...it’s not difficult at all. She most likely returned to her Jeep after the movie to attend to her cat, probably smoke. The NC plates, lots of possessions in the car, perhaps even the windows shaded to somewhat conceal her stuff and provide shade and security for her cat, plus the noticeable absence of a travel companion....all that would standout to a would be predator.

    I could see it being a real possibility that the last time she actually drove her car was upon arriving at the mall. IF that were the case then what? The person who intentionally disabled the Jeep now appears as a “good Samaritan” slash wolf in sheep’s clothing offering assistance? An accomplice offers to “recommend someone?”

    I don’t think she left Bellingham alone. And I don’t think she left in her car. I think her car was towed from the mall. Probably not to a national or regional auto repair chain. I think it went to a small shop. One that closes early, or has a very small staff, or a single person working out of a small shop leased in an industrial complex. Something like that. It was a Monday. Some small shops keep unconventional business hours, like open Saturday, but closed Sunday and Monday. It may have even been just outside Bellingham. That would seem more likely in terms of the hours of operation, number/schedule of other employees (if any), a location that lacks passers by, and maybe just off LE’s radar as far as developing leads. Not to mention, given the location of the mall and as someone else mentioned how it gets rural pretty quickly just outside Bellingham - it may well have been one of the closest places for repairs.

    I believe ultimately that she will be discovered to have been much closer to Bellingham. While the person responsible for her going missing may no longer be in that community, I think while there they hid in plain sight. I also strongly believe that the person is responsible for the disappearance and death of Vera Izhevskiy as well, a 25 year old woman that lived about 15 miles from where Leah Roberts’ Jeep was found. She went missing in Bellingham in 2016. I wouldn’t be surprised if the person responsible in her case has ties to her much closer to her home though and not where she went missing. After staging the vehicle accident, I think the person responsible for Leah Roberts disappearance may have walked either home (if no family) or to a store, restaurant, or tavern closer to home and called for a ride. Coming up with a convincing ******** story to an unsuspecting family member why you need a ride home from the bar isn’t hard to do.
     
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    I just decided to see if it's possible to look through unidentified persons and did a search on bing for unidentified bodies washington state

    This image came up: unidentified bodies washington state - Bing images

    Unfortunately when I go to the site listed it doesn't say anything about it. Sure looks like her though.
     
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    After further thought, it doesn’t make sense that the discovery of the Jeep is either a real or a staged accident. The evidence points to her not being in an accident there. Staging an accident is methodical and detail oriented. It’s a sales pitch. Kind of a hard sell leaving so many items in the Jeep that one would obviously take with them if they walked away from an accident. The Jeep was abandoned there with three things in mind....1) Giving LE a red herring that this is the search area, 2) If Leah Roberts is one day located the ID is difficult, and 3) the person responsible is adequately separated from any evidence that ties them (or I think more importantly in their thinking, the location of where she had been) to the Jeep or anything she owned.

    What about the money in her pants pocket then? Cash is untraceable, and whether someone was trying to sell this as an accident or not, they wouldn’t have to leave it all. I mean they could have left, say $500 of the $2400, right? I don’t think they ever looked. There’s really no question as to why she didn’t take at least that, if you believed that she indeed was in the Jeep when it over the embankment. The question would be, why would those not be the last pair of pants she was wearing? Of course they would have been. And they, like everything else were put into the Jeep for reason #3 above.

    There’s no need to make sure every single thing is disposed of into the Jeep if the plan is to dispose of her in an area that’s common to anyone. But if the location is tied to you in some way....that’s how I think the person responsible for her disappearance was thinking.
     
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    Those details about the ring and pants stick with me, too. It makes me wonder if Leah had decided to sleep in her car that night after the movie, and she changed into sleeping clothes. When I was younger, I often kept my money folded in my pocket rather than in a wallet. I could see how Leah may have done the same during the day and then just left the money in her pants pocket when she changed into something else to go to sleep. Does anyone know if she typically went to sleep with jewelry on? If not, she may have stashed the ring for safe-keeping overnight. Not sure why she wouldn't put the ring in her pants pocket with the money, though....

    Could someone have tried to steal her car in Bellingham, not aware that she was asleep inside? Or someone saw how vulnerable she was and decided to take advantage? I lean towards thinking that she never made it out of Bellingham alive.

     
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