After looking in Austin, Houston, Laredo, San Antonio and Garden Ridge, Texas, the family of Leanne Bearden is now offering a $20,000 reward for the missing woman: $10,000 for her exact location and an additional $10,000 for information that leads to her return.
“While there are many more questions than answers, the only thing we do know is that lack of contact to anyone she loves is very worrisome,” Josh Bearden, Leanne’s husband, said in a written statement. “We strongly feel that if she could have contacted us, she would have by now … We are hoping offering a financial reward will encourage that person or people to share that information.”
Bearden’s husband claims Leanne said she would return to her in-law’s house in an hour, before leaving for a run on Jan. 17, 2014. She was wearing a T-shirt, hiking boots with pink laces and a small backpack.
Unfortunately, those sixty minutes morphed into a living nightmare for Bearden’s family and friends.
Police involved in the searches for Bearden have said on numerous occasions that there is no evidence to suggest Bearden was taken against her will. On the contrary, after hiring a private investigator, Charlie Parker told the Bearden family that there was a ‘strong possibility’ the 33-year-old woman left Garden Ridge voluntarily.
That revelation failed to bring the search for Bearden to a halt.
“Again, at this time there is no evidence that points to any crime being committed, but the lack of any real credible information and lack of contact by Leanne to any of us has us extremely worried and we just want to know that Leanne is OK,” Josh Bearden told KENS 5.
Bearden and her husband had just returned to Texas after a two-year vacation around the world. Her family believes the ‘pressure of transitioning’ back into normal life left Bearden stressed.
Bearden has now been missing over three weeks. Multiple searches by Garden Ridge police, the Comal County Sheriff’s Office, the Texas Rangers, a private investigator and several family members and friends have failed to locate her.
The 5-foot 2-inch woman weighs approximately 100 pounds and wears a small loop at the top of her left ear, according to a flyer for the missing woman.
Anyone with information is urged to call the private investigator at 210-826-4052, the Garden Ridge Police Department at 210-651-6441 or the Heidi Search Center at 210-650-0428.