Andy Joe Lepley
Lepley, approximately 1976
Date reported missing : 05/30/1976
Missing location (approx) :
Colorado City, Colorado
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 10/03/1957 (63)
Age at the time of disappearance: 18 years old
Height / Weight : 5'9, 150 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A green Texaco t-shirt, a coat with the name "Joe" on it, blue jeans and lace-up hiking boots.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male. Brown hair. Lepley's right hand is scarred and deformed. He goes by his middle name, Joe, and his nickname is Taco. He has a coppery complexion.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Lepley was last seen at the Texaco station at Interstate 25 and Colorado 165 in Colorado City, Colorado on May 30, 1976. He had worked there part time for two years. Lepley picked up the keys from the manAge at the time of disappearance: r and began his shift at 6:15 a.m.
Only about fifteen minutes later, customers wanting to buy gas discovered the station was unattended. A short time after that, Lepley's manAge at the time of disappearance: r and the police found Lepley's 1967 pickup truck in the station parking lot with the keys in the ignition. Inside the station, the manAge at the time of disappearance: r's citizen band (CB) radio had its microphone ripped out and the cash register, which had contained between $50 and $100, was empty. Lepley has never been heard from again.
Authorities stated a middle-Age at the time of disappearance: d Caucasian male, with graying sandy-colored hair and blue eyes, about 5'11 tall and 175 pounds, was seen at the Texaco station between 6:30 and 7:30 the morning Lepley disappeared.
The person drove a "flashy" two-door late model car, possibly a Pontiac Grand Prix, colored silver or white with maroon trim and a maroon landau top. He was pulling an unusual four- or five-foot-long, tarp-covered plywood trailer that may have been handmade. He may have been en route to Wyoming at the time. This individual is the prime suspect in Lepley's disappearance. He has never been identified.
Foul play is suspected in Lepley's case. He was a senior and honor student at Rye High School at the time of his disappearance, studying motorcycle mechanics in a vocational program, and went missing just days before graduation. He was a pole-vaulter, a football player and basketball player, and once had been president of his class. After his graduation, Lepley planned to spend the summer working for his father as a plumbing apprentice, then enlist in the Air Force and attend Adams State College.
Charles Humphrey is a suspect in Lepley's disappearance. He was a college English professor in 1976. Charles is the prime suspect in the murders of his two wives: Lucila, who disappeared just days before Lepley did and whose body was found in 1981, and Bonnie, who was murdered in December 1979, several months after her divorce from Charles. He died by suicide before police could arrest him, and it's clear why he's a suspect in Lepley's case.
Lepley's mother believe he was abducted after he surprised someone burglarizing the gas station. Although he disappeared during the daylight hours in a high-traffic area on Memorial Day Weekend, no one saw or heard anything suspicious. His case remains unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
Pueblo County Sheriff's Office
September 2021 updates and sources
The Doe Network
The Greeley Daily Tribune
The Hutchinson News
The Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph
The Salina Journal
The Denver Post
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