Updated: Jul 26, 2022
This episode features the case of 19-year-old Leah Croucher from Milton Keynes, England.
On February 15, 2019, Leah got up for work at the same time she always did to make the 30-to-40-minute walk to her job. After her shift ended at 5pm, her parents received a call from her employer informing them that Leah never made it to work that day. Although there are many witnesses who claim to have seen Leah the day she went missing and after, the Thames Valley Police have deemed every single sighting unconfirmed.
The investigation leaves the public and her family with more questions than it does answers. Did Leah leave on her own accord? Was she in a secret, forbidden relationship with someone who needed to her disappear? Or was she just in the wrong place at the wrong time?
Leah Croucher went missing from Milton Keynes, England on February 15, 2019. As of recording this episode, Leah would be 22 years old, 23 in just a few weeks. She is 5ft 2 or approximately 160cm tall, with a slim build and sometimes wears glasses. Her hair is brown and was just below her shoulders in 2019. When she went missing, she was wearing a black coat, black skinny jeans, all black Converse high-top sneakers, and a grey hoodie with the "Stewartby Taekwondo" logo on it.
There is a reward for information leading to Leah’s recovery in the amount of 20,000 Euros.
Anyone with information is urged to visit mipp.police.uk or if you’d like to stay anonymous you can contact Crimestoppers at 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers.uk.org.
If you or someone you know is struggling, there is help.
CALM, www.thecalmzone.net, 0800 58 58 58
Heads Together, www.headstogether.org.uk
Mind, www.mind.org.uk, 0300 123 3393
Papyrus, www.papyrus-uk.org, 0800 068 41 41
Samaritans, www.samaritans.org, 116 123
If you are in the US, you can dial 988 for the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline or visit https://afsp.org/suicide-prevention-resources
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MailOnlineVideo. “Family of Missing Teenager Leah Croucher Appeal for Information.” YouTube, Daily Mail, 14 May 2019, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbLfMoUQOwY.
Matthews, Alex. “Missing Leah Croucher's Brother Warned over Threats to Her Married Boyfriend after Blaming Him for Her Disappearance.” The Sun, 31 May 2019, https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/9188661/missing-leah-crouchers-brother-warned-over-threats-to-her-married-boyfriend-after-blaming-him-for-her-disappearance/.
“Missing Leah Croucher's Dad in Threat to Name Man 'Hiding Information'.” BBC News, BBC, 14 Feb. 2020, https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-51490582.
“Missing Leah Croucher's Parents Say End of Lake Search 'Relief and a Curse'.” BBC News, BBC, 30 Oct. 2019, https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-50220036.
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Murrer, Sally. “Do You Know Who Leah Croucher's Mystery Date Was in Milton Keynes This Time Last Year?” Milton Keynes Citizen, 31 Jan. 2020, https://www.miltonkeynes.co.uk/news/people/do-you-know-who-leah-crouchers-mystery-date-was-in-milton-keynes-this-time-last-year-1381158.
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Murrer, Sally. “'I Am Positive I Saw Leah Croucher at Luton Airport' Claims New Milton Keynes Witness.” Milton Keynes Citizen, Milton Keynes Citizen, 7 Apr. 2022, https://www.miltonkeynes.co.uk/news/people/i-am-positive-i-saw-leah-croucher-at-luton-airport-claims-new-milton-keynes-witness-3644272.
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