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Archive for Wednesday, April 25, 1990

Stephan considering probe in Leach case

April 25, 1990

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Kansas Atty. Gen. Robert Stephan says he might look into the disappearance of Randy Leach, a Linwood High School senior who vanished two years ago.

Mary Horsch, Stephan's press secretary, said this morning that she did not know when or how the investigation would be conducted.

But Stephan reportedly has said that although he turned down an earlier request to conduct a formal investigation, he now is inclined to look into the case and will decide whether he will in a few weeks.

Randy Leach's parents, Harold and Alberta, have been pleading with local authorities for help investigating their son's disappearance. Leavenworth County officials have come up empty-handed in their investigation.

Authorities say the investigation is continuing even two years after Randy Leach vanished.

THE LEACHES suspect foul play. So do many of the Leavenworth County authorities.

Randy Leach was last seen about 2 a.m. April 16, 1988, at a party in rural Linwood. People report they saw Randy at the party, but no one remembers when or how he left. The family car he was driving that night, a gray 1985 Dodge 600, also has not been seen since the night of the party.

Harold Leach asked county officials to hold an inquisition, which would place potential witnesses under oath during questioning, but they declined. Stephan also previously refused to conduct an inquisition.

Stephan said he declined to investigate earlier because information about the case arrived in his office too late and a thorough investigation had been conducted.

HAROLD LEACH says stories told by some of the people who attended the party have changed with each telling, leading him to believe they might not be telling all they know. He thinks placing people under oath would help bring out that information.

But law enforcement officials do not agree, saying that the same result could be produced by questioning people under oath in the presence of a court reporter. Those interviews, however, have not been conducted because of conflicting schedules.

Stephan reportedly said he is troubled by reports of the case's link to satanism. One witness in the case told officials that he saw a dead body in a cave where an active satanic cult conducts rituals. His description of the body allegedly matched that of Randy Leach's.

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