There have at all times been these disappearances by which the particular person’s remaining moments have been surrounded by deep mysteries and odd habits. One such vanishing sufferer with maybe her personal private demons was 23-year-old Leah Roberts, of Durham, North Carolina, who disappeared underneath unusual circumstances in March of 2000. Leah had had a tricky time of issues, having misplaced each of her dad and mom to the scourge of loss of life, her father to lung sickness and her mom to coronary heart illness. She had additionally been in a critical, life-threatening automotive accident in 1998, which had precipitated a punctured lung and a damaged femur, necessitating a metallic rod put into her leg. Deciding to pursue different endeavors, she finally dropped out of college to do some soul looking out, which included a deliberate tour to Costa Rica that by no means got here to fruition and different pursuits equivalent to studying to play the guitar and pictures and poetry. She additionally usually instructed her pals of her plan to take a highway journey out west, simply as within the writings of an creator she worshiped, Jack Kerouac. Little did she know on the time that she was about to develop into mired in a really unusual case of a vanishing that has by no means been solved.
On March 11, 2000, Leah failed to point out up for an appointment along with her good friend to do some babysitting, and all makes an attempt to succeed in her went unanswered. When she had nonetheless not been seen or heard from on March 13, she was declared a lacking particular person. Leah’s room confirmed indicators that she had been getting ready for a prolonged journey of some kind, with lots of her belongings and garments lacking and even her cat was gone, in addition to with cash with a observe saying that it was for the next month’s lease, together with a promise to be again by that point, and it was thought that she had maybe determined to undergo along with her plans for a highway journey in any case with out telling anybody she was leaving. This concept was additional bolstered when Leah’s information confirmed that she was buying fuel and staying at motels alongside a westerly course on Interstate 40. Leah’s sister, Kara, turned satisfied that the lacking lady was headed in direction of the Cascade Mountains, Washington, a location she had expressed a lot curiosity in earlier than, however then shortly after a gasoline buy at Brooks, Ortegon all exercise on Leah’s numerous accounts ceased, and her present whereabouts turned cloaked in shadow. On March 18, 2000, Leah’s wrecked Jeep Cherokee was by chance discovered by some joggers in a distant forest close to the Mount Baker Freeway in Whatcom County, Washington, not removed from the Canadian border and Desolation Peak, which was becoming because it was very close to a location in considered one of her favourite of Jack Kerouac’s novels, The Dharma Bums.
The scene was decidedly odd in that a number of the lacking lady’s clothes had been strung up alongside the highway tied to bushes, and though the Jeep was decided to have gone careening off the highway at excessive pace and to have tumbled earlier than crashing, no signal of blood or the vanished lady could possibly be discovered. Additionally, inside the car had been discovered to be pillows and blankets hung up over the home windows, and numerous belongings equivalent to a passport, pockets, some valuables like jewellery, $2,500 in money, a cat provider, cat meals, and her drivers license had been discovered strewn round concerning the precise wreck. There was additionally a ticket stub for a theater efficiency within the close by city of Bellington. Repeated searches of the world utilizing tracker canine turned up no signal of the lacking lady and it was simply as if she had evaporated into skinny air.
A couple of days after the invention of the crashed car, a person referred to as authorities to assert that he had seen a disorientated trying lady matching Leah’s description wandering aimlessly a few fuel station in Everett, Washington, though it isn’t recognized if this was her or not. Another individuals claimed to have seen her at a diner in Oregon, the place she had supposedly mentioned she was touring with an unidentified man named “Barry.” Apart from this, there have been no different clues by any means as to what had occurred to her, and theories swirled. The primary assumption was that the car had been deliberately crashed and that there had been nobody really in it when it had tumbled off the highway, a concept given weight by the later discovery that the Jeep’s starter relay had been reduce, but oddly the blankets and pillows within the home windows urged that somebody had used the car as a brief shelter. It didn’t make any sense, and the presence of so many valuables and a lot money detracted from any discuss of theft being the motive. This led to the concept that she had maybe actually crashed and incurred amnesia, after which she had taken shelter in her personal downed car after which subsequently wandered off into the unknown, however nobody knew.
Lately it has been largely suspected that Leah Roberts was the sufferer of foul play of some kind, or that she deliberately ran away for unspecified causes, however all the unusual clues surrounding the car and the scene of the crash have by no means absolutely added up, and no new leads have been forthcoming. Regardless of her case being featured on numerous excessive profile crime documentaries equivalent to Unsolved Mysteries and Disappeared, the final word destiny of Leah Roberts stays unknown, and it’s nonetheless debated to this present day. What occurred to this in any other case unassuming lady? The place did she go and what drove her? It stays a thriller, and maybe at all times will.