Leona Sharon Kinsey
Kinsey, approximate photo date 1999
Missing since: 10/25/1999
La Grande, Oregon
Type of missing case: Endangered Missing
Biracial, Native American, White
Date of Birth: 12/15/1953 (66)
Age at time of disappearance: 45 years old
Height / Weight: 5'2 - 5'4, 110 pounds
Other characteristics: Biracial (Caucasian/Native American) female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Kinsey is of Puyallup Indian heritage. She has a tattoo of a tomahawk and a peace pipe intersecting on her bicep. She wears eyeglasses. She has small scars on the outside of both feet and next to both her smallest toes and fingers.
Details at time of disappearance: Kinsey was last seen at her home on Hall Street in La Grande, Oregon on October 25, 1999. She has never been heard from again. All of her possessions, including her purse, her cigarettes and lighter, her pager, and cherished pet cat and two dogs, were left behind at her trailer home. There was coffee in the coffeepot, and groceries had been left out and were rotting.
Her light golden-brown 1980s model GMC Jimmy was found in the parking lot of an Albertson's store on the morning of October 29, four days after her disappearance. The store manager said he didn't believe 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 evidence of a struggle or any clues to Kinsey's disappearance.
Kinsey ran her own landscaping and yard care business in 1999, and was booked for a full week after she vanished. Her daughter stated she was happy with her life and wouldn't have walked away from it or abandoned her pets. Kinsey enjoys hunting, fishing, camping and other outdoor activities. Her case remains unsolved.
Other case information
Agency in charge: La Grande Police Department
Other information: Project Jason
The La Grande Observer
Lost and Missing in Indian Country
National Public Radio
Psychic detective links:
Revised: October 12, 2004. Last updated April 3, 2019 picture added, details of disappearance updated.