Family members said the 33-year-old went missing after she left a relative’s house to go for a walk.
The report says that police do not suspect foul play. They called off the search for her.
The following is her husband, Josh Bearden's statements. The video is broken up, which makes it difficult to analyze since we do not know what questions were posed to him.
"Uh she said that she was going to go for a walk and then I said how long are you going to be gone
and then she said about an hour then I said ok Babe take your time. Thats the last that thing I said to her."
We note the inclusion of the term of endearment, "Babe." We find this in statements where one may feel the need to portray oneself as loving; not a good sign. Here, however, he appears to be quoting himself. Nonetheless, we take note of it just the same. A term of endearment within a statement is often viewed as a negative and problematic because it shows the subject's need to portray himself in the positive, the necessity of such being a red flag.
Note that it is the last thing he "said" to her. Was it the last he saw of her? Would it be more expected to hear, "That's the last I saw her"?
He only reports that this was the last thing he said to her, but not the last that he saw her.
"I have no idea what happened "
It is very difficult to believe anyone who says that they have no idea, since we all have plenty of ideas about everything in life. In fact, Josh Bearden goes on to give an idea claiming that there are lots of places not covered.
Mark McClish uses the exploration of the moon to highlight this saying that he is not a rocket scientist and doesn't know how to get to the moon but has an idea that a rocket will be needed. It's a humorous way to point out that it is difficult to believe someone who says this. Sometimes it is just a lazy mind that needs prompts, but in a missing person's case, we do not expect to encounter a lazy mind from the husband, but one of a very highly in tune mind, seeking answers.
In Analytical Interviewing, we remind the interviewer not to accept "I have no idea" as a "stop sign" for the flow of information. Prompt the subject.
We have no clues but theres still a lot of area
that needs to be covered and that I feel Leanne could have walked.
Note the video breaks.
I would like to know what caused him to change his pronoun to "we" at this point.
Note next that he does have an idea: that there are places she could have walked to. This makes his statement of having "no idea" not truthful.
The second that I lose my hope Leanne is gone .
Why is Leanne's life tied to his hope? Since others are searching and the family is fund raising to hire a private investigator, how is it that "Leanne is gone" at that "second"?
and my biggest fear is that I’ll lose my hope.
The Expected versus the Unexpected.
We put ourselves in the shoes of the subject and presume innocence. We ask,
"What would I say? What would you say?"
In this place, my biggest fear would be that my wife was dead, injured by injury or by foul play.
It would be my biggest fear: something terrible happened to her.
Would your biggest fear be that your wife has been killed, or died in an accident, or that you would lose hope?
I will never, ever going to stop looking for you. Ever.
Similar to a statement made by OJ Simpson about looking for his wife's killer, saying he would never stop searching for the "real" killer.
Note that his search will never end, showing no hope for success. He does not tell her that he will search for her until she is found, but that he will "never, ever" and "ever" stop looking.
What has caused him to have no hope for success? She has been missing for 8 days at the time of this statement.
Has the passage of time caused this?
Have police told him something privately that has led him to believe she will never be found?
is this similar to Josh Powell in searching for Susan?
Stay tuned as we need more statement.
There is one in which is said that she "left on her own free will."
We're very concerned. She left of her own free will to go for a walk, and that's all we know," her brother, Michael Hech
Please note that this is the kind of thing one might say if one suspected a domestic dispute took place. Does the brother suspect that there was an argument of sorts, that he feels the need to add "free will" to his statement?
It is an unexpected statement.