PA - Sherry Jean Leighty (23) - 09/26/99 - REMAINS FD Arrest

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PA - Sherry Jean Leighty (23) - 09/26/99 - REMAINS FD Arrest

Postby Diamond Lil » Sat Feb 02, 2013 11:53 am

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Sherry Jean Leighty

she would now be 36 years old

white female
DOB: 9/30/76 (some reports gave her age as 21 when last seen)
blue eyes
5'0"
At the time of her disappearance:
100-110 lbs
Dark blonde hair, shoulder length
thin build
Medical: had given birth to 3 children
Clothing: white sweater or coat
Employment: had been employed at Labor Ready
Last Seen: her former in-laws said they had dropped her off 1 block away from Sherry's job on Sept. 26, 1999

Background info: at the time, friends of Sherry's said she spoke of having a boyfriend and that she may move to Maine with him

Anyone with information please contact Sergeant Jones at 814-949-2524 or Detective Starr at 814-949-2583, Altoona Police Dept. at 814-949-2489.



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https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/show/17229
Date entered 08/28/2012
Last edited by Diamond Lil on Mon Jan 20, 2014 9:28 am, edited 2 times in total.
Reason: update status: GUILTY PLEA made 12/13, sentencing for 2/14
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Re: PA - Sherry Jean Leighty (23) - 09/26/99 - Altoona

Postby Diamond Lil » Sat Feb 02, 2013 12:04 pm

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https://www.facebook.com/sherryleighty. ... ts&fref=ts
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Sherry Leighty Missing Person shared Seeking TheLost's photo.
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2/1/2013: Posted at the request of Sherry's sister: Please share to locate Sherry Jean Leighty who was 23-years-old when she went missing from ALTOONA, PENNSYLVANIA on 9/26/1999. Sherry was having troubles with her estranged husband. Her family says she would NEVER abandon her three young children! The last people to see Sherry were her estranged husband's parents who claim they dropped her off at Labor Ready.

She is 5'0" with blue eyes. At the time of her disappearance she weighed 100 pounds and had dark blond shoulder length hair. She was last seen wearing a white sweater or coat. Her date of birth is 9/30/1976. Anyone with information please contact Sergeant Jones at 814-949-2524 or Detective Starr at 814-949-2583.

Police Search for Missing Woman
By: Ben Manning
Updated: December 9, 2012


http://wearecentralpa.com/fulltext-news?nxd_id=419632

w/ video

Altoona Police Department

https://www.facebook.com/AltoonaPD?fref=ts

direct entry:

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid= ... 935&type=1


Altoona Police Department - Altoona, PA

MISSING PERSON - SHERRY JEAN LEIGHTY

The Altoona Police Department is seeking the public’s help in our efforts to locate Sherry Jean Leighty, 33, of Altoona. Sherry was last seen wearing a white sweater or coat. Sherry has not been seen since September 1999 after going to work at Labor Ready. Anyone who knows of Sherry's whereabouts or the circumstances of her disappearance is asked to call the Altoona Police Department at 814-949-2489 or Blair County Department of Emergency Services at 814-940-5952.

The missing person is further described below:

• Name: Sherry Jean Leighty
• Age: 33 years-old
• Race: White Non-Hispanic
• Height: 5’0”
• Weight: 100 lbs
• Build: Thin
• Eyes: Blue
• Hair: Dark Blonde, straight and shoulder length

Kindly share with your network of friends.

Again, anyone with information regarding Sherry’s whereabouts is asked to call the Altoona Police Department at 814-949-2489 or Blair County Department of Emergency Services at 814-940-5952.
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Re: PA - Sherry Jean Leighty (23) - 09/26/99 - Altoona

Postby Diamond Lil » Sat Feb 02, 2013 12:12 pm

maiden name should be Dumm - her father, Sheldon Dumm, passed away in 2005
Sherry has a brother Shawn and an older sister Shelly

Family of missing woman seeks answers
September 10, 2012
By Kay Stephens (kstephens@altoonamirror.com) , The Altoona Mirror


http://www.altoonamirror.com/page/conte ... ml?nav=742


Sherry Leighty: Finally reported missing after 13 years (Photos)

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January 31, 2013
By: Jerrie Dean


http://www.examiner.com/article/sherry- ... b_articles
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Re: PA - Sherry Jean Leighty (23) - 09/26/99 - Altoona

Postby Diamond Lil » Sat Feb 02, 2013 12:18 pm

Sherry Leighty Missing Person
January 20
I am asking anyone with ANY information about my sister Sherry, please contact the police dept. @ 949-2489 or the Blair CO. Dept of emergency services @ 940-5952. I know someone out there knows something & you need to find the courage to come forward & help our family, please!

Sherry Leighty Missing Person

January 16
My father faught to get custody of Sherry and in the end won but unfortunately he passed away in 2005 not knowing where his daughter was...he faught just as hard to find her but was unable to get help from law inforcement because of what someone "said"...He was a great man & one of a few "TRUE" single dad's out there...Love you daddy & I hope one day we will find out what happened to your little girl so you can truly rest in peace ♥

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Re: PA - Sherry Jean Leighty (23) - 09/26/99 - Altoona

Postby Diamond Lil » Sun Feb 03, 2013 4:14 am

The Charley Project

http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/l/l ... herry.html
entered 6/4/12

Pennsylvania Missing Persons
http://www.pennsylvaniamissing.com/leig ... yjean.html

Sherry's sister, Shelly is now a member 2/2/13 at WS and posting w/ info:

http://www.websleuths.com/forums/showth ... p?t=197502
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Re: PA - Sherry Jean Leighty (23) - 09/26/99 - REMAINS FOUND

Postby Cheri » Tue May 14, 2013 10:47 am

DA: We Found Leighty's Remains
http://wearecentralpa.com/fulltext-news?nxd_id=460622
The body of an Sherry Leighty from Altoona was found at a rural Warriors Mark Township farm. She has been missing for more than 13 years.



Kenneth Leighty Confesses To Killing Daughter-In-Law, Sherry Leighty, In Previously Unsolved 1999 Case
http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2013/0 ... 1999-case/
Search warrants issued last month for his property in Huntingdon County show police suspected he had buried her there. The complaint charging Leighty with criminal homicide said Leighty confessed on Friday and helped investigators find the woman’s remains on Saturday on land he owns in Warriors Mark Township, about 100 miles east of Pittsburgh.
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Re: PA - Sherry Jean Leighty (23) - 09/26/99 - REMAINS FOUND

Postby Diamond Lil » Tue May 14, 2013 5:25 pm

:rose

I'm surprised that only the FIL has been charged tho. From all that I had read on her case I was under the impressed that both her in-laws dropped her off shortly before work that day, but no one at the workplace saw her. It seems that by having new pressure put on this helped finally get a confession.

I know Sherry's sister really tried to get this solved, and it seems that she did. Sherry's family was right - she would never run off and leave her kids.
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Re: PA - Sherry Jean Leighty (23) - 09/26/99 - REMAINS FOUND

Postby Diamond Lil » Tue May 14, 2013 7:09 pm

clicking back at the prev. links posted - none of the fb pages exist anymore, and that includes the PD fb page. Also, the Charley Project updated their page on May 1, 2013 with more info and added 8 more pics. But since it's resolved, I know that the page will come down when Meaghan does her updates for that.

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RIP - and for justice to finally be served
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Re: PA - Sherry Jean Leighty (23) - 09/26/99 - REMAINS FOUND

Postby livingonaprayer » Tue May 14, 2013 8:52 pm

Oh man, I thought both in laws would be arrested, unless one is covering for the other.

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Re: PA - Sherry Jean Leighty (23) - 09/26/99 - REMAINS FOUND

Postby Diamond Lil » Tue May 14, 2013 9:37 pm

livingonaprayer wrote:Oh man, I thought both in laws would be arrested, unless one is covering for the other.

RIP


I know - I couldn't find any current news articles that even mentioned Sherry's MIL. So I don't know if she's still living, in the area or just what. With the fb pages being down there may have been more info into that. Or the posts made by the sister on WS may have more info, but I haven't read back to see. It's very sad to learn that Sherry's son grew up with hearing some sort of conversation as that his mother was no longer living and where her remains could be. It's unknown at this time how much LE spoke w/ the children of Sherry's pertaining to the case.

This does show that with cold cases, LE needs to always make it a practice to go back and conduct more interviews and re-interview people that knew the MP.
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UPDATE: REMAINS +ID, GUILTY PLEA

Postby Diamond Lil » Mon Jan 20, 2014 9:24 am

article updated in Oct. - the remains were officially ID'd thru testing in Sept. via DNA.

Wayne Leighty's sentencing is set for Feb. 27, 2014. He claims it was an accident and that after striking her in the head during an argument, she died after he put her in his truck.

Cold Case Remains Identified
Ben Manning
posted on 09/19/2013 04:24 PM
updated on 10/30/2013 01:27 PM
http://www.wearecentralpa.com/story/col ... YFIuA4sN7A

Man pleads guilty to ’99 murder
Leighty expected to get 7 to 14 years in state prison
December 20, 2013
By Greg Bock (gbock@altoonamirror.com) , The Altoona Mirror

http://www.altoonamirror.com/page/conte ... ml?nav=742


posted 12/20/13
http://www.wjactv.com/news/features/top ... 1144.shtml

Family, Friends Say Goodbye To Murder Victim
by Mallory Lane
posted on 12/22/2013 07:03 PM
updated on 12/22/2013 11:54 PM

http://www.wearecentralpa.com/story/fam ... 2n5qEn2CZQ
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About 30 people attended the funeral for Sherry Leighty.

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finally laid to rest

http://www.altoonamirror.com/page/conte ... ml?nav=743

Sherry J. Leighty
Sept. 30, 1976 – Sept. 1999
December 19, 2013
The Altoona Mirror

Sherry J. Leighty, 22, Altoona, died in September 1999.

She was born in Altoona, daughter of the late Sheldon and Barbara (Weigand) Dumm.

Surviving are two daughters: Kieran and Rachel; a son, Travis; a sister, Shelly M. Nagle and husband, Donald III; two brothers: Richard and Shawn Dumm; two nieces: Darien Nagle and Sophia Dumm; and three nephews: James Leamer Jr. and Jadon and Cameron Nagle.

She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Marie Dumm; and an aunt, Bonnie Weaver.

Sherry was a 1995 graduate of Altoona Area High School and a member of St. James Lutheran Church, Altoona.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, at Sorge Funeral Home Inc., Hollidaysburg, Pastor Jaime G. Olson officiating. Interment will be at Carson Valley Cemetery.

www.sorgefuneralhome.com


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