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The Vanishing of Connie Leonard and Dawn Sneed- Dayton, Ohio. Are These Cases Related?

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Connie Leonard and Dawn Sneed are mothers who disappeared from Dayton, Ohio in 1995.

The daughter of Connie Leonard, Angelic, reached out to me.

Angelic grew up without her mom, and she would like answers.

It was November of 1995. 31-year old Connie Leonard lived on the west side of Dayton, Ohio, with her mother, Ella Leonard, and her four children.

Connie was a loving woman.

She was close to her family. Connie has two sisters and four brothers and a close relationship with her son and three daughters.

One day in mid-November, Connie told her mother, Ella, she was walking to the neighborhood store, The Oxford Food Market, at the corner of Oxford Road and Rosedale on the west side of Dayton.

Connie never returned.

No one has seen or heard from her since.

Connie’s mother, Ella, was not overly concerned at first. Connie would leave for a few days at a time, but she always returned.

When she did not hear from her daughter after several days, and no one had seen her, Ella reported Connie missing.

Angelic, now 26-years old, is searching for her mother and any information on her disappearance. She and her siblings had to grow up without the mother they loved and the mother who cherished them.

Her brother, who was 13-years old at the time, does not talk about his mom or her disappearance.

The pain of his missing mother is too devastating for him to discuss.

Connie had a crack-cocaine habit and was known to solicit on the west side of Dayton. She has a prior record for solicitation.

Angelic knows the lifestyle her mother led may have likely led to her disappearance.

Connie never really disclosed who she dated to her family.

Angelic and her siblings have different fathers, and Angelic is unaware of who her father is.

“Those things don’t matter to us," Angelic said. “My mother loved us, and we love her. I just want to know what happened to my mom. Why won’t anyone say anything?”

Angelic reached out to me after finding the story about Dawn Sneed on The Vivid Faces of the Vanished page.

Dawn Sneed is another young Dayton, Ohio mother who suddenly vanished in December of 1995. According to the Ohio Attorney General website, the last sighting of Dawn was by a family member on Christmas Eve of 1995.

Dawn disappeared only one month after Connie Leonard.

There is no further information available on her case and no updates.

These two women share many similarities.

Both disappeared from the same area in Dayton, Ohio and both were known drug users.

Dawn was 5’2" and weighed 110 pounds when she vanished.

Connie was 5’3” and 106 pounds when she disappeared.

Dawn was 27 years old at the time, and Connie was 31 years of age.

Through social media, several people reached out who knew both Dawn and Connie. No one could confirm if the women knew each other, but many people believe it was likely, as they hung out with the same circles.

When I spoke with Angelic, her grandmother, Ella, was 86-years old with Alzheimer's. She never speaks about her daughter anymore, and her family does not bring Connie up to her, Angelic said.

They don’t want to hurt her and she “barely remembers us”, Angelic said.

Could these disappearances be related?

Both of these women have children, family, and friends who want to know ….. WHERE IS CONNIE? WHERE IS DAWN? WHAT HAPPENED?

Until those answers come, two families search & wait. They pray and fight. They never give up the hope of finding these women they hold forever in their hearts.

Mothers, daughters, sisters.

Bring home Connie & Dawn.

These cases have NEVER gotten the attention they deserve.

If you have ANY information, please contact the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation at 740-845-2406.

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