Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Leigh was last seen in the vicinity of Suffolk Downs race track in Revere, Massachusetts, where he was known to shine shoes. About 11 a.m. on Sunday, April 7, 1974, the third-grader left his home on State Road for the last time. He told relatives he wanted to make money to buy his mother an Easter present. He stopped in a Beachmont Square restaurant for a sandwich and a glass of milk, then asked the owner to watch his shine box for a few minutes until he came back. He never did return.
Leigh Savoie loved to go to the racetrack and watch horses. He also loved candy and would shine shoes to earn money to buy his favorite treats.
At 3 p.m. that day, Dolores Savoie called Revere Police to report her son as missing. She said police instructed her to wait for three or four hours before filing a missing person report. Savoie began asking around the neighborhood. About 4 p.m., the restaurant’s owner returned the boy’s shine kit to her, saying her son had dropped it off on his way to Revere Beach.
The boy’s family friends and schoolmates were questioned, and a thorough search of the area and surrounding towns was conducted. Security personnel at Suffolk Downs questioned hundreds of jockeys, trainers, and other staff.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Revere Police Department