JOPLIN, Mo. — 14-year-old Leora Hardee has been missing since September 17. Over the weekend we talked to Joplin Police Capt William Davis. He told us FBI agents and investigators totaling about 55 were working with the case.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children investigators arrived in Joplin and are organized a ground search that continued Monday morning.
Early Monday morning Joplin Police released a recorded video statement from her Grandmother. A message of concern to Leora:
“Leora, hi honey, it’s your Nana, we are just reaching out to you today just to let you know how much we love you, how much we miss you. Are you safe? Are you warm? Are you hungry? These are the things that are running through our minds right now. If you could just answer those questions for us, that’s all we could hope for or ask for. Thank you. And I miss your face…”Grandmother of missing Leora Hardee of Joplin
If you have any information or tips that could assist investigators in locating Leora Hardee, you are encouraged to contact the Joplin Police Department at 417-623-3131.
“On September 28th, 2020 law enforcement officials will be conducting a thorough search on foot in several areas on the north side of Joplin. This search is being aided by the FBI, the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office, the Carthage Police Department and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.“CAPT WILLIAM DAVIS
The public is not asked for assistance. This is being conducted by trained authorities.
Capt William Davis tells us in our live! video on Ozark Christian College property that the ground search will cover (1) Roanoke, North Heights, also Landreth and private properties along Turkey Creek on the north side of Joplin to the area of the Frisco Trail.
(2) The Jasper County Sheriff’s Posse (officers on horseback) will be covering the Snowball area and wooded sections north from Lone Elm and Perkins to Schifferdecker and Perkins to Zora.
(3) Later in the afternoon look for officers alone Lone Elm and north through the Dover Hill area to Zora.
Her last known location is near her residence at D and North Wall.