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Find Missing Ruth Ann Leamon!

Find Missing Ruth Ann Leamon!

Find missing Ruth Ann Leamon!
She made plans to meet two unidentified males
Who were in their thirties.
She walked to her intended destination but vanished thereafter.
It has been 37 years
Since her loved ones last saw her.
IT has been 37 years
Since her loved ones last heard from her.
What happened to the girl known as Ruthy?

Find Missing Ruth Ann Leamon!

Find Missing Ruth Ann Leamon!

Missing Person: Ruth Ann Leamon
Missing Since
Missing From
Modesto, California
Endangered Missing
Date of Birth
02/25/1966 (53 years old current age)
Age when last seen
16 years old
Height and Weight
5’5, 84 pounds
Clothing/Jewelry Description
A cream-colored t-shirt with writing on it, Levi’s jeans, a gold chain necklace with a cross, and four or five rings.
Distinguishing Characteristics
Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Ruth has a small cross tattoo on the web of her right hand between her thumb and index finger. Her ears are pierced. Her nickname is Ruthy.

Find Missing Ruth Ann Leamon!

Ruth Ann Leamon was living with a guardian in Modesto, California in 1982. She became acquainted with two men. Both were in their thirties. This incident occurred on August 19 of that year. Ruth made plans to meet the men later that evening at Sam’s Food City at Carver Road and Teresa Street, three blocks from her home. She was last seen at approximately 8:45 P.M. after she left her guardian’s residence. She said she was walking to Sam’s Food City to purchase a soft drink.

Ruth did in fact arrive at the store. She vanished afterward. Her guardian was at work during Ruth’s scheduled arrival time at home and did not realize she was missing until approximately 7:00 A.M. on August 20, the following morning. Ruth has never been seen again. Authorities questioned the two men scheduled to meet Ruth during the night she vanished, but both denied any involvement in her case.

Wesley Howard Shermantine Jr. and Loren Joseph Herzog are the so-called “Speed Freak Killers.” They are possible suspects in Ruth’s case. They were arrested in 2000 and ultimately convicted of murdering several females in the 1980’s and 1990s; authorities believe they had as many as fifteen victims.

Shermantine is on death row. Herzog’s sentence was reduced from 78 years to 14 years after the court ruled his confession had been coerced. He was paroled in 2010. Then he took his own life in January 2012. This was after he found out his former partner had begun cooperating with authorities. The partner had offered to reveal the location of victims’ bodies in exchange for a payment of $33,000.

Shermantine lead investigators to the skeletal remains of Chevelle Wheeler and Cyndi Vanderheiden. They had been missing since 1985 and 1998 respectively. He also pointed out an abandoned well in Linden, California that contained some 300 human bones and personal items. Shermantine stated the well contains up to twenty victims. He blames Herzog for all the murders and says he only helped with disposing the bodies. Authorities are in the process of sorting out the contents of the well and attempting to identify the bones.

Ruth had met Herzog before her disappearance; she and a female friend went to the Calaveras County Frog Jump with him. Shermantine and Herzog are being investigated in other missing persons’ cases, including Phillip Martin, Michaela Garecht, Susan Bender, Gayle Marks and Sylvia Standly. Victims Kimberly Billy, a 19-year-old who disappeared in 1984, and Joann Hobson, a 16-year-old who disappeared in 1985, have already been identified.

No arrests have been made in connection with Ruth’s disappearance. Foul play is suspected in her case. She was a

Find Missing Ruth Ann Leamon!

Ruth Ann Leamon has been missing for 27 years. Sadly, now her mom has suspected dementia, according to my research. When will this family get answers? Ruth left to meet up with two unknown men. And she disappeared, never to be found again. After all this time, police cannot tie anyone to her case. One of the suspected killed himself. The other is on death row. Someone (s) knows something! Do you have any information concerning the whereabouts of Ruth Ann Leamon? Do you have any information concerning the person (s) who may be involved in her disappearance?

Find Missing Ruth Ann Leamon!
Contact Information

If you think you know the whereabouts of Ruth Ann Leamon,, BEFORE TAKING ANY ACTION, please contact the Modesto Police Department (California) 1-209-572-9500. You may contact your local law enforcement agency. You may contact the California Department of Justice at 1-800-222-FIND (24 hour nationwide toll-free Hotline). You may contact: (916) 210-3119. You may email the Office at missing.persons@doj.ca.gov. Or you can leave your tip online: Click here to leave your tip online. You may contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children: 1-800-843-5678.

NCMEC Case Number: 601797
NamUs Case Number: MP6285
Agency Case Number: 82044560

Ruth Ann Leamon has a National Center for Missing and Exploited Children poster. The above image and information are courtesy of this profile. Click here to view it.
Ruth Ann Leamon has a California Attorney General’s Office profile. Click here to view it.
Ruth Ann Leamon has a Doe Network profile. Click here to view it.
Ruth Ann Leamon has a NamUs profile. Click here to view it.
This is a detailed and fairly lengthy TAPATALK.COM page for this missing and once teen girl. Click here to learn more.
This is a WEBSLEUTHS page for this missing and once teen girl. Click here to learn more.
This is a WIKIPEDIA page for the suspects. UNfortunately, it only mentions CONFIRMED victims, not SUSPECTED victims like Ruth Leamon and others. Click here to learn more.
The above information is found on Ruth Ann Leamon’s Charley Project page.I have adapted and remixed it. It is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial 4.0 International License.


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