Missing Monday: Leah Rachelle Peebles of Albuquerque, New Mexico

Life hadn’t been been easy for Leah Rachelle Peebles by the time she moved from Houston, Texas to Albuquerque, New Mexico in the first week of May 2006. She had been molested as a toddler by a distant relative and raped at the age of fourteen by an acquaintance.

Leah Rachelle PeeblesBut for all of her parents’ efforts to raise Leah in a Christian, middle-class home, in the end they could not overcome the damage done by the sexual abuse. Although Leah had been active as a cheerleader, in drama, and a member of the yearbook staff at Carter-Riverside High School, by the time she was a sophomore, she had began to abuse alcohol and drugs – dropping her extracurricular activities she had once dearly loved.

Desperate to save their daughter, Leah’s parents enrolled her in a Christian-based residential treatment center for women known as Fort Worth Teen Challenge at the age of eighteen. After staying at the facility for 21 months, Leah graduated with a cosmetology license and soon took a job at a local beauty salon. Soon, however, Leah relapsed and served two short jail sentenced for a couple of drug offenses. As a result of her second conviction, Leah was fired from the hair salon.

Leah Rachelle PeeblesLeah’s parents begged their daughter to return to the rehabilitation facility that had served her so well before but she was adamant in her protests and decided to move to Albuquerque instead. With the recovering addicts old adage that one can no longer play on the same playgrounds once they are clean on her mind, Leah believed a new city and new people would be just what she needed to get sober.

Leah was temporarily staying with friends on May 22, 2006, when she went on a date with a guy she’d met at the Flying Star Cafe where she was to start work the following week. She never returned and no one, including her parents, have heard from Leah since.

Leah’s father has made several trips from Houston to Albuquerque trying to find his daughter but to no avail. However, he has gained information which he hopes will one day help bring his daughter home, such as that Leah was working as a prostitute for her crack cocaine dealer and pimp known as A.J. and that she may have been sold to a pimp in another city.

Definitely not the things a father wants to hear but it gives him hope Leah may one day be able to return home where she is loved and missed dearly.

If you have information about the whereabouts of Leah Rachelle Peebles, please contact the Albuquerque Police Department at 505.242.2677

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6 Responses to “Missing Monday: Leah Rachelle Peebles of Albuquerque, New Mexico”

  1. DizzyBlueBaby says:

    Heartbreaking, but sadly, all too common scenario for victims of sexual abuse. I cringe when I think of the agony her family has been going through for so many years. Perhaps some day Leah will be found-there is always hope.

    Interesting story and video, TCZ-thanks for sharing.

  2. Kim B. Davis says:

    The one thing I’ve noticed is that the Google search results (I like to get updates) almost always have at least one headline that is a boldface(no pun intended)Lie! Cause it will say “so n so ‘FOUND’..”Yeh right! You open it up cuz you think…oh great they found his or her bones! But the article has nothing to do with it being solved or closure.I wish publishers wouldn’t do that.

  3. Erin says:

    I just watched this story on TV. I can’t stop praying for her parents. You are truly what the definition of loving caring parents are. No one deserves this pain. I applaud your love, dignity, and responsiveness to your daughters pain. A true tribute to those parents who have suffered beyond comprehension. We are all praying!

  4. tony says:

    I feel for this fathers pain and anguish, my heart goes out to them.. I have a daughter and like leah’s father, I would give my daughter every last dime that I have to help her. I hope that some day she is found and that this story has a happy ending.

  5. Tracie says:

    This family is in my prayers. Unfortunately Leah’s father died in a motorcycle accident in August 2013 (according to the internet). I pray that Leah learns the extent he went to to locate her.

  6. Jens says:

    This message is for Sharon Peebles, Leah’s mother, I’ve watched tv shows about your daughters disappearance and have checked online occasionally for updates.
    I saw today about the passing of your husband.
    My heart is truly breaking for your pain.
    You’ll be in this South Dakota moms prayers

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