A woman who went missing during a walk near her in-laws’ Texas home is no longer part of a police search, but her husband says he will never stop looking.
33-year old Leanne Bearden and her husband Josh had just returned from a dream trip that took them from Egypt to Cambodia and were planning their next adventure together when she went missing.
“She said she was going to go for a walk, and I said, ‘How long are you going to be gone?’ and she said an hour,” said Josh Bearden. “I said, ‘OK babe, take your time.’ That’s the last thing I said to her.”
Officials in Garden Ridge, Texas searched an area of over 23 miles for Leanne but came up with no clues as to her whereabouts. Now, they’ve called off the search after saying they have been over every area Leanne could have reached on foot, but Josh says he will never stop the search.
“There’s still a lot of area that needs to be covered that I feel that Leanne could have walked,” Bearden said.
The worst part for the family of any missing person is not knowing for sure what happened; the mystery of a disappearance can haunt loved ones for years. Although police say they’re sure Leanne wasn’t the victim of foul play–and have ruled out Josh as having anything to do with the disappearance–the questions weigh heavily on his mind.
“It’s been nine nights and feels like 1,000 years, and everything is going through my head … every single thing you can think of is going through my head,” Josh said. “There’s not one scenario that I have not thought about. The hardest part of all of this, besides not sleeping, has been keeping my hope…The second I lose my hope, Leanne is gone, and my biggest fear is I will lose my hope.”
Speaking to his wife in the hopes that she’s somewhere in the range of his voice, Bearden said, “If somebody has you just hang in there. We’re going to keep looking for you. We’re never ever going to stop looking for you.”
Anyone with information about Leanne’s whereabouts are asked to call the Comal County Sheriff’s Dispatch line at (830) 620 – 3400.
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