Almost 7,000 people sign petition urging more national media publicity about missing Milton Keynes woman Leah Croucher
A petition to make MK's Leah Croucher national headlines has gathered huge support on social media
The Change.org petition, started by concerned resident Helen Hobson, is to be sent to bosses at the BBC, ITV, Sky News, Channel 4 and Channel 5.
It states: "Leah Croucher is a home loving girl from Milton Keynes. She has been missing without any trace or anyone coming forward with any real sightings since she walked to work on the 15th February 2019. Her story receives local coverage, but I believe it needs to be made more national as by now, she could be anywhere in the country or even the world. "
The petition adds: "People don’t just disappear without a trace. Someone, somewhere must know something. I can’t imagine what her poor family and friends must go through every day. National coverage again may prompt someone, somewhere, to end the agony and confess what has happened to the home-loving, sweet-natured Milton Keynes girl. #comehomeleah."
You can view the petition here.
Yesterday the Citizen published a story asking why Leah's case did not receive anywhere near as much publicity as the Sarah Everard case did in the initial stages - before a suspect was arrested in Sarah's case.
One social media user said: "As the name Sarah Everard is on everybody’s minds and lips, so should the name Leah Croucher and any other woman who is missing to their loved ones.
"I would hate to think there is a separate narrative for a young middle class, university graduate missing in London, to a young working class girl missing in the provinces, at this time when all lives matter."
The Citizen has tried to keep Leah's story alive at every possible opportunity and published dozens of stories and appeals over the past 25 months, urging readers to share as far and wide as they can.
Despite this, and extensive police investigations, not a single clue has emerged about what has happened to her.
If you have any information, no matter how trivial it may seem, please call police on 101, quoted Operation Dawlish, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
There is a £10,000 reward if Leah is found.