GARDEN RIDGE, Texas — A Denver woman who had traveled the world with her husband was supposed to come home Tuesday. Instead, she has vanished in Texas — missing now for four days.
Leanne Bearden and her husband Josh had documented their nearly two-year travels around the globe on a blog.
In one video, Leanne is caught giggling at the Acropolis in Athens, Greece. It was part of their visit to 58 countries, starting in Seoul, Korea, where Leanne’s husband, Josh, went to high school.
“They just got back and were eager to see family and friends,” said friend Casey Hall. “She’s not just going to walk off, disappear here.”
Hall could not fathom how Leanne could travel the far reaches of the world, but vanish in her home country.
“She came upstairs to say she was going on a walk and she’d be back in a little bit,” said her husband, outside his parent’s home in Garden Ridge, Texas.
But the petite, fit, former marathoner never returned Friday afternoon to her in-laws’ home.
“She needs help. I know she’s in the area. She did not catch a bus to go to Omaha or anything ridiculous like that,” Josh said.
He thought she may be injured somewhere from a fall on her hike.
But days of searches in the rugged hill country have turned up no sign of Leanne.
“She’s a 33-year-old woman. How does she go missing?” questioned Hall.
Friends are now trying to find out through a Facebook page, Our Friend Leanne Hecht Bearden.
The couple had rented out their 600-square foot Highlands home until May. They were due back in Denver Tuesday to stay with friends.
“Today should have been a very happy day, having them arrive back in Colorado. Sadly, we’re not there yet,” said Hall.
Now, her arrival is uncertain. But friends hope they will have answers soon.
“We’ll do anything. We’re desperate for any kind of information, anything we can do to help her,” said Hall.
Leanne had worked at Great West Healthcare. Her husband in IT. Both had quit their jobs to travel the world.
On Friday, friends will hold a fundraiser at the Hornet Restaurant on Broadway from 7 to 10 p.m. to help with the costs for her search.