The Mysterious Disappearance & Death of Jamier Leonard

In July 2019, Jamier Dashawn Leonard, a 21-year-old young man from Emporia, Virginia went missing and was found dead, leaving his family and friends devastated and searching for answers. Let’s explore the timeline of events surrounding his disappearance, the subsequent discovery of his body, and the unanswered questions that continue to linger.

On July 25, 2019, Jamier vanished, prompting an immediate report to the Greensville County Sheriff's Office. Witnesses later confirmed seeing him on the morning of July 25th and even engaging in conversation. This information was corroborated by surveillance footage obtained by the Emporia Police, which showed Jamier walking down a sidewalk. Concerned for her son's safety, Jamier's mother, Brenda, requested a search near the location of his cell phone, including the river.

Selfie of Jamier Leonard

Six days after his disappearance, on July 31st, Jamier's body was found in debris in the Meherrin River, not far from the I-95 bridge in Emporia, Virginia. His body was missing vital organs including his heart, lungs, lymph nodes, liver, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, kidneys, penis, and one testicle. The shocking state of his remains left investigators perplexed and his family devastated. There was also a scar on the back of his head which his mother noted was not there before. His personal belongings were discovered close to the scene nine months later. 

Despite the tragic discovery, the medical examiner's report failed to provide conclusive answers regarding Jamier's cause of death. The ruling stated his cause of death as undetermined, and indicated evidence of possible animal predation. The absence of vital organs further complicated the investigation, leaving investigators with more questions than answers. 

Jamier's family shed light on his unusual behaviors and strange comments leading up to his disappearance. He reportedly expressed the belief that people were searching for him in the days preceding his vanishing. Recognizing a potential mental health crisis, Jamier received medical care at a local hospital. However, instead of being transferred to another facility as planned, he was unexpectedly discharged. The Greenville County Sheriff's Department provided him with transportation to his friend's apartment on Meherrin River Lane, from where he would go missing just hours later.

The unresolved nature of Jamier Leonard's case has prompted a plea for assistance from the public. If anyone has information related to his disappearance and death, they are urged to contact the Emporia Police or the Reopen the Case Foundation. Every piece of information, no matter how small, could potentially shed light on this perplexing tragedy and bring closure to Jamier's grieving family.

The story of Jamier’s disappearance continues to perplex both those close to him and investigators. The timeline of events, from his last known sighting to the discovery of his body and personal belongings, raises numerous unanswered questions. The lack of conclusive findings from the medical examiner's report and the circumstances surrounding his mental health treatment and discharge only add to the complexity. As the case remains open, the plea for information serves as a reminder that even the smallest detail could be the key to unlocking the truth and bringing justice to Jamier and his loved ones.


Selfie of Jamier Leonard




Emporia Police 

Reopen the Case Foundation


Jamier's Facebook (photos)

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