Andy Joe Lepley
North American Missing Persons Network
Andy Joe Lepley

Above Images: Lepley

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: May 30, 1976 from Crow Junction, Pueblo County, Colorado
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Age: 18
  • Height: 5'9"
  • Weight: 150 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Brown
  • Eye Color: Brown
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Male
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Scars or marks on right hand.
  • Clothing: Green Texaco t-shirt, a coat with the name "Joe" on it, and blue jeans. Hiking boots.
  • AKA: Taco, Joe
  • Case Number: 76-00898

  • Details of Disappearance
    Andy was last seen on May 30th, 1976. He opened the Texaco station at the intersection of I-25 and HWY 165 in Crow Junction, Pueblo County, Colorado, where he had worked part time for two years. He was last seen under a gas station canopy near the gas pumps at 6:45 AM. Shortly thereafter, customers wanting to buy gas discovered the station unattended.

    The police were called, and a short time later, they and Andy's manager discovered his 1967 pickup truck parked in the Texaco's lot with the keys in the ignition. Inside the gas station, the manager discovered his CB radio with it's microphone ripped out and all the cash (between $50-$100) from the register was missing. Although he disappeared in a high-traffic area in the daylight hours on Memorial day weekend, no one saw or heard anything suspicious. It's believed the 19-year-old was kidnapped during a robbery.

    In the days following his disappearance, volunteers, the Pueblo County Sheriff's Office, and the FBI conducted a widespread search both on foot, by horseback, on four-wheelers, and via helicopter.

    At the time of his disappearance, Andy was a senior at Rye High School, and was just days from graduating. He was an honors student and was studying motorcycle mechanics in a vocational program, as well as being a pole-vaulter, football player, and basketball player, and former class president. He had planned to spend the summer after graduation working for his father as a plumber's apprentice, then enlist in the Air Force and attend Adams State College.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Pueblo County Sheriff's Office

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