Leak, approximately 2002
Date reported missing : 09/14/2002
Missing location (approx) :
Red Spring, North Carolina
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
Age at the time of disappearance: 40 years old
Height / Weight : 5'4 - 5'9, 140 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: African-American male. Black hair, brown eyes. Leak may go by the name John Willie Leak.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Leak was last seen in Red Spring, North Carolina on September 14, 2002. He lived in the 200 block of Pevia Drive at the time of his disappearance. His family stated they last saw him leaving in a dark-colored Jeep. He has never been heard from again.
In December 2007, Reginald Junior Murphy was arrested and charged with Leak's murder. Authorities believe Leak was in the head at the Campbell Compound on Johnson Road, and his body was buried in the same vicinity.
Murphy pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in 2009 and was sentenced to ten to thirteen years in prison. Authorities believe he committed the homicide to prevent Leak from testifying against his brother, who had been charged with an unrelated murder.
Murphy told police where he'd buried Leak's body, but a search of the area turned up no clues. Foul play is suspected in Leak's disappearance due to the circumstances involved.
Other information and links : ncy
Roberson County Sheriff's Department
September 2021 updates and sources
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October 12, 2004. June 25, 2016; name spelling corrected, Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : updated.
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