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  • Writer's pictureSarah Turney

Leah Peebles

In 2006, 23-year-old Leah Rachelle Peebles moved to Albuquerque New Mexico looking for a fresh start but just a few weeks after she made the move, she disappeared. When her father, John Peebles, made the trip to New Mexico to search for her himself, he discovered a world of crime he’d never experienced before. Despite recognizing the danger, he was putting himself in and receiving a death threat himself, he dug deeper into the world he was convinced his daughter was trapped in in hopes of bringing her home.

Leah Peebles is a white female, 5’4’, 105lbs, with blue eyes and brown hair that she cuts and colors a lot. She has a few tattoos including a scroll flower design on her upper back and a Celtic cross on her lower back. She might also be going by the name Maya.

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