Search continues for former Wisconsin resident

Oregon State Police, with the assistance of Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Office, Wisconsin and Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office, Idaho are asking the public’s help for any information on a missing man that was last seen 35 years ago on November 7, 1980 in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Randall Dean Leach, who would now be age 55, was last seen the morning of November 7, 1980 walking away from a Dairy Farm in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Leach is described as a white male, between 5’8” to 5’9” tall, about 140 to 160 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes.

The Oregon State Police was notified on February 2, 1981 by family members that Randall Leach was missing. He had left Wisconsin around November 1, 1980 hitch-hiking. His destination was his sister’s (Renaye Leach) residence in Bend, Oregon. Randall Leach was last seen on November 7, 1980 in Idaho Falls where he had stopped and worked at a dairy farm for a couple of days.


Two photos of Randall Leach. – Submitted photos Two photos of Randall Leach. – Submitted photos The missing person case has been ongoing for 35 years. The Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Office has been actively assisting other agencies to try to find Randall Leach. Since that time, the Oregon State Police has never received any information or confirmation that Mr. Leach reached his final destination of Bend, Oregon or if he had ever entered the state of Oregon.

The Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Office became involved in this investigation through a friendship between Randy’s father, Richard Leach, and the then-Deputy Inspector of the Detective Division.

Communication between Randy’s family and the Sheriff’s Office has continued since then. Investigators have worked with the family to obtain Randy’s dental records, which have been uploaded to the National Dental Image Repository (NDIR). This system makes images available to law enforcement officials and medical examiners nationwide.

Investigators have also obtained DNA samples from family members, which were passed on to the University of North Texas (UNT)— Center for Human Identification. UNT personnel have established a DNA profile suitable for comparison for Randy Leach. That profile has been added to the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS), which allows nationwide comparison.

Investigators also created an entry with the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NAMUS) for Randy Leach (MP# 7429).

Any information regarding Randy Leach can be forward to Detective

Corey Norlander, Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Office, 920-459- 3859.

Information can also be submitted online at www.cufthem.com; by text SCTIP to 274637 (CRIMES); or by calling 1-877-CUF-THEM.


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