Archive for Wednesday, December 18, 2002

Officers continue Leach probe

December 18, 2002

County and state investigators are continuing their probe of a 14-year-old case in which a Linwood boy disappeared.

Last week, a team of 12 Leavenworth County sheriff's officers and Kansas Bureau of Investigation agents began work to try to determine what happened to Randy Wayne Leach, who was 17 when he disappeared. Leach, a Linwood High School senior, last was seen at a party in southeastern Leavenworth party early on the morning of April 16, 1988.

His parents reported him missing after he failed to come home following the party.

"We're just continuing our investigation," said Major Dave Zoellner of the sheriff's office. "During the first week, we made contact with people and conducted approximately 30 interviews. We're continuing to make contact with individuals."

Leach last was seen about 1 a.m. April 16, 1988, at a party on 166th Street, south of Loring Road. Investigators say no one saw Leach or the car he was driving leave the party, and the car never was found.

A $5,000 governor's reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

Anyone with information may call the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, toll-free: (800) KS CRIME (572-7463). Calls may be anonymous.

"We've received some information from our crime line, and we hope that will continue," Zoellner said. "Any information that we will receive will be investigated."

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