MS LEIGH MARINE OCCHI: Missing from Tupelo, MS - 27 Aug 1992 - Age 13

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Left: Occhi circa 1992; Right: Age-progression to 31 years old (circa 2010)

Leigh Marine Occhi
Missing since August 27, 1992 from Tupelo, Lee County, Mississippi.
Classification: Non family Abduction

Vital Statistics

Date Of Birth: August 21, 1979
Age at Time of Disappearance: 13 years old
Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 4'10" - 147 cm, 95 lbs - 43 kg.
Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Blonde hair; hazel eyes. She may be wearing eyeglasses.
Marks, Scars: She has a strawberry birthmark at base of skull in back. Small scratch scars on right leg. Skin bumps on knees. Lazy left eye. She has pierced ears.
Clothing: Green and yellow silk boxer shorts and a night shirt.

Circumstances of Disappearance
It is believed that Occhi was last seen at her home. Her mother arrived home and found the garage door opened. She went inside and found blood stains on the carpet, door frame, bathroom counter and walls. Blood was also found on her nightgown. Occhi was no where to be found.

The only items missing from the house were some reading glasses, shoes and underclothes. Foul play is suspected.

About one month later her mother received Leigh's glasses in the mail from Booneville, MS.

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Tupelo Police Department
Major Sgt. Jami Harper

Agency Case Number: 3590

NCMEC #: NCMC771656

NCIC Number: M-586548004
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

Source Information:
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
The Commercial Appeal 9/2/92
Namus The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs)

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Apparently the investigators didn't rule the blood loss was an amount to where someone could not survive. But obviously very injured and I believe killed that night. I think the biggest questions are who and where is her body?. Sickos. Sending her Glasses to her Mother is really disturbing. Did L.E. even examine the package?. Handwriting?.
Tupelo’s chief of police is retiring after a long career in law enforcement.

Chief Aguirre says his only regrets are not being able to two missing person cases. The case of Leigh Occhi and Jennifer Jackson Floyd. However, Aguirre says the cases are still open and he is hopeful they will eventually be solved.

Leah Occhi disappearance: Mother, law enforcement hope new technology will help solve case​

Thirty years ago, 13-year-old Leigh Occhi disappeared from the Honey Locust Drive home she shared with her mother.

Questions have abounded over the last three decades. Was she abducted? Did she run away? Is she still alive? Who is responsible?

Authorities hope advances in forensic science will shed some new light on the case. Over the years, many people associated with the case have died, one potential suspect last year.

This year, the Tupelo Police Department has gone through the limited physical evidence and resubmitted items to various labs.

Using the limited evidence — which included a bloody night gown — police in the past have been able to develop a DNA profile of Occhi. But technicians at the time found no blood, bodily fluid or skin cells that were foreign to the house and could have come from a suspect.

Over the last two decades, advances in testing allow lab technicians to find minuscule amounts of genetic material that can be invisible to the naked eye. And newfound DNA has used genetic genealogy in recent years to identify and track down suspects in long cold cases.

“We submitted some of the original evidence to hopefully find something they might have missed 30 years ago,” said Tupelo police detective Sgt. Cassidy Jumper.

While the new technology is amazing, it is not fast. Tupelo police can only sit, wait and hope.

Major Jerry Davis, who heads the TPD criminal investigative division, said putting new eyes on the case and looking at things from a new perspective is another way the department is still working the case.

“There has been no further physical evidence after the glasses (were mailed to the family in September 1992)” Davis said. “We are still looking at things other than DNA.”

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