Do YOU know who Leah Croucher's mystery date was in Milton Keynes this time last year?

This time last year missing Milton Keynes woman Leah Croucher was preparing for a mystery date at a city centre hotel with a lover, the MK Citizen can reveal.

Friday, 31st January 2020, 10:11 am
Updated Friday, 31st January 2020, 11:05 am

On the evening of Saturday February 3, her dad dropped her off outside The Hub's Jury's Inn, where she told him she'd booked a room to spend a 'girlie' night with friends, drinking alcohol and gossiping.

But later it was proved Leah was not with her friends at all. And she didn't go to the Jury's Inn.

Instead she walked to the nearby Travelodge, where she had booked and paid for a room with her bank card.

Missing Leah Croucher

Her family are wondering if she was with an unknown man.

Early in the investigation, police spoke to a man - who we can only identify as 'Mr X' - who Leah had told her parents about.

Officers say they have no suspicions about him.

But Leah's parents are convinced Leah was seeing someone in secret and they want to learn more about it. And they believe the February 3 hotel liaison could lead to vital clues about her disappearance less than two weeks later.

Leah spent the night of February 3 2019 at this Travelodge

Claire and John only discovered the deception when they examined Leah's bank statements some time after she vanished and spotted the Travelodge payment. But by that time, the hotel's CCTV had been wiped over.

The MK Citizen is today appealing for people to rack their brains now and think back to what they were doing on that Saturday night, a year ago.

Did you see Leah when she was dropped off, at around 7pm? Did you see her shortly afterwards going into the Travelodge with a man? Or did you see her and the man having a romantic dinner in one of the nearby restaurants perhaps? Were they having a row perhaps?

That night Leah was wearing a black coat, black jeans and carrying a small black rucksack - the same one she was carrying when later disappeared. She could, of course, have had a change of clothes inside the rucksack.

Leah's dad dropped her off at Jury's Inn

If anybody knows anything about Leah and who she met on February 3, call police immediately on 101. If they don't want to give their name, they can call Crimestoppers on 0800 111 555. Calls are free and there is a reward of £5000.