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Missing Woman: Leah Rachelle Peebles - NM - 05/22/2006

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Leah Peebles


Albuquerque: She went out for the evening and never returned.

Leah has never been away without telling where she was going to be. This time was different.

Leah had recently moved to Albuquerque from Fort Worth, Texas.  She was temporarily staying with friends.a  The night of May 22, 2006, she left to go out with a new acquaintance.  She never returned.  She is considered an endangered adult and has been seen in the company of others.  She has been seen at some of the shelters and also frequenting truck stops in Albuquerque.

Here are further details about Leah.

Alias / Nickname: h  Mia
Date of Birth:  01/16/1983
Date Missing: l  May 22, 2006
From City/State:  Albuquerque, New Mexico
Missing From (Country): USA Only
Age at Time of Disappearance: /  23
Gender:  Female
Race: e  Caucasian
Height:  5'4"
Weight:  105 (or less now)
Hair Color: Sandy blonde/brown
Hair (Other):    Leah is a hairstylist and frequently colors her hair black/red
Eye Color:  Blue
Complexion: c  Light/Fair

Identifying Characteristics: Examples include glasses, braces, birthmarks, piercings, scars, and tattoos

** Glasses/Contacts:  Wears both.  She only had a 2 wk disposable pair at the time of her disappearance.
Piercings:  Double pierced ears, piercing above left upper lip.
Tattoos:y  Tattoo of a "Celtic cross" on lower black in black ink, tattoo of a scrolled "flower " design on upper back above shoulder blades in black ink

**Scars:  Possible scar on left eyebrow from previous piercings, slight scar on right nostril from previous piercing, previous piercing in upper part of ear.

Clothing: Usually wears T-shirts, jeans, sandals, and carries a purse containing her cell phone and TX driver's license
Jewelry:  Thicker gagued, steel hoop earrings in both piercings.

Investigative Agency:n  Albuquerque Police - Missing Persons Department
Contact:  Detective Ida Lopez
Phone: (505) 761-4041
Investigative Case #:  06-69815

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We are trying to locate a missing adult named Leah Peebles. She disappeared in Albuquerque May 22, 2006.

We have set up a website through for anyone to send us information, and we also welcome any e-mail. There are additional photos of Leah on the website at She is also listed with the National Center for Missing Adults as an Endangered Missing Person:

Also, Detective Ida Lopez at the Albuquerque Police Department can be contacted at 505-761-4041. You can refer to Police Report Reference #06-69815.

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Where is Leah Peebles?

In May of last year, some good friends told me of a house-guest coming from Texas. They described Leah, a young woman who had struggled with drugs and alcohol, worsened by a rough relationship she was leaving. She was hoping to benefit from some peaceful time with trusted friends.

I met Leah briefly and found her to be a smart and pretty young woman with bright eyes, enthusiastic about her new situation. I asked her, "So you're leaving a tough situation, huh?" She sighed and responded, "That's putting it lightly."

Leah was looking forward to starting a new job at the Flying Star. She met a woman who introduced her to someone named Johnny Robinson. On May 22, 2006, she told her friends she was going out on a date with him.

Leah never came home that night. Her car was later found abandoned.

Her parents have made information-gathering visits to Albuquerque. They've visited shelters and truck stops, and eventually introduced themselves to several hookers. That's where they found out the most information.

Some working girls told Leah's parents they had seen her working under the name Mia. Even more troubling, they learned she was working for a man known on the street as AJ, which they later learned was an alias for Donald Sears.

The women told Leah's parents that AJ was keeping her supplied with crack in order to make money from her. They said she now looked like an older and thinner version of her pictures, and that AJ was no one to be messing with.

Leah's father came back to Albuquerque a few months ago, but was unable to find anything new on his daughter. He visited the truck stop where she was known to work, but was unable to uncover anything new.

There is a MySpace site dedicated to finding Leah Peebles. It has several pictures of her with different looks:

She is also listed on the National Center for Missing Adults:

The second site has numbers you can call with information.

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Leah Rachelle Peebles

Classification: Endangered Missing Adult

Alias / Nickname: Mia

Date of Birth: 1983-01-16

Date Missing: 2006-05-22

From City/State: Albuquerque, NM

Missing From (Country): USA

Age at Time of Disappearance: 23

Gender: Female

Race: White

Height: 64 inches

Weight: 105 pounds

Hair Color: Brown

Hair (Other): Dyes black, red, blonde.

Eye Color: Blue

Complexion: Light

Glasses/Contacts Description: Wears glasses and contacts (only had 2 wk disposable pair)

Identifying Characteristics: Double pierced ears, piercing above left upper lip, tattoo of a "Celtic cross" on lower black in black ink, tattoo of a scrolled "flower " design on upper back above shoulder blades in black ink, possible scar on left eyebrow from previous piercings, slight scar on right nostril from previous piercing, previous piercing in upper part of ear.

Clothing: Usually wears T-shirts, jeans, sandals, and carries a purse containing her cell phone and TX driver's license.

Jewelry: Thicker gagued, steel hoop earrings in both piercings.

Circumstances of Disappearance: Unknown. Leah, also known as Mia, was last seen at approximately 8:00pm leaving a temporary residence in the vicinity of the 2100 block of Erbbe St. NE in Albuquerque, NM to visit a new acquaintance. Leah may frequent truck stops.

Investigative Agency: Albuquerque Police Department

Phone: (505) 242-2677

Investigative Case #: 06-69815

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Hopeful but wary, parents search Albuquerque streets for their missing daughter

By Maggie Shepard

Saturday, September 15, 2007

John Peebles handed over a lovely picture of his daughter - smiling, shining, hopeful. It was the most recent photo he could provide of Leah Peebles, 24.

Albuquerque police Detective Ida Lopez placed it on her pile, another face among the hundreds reported missing in May 2006.

Clean-looking young woman. Petite. Pretty. Pale.

That's not at all what Leah Peebles likely looks like now.

That's hard for a dad to hear.

Leah has become the most recent addition to Lopez's "girls" - a select group of 16 women who were last seen alive in Albuquerque and whose cases, all reported since 2001, are distinguished by the combination of prostitution, drug addiction and, probably, a miserable anonymity.

That's hard for a dad to hear, too.

But John Peebles is willing to hear more; willing to hear anything just to know Leah is alive.

"Not knowing is the hardest part," he said. "Even if I hear her say `I hate your guts,' that's fine. Call us and tell us that you hate us. We believe she's in a position where she can't (call) or whoever has her isn't allowing her."

It's possible, Lopez said, that Leah has found herself with a violent pimp and can't make a connection with her family. Some girls, the detective adds, have had run-ins with some nasty men, and she suspects some might still be in such situations.

It's also possible that Leah hitched a ride with a trucker to El Paso or California or some unknown town.

"This is a highly transient population," said Lopez's supervisor, Lt. Beth Paiz.

It's also possible Leah is dead. Lopez asks for DNA samples from the families of missing women, which are kept on hand for comparison to Jane Doe bodies found anywhere in the nation. Suspicion of foul play is listed on nearly all missing persons reports involving these women, because of what Lopez says is a high-risk lifestyle.

John Peebles winces at this grim range of fates, left to only wonder which one has consumed his daughter.

But he refuses to wait for a terrible phone call.

Instead, Peebles and his wife, Leah's mother Sharon, traveled to Albuquerque from their home in Forth Worth, Texas, earlier this week. It was the family's sixth trip to search the city's streets for their daughter.

Neither Leah nor her parents seem to fit there.

After all, Leah grew up in a middle-class neighborhood. The couple - dad, a helicopter mechanic; mom, a homemaker and florist - have been married for 28 years.

Sharon Peebles kept Leah sheltered, but she couldn't keep the world from intruding in a vicious way. Family members say Leah was molested by a distant relative while a young child. She was sexually attacked at the age of 14, her parents said, by an acquaintance.

At that point, the parents said, Leah's future was bruised, if not broken.

In that way, Lopez said, she shares a similarity with other missing women, almost all of whom survived some sort of assault and then became involved with drugs and alcohol.

The wholesome-looking, blonde cheerleader started using drugs, harder and more potent ones as her high school years progressed. When Leah was 18, her parents sent her to a Christian counseling camp. But fresh out of rehab and back at home in Fort Worth, she relapsed into addiction.

With hope that new surroundings would mean a new beginning, Leah moved to Albuquerque with some family friends.

Though a skilled hairstylist, Leah pursued a job at the Flying Star restaurant in Nob Hill, where she fit in with young bohemians and funky hipsters.

"When I left her (in Albuquerque) last May, we had a great parting. She was in good spirits and things were good between us," John Peebles said.

Two weeks later, she didn't return from a date and had slipped into the city's shadows.

On May 22, the father contacted Lopez, the Police Department's dedicated, albeit only, missing person's detective.

Lopez helped them put together a missing person's flier using the picture John Peebles provided of Leah with highlighted light brown hair, clear bright skin and a shiny-lipped smile.

APD receives about 125 reports a month on adults who are reported missing. Most turn up on their own, having been on a binge or an adventure. Lopez contacts many who say they don't want to be found for whatever reason and don't want their families to know.

She tells concerned family, including the Peebles family, that this might be the case with Leah.

John and Sharon don't want to hear it. They want to find their daughter and bring her home.

But the the group of women Lopez calls "my girls" are especially problematic in tracking down.

They've been handed a "hard lot in life" and live their life hard, she said.

Some are from families who don't know how to care enough to report them missing and then follow through with updates, DNA samples and other information.

Clearly, that does not describe the Peebles family. They've dedicated a page to Leah and their own MySpace pages to pleas for help. They've written to Albuquerque police Chief Ray Schultz and city councilors and Mayor Martin Chavez.

Of the missing women in Lopez's group, only two others, Darlene Trujillo and Evelyn Salazar, have had family members reach out to the community for help.

Families often find it hard to believe their missing loved one is involved with prostitution and drugs.

But Lopez knows otherwise. Credible tips often lead her to local truck stops, where women sell sex for drugs. Some of those women tell the detective they've seen Leah.

On Tuesday, Sharon and John Peebles prayed - then hit the spots that have turned up good leads in the past: homeless shelters, a truck stop, the area around Expo New Mexico.

They handed out T-shirts they made up with a big picture of Leah and their cell phone number.

"In case someone doesn't want to call police," Sharon Peebles said.

"She's not in trouble; she is well loved. We just want to tell her we love her," the mother said to a group of homeless people gathered around her at St. Martin's Hospitality Center Downtown looking at the T-shirts she's passing out.

One well-spoken, semi-toothless woman named Beth said she recognized the girl on the T-shirt.

"Those eyes. Those eyes look familiar," Beth told Sharon.

The woman thinks she saw Leah near Central Avenue and Wyoming Boulevard. The Peebles family has come to know the tip well; the intersection is well-known for prostitution and drug availability.

One man at the TA Travel Center truck stop near the Big-I told the Peebles he recognized Leah from a cafe in El Paso.

A believable tip?

Hard to say. John and Sharon, from a comfortable life in the shelter of a Christian community, aren't sure what to believe.

The father's tenderness and desperation have been easily recognized by those on the streets; in his first few trips to Albuquerque, he was an easy mark for the drug addicts and homeless people he was mining for information.

"One guy said he hit her in the neck with a shot of heroine and that she was under the bridge," he said, remembering one of his first trips to Albuquerque. He gave the man $30.

"Your heart," he said, "goes pitter-pattering."

Peebles went crawling under the foul-smelling bridge. No Leah.

Other possible sightings have seemed more reasonable. One prostitute told him that she recognized the girl in the picture and that she had cut her hair.

The father said he knew that tip was real.

A group of tips pointed to the possibility that Leah was with a violent pimp.

Peebles spent that night on a previous trip in a nearby hotel dozing off behind a pair of binoculars watching for a glimpse of his baby girl wandering between the semis.

No luck.

On Friday, John and Sharon tracked down leads they got from a methadone clinic where a client said they knew Leah as "Pebbles" and that she's often seen at a 7-Eleven in Nob Hill.

They walked the nearby streets Friday, peeking in yards and talking to countless strangers.

John and Sharon said they vow to "exhaust every avenue until we have no more to exhaust."

Lopez, too, is putting force behind finding Leah and her other girls.

She said she believes Leah has surfaced to law enforcement twice.

Shortly after she was reported missing, Lopez was driving near Candelaria Road and Fourth Street Northwest when she saw a young woman walking. Though the girl did not look like the Leah in the picture provided by her father, Lopez's instinct told her to check the girl out.

By the time she made the U-turn, the girl was gone.

Lopez later acquired more pictures from the family, including a mug shot from Leah's 2006 arrest in Fort Worth on drug charges.

"That was her. I know it was," Lopez said. "That's why I always tell them (the reporting person) that it's not a judgment call but I need the right information."

John Peebles now has provided more pictures. Leah's hairstyling skills are obvious in her many looks - some with a modest bob, others with short spiked black or red hair.

It was likely one of the grungier looks that Albuquerque police noticed in a prostitute they stopped this February or March near Central and Wyoming.

"She didn't have any drugs on her and she was on her own," Lopez said, adding that she told the family that Leah doesn't seem under someone's control during their trip earlier this week.

That possibility allays some fears for the Peebles family, who've fretted over the idea that their daughter is being hurt by someone who won't let her go.

It also kills a bit of hope. If Leah were under someone's control, then there is a reason she hasn't called her parents. If she's on her own, her unwillingness to communicate becomes more confusing - and heartbreaking.

The search has strained the Peebles family bank account, their bodies and their time. They walk the streets of a foreign city, wondering, wishing, hoping for that one miraculous glance of the girl they love.

"She probably thinks we're better off not knowing, less trouble to us," Sharon Peebles said, rifling through a a new batch of missing persons posters. "But that's not true. Being in the dark is what we can't deal with."

"We're starting to come to terms with that, that she might not want to be found," John Peebles said.

It's a hard fact for him to hear. It's even harder because he's the one saying it.

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Leah is now on Project Jason's 18 Wheel Angel campaign. A special poster has been made for her and can be downloaded and printed for placement. More information about the program, and the link for the poster can be found here:

In addition to the campaign, Leah is also featured in a trucking publication called Through the Gears. This free magazine is distributed in truck stops nationwide and has a circulation of about 150,000.

Through the Gears is one of Target Media Partner's many publications. In partnership with Project Jason, they feature two missing persons per month. You can pick up your free copies at a local truck stop, but if it's far from you, you may want to call and ask if they carry that magazine. These are NOT with the regular for purchase magazines.

You can also see the current campaign information on this Target Media Partners site:  (Not updated for October yet)

We hope this helps in the search for Leah. Please consider printing and placing a poster in businesses in your community.

For news updates, please see

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Leah Peebles' Story in National Trucking Magazine

As a part of Project Jason's 18 Wheel Angels awareness program for the missing, Leah's story, as written by her parents, was featured in Through the Gears magazine this month. This is one of Target Media Partner's free publications, which has a circulation of over 150,000, and can be found at  truckstops and other locations nationwide.

Here is Leah's story:

Leah left Fort Worth, Texas for Albuquerque, New Mexico May 5, 2006 to live temporarily with some friends. She left the home of those friends around 8:00 p.m. May 22, 2006 to meet a man for a date.

She has not been seen by friends or family since leaving the home of her friends.

Leah has had a life filled with hurts and bumps in the road. She moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico hoping to get a fresh start at life. After arriving in Albuquerque, she told her parents that she was going to be working at the Flying Star Caf. She had also met a woman who introduced Leah to her cousin, the man she went on a date with. When Leah didnt return to her friend?s home, her parents were called. They tried to reach Leah but could not. Additionally, Leah left a voice mail message with the friends and told them she was okay. She told them some things had happened and she would call them later. She never did.

Leahs parents were able to check her cell phone messages and found that Leahs car had been wrecked and was abandoned. The car was at M C Transmissions, on General Stilwell Street NE, in Albuquerque, NM. Leahs family has made numerous trips to Albuquerque, but has not received any positive leads. According to one of the local shelters, Leah was seen with an individual nicknamed "AJ".

Leah has two black tattoos: between her shoulder blades and at her lower back. The one at her lower back is a celtic cross. The one between her shoulder blades is sort of a flower tattoo. We found a similar one at called a "folial."

At this time, there are no positive leads with the Albuquerque police department. After the initial missing person report was filed, a supplemental police report was filed on August 23, 2006 indicating there may have been some foul play regarding Leah Peebles whereabouts.

Leah was 23 when she disappeared. Her 24th birthday in January passed with no news of her. We are trying to help spread the news about Leah in the hopes that her story can be picked up and she can be found.

In addition to the magazine feature, a special poster was made for Leah and can be downloaded from the Project Jason website.

Please help Leah's family by printing and placing her poster, found here:

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Police reopen cold cases after uncovering 13 bodies in desert outside Albuquerque

By MAGGIE SHEPARD and SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN | Associated Press Writers

4:05 PM EST, March 2, 2009

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — In the desert outside Albuquerque, hikers have sometimes stumbled upon human remains partially buried under the hardy scrub and hard-baked dirt.

But few people could have imagined the crime scene now emerging: The bones of at least 13 people have been uncovered on the site of an abandoned housing development.

The grisly discovery last month caused authorities to reopen dozens of cold cases involving missing prostitutes, some of whom vanished as much as 20 years ago.

Since the bones came to light, forensic experts, detectives, anthropologists and medical investigators have raked tediously through mounds of dirt for the next sliver of bone or clump of human hair.

Police believe one person or group of people is responsible for the slayings, but they have been reluctant to make comparisons to any existing serial murder cases.

"We don't want to limit our investigation," Police Chief Ray Schultz said, calling the scene "one of the largest and most complex" ever investigated by his department.

So far, only two sets of remains have been identified. But detectives are reviewing cases involving dozens of women who vanished from the city over the last two decades. All of them were suspected of being drug addicts and prostitutes. Of particular interest are 16 women reported missing between 2001 and 2006.

The two bodies identified so far were Michelle Valdez and Victoria Chavez, both women who disappeared within months of each other in 2004.

Chavez was about 28 when she vanished, leaving behind a daughter. Valdez was 22, with two children and another on the way.

Valdez's mother, Karen Jackson of Myrtle Beach, S.C., said her daughter struggled with addiction and worked as a prostitute during periods when she would disappear without any explanation. But she would always resurface to get a hug or money from her father, share a laugh with her sister or call her mom.

Valdez's body and that of her fetus were unearthed Feb. 23. No cause of death has been determined.

Jackson said she was devastated to learn her daughter's fate after years of silence and searching.

"I wanted closure, but not this," she said. "My heart goes out to the rest of the families of the missing women."

The family of Leah Peebles, who is on the list of 16 missing women, is devastated by the discovery but holding out hope.

"I don't think she's out there. I really don't," Peebles' mother, Sharon Peebles, said from her home in Fort Worth, Texas. "I have fear and start worrying ... but until I hear otherwise, I feel she is alive."

Still, after two other women on the list were found in the desert, it's getting harder for Peebles and her husband to keep the faith.

"I want some conclusion, but I don't want that," she said.

Leah Peebles, 24, moved to Albuquerque just months prior to her disappearance. She was trying to start a new life free of drugs and the history of sexual molestation and assault that haunted her in her hometown. Her parents reported her missing in May 2006.

The first remains were discovered Feb. 2, when a woman walking her dog found a human rib bone on the site of a subdivision under construction.

The area had been abandoned when homebuilder KB Home ended its operations in New Mexico, leaving a cinderblock wall surrounding mounds of dirt, a drainage pond and a few retaining walls.

Before construction crews left the site in early 2008, many of the bones were damaged by earth-moving equipment that scattered the remains across 100 acres surrounding the concentrated burial site.

The tedious police work at the site has been creeping along seven days a week, drawing curious spectators from nearby neighborhoods.

Schultz said a task force of 40 detectives is checking leads and reviewing missing-persons reports.

"Everyone has taken a personal stake in this," he said. "We don't think anybody is a throwaway person."

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Bodies Found but Mystery Lingers for Kin of Missing Women

By DAN FROSCH  Published: March 23, 2009

ALBUQUERQUE - The last time anyone saw Michelle Valdez, she was working the streets of the War Zone, a neighborhood of housing projects, heroin and sex shops near the University of New Mexico.

It was 2004, and like a growing number of young prostitutes here, Ms. Valdez, a 22-year-old mother of two, had vanished one day. Save for the close-knit group of women she hustled with, and the parents who had lost her to the streets, Ms. Valdez's disappearance went virtually unnoticed.

But on Feb. 2, a woman walking her dog came across bones scattered about a dusty mesa on the western edge of the city. Soon after, the police found Ms. Valdez's remains and those of the four-month-old fetus she was carrying. They also discovered the remains of 11 other bodies -bodies the police say could match a list of at least 16 young women who disappeared in Albuquerque from 2001 to 2006.

The emerging story of the bodies on the West Mesa has held the city rapt for weeks, unmasking a darker Albuquerque where young women were vanishing and not many people were paying attention.

"Even with her faults, Michelle was sensitive, generous and loving," said Karen Jackson, who had been searching for Ms. Valdez, her daughter, since the day she stopped calling home. "That somebody would do this to my daughter and dump her like she was a piece of trash and leave her lying out there with no dignity."

"I am devastated, and I am angry."

Three other bodies have been identified - Julie Nieto, 28; Cinnamon Elks, 36, and Victoria Chavez, 30 - and the police say the women knew each other from the streets. Chief Ray Schultz of the Albuquerque Police Department said that the 100-acre crime scene was the largest in the city's history and that his department had committed considerable resources to the case.

"We are looking at every different possibility and scenario," Chief Schultz said. "Everyone in the organization is taking this case personally."

Such assurances have rung hollow for many families who fear their loved ones were buried on the mesa. For years, they said, they implored the police to do something; but the lead detective assigned to the missing women, they said, rarely returned calls and kept families in the dark.

Lori Gallegos, whose childhood friend Doreen Marquez vanished in October 2003 and is on the police list of lost women, said Ms. Marquez's family had relayed many tips to the police but waited months before hearing back. Family members described Ms. Marquez as an outgoing young woman who drifted into prostitution to support her heroin addiction.

"You think the police are supposed to help," Ms. Gallegos said. "It makes me angry. They disregarded Doreen as if it was not important she was missing."

Chief Schultz disputed accusations that the cases were ignored because many of the women were prostitutes. "We didn't write these cases off," he said.

He said some of the women were not reported missing until months after they had disappeared, making the investigation difficult.

At a meeting in Albuquerque, families of women on the list passed around photographs of loved ones and told of scouring the city's streets alone.

One man, John Peebles, has driven from Fort Worth each year hoping to find his daughter Leah, who disappeared on May 22, 2006.

Mr. Peebles said his daughter, a hairstylist, started using heroin as a teenager after being raped by a high school acquaintance and had come to Albuquerque for a fresh start. Almost three weeks later, she was gone.

Mr. Peebles peppered the city with fliers, staked out dangerous neighborhoods and was cornered by angry pimps. One day, a drug-dazed prostitute led him behind a truck stop where she had promised Ms. Peebles might be waiting. But the woman's lead proved fruitless.

"I really thought I was going to find her,"Mr. Peebles said. "It's just been sleepless nights and sick-filled days. I would give anything to see her again."

Indeed, theories about the killer have been whispered among families and through the Albuquerque streets.

Ms. Jackson recalled that just months after Ms. Valdez disappeared, her sister Camille received a strange phone call from a friend offering her condolences and saying she had heard that Ms. Valdez had been "stabbed a bunch of times and thrown out somewhere."

Last year, Ms. Gallegos tracked down a pimp who she said had nude pictures of some of the missing women, including Ms. Marquez. But the man told her he did not know what happened to Ms. Marquez, and he died in January before Ms. Gallegos could press him further.

The family of Darlene Trujillo, another missing woman, is convinced that she was abducted and taken to Mexico after disappearing with a heroin dealer on July 4, 2001. A man who claimed to have information about Ms. Trujillo turned up murdered, said Liz Perez, a family friend.

One of many theories the police say they are considering involves a man named Lorenzo Montoya. On Dec. 16, 2006, in a well-publicized case, Mr. Montoya bound and choked to death a young prostitute, Shericka Hill, after luring her to his trailer a few miles from the West Mesa. Ms. Hill's pimp, who had grown suspicious while waiting outside, burst into the trailer, shooting and killing Mr. Montoya.

According to an article in The Albuquerque Journal at the time, Mr. Montoya had a record of soliciting prostitutes. He had also been charged with sexually assaulting a prostitute, but the case was dismissed.

The police note that the sharp increase in the number of missing women stopped around the time of Mr. Montoya's death.

One former prostitute, who was close with some of the victims, said in an interview that she had been choked and raped by Mr. Montoya after he picked her up in the War Zone in 1995.

"He told me, "You're lucky; I was going to kill you," recalled the woman, a former prostitute who was granted anonymity because she said she believed that she and her family could face repercussions.

Back on the mesa, a team of F.B.I. forensic experts, local police officers and an archaeologist continue to dig through the dirt, as the state medical investigator's office works to identify the remaining bones.

Some families, meanwhile, are trying to raise money for the funerals they sense are coming. Others continue to seek answers on their own.

"It's been the most horrible feeling, because we don't know whether we should grieve, be angry, or cling to that small glimmer of hope," Ms. Gallegos said. "Nobody has listened to us for so many years."

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Families of missing come together

Urge change in perceptions, police response

Published : Thursday, 02 Apr 2009, 9:34 PM MDT

Reporter: Maria Medina

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The families joining for dinner Thursday began what may become a tradition built around a common bond, one they dearly wish they didn't share.

The families who met at the Northeast Heights restaurant all have daughters who either are missing or whose bodies have been found in makeshift graves uncovered on Albuquerque's southwest mesa since early February.

"We need some answers for our family," said Linda Kayser whose daughter, Vanessa Reid Lujan, was 25 when she went missing in June 2006. "We just want somebody to tell us how all these girls can be missing and no one's looking for them until now."

For Kayser and others who met at a Northeast Heights restaurant the tears began when their family members went missing. Now they want to know why it took so long for those cries to be heard.

Many made pleas to improve missing-person alerts and investigations.

"They should've found them a long time ago," Eleanor Griego said. "These girls had families. People cared about them."

Griego is the mother of Julie Nieto whose body is one four identified from the dozen adult remains recovered from the mesa.

"They told me that since she was over 21, that she could go wherever she wanted," Kayser said.   "Because of her past being in out and of jail they just discounted her."

John Peebles' daughter, Leah Rachelle Peebles, vanished just 2 1/2 weeks after she moved to Albuquerque from Texas.

The four women identified from the mesa had criminal histories as do many of the other women reported missing.

"These girls all had dreams," Peebles said. "No girl grows up wanting that."

Dan Valdez, who helped organize the dinner, said this isn't the end. He said plans to get together with relatives of missing persons at least once a month to talk about their grief and their concerns.

Valdez said he also wants his daughter remembered as a "loving human being" regardless of her lifestyle. The remains of Michelle Valdez and the unborn child she was carrying also were found on the mesa.

"She'll be remembered in a positive way," Valdez said.

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Vigil held for West Mesa victims

Updated: Saturday, 04 Apr 2009, 11:15 PM MDT

Reporter: Michael Paluska

-Family and friends of missing Albuquerque women are banding together.

"We are going to continue moving until we find the murderers of our daughters and relatives and loved ones I am not stopping I am moving and I am going to continue moving and I will go to my grave trying to find out who did this to my daughter and the other daughters and beautiful people they were beautiful human beings all of them," Dan Valdez said.

Valdez's daughter Gina Michelle Valdez was found buried on Albuquerque's west mesa with her unborn child.

Community members told News 13 the police have not done enough to have prevented this tragedy from happening.

They are asking for more manpower in the Albuquerque Police department's missing persons unit.

We asked the father, who's daughter is missing, if APD is doing enough.

"No not at all I think there are some in law enforcement who have tried they have made some good efforts but a lot of the policies they are talking about now in the news I think they are just putting them in place they haven't already been there," John Peebles said.

Investigators downsized the body count from 13 to 12, based on more detailed analysis of the recovered bones.

Police said all of the women identified have a common link of drug use and prostitution.

It is a connection police are hoping will lead them to a possible suspect in this case.

If you have any tips that could help the case, call 877-765-8273.

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For missing daughter's parents, an agonizing search with few answers

Posted Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009


John Peebles pleaded with his only daughter to make him one promise.

Leah Peebles had moved to Albuquerque seeking a fresh start away from the drug addiction lifestyle that had consumed her in Fort Worth.

"I looked at her and said: 'Please. Please. Whatever you do, if it gets bad, just call us. Don’t ever leave again and not let us know what you’re doing, even if you’re at the worst of the worst,’ " John Peebles said, recounting his goodbye at a New Mexico airport. " 'Just call us and let us know you’re alive.’ "

Although Leah told her father that he’d be better off not knowing, she made him the promise — but only at his insistence.

That was 3  1/2 years ago, the last time John Peebles set eyes on his firstborn.

"I wish I’d never left her. It haunts me every day. That’s been the hardest thing for me to deal with," John Peebles said, pausing to regain his composure. "I could see how scared she was. I wish I hadn’t left her."

Since then, John and his wife, Sharon, have devoted their lives, time and money to finding Leah, now 26, and bringing her back home to Fort Worth.

John Peebles has made roughly a dozen trips to Albuquerque and beyond, searching homeless shelters, truck stops and strip clubs, desperate to find signs of his daughter. The couple expanded their search to the Internet, sharing their painful story on blogs in the hope that someone who has seen Leah will read it.

"People ask me why I keep doing it," John Peebles said. "I talk to a lot of people who have missing children, and they don’t do what I do, but we share a lot of the same fears and the same hopes. I guess the thing that has just always been in my head is the story in the Bible about the lost sheep and the shepherd who left the 99 to go after the one. That’s why I do it."

Sharon Peebles said, "If it were one of our other children, we’d do the same thing."

To search for his daughter, John Peebles uses holidays, vacation time and sick leave from his job manufacturing helicopter rotors at Bell Helicopter. Sharon Peebles, a floral designer at TCU Florist, has accompanied him on two of the trips and their two sons, Phillip and Seth, on another.

The Peebleses say Phillip, 23, and Seth, 18, have gone through different emotional stages in dealing with their sister’s disappearance.

"I think they resent her. They’re angry, either that or they’re just numb," John Peebles said. "They’d just as soon put it all away and not even talk about it anymore or think about it."

It’s a feeling their parents can understand.

"Sometimes for a few hours, I might be angry at her, like, 'Why hasn’t she contacted us?’ " Sharon Peebles said. "But the love overrides that."

A rapid decline

Even in baby pictures, Leah’s smile is eye-catching.

At 1  1/2 — at her grandmother’s insistence — she was entered into her first and only beauty pageant, winning third runner-up in her age division and claiming the title "Ms. Photogenic."

But the childhood innocence that radiated in the blue-eyed blonde’s smile would be short-lived. By the time she was 4, Leah’s parents learned that their only daughter had been molested by a distant relative. They hoped that her young age could erase the ordeal from her memory. But just as she was about to begin high school, Leah was raped by a classmate.

Even though she underwent counseling, the Peebleses say they saw an immediate change in their daughter that grew more noticeable as she worked her way through Carter-Riverside High School. A popular girl and good student who’d been active in cheerleading, drama and the yearbook staff, Leah began to lose interest in such activities by the end of her sophomore year. She dropped out of cheerleading and, by her senior year, was not involved in any extracurricular activities.

"I think she was drinking and smoking pot, maybe doing some pills by her sophomore year, maybe even a little before then," John Peebles said. "She never had a problem with grades up to that point, but by senior year, she was struggling to even graduate."

Sharon Peebles remembers stopping by Carter-Riverside one morning to drop something off and finding the 17-year-old "crashed" on her desk.

"She got up and kind of stumbled into the hallway," Sharon Peebles said. "When I started talking to her, I realized that something was wrong. I checked her out of school and took her to the doctor, who sent us immediately to the emergency room at Cook’s. She had overdosed."

By the time she graduated from high school in 2001, Leah had grown even more erratic — sleeping all day and partying all night. Her weight fluctuated as much as her hairstyles and colors.

Relatives staged an intervention at the restaurant where she worked.

"We said, 'Come outside. We need to talk,’ " John Peebles said. "Of course, she denied everything at first."

But after about 30 minutes, Leah broke down.

"She said, 'I can’t stop,’ " John Peebles said. "I said, 'You can’t stop what?’ And she said, 'I can’t stop heroin.’  . . .  She confirmed everything we were fearing."

The Peebleses put Leah in detox at a Fort Worth hospital, then immediately into Fort Worth Teen Challenge, a Christian-based drug and alcohol ministry for women. She stayed at the Teen Challenge center for 21 months, though not always willingly.

As she continued in rehab, Leah entered beauty school with plans of becoming a hairstylist. She finished her studies after returning to live with her parents, quickly finding a job at a salon in Hulen Mall.

But signs that Leah was back on drugs soon emerged. In a periodic search of her room, Sharon found needles and bloody tissues tucked into a purse in the closet.

When the couple would confront her, she would admit that she had used again but insist that she was doing better.

"You want to believe," Sharon Peebles said. "She would go to church with us. She would go to a home group and would talk to people about her problems."

But Leah would also show up at her brother’s football game, stumbling and falling to the concrete because she was so messed-up.

"She’d do meth. She’d do coke. Anything she could shoot, she’d just do it," John Peebles said. "She’d go through periods where she put on a little weight because she was probably doing heroin at the time, and then she’d shoot meth and get skinny."

Run-ins with the law

Twice, Leah was arrested.

In August 2004, Tarrant County sheriff’s deputies were investigating a report of shots fired when they happened upon Leah’s boyfriend firing an assault rifle into a creek bed. Leah, who had been sitting in a car with another woman, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance after she was seen tossing a baggie containing methamphetamine out of the car window.

She was convicted of a state jail felony and sentenced to 30 days in jail.

In March 2006, Leah was stopped for not using her turn signal, and a search of her car uncovered syringes and powder cocaine. This time, Leah was sentenced to 80 days in jail.

Soon, Leah was fired from the salon.

"They didn’t want to," John Peebles said. "They had given her several chances, but she would just take off in the middle of the day, take off on a break saying she was going out for a smoke. But she was actually going out and doing cocaine and might not even show up the rest of the day, just leave clients waiting for her there."

Leah’s parents tried to get her back in rehab. She was against returning to Teen Challenge, but Leah agreed to get help and a new start in Albuquerque, where close family friends Todd and Ashley Warren were eager to take her in.

Leah packed up her Volkswagen, and in May 2006, her father helped her move. They shared their last face-to-face goodbye at the airport, before he flew back home.

Ashley Warren said Leah seemed sad and all too aware of the challenges she would face in reclaiming her life.

"I think she was feeling like a failure and that she failed everyone around her because she continued to move back toward the things that she felt could help momentarily," Warren said. "I really did think she felt more concern for the way she had let down her parents and her family than she did for herself."

'He’s still going’

Two and a half weeks later, John Peebles received a phone call from the Warrens, saying Leah had gone out the night before to hang out with a new friend and had not returned.

"They hadn’t heard from her, other than she left a voice message that said, 'OK. Some things have happened. I’ll call you later.’ But she never did," John Peebles said.

Leah was reported missing to Albuquerque police. From his Fort Worth home, John Peebles tried to learn his daughter’s location by checking her MySpace page, contacting her friends and listening to her voice mail messages. Through her voice mail, he learned that Leah’s car was at a repair shop. A mechanic at the shop said he had seen Leah and helped tow her wrecked car.

He mentioned that Leah’s arms looked bad and that he thought she may be prostituting.

With still no word from his daughter a month later, John Peebles took what would be the first of many trips to Albuquerque to search for her.

In all, he estimates he’s made 11 trips, sometimes accompanied by family members, to Albuquerque, surrounding areas, Phoenix and, most recently, Las Vegas.

America’s Most Wanted, which plans to air a segment about Leah’s disappearance in the coming weeks, accompanied him on the trip to Vegas.

"The reason I’ve gone out so many times looking myself is I just felt no one would look harder than I would. We’ve had some detectives give their time and look, and there’s been a lot of well-wishing people, but people come and go," John Peebles said. "They help you for a while, and that’s fine.  . . .  But no one can stick with you through the long haul. That’s just the way it is."

Warren, who has since moved to Colorado with her husband, said she believes that John Peebles’ undying efforts to find his daughter exemplify the strength of God’s love.

"John Peebles exhibited what I feel like God feels for all of creation," Warren said, her voice breaking. "And he’s still going."

Suspicion of human trafficking

From his many trips, John Peebles has gleaned that his daughter, going by the street name of Mia, inquired about a job at an Albuquerque strip club not long after she disappeared. Others have told him that Leah was under the control of a pimp known as "A.J."

Peebles was later able to question A.J. after he was arrested in Bakersfield, Calif., for jumping bail and extradited to Albuquerque. A.J. claimed he’d never heard of Leah.

"Certainly if she turns up dead, he ought to be the first suspect," John Peebles said. "I think he’s really the key to finding out more about her."

John Peebles’ snooping had prompted threats against his life. He has become so well-known in parts of Albuquerque that he’s donned disguises and dyed his hair during his searches.

The last credible sighting of his daughter was in fall 2006. John Peebles’ gut tells him that she has fallen victim to human trafficking and may have been sold to another pimp in another city.

A few years ago, he and his wife moved from the Riverside home where Leah grew up and now live in southwest Fort Worth.

They say they refuse to dwell on whether Leah is dead.

"I don’t think I’m ever going to be able to give up," John Peebles said. "I just can’t do it. I just can’t accept that there’s not a possibility that she’s still out there, no matter how bleak it looks."


A father’s anguish

A year after his daughter disappeared, John Peebles turned to the Internet, trying to search beyond what he could physically do himself.

"It was partly due to finances," Peebles said. "We had to take a little break for a while. We’d spent so much money. I thought, I can’t do anything else so I guess I’ll get online and try to network that way and get other people to help us look, keep an eye out for her."

These are excerpts from his blog postings and comments:

June 21, 2007:

I love you with all my heart Sugarplum! Mom and I miss you so badly.  . . .  I wanted you to know we are searching for you everyday. We will never give up. Come home sweetheart.

Jan. 12, 2008:

Please help us! - Leah’s Grandmother is Dying

If anyone  . . . . . . .  ANYONE knows where Leah is, please ask her to call her parents.  . . .  As of Thursday, January 10, 2008, Leah’s grandmother has been given 24-48 hours to live. She is in hospice care, and the family would like your help in passing the word to find Leah and ask her to call home.

Can we also request your help in keeping this message going by passing it on every few hours on your bulletin pages.

Thanks so much for your help and support!

Jan. 16, 2008:

Leah, Your Nee-Naw just passed away at the very hour of your birth 25 years ago today. She loved you so much. I think she waited till this very hour because she loved you so much. I pray you are alive and well sweetheart. Happy Birthday Sugarplum. Please Come Home!"

March 23, 2008:

Honey, I want you to know that I will never give up looking for you. I have no idea if you even look at your page anymore but just in case you do, know that I still love you more than life itself. We all miss you dearly. I also want you to know that you now have a handsome nephew. He reminds me of how beautiful that you were when you were born. You’re still the most beautiful daughter any father could ever have, and I remain as proud of you as I ever have been. You’re perfect just as you are and always will be.

Sept. 7, 2009:

Another holiday without Leah.

Today is the final day of my road trip to look for Leah. I’ve been to Albuquerque, Phoenix, and Las Vegas this time. I was accompanied by America’s Most Wanted for about half of the trip as they filmed some of the things I’ve been doing to look for my precious Leah. Unfortunately, it looks like I’ll go home empty handed again without her.

 . . .  Leah, I miss you so badly, and please forgive my failures as a father and know that I love you with all my heart, and would give anything to bring you back home where you belong.

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updated January 11, 2010

A Father's Journey For Answers

John Peebles has been searching for his missing daughter Leah since 2006

John Peebles knows some of Albuquerque's toughest neighborhoods by heart. He knows which street corners are occupied by prostitutes and the ones that are reserved for drug dealers.

"I've been a whole lot of places I never wanted to be and seen a lot of things I never wanted to see," he says.

It's not the life John ever envisioned for himself, but he says he has no other choice. While he once spent his free time with his family in the quiet suburbs of Fort Worth, Texas, he now spends most days roaming the streets, looking for his daughter Leah.

Leah Peebles vanished from Albuquerque, N.M., on May 22, 2006. Her family says she moved to there from Fort Worth in hopes of getting a fresh start. Prior to the move, John says his daughter struggled with drug addiction.

"I'm just a dad looking for my daughter,†John says. “I'm a dad who loves his daughter. I'm a dad who sees the best in his daughter -- a dad who remembers all of the good things, and I want that girl back."

"I've been a whole lot of places I never wanted to be and seen a lot of things I never wanted to see."

The Tragedy Behind The Tears

Leah was 23 years old when she went missing, but her father says her story starts when she was just a little girl.

When she was 4 years old, Leah told her parents she was molested by a relative. Then as a freshman in high school she was victim to another sickening crime: She told her parents a boy she thought was her friend had raped her.

"At that point, she really started being angry and felt depressed," her father John says.

Leah's life took a dramatic turn, and her family says she found a terrible way to deal with the pain despite her family's efforts to try and help. Leah's look changed dramatically, and so did her actions. Before long, John and his wife Sharon discovered Leah was doing hard drugs and had developed a serious addiction. Leah went in and out of rehab until she finally decided she needed a fresh start.

After moving to Albuquerque to live with friends, Leah seemed to be doing better. But after just a few weeks, she vanished.

That was in 2006. Since then, John has spent nearly every vacation day and holiday in Albuquerque searching the streets for Leah.

The Search Continues

John's spent three years roaming Albuquerque’s streets, collecting clues in Leah's disappearance. He put his morals and safety on the line and it paid off. John heard Leah had turned to stripping and prostitution as a way to survive, so he began staking out strip clubs and befriending prostitutes to get more information. John learned Leah was going by a new name -- Maya. He says he also met a few people who had encountered her.

The clues were helpful but not helpful enough. Even today John still has few answers about where Leah might be and even worse: He has no clue whether or not she is dead or alive.

John says he simply wants to know what happened to his daughter and that it's nearly impossible to live without the answers for which he’s so desperately been searching. The Albuquerque Police Department has documented Leah as a missing person.

Police say there are no suspects in her disappearance, but they hope new clues could give them a better idea of where Leah might be. They said even the smallest clue could help them put together a more comprehensive timeline. Police say people like Leah are often hard to find because drug use can drastically change a person's appearance.

Leah is 5 feet 2 inches tall. She could weigh between 100 and 120 pounds. She is a natural blond but has previously worked as a hairdresser and is known to frequently change her look and her hair color. She has a tattoo of a Celtic cross on her lower back and a flower in between her shoulder blades.

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I just watched the episode on tonight's AMW.  It was truly a touching story that showed a father's unconditional, God-like love for his child.  The Peebles family is in my thoughts and prayers.

If you have any tips that could help the case, call 800-CRIME-TV.

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I completely agree, Lori. Well put. It was very moving, and my heart went out across the miles to Leah and her family. I applaud AMW for doing what appears to be an excellent job of illustrating one family's agonizing search.

If you have any tips that could help the case, call 800-CRIME-TV.

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West Mesa Killer may have 6 more vics

Similar backgrounds to the 11 women found

Updated: Friday, 28 Oct 2011, 1:24 PM MDT

Published : Thursday, 27 Oct 2011, 10:15 PM MDT

Reporter: Alex Tomlin

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Albuquerque Police admit the West Mesa Serial Killer may have had more victims: six of them, in fact. Police don't know where they are buried, but do think they know their names.

“The similarities are pretty close so I think any person putting this together would have to say, ‘yeah, there has to be something more out there,” Deputy Chief Paul Feist said.

The six womens’ backgrounds and lifestyles will sound familiar: All had ties to drugs and prostitution, just like the 11 women unearthed in early 2009 .

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Click on each woman’s name to see more details about her disappearance.

Leah Peebles

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Investigation Discovery Network Program Tonight Will Feature Episode on Woman’s 2006 Disappearance in ABQ

By ABQnews Staff on Mon, Nov 7, 2011 at 12:57 pm   

The disappearance of a 23-year-old woman in Albuquerque in 2006 will be featured tonight on the program “Disappeared” on the Investigation Discovery network.

The network said in a news release that Leah Peebles had moved to Albuquerque in early May 2006 from Fort Worth, Texas, where she had lived with her parents. She was seeking a fresh start after years of struggling with drug addiction, according to the news release.

The news release said that a few weeks after arriving in Albuquerque, Peebles went out one night for a date and never returned.

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Leah Peebles

Missing since May 22, 2006

Twenty-three-year-old Leah Peebles, of Ft. Worth, Texas has recently moved from her parents' home to Albuquerque, New Mexico to get a fresh start after years of struggling with drug addiction. Though she came from a supportive, tight-knit family, Leah had turned to drugs to help her cope after being molested as a toddler and raped as a teenager.

Clean for the first time in years and a talented hairstylist, Leah is eager to start her career and get her life on track. But just a few weeks after arriving in Albuquerque, she steps out one night for a date and never returns. Leah's parents discover that just before disappearing she had crashed her car. While Leah walked away from the accident, the mechanic she leaves her car with reports she looked really out of it.

When the Peebles family feels the police are too slow to respond, Leah's father decides to take matters into his own hands and journeys to Albuquerque to hunt for her himself. There he discovers Leah has fallen back into drugs and worse yet, has turned to prostitution to support her drug habit. Rumors abound and the Peebles fear Leah has fallen victim to foul play. As he traverses Albuquerque's underworld, seeing things he never thought he would, Leah's father remains determined to keep searching until he can bring her home.

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Heartbreaking to learn that Leah's father, John, passed away....without knowing the answers to Leah's disappearance.  Praying he is resting peacefully know and he is at peace.


John Daniel Peebles


55, of Fort Worth, Texas, passed away Aug. 5, 2013. After turning 18, he moved to Texas and attended Southwestern Assemblies University. He worked as a valet. He was born on May 17, 1958 in Canton to Nancy S. Peebles (McLean). John was married to Sharon McDowell on Aug. 4, 1979. He worked at Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.


He is survived by his wife, Sharon in marriage of 34 years. His children, Leah Rachelle Peebles; his sons, Philip and Seth Andrew Peebles and his two grandchildren; his mother, Nancy Sue Peebles; his sister, Linda L. Medley and her husband, Harry A. Medley; brother, David R. Peebles and his wife, Vicki-Hoch Peebles; biological father, Bob Carnes. Also we would like to mention other people and relatives who loved John. He is preceded in death by his father, Daniel Leroy Peebles.


A memorial service will be held Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013 at 4 p.m. in the Community Room at Stone Crossing Nursing Home, 836 34th St. NW, Canton, OH 44709.


Published in The Repository on Aug. 8, 2013

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Date of Birth: 04/16/1994
Date Missing: 05/21/2013
Age at time of disappearance: 19
Missing From: San Francisco, CA
Gender: Male
Race: Asian/Caucasian
Height: 5ft 5 in.
Weight: 120 lbs.
Hair Color: Dark brown
Eye Color: Dark brown
Complexion: Olive

Sean had braces on his teeth at the time of his disappearance, a scar running from the right side of his forehead to the back of his head from brain surgery and his right eye droops slightly. He just had an arm cast removed and was wearing a black arm splint on his left arm/wrist. Sean suffered a severe traumatic brain injury several months before he vanished. The Chief of Neurosurgery at San Francisco General Hospital stated that Sean is at significant risk of death if not found quickly due to his medical condition. 



DOB: Aug 29, 1993
Missing: Aug 11, 2009
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
Eyes: Brown
Race: White
Age at disappearance: 15
Sex: Female
Weight: 108 lbs (49 kg)
Hair: Brown
Missing From: Antigo, Wisconsin

Kayla's mother, Hope Sprenger, said in her last conversation with her daughter, there were no indications that Berg planned to run away. "It was like she dropped off the face of the Earth," Sprenger said. "We just want to know that she's OK."



Date of Birth: 02/17/1967
Date Missing: 06/14/2013
Age at time of disappearance: 46
Missing From: Dix Hills, NY
Gender: Male
Race: White
Height: 6 ft 1 in
Weight: 200 lbs
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Green
Complexion: Light  

 Robert has a mole under his right eye. His left hand middle finger is shorter as it had been slightly clipped. His family states that Rob never spent one night away from home, has been married for 18 years, and has two children a son, 15 and daughter, 11. He disappeared the Friday before Father's Day....a day he was looking forward to celebrating with his family.


Alias / Nickname: Mia
Date of Birth: 01/16/1983
Date Missing: May 22, 2006
From City/State: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Age at Time of Disappearance: 23
Gender: Female
Race: Caucasian
Height: 5'4"
Weight: 105 (or less now)
Hair Color: Sandy blonde/brown
Hair (Other): Leah is a hairstylist and frequently colors her hair black/red
Eye Color: Blue
Complexion: Light/Fair

Leah had recently moved to Albuquerque from Fort Worth, Texas and was temporarily staying with friends. The night of May 22, 2006, she left to go out with a new acquaintance. and did not return. Since her disappearance, Leah has been seen frequenting truck stops in Albuquerque. She has double pierced ears and a piercing above left upper lip. She may have a scars on her left eyebrow, right nostril, and upper part of an ear from previous piercings. She has a tattoo of a Celtic cross on her lower back in black ink and a tattoo of a scrolled flower design on her upper back above shoulder blades also in black ink.

During a search in downtown Albuquerque, speaking to a group of homeless, Leah's mother, Sharon, said, "She's not in trouble; she is well loved. We just want to tell her we love her." 


Date of Birth: 05/23/1988
Date Missing: 12/18/2011
Age at time of disappearance: 23
Missing From: St. Louis, MO - North County
Gender: Female
Race: African-American
Height: 5 ft 6 in
Weight: 126 lbs
Hair Color: Dark Brown
Eye Color: Brown
Complexion: Light 



Goldia Coldon, the mother of Phoenix, has a change of clothes, shoes, and underwear in her car just hoping that somebody will call with information on her location. "I wish I could give her a hug and a kiss," she told The Huffington Post. "I wish I could tell her that her mother loves her." 



Alias: NH or Newt
Date of Birth: 04/08/1927
Date Missing: 08/21/2012
Age at time of disappearance: 85
Missing From: Sarasota, FL
Gender: M
Race: White
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 130 lbs
Hair Color: Silver
Eye Color: Hazel
Complexion: Tan 

According to his family, Newton is an amateur historian with an interest in Florida, so he could be drawn to areas of historical interest. He also enjoys do-it-yourself projects, so may frequent stores such as Home Depot. There were numerous ground and helicopter searches done near Okeechobee where his van was found.

The family believes that search efforts should also include Sarasota, as the searches in Okeechobee have not yielded any clues about Newton's whereabouts. Newt is physically active, in good medical health, but has some occasional confusion attributed to age.

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