Milton Keynes Missing Person: Leah Croucher, 19, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

Milton Keynes Missing Person: Leah Croucher, 19, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Milton Keynes Missing Person: Leah Croucher, 19, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Photo Credit: Milton Keynes Police

Profile

Name: Leah Croucher

Gender: Female

Race: Caucasian, White

Age: 19 years old at the time of her disappearance (she would be 20 years old, now).

Height: 5’2

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

Clothing 

Top:  White flowy top
Bottoms: Black skinny jeans
Footwear: Nike brand black and white low top sneakers size 12
Outerwear: Black hooded coat
Additional Items: Black rucksack 

Images of the clothes and additional items Leah was carrying on her can be found, here.

 

Timeline

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

Leah is reported missing by her parents and the police issue a press release with details on identifying characteristics.

Milton Keynes Missing Person: Leah Croucher, 19, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Possible routes Leah may have taken from her home, to work.

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

MISSING: LEAH CROUCHER, 19, MILTON KEYNES, UNITED KINGDOM
Photo Credit: Facebook

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.

 

MISSING: LEAH CROUCHER, 19, MILTON KEYNES, UNITED KINGDOM
Photo Credit: Facebook
MISSING: LEAH CROUCHER, 19, MILTON KEYNES, UNITED KINGDOM
John Croucher – Facebook

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

Please note: No personal details are taken from Crimestoppers, your call cannot be traced through any system. Calls are not recorded.

References

Milton Keynes Citizen – Grey Hoodie at Centre of Ongoing Leah Croucher Search in Milton Keynes was hanging from a tree branch near lake. Accessed on 5th March 2020

Milton Keynes News – Missing Milton Keynes Leah Croucher Timeline: Everything We Know So Far accessed 5th March 2020.

Milton Keynes Police

Mirror Online – Missing Leah Croucher’s Brother Killed accessed on 5th March 2020

Missing People.Org: Help Us Find Leah Croucher accessed 5th March 2020

Reddit/CasualUK/ Missing Person: Has Anyone Seen Leah Croucher? Accessed on 5th March 2020

Reddit/TrueCrimeDaily/ UK Missing Leah Croucher, 19, Disappeared While Walking to Work accessed on 5th March 2020.

Reddit/WithoutaTrace/ Investigators Looking for Missing Teenager Leah Croucher accessed 5th March 2020

Reddit/UnsolvedMysteries/ Where is Leah Croucher? Accessed on 5th March 2020.

The Sun Online – Missing Leah Crouchers Brother Warned Over Threats to her Married Boyfriend accessed 5th March 2020

Websleuths Forum – UK Leah Croucher, 19, Emerson Valley, Milton Keynes, 14th Feb 2019 accessed 5th March 2020

 

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