Search continues for 14-year-old Leora Hardee
Leora now missing for more than a month.
JOPLIN, Mo. – Tattered, torn and rain-soaked posters of missing 14-year-old Leora Hardee still blow in the breeze, a month after she went missing.
“For each day that goes on, it becomes disheartening that we haven’t found her yet,” says Joplin Police Department Captain William Davis. “We keep the family in our thoughts and prayers. I couldn’t imagine trying to be in their shoes.”
Leora was last seen on September 17th in the area of D Street and North Wall avenue.
Davis explains that investigators have been on the case since the first day she went missing. On September 28th, the police department was joined by the FBI, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and several local agencies to search north Joplin for the missing teen.
On the same day, the department released a video of Leora’s grandmother, hoping the message would reach Leora.
But the efforts didn’t bring the result that everyone wants.
“Investigators are still following up on leads and issuing out a lot of subpoenas and search warrants, and there’s a whole online presence that they’re trying to look into. And leaving no stone unturned,” says Davis.
On Friday, October 16th, the case received some national attention when it appeared on A&E’s Live Rescue. During the segment, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children asked the public for help finding Leora.
“We fielded a couple of tips off of that. So that’s why we’re just continuing to push out the information because somebody out there knows something and it could be that one tip that helps provide a break in the case and helps us solve it and get her home,” explains Davis.
Joplin Police investigators continue to work with the FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, waiting for the break that will help them bring Leora home. They’ve followed more than 120 leads throughout the course of the investigation so far.
The Police Department continues to ask that if residents have any information, they call 417-623-3131.