Sister makes plea for her sister Leah Croucher, 19, to come home

Sister makes heartbreaking plea for her sister Leah Croucher, 19, to come home after being missing for 21 weeks

  • Leah Croucher, 19, from Milton Keynes, disappeared before work in February
  • She was last seen at 8.15am on February 15 looking ‘angry upset and crying’ 
  • Sister Jade hopes that Leah will contact the family before her 20th birthday

The sister of a missing teenage girl today made a heart-breaking appeal for her to ‘come home’ on the 21 week anniversary of her disappearance.

Leah Croucher, 19, has not been since she mysteriously vanished on February 15 at around 8.15am, as she was walking to work.

Two months later police revealed three witnesses may have seen her between 9.30am and 11.15am on the day she went missing, looking ‘angry, upset and crying’.

But, despite police making a public appeal for further information, nobody else has come forward as a result of this.

Leah (right) has not been since she mysteriously vanished on February 15 at around 8.15am. Her sister has made a heart-breaking appeal for her to ‘come home’.  Left: Leah (right) with her sister Jade, 26

And Jade Croucher, 26, is holding out hope that Leah will contact her or other family members before her 20th birthday, which is on August 14.

She said; ‘It would be lovely if she messaged me on her birthday.

‘Every day I wake up with the hope that we will get a little bit of a breakthrough that Leah is safe and well.

‘I’m constantly checking my phone, but so far there has been nothing.’

Leah vanished while walking to work and her phone has never been found.

Police have said it was switched off at the time of her disappearance and has not been used since.

Jade, a payroll officer from Milton Keynes, Bucks., added: ‘It has been the hardest five months of my life and my family. It is hard to explain it because you can’t compare it to anything else.

‘There are days when you can’t sleep, she is is always on your mind. It doesn’t come easy, we have a lot of sleepless nights.

This is the last CCTV image of Leah who disappeared the day after Valentine’s day

‘Leah knows how to contact me even if she can’t remember my mobile number.

‘She could contact me on social media or via Snapchat – she used Snapchat a lot. She knows I am always there for her. I always have been.

‘There’s a seven year ago gap so I’ve always been the big sister. We’ve always been so close – she was my little shadow when she was growing up.’

Speaking on behalf of Leah’s family, Jade has urged the public to ‘remain positive’ that the teenager will be found safe and sound.

She added: ‘Leah is just a normal 19-year-old girl she doesn’t want to be out partying. She just wants to be relaxing.

‘We have to cope, we need to remain strong. There are huge ups and there are huge downs. We are hoping all together.

‘You have days when it is easier but you have other days when it is really tough.

‘Not knowing is really hard, we try to pull it together and other days it is horrible.’

Jade said their relationship was close enough for Leah to confide in her if she had a problem, or tell her ‘teenage things’ that she may not want to talk to her parents about.

She added: ‘Before she disappeared there was no indication of anything from Leah, nothing that seemed wrong.

Leah (pictured) is at the centre of a police search after she vanished more than three months ago 

‘The last conversation we had was by text and it was completely normal. Leah was just talking about day to day stuff, work, friends, etc. She sounded happy and fine.’

Meanwhile, Jade is raising money for the national Missing People charity, which has provided support to her family.

She recently completed a sponsored climb of Snowdon.

Jade said: ‘I climbed Snowdon to help raise awareness and funds for the missing people charity and I managed to raise £3309 so far. It’s amazing.’

She added: ‘We would just like to appeal, if anybody has any information or anything please come forward.’

A £5,000 reward is being offered for information about Leah Croucher.

Jade said: ‘I just want to remind people there is a £5,000 reward – but we would do anything to get Leah back.

‘Our hope is that someone knows something and they will contact the police to tell them.

‘Just help us out and hopefully we can find her.’ 

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