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OR LEONA KINSEY: Missing from Le Grande, OR - 25 October 1999 - Age 45

Discussion in 'Missing 1990 to 1999' started by Kimster, Mar 3, 2016.

  1. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Leona was last seen on October 24, 1999 at home. Her vehicle, a 1980's light golden brown GMC Jimmy, was found in the Albertsons parking lot four days later. There was no sign of foul play in or around the vehicle.
    All of her possessions, including her purse and her dog, which was very important to her, was left behind.

    Kinsey ran a local landscaping and yard care business. At the time of the disappearance she was working hard and left behind a date book that showed she was booked for a whole week.


    Leona was 45 years old when she disappeared from La Grande, Oregon, on October 25th, 1999. She was seen last at her home on Hall Street . Her personal belongings including her purse, cigarettes and lighter, pager, and cherished pet cat and dog were left behind. Food had also been left out to rot. 4 days later on October 29th, Leona's car, a tan 1980's model Jimmy GMC, was found in the parking lot of an Albertson's store. The manager reportedly did not believe that the car had been there overnight. The steering column had been damaged and there was a box of rubber gloves behind the seat. There was no sign of a struggle and no sign of Leona.

    Leona ran her own landscaping and yard keeping business in 1999, and had appointments booked for a full week after her disappearance. Her daughter has stated that her mother was happy and would not abandon her life or her pets. Leona enjoys hunting, fishing, and being outdoors.

    If you have any information regarding the disappearance or whereabouts of Leona Kinsey, you are encouraged to contact the La Grande Police Department at 541-963-1017.

    DOB: 12/15/1953
    Description: Leona was between 5'2 and 5'4 and 110 pounds when she disappeared. She has a tattoo of a Tomahawk and a Peace Pipe intersecting on her bicep. She has small scars along the sides of her feet and her small toes and fingers.Her hair and eyes are brown.

    Tribal information: Leona is described as "bi-racial/native american" and is a member of the Pallyup tribe. The tribe resides along the shores of the Puget Sound in Washington.

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  2. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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    Authorities Are Terrible at Tracking Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. A Bill in Olympia Would Help Fix That.

    In 1999, Carolyn DeFord's mother went to the grocery store and never came back. Leona DeClair Kinsey, of Puyallup and Yakama descent, has been missing for the last two decades, and last week, DeFord told state legislators that her family hasn't received help or media attention beyond the actions of small activist groups since.

    "And so her case just sits in a desk, in a file cabinet, in a back room that you have to have somebody else take, you know, scheduled time to go find her folder," DeFord told legislators.

    Leona LeClair Kinsey's case is part of what is described by friends and family members of missing and murdered indigenous women as an enormous and overlooked problem, one enabled by a gap in tribal, state, and federal jurisdictions that allows perpetrators to act with impunity. But it's also a problem that's been historically difficult to quantify and track. Two years ago, the Canadian government launched its own inquiry into the issue, and on Wednesday, Washington state legislators in the House of Representatives unanimously approved a bill directing the Washington State Patrol to study the problem, too.

    According to data from the Department of Justice, indigenous women face astronomical rates of violence. A Department of Justice report published in 2010 concluded that American Indian and Alaska Native women are 1.7 times more likely than white women to experience violent crime within the last year and are more likely to experience violence from an interracial perpetrator. An estimated 56 percent surveyed in the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS) said that they had experienced sexual violence, and 55.5 percent reported physical violence from a partner. Another study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published last year reported that American Indian/Alaska Native women died at higher rates of homicide than any other group.

    But the names of missing indigenous women often don't make it onto the state's missing and unidentified persons list. At last week's legislative hearing, Captain Monica Alexander of the Washington State Patrol testified that neither Kinsey's name, nor the name of another missing indigenous woman from South Seattle, were being tracked by the Patrol's missing person's unit.

    In the absence of a system to document abuse across tribal, state, and federal jurisdictions, the Washington State bill, if it passes the Senate, would direct the Washington state patrol to work with tribes and the governor's office of Indian affairs to generate a report identifying the scale of the problem, and barriers to addressing it, by June of 2019.

    "We just do not have a centralized database that can demonstrate how many Native women are missing in this country," Guard, of Galanda Broadman, said. "Until we have that figure, we don't know how to address that problem. I think this is a really good first step for Washington to take."

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