Archive for Wednesday, March 26, 2003

Investigation yields little new information in disappearance

March 26, 2003

The investigation into the 1988 disappearance of Randy Leach, a Linwood High School senior, is continuing, albeit at a slower pace.

Late last year, Leavenworth County sheriff's officers and Kansas Bureau of Investigation agents renewed the probe into the April 1988 disappearance. Leach and his family's Dodge sedan last were seen at a party in the country east of Linwood.

Leavenworth County Major Dave Zoellner said the most recent effort produced 245 leads that were followed.

"We continue to interview people, and if there are searches that we feel need to made, we conduct searches," he said.

But the task force of sheriff's offices and KBI agents no longer is meeting weekly.

"Obviously, if we're contacted or something comes up, it will be investigated," Zoellner said. "We haven't put anything on the back burner. We're still continuing the investigation. And we're still asking for anybody who has any information pertaining to this case to call."

The group has searched some waterways, Zoellner said. In Stranger Creek, they even found a car that disappeared about 10 years ago.

"But it wasn't the car we were looking for," he said.

Zoellner urged anyone with information about the case to call (800) KSCRIME or the detective division of the Leavenworth County sheriff's office, 724-1313.

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