True Crime Series, The Unsolved – Missing Person: Leah Roberts
A guest post by Rachel from My Spotted Blog
So my beautiful and talented friend Rachel from My Spotted Blog is finally featuring on my blog. She chose the case of missing person, Leah Roberts. Rachel had answered my tweet about guest posts a few months back.
Rachel originally kept the chosen case a secret, but when the email came through citing Leah Roberts name, I was over the moon. This case was one I was very aware of and one I’d kept an eye on over the years. I have seen Leah Roberts story in lots of cold case Youtube videos and even featured in some books.
Please give this a good read, please also share as someone out there knows something. they know where she is. Her family just want her home, she needs to be home with them.
Without further ado, give this a good read and if you know anything, contact your local authorities. Make sure to go to Rachel’s blog and give it a follow, give her lots of love and as always feel free to leave comments, below.
I fell in love with true crime mysteries with the discovery of the Crime Junkie Podcast. In a wonderful style, Ashley and Brit tell the tales of true crimes that will leave you stunned.
After binging episodes non-stop for a week, I became so paranoid I had to stop listening for a few months. I’ve recently started listening to them again (at a much slower pace this time).
When I spoke to Nicole about doing a guest post and saw her first “Mystery Monday,” I knew what I had to do! This post is inspired by the latest Crime Junkie Podcast episode I listened to. It was the missing case of Leah Roberts, and y’all – it’s a doozey.
Leah is the youngest of three siblings, born into a family in North Carolina, USA. In 1995 Leah went to college at North Carolina State University, and in her sophomore year of college, at the age of 20, Leah’s troubles begin. At this time Leah’s mother died suddenly from heart disease.
Understandingly enough, she took some time off school. After Leah had returned to school, she had gotten involved in a terrible car accident in 1998. From this car accident, she suffered a punctured lung and shattered femur, causing the doctors to insert a metal rod next to it to heal.
The car accident was where Kara, Leah’s younger sister, marked the beginning of what would have been Leah’s spiritual and free outlook on life. Leah had wanted to live life to the fullest.
In 1999 Leah had been scheduled to travel to Costa Rica for her studies, but three weeks before she had been due to depart, her father had died, suddenly.Despite this, and given the tragedies in her life, Leah had decided to continue with her trip.
Important to note: At this time Leah luckily gave Kara power of attorney over her bank accounts, which held a small inheritance from her parents.
Leah returned, and prior to completing her degree dropped out of school, made new friends and explored a new lifestyle. Leah had been enthralled with Jack Kerouac, a novelist. Leah had even spoken to her roommate, Nicole about going on a cross-country road trip.
- March 9, 2000: Leah and Kara have a phone call, ending with an understanding they would be seeing each other again soon.
- March 10, 2000: Leah and Nicole were to babysit together. Upon returning from work, Nicole noticed Leah’s 1993 white Jeep Cherokee missing from the driveway, along with Leah herself, who never showed up to babysit.
- March 11, 2000: Leah missed more prescheduled plans and multiple people were looking for her.
- March 13, 2000: Kara reports Leah missing.
- March 14, 2000:Kara and Nicole search Leah’s room and find it looks as if she left for a planned trip, with clothes missing, as she had packed bags. On her dresser, Kara finds a note that says “I’m not suicidal. I’m the opposite.” The note also included enough money to cover a months’ worth of expenses and noted Jack Kerouac.
Remember that luckily Kara had power of attorney on Leah’s bank accounts? Well, Kara used this to track Leah’s spending. Kara had discovered that Leah started travelling on March 9th. .She had checked into a hotel in Tennessee. Kara also noted a withdrawal of several thousand dollars, the last transaction to ever leave Leah’s bank account was for gas in Oregon on March 13th.
March 18, 2000: Kara received notice that Leah’s car had been found by joggers in Bellingham, Washington DC. Leah’s Jeep appeared to have been accelerating up a hill when it veered off road and down a steep embankment. The Jeep had been severely damaged, and Leah had been no-where to be found. It actually appeared that no one was in the car at the time of the crash.
Blankets and pillows hung against the windows suggested Leah may have been using it as shelter. Though there were no sights or evidence of Leah being at the scene of the crash. She left behind her passport, chequebook, IDs, and over $2,000 in cash.
There was no blood at the scene. There was no evidence a body was harmed during the accident, or that there was even a body in the car at the time of the accident. If the accident was staged, how was it accelerating by itself, and why were all of Leah’s belongings still in the car?
Through investigation of a movie theatre ticket stub found in Leah’s pocket, Kara and their brother Heath found themselves in a restaurant they felt Leah would’ve eaten at. Call it siblings’ intuition because they were right. After a call for witnesses from the restaurant to reach out to law enforcement, they received their first lead – two actually.
Leah had last been seen at the bar of the restaurant. She had been sat between two guys. The first guy called and said he sat next to her, but they barely spoke to each other, but Leah and the second guy chatted quite a bit. The second guy called and said he hardly spoke to Leah as well, but with the first guy’s call, they probe further, to which the second guy gives way.
The man then tells them he spoke to Leah about Jack Kerouac, but their chat was brief. The second guy then says she leaves with a man named Barry, and he provides a detailed description. Both men had been investigated and had been cleared of any involvement.
The Case Is Still Open
In 2006, the original detective assigned to Leah’s case passed his files to two younger detectives who realized no one ever looked under the hood of Leah’s Jeep.
Upon investigation under the hood, the detectives found that the starter relay had been cut. That would have allowed a car to accelerate without the gas pedal being pressed. That confirmed no one was in the car at the time of the crash. It also confirmed that whoever did this had knowledge of cars, and likely had a background in mechanics.
This led them back to their only suspects. Would you guess it – guy number two was a prior mechanic. Not only that but shortly after Leah’s disappearance he moved to Canada.
Luckily, the detectives found a fingerprint under Leah’s Jeeps hood. The detectives worked with Canada’s authorities to test the fingerprints, and sadly, they were not a match.
This leaves open-ended questions.
With dog searches, and metal detector searches (looking for the metal rod in Leah’s leg), nothing new has been discovered.
Leah was 5ft 6in and was last seen in Bellingham, Washington, US on or around March 13th, 2000. She was 23 years of age when she went missing. Her hair blonde, usually worn short in a bob, or elfin cut. (see photos, below).
Leah Roberts has been a missing person for 18 years, 8 months and 25 days (on December 15th, 2018). No further information on her was ever recovered.
Where do you think Leah is? Do you think she planned this or, was it sinister doing of someone else? Do you believe either of the men aided in her disappearance? Let us know your thoughts.