Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Leigh Occhi was last seen at the family’s home on Honey Locust Drive in Tupelo. Her mother saw Occhi earlier that morning before she left for work. Occhi was on summer break and had plans to attend a school open house that day and then wait for her grandmother to pick her up. Heavy storms developed from Hurricane Andrew. Her mother became concerned and started calling. After getting no answer, at 8:30 a.m. she returned to the residence. Occhi was not in the home so her mother called the police at 9 a.m. Police discovered blood stains in the hallway and the bathroom. They also observed blood stains and strands of hair on a door frame. In Leigh's room, they found a bloody blue nightgown and bra. The only items missing were Leigh's shoes, reading glasses and underclothes. There was no sign of any kind of forced entry to the house.
police conducted both ground and aerial searches in an attempt to locate Leigh. In addition, some 130 citizen volunteers searched large areas of undeveloped land in the surrounding area. Despite everyone's best efforts, no sign of Leigh was found during any of the searches.
On September 9, 1992, Leigh's mother contacted police and informed them that she had received a package in the mail that contained Leigh's missing eye glasses. The package had a postage stamp on it from Booneville, Miss. Foul play is suspected.
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Tupelo Police Department
Lee County Courier
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