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Leah Roberts

Real Name: Leah Toby Roberts
Nicknames: No Known Nicknames
Location: Bellingham, Washington
Date: March 9, 2000

BioEdit

Occupation: Occupation Unknown
Date of Birth: July 23, 1976
Height: 5’6”
Weight: 130 lbs.
Marital Status: Single
Characteristics: Blonde hair, blue eyes. Surgical scar on right hip, method rod inside entire length of her right femur, and a beauty mark above her upper lip. Pierced ears,

CaseEdit

Details: Twenty-three year old college senior Leah Roberts loved to travel, and on March 9, 2000, she left her home in North Carolina for a cross-country trip and never returned. Investigators still don't know what happened. Two weeks after she left, her jeep was found wrecked down an embankment in a remote area 90 miles north of Seattle; she had crossed the country in just three days. Some of her belongings, including CDs, her checkbook, and guitar were found around the jeep and inside they found cat food for her missing cat Bea, a gas receipt, and a movie stub for "American Beauty". However, there was no body, blood, signs of a struggle, and a large scale search found nothing. Robbery didn't appear to be the motive because several thousand dollars were found in the car, and a strange thing that investigators found was that blankets were covering the windows as if keeping out the rain. Authorities searched into Leah's background and learned that she had been on a spiritual quest; her parents had both passed away recently and she had been in a near-fatal car accident. Also, she had dropped out of school a few weeks before her road trip and instead stayed at a coffee shop in Durham, North Carolina. While there, she spent hours writing in her journal and creating poetry about the meaning of life. She was also enamored of 1950s beatnik Jack Kerouac and was especially interested by one of his autobiographies about leaving middle class life and going on a journey in the area where she vanished. She also wrote a note to her roomate about how she was not suicidal and implied that she was going to go on a journey like Jack Kerouac. An anonymous tipster called investigators a few days after the disappearance and said that he and his wife were certain that they had seen Leah at a Texaco gas station in Everett, about 30 miles from Seattle, and she appeared confused and disoriented. Cops considered the tip valid until the man hung up without giving his name. Friends and family say there are numerous theories as to what may have happened to Leah. Perhaps the accident was staged, or that she survived the car accident and was picked up by a killer while hitchhiking. It is also possible that she received a head injury in the crash and may have developed amnesia or other mental problems. Some believe she may have died elsewhere, and that her killer drove the Jeep over the embankment. Her family and friends still want to know what happened to her and they are offering a $10,000 reward for information.
Suspects: Before Leah vanished, the police received information that she was seen leaving a local Bellingham, Washington restaurant with an unknown individual. The identity of this person is unknown but unreliable. Recent new examination of her car has uncovered sabotage of her car that might have sent it careening to where it found. Fingerprints and male DNA on the clothes in her car have not been linked to a known donor.
Extra Notes: The case was featured as a part of the August 13, 2001 episode.
Leah Roberts was also featured on the TV Series, Disappeared.
Results: Unsolved
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