Leona Kinsey was last seen on October 25, 1999 at her home in La Grande, Oregon. She left behind all her possessions, including her purse, cigarettes and lighter, pager, and her pet cat and two dogs. There was coffee in the coffeepot, and groceries from a recent trip to the store had been left out and were rotting.
On October 29, 1999, her light golden-brown 1980s model GMC Jimmy was found in the parking lot of an Albertson's store by a friend. The store manager said that he did not believe the vehicle had been there overnight. The steering column had been damaged and there was a box of rubber gloves behind the seat. There was zero evidence of a struggle or any clues to Kinsey's disappearance.
Kinsey is biracial (Caucasian and Native American), she has brown hair and eyes, she is 5’2” tall, she weighs 110 lbs, she wears eyeglasses, she is of Puyallup Indian heritage, she has a tattoo of a tomahawk and a peace pipe intersecting on her bicep, and she has small scars on the outside of both her feet and next to both her smallest toes and fingers.
Kinsey's loved ones believe a man they knew as Juan "John" Pena-Llamas may have been involved in her disappearance, as Kinsey was planning to meet him on the night she went missing. Law Enforcement also considers him to be a person of interest, but very little is known about him. Peña-Llamas was arrested for theft in 2006 and was allegedly deported to his native Mexico, as he was undocumented.
You can find a flyer for Peña-Llamas in the lower right. He is described as Hispanic, with black hair and brown eyes, 5'5 tall and 135 pounds. He was in his mid-thirties at the time of Kinsey's disappearance. He lived in the La Grande area in 1999, in Salem, Oregon in 1998, in Los Angeles County, California in 1996, and in San Bernardino County, California in 1990.
Juan may use the following aliases: Juan "John" Pena Ruiz Llamas, John Pena, Juan Alejandro, Juan F. Pena-Banada, Juan Pena-Lamas, Juan M Penallamasm.
Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or La Grande, OR Police Department at 541-963-1017.
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