Missing Since: March 2000
Missing from: Whatcom County, Washington
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date Of Birth: 07/23/76
Age at disappearance: 23
Weight: 130 lbs.
Hair Color: Sandy Blonde
Eye Color: Blue
Distinguishing Characteristics: Surgical scar on right hip.
Metal rod inside the entire length of one of her femurs as the
result of previous automobile accident injuries. Beauty mark
above the upper corner of right lip. Pierced ears. Vegetarian.
Smokes cigarettes. Speaks fluent Spanish. Strong southern
Jewelry: 14 karat white gold diamond ring with .45 carat
emerald cut diamond, two .07 carat baguettes on sides, pair
of 14 carat gold earrings with .3 carat ruby in each.
Leah’s hometown: Durham, NorthCarolina
Details of Disappearance
Leah left her hometown on March 9, 2000. She did not advise anyone of her destination. She left in a white 1993 Jeep Cherokee, North Carolina Lic# JVP-2881. The vehicle was found abandoned on a logging road in Whatcom County on Saturday, March 18, 2000. Receipts in the vehicle show gasoline was purchased in Brooks, Oregon in the early morning hours of Monday, March 13, 2000.
A ticket was purchased from the theater at Bellis Fair Mall in Bellingham on March 13, 2000 at 2:10 PM for the movie, American Beauty. Cat food was found in the car which leads investigators to suspect that she may have taken her small kitten with her. Extensive searches of the area around her wreck provided few clues in her disappearance.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office
Det. Mark Joseph
Whatcom County Dispatch Center
CUE Center National Tour Purpose and Inspiration
The annual tour was created to generate new interest in cold cases of missing people across our nation. The inspiration came in 2004 from the case of North Carolina college student Leah Roberts, who had gone on a cross-country trip of self-exploration. Her wrecked and abandoned vehicle was found, but Leah is still missing. Leah’s case went cold and interest faded until CUE volunteers set out on a grueling 14-day trip to retrace her route and inform the media of all those who were missing in the path of the tour. In the years to follow, it only seemed right to keep hope alive after families across the country voiced the need for more help and supported the tour idea.
National Tour Objective
The national road tour, called “On the Road to Remember,” is an awareness campaign that focuses on missing persons cases that have gone cold or have not received appropriate media coverage on the local level – much less the national level.. The tour, which travels through many states annually, provides that attention.
In all cases of missing people, it is vital to inform the public of the missing person’s circumstances quickly and to disseminate that information to the media and the public. In most cases where details are released immediately to the public through an organized campaign, the public brings forth information that aids in the investigation and or the location of the victim. The media plays a significant role in getting the word out on the behalf of the missing person and should be recognized as a vital resource to any investigation.
Interest in many of the cases we have featured in previous tours has been renewed. The media has learned about local cases they were unaware of; case investigations have been renewed, and searches conducted. Information has resulted in new leads in some cases, and has even helped identify an unknown decedent and in 2008 solved a cold case of twenty eight years. And finally, each tour some of the missing featured have been found from various efforts, which is the main reason we conduct the tour despite the toll it takes on our all-volunteer staff.
It is the belief of the CUE Center for Missing Persons that all investigations, the public, volunteers and the media should work in collaboration on cases involving missing children and adults; until this happens, their will continue to be cases of the missing labeled “cold” or “inactive.”
About the Tour Honoree
In keeping the tradition of the tour – an honoree is selected each year, one who needs fair coverage of their disappearance. In 2010 honoree will be announced. See below for past tour honorees
2004 – Leah Roberts 2005 – Kent Jacobs 2006 – Molly Datillo 2007 – Anthony Allen
2008 – Jeremy Alex 2009 – Rachel Cooke
If you have any information on this case please contact CUE Center For Missing Persons using the contact form below or contact Cue Center at (910) 343-1131 24 hour tipline (910) 232-1687.
All information submitted to CUE Center For Missing Persons is confidential.