Leah Rachelle Peebles was born on the 16th of January 1983 to her parents Sharon McDowell and John Daniel Peebles. She lived in a middle-class Christian home with her parents and two brothers in Fort Worth, Texas.
As a toddler, Leah was molested by a distant relative. At age 14, she was raped by a family friend.
Leah attended Carter-Riverside High School where she was an honour student. She was an active member of the drama club, she was a cheerleader, and she was a yearbook staff member.
Due to her childhood trauma, Leah started to abuse drugs and alcohol in her sophomore year. She also ended up dropping out of all of her extracurricular activities.
When she was 18, Leah attended a drug and alcohol treatment programme at Fort Worth Teen Challenge, a Christian-based residential treatment centre for women. After 21 months, Leah graduated with a cosmetology license and started work at a beauty salon.
Not long after she was released, Leah relapsed into drugs and alcohol. She served two short jail sentences for minor offences and was fired from her job at the beauty salon following her second arrest.
On the 5th of May 2006, Leah decided to move to Albuquerque, New Mexico, with the intention of getting a new start in life and to try and break free from her drug and alcohol addictions.
Leah was living with some friends at 2100 Erbbe Street Northeast in Albuquerque and was due to start working at the Flying Star Cafe at 8001 Menaul Boulevard Northeast the week beginning the 29th of May 2006.
On the 22nd of May, Leah left the home she had been staying in with her friends to go on a dinner date with a man she had met at the Flying Star Cafe. The Flying Star Cafe was a popular spot for police and courthouse employees. She left the house at approximately 8:00pm.
Later that evening, Leah dropped her car off at a local transmission shop after getting into a traffic area. The area where the shop was located was known for its high drug and prostitution rates.
Leah never returned home that evening and has not been seen or heard from since.
A few weeks after Leah went missing, her car was reported abandoned.
There were a few witnesses who said they saw Leah using the name “Mia” and working as a prostitute for a pimp called A.J, who supplied her with crack cocaine. Police questioned A.J., whose real name is Donald Sears, after he was arrested in Bakersfield, California. Donald said that he’d never heard of Leah Peebles.
Leah’s father made eleven trips to Albuquerque, as well as trips to Phoneix, Arizona and Las Vegas to search for Leah. The last credible sighting of her was in 2006, and Leah’s father believes that she was sold to a pimp in a different city.
Leah’s father passed away in a motorcycle accident in 2013 in South Dakota. He listed Leah as having survived him in his obituary.
As of 2022, Leah still remains a missing person and her case has not been solved. Leah was 24 years old at the time of her disappearance, which would make her 40 years old today.
What happened to Leah?
Unsolved, Missing, Missing Person, Mystery, True Crime