Name: Leah Croucher
Race: Caucasian, White
Age: 19 years old at the time of her disappearance (she would be 20 years old, now).
Weight: Unknown (slim build)
Hair Colour: Brown hair (previously died a plum red colour which is in a few of her pictures)
Style: Shoulder length, Wavy
Eye Colour: No information shared, but from the photographs they look to be hazel/green.
Location: Milton Keynes, England, United Kingdom
Location of Last Known Confirmed Sightings: The last time her parents’ seen Leah was on Valentines Day 2019, she was last seen in her home on Quantock Crescent, Emerson Valley, Milton Keynes.
She was seen the following day at around 8:15 am walking in Buzzacott Lane, Furzton, headed towards Loxbeare Drive and/or Chaffron Way.
Missing Persons UK Profile: 19- 000836
Images of the clothes and additional items Leah was carrying on her can be found, here.
Thursday 14th February 2019 (Valentines Day)
At 8 am Leah leaves her home in Emerson Valley, Milton Keynes, to walk two miles to work at financial company, DFC based in Davy Avenue, Knowlhill. This walk would have taken Leah approximately 30 minutes (according to Google Maps). Leah was often known to take the shortcut by Furzton Lake when walking to work.
At approximately 5:45 pm Leah walks the two miles to her home. It is around this time that Leah’s location settings on her Samsung phone were switched off. She was in Furzton Lake area at this time, no one has been able to confirm why the location settings were switched off but her network provider was able to confirm Leah had never previously turned off her location settings before this.
6 pm Leah returns from work, after getting changed into tracksuit bottoms, and a Harry Potter themed long – sleeved shirt with the quote, “I solemnly swear I am up to no good” she tells her mum she is going to visit a friend. She returns home at 7:15 pm and orders herself a takeaway. Her parents didn’t report any strange behaviours in Leah prior to her disappearance and that everything appeared normal the last time they saw her.
Police investigated the link to her visiting a friend, but it was confirmed she didn’t visit the person in question. It’s not publicly known if they were able to track where she was for the 1 hour and 15 minutes she was gone from her home.
Friday 15th February 2019
At approximately 8 am Leah leaves for work, her parents did not see her during this time as they had both previously left for work before Leah had come downstairs. Leah is seen on CCTV throughout her normal route to work wearing a black quilted coat (see link above for images of the coat Leah was last seen wearing), skinny black jeans, black Converse high tops with a black rucksack. She was also wearing her father’s company logo grey hoodie, Stewartby Taekwondo. Leah was a member of the Taekwondo team alongside her brother, Haydon.
It’s at 8:15 am Leah is seen in CCTV footage walking by Buzzacott Lane in Furzton which was the last confirmed sighting of Leah. She fails to turn up for her shift in DFC at 9 am and has not been seen or heard from since.
Leah is reported missing by her parents and the police issue a press release with details on identifying characteristics.
Tuesday 19th February 2019
The CCTV footage of Leah walking by Buzzacott Lane is released. Police are reportedly increasingly concerned for her wellbeing. Her phone has been switched off, but it’s not been released WHEN her phone was switched off. Her bank account has remained untouched and none of Leah’s personal belongings she had with her that day have been found.
Throughout February 2019 and beyond the police interview friends, neighbours, work colleagues and eye witnesses about Leah’s disappearance. Police divers search Furzton Lake but find nothing. Missing persons posters with Leah’s face are put up all around the Milton Keynes area, this does lead to a few phone calls, but no concrete leads have been announced.
Leah’s route took her through housing estates, past busy roads and around public areas such as the lake. The time she would have been walking to work would have been around the same time parents would have been getting their kids up for school, or taking their children to school. Individual’s may also have been leaving their homes to go to work, yet nobody saw anything.
Wednesday 19th March 2019
Leah’s parents offer £5000 reward for information on the whereabouts of their missing daughter.
Thursday 30th May 2019
Leah’s ex boyfriend and colleague Adnan Choudroy takes Leah’s brother, Haydon to Court over alleged threats of violence against him. Haydon is cautioned by the judge and ordered not to contact Choundroy, but Haydon isn’t prosecuted.
Wednesday 25th September 2019
Crimewatch Roadshow (BBC) undertakes a re-enactment of Leah’s route to work with images of the clothing Leah was last seen wearing the day she disappeared. It was this re-enactment that prompted a woman to call the police with a tip. The woman who is from Milton Keynes but has not been named to protect her identity, remembers walking by the Blue Lagoon lake in Bletchley around February 2019 and had seen a grey hoodie by the water. She distinctly remembered it had the words ‘Stewartby’ on the back of it.
The Area Leah was Last Seen
Distance Between Furzton Lake and Blue Lagoon Lake
A Special Dedication – Haydon Croucher
Leah’s big brother, Haydon Croucher, just 24 years old, was found hanged just 9 months after his little sister Leah went missing. He had previously spent some time in a mental health facility after struggling to cope with the disappearance of his little sister, Leah, whom he was extremely close to. May you be at peace, Haydon.
We wanted to dedicate this article to, Haydon, for his tireless work on trying to find his little sister, for his passion for justice, and for the love adoration he had for Leah. Quite understandably, the family is broken, they lost two very important people within the space of 9 months. One has sadly passed, whilst Leah remains missing with no further information on where she may be, or who may be responsible.
CCTV Footage of Leah’s Last Movements
You can view the CCTV (this is the best footage I’ve seen) here.
If You Have ANY Information
If you have any information, no matter how small you may think it may be, on the whereabouts of Leah, her disappearance, or if you think you may have seen her, then please contact the following:
Thames Valley Police on 101 quoting crime reference number 43190049929.
Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers which is completely anonymous, on 0800 555 111. Crimestoppers also have a form you can complete online at https://www.crimestoppers-uk.org.
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