"What happened to Leigh Occhi?"

"What happened to Leigh Occhi?"

There are 186 comments on the www.djournal.com story from Feb 26, 2008, titled "What happened to Leigh Occhi?". In it, www.djournal.com reports that:

Capt. Bart Aguirre has been a Tupelo Police criminal investigator for 18 years. For most of those years, he's had the same question on his mind: "What happened to Leigh Occhi?"

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Neu-anspach, Germany

#145 Sep 2, 2013
Me and Leigh dated when we were young and she always told me about her mom being mean to her. we attended summer camp together and she has never left my thoughts.

I remember this at my birthday party in june she showed up as pretty as ever and she acted strange and for some reason her mom yelled at her after the party and was jerking her around and just acting strange.

In summer camp she showed up on several occasions with bruises and said it was from falling and riding horses. My parents asked Leigh numerous of times if everything was ok at home and she would not say a word. My parents wanted to go to the cops but me and Leigh broke up and I talked to her from time to time but eventually we stopped talking.

Im not sure but I think we had a student faculty day where we did not go to school. I just remember my mom screamed my name I ran in the house and all over the news was the story about leigh being missing. I couldn't eat or sleep for a long time and really got sick.

I wish there would be some kind of clarification on what happened and this be solved because Leigh was a great person with the biggest heart a person could ever have.

I have missed her dearly and with always think about her..

Paris, TN

#146 Sep 4, 2013
Chad, do you know if her mom had anger issues or acted weird like that a lot? Did she have mood swings? You seem to have known her pretty well, would it be ok if we talked about it sometime?


#147 Sep 6, 2013
I am currently living in Germany. I would have no problem talking about this maybe it would help some how. If you could send your contact info to me I will get a hold of you.If this would be ok?


#148 Sep 6, 2013
Jenni, I knew her pretty well basically Leigh was my best friend and first girlfriend! I would have no problem talking about this with you! If you can give me some contact details I will email or call you because I live in Germany now.
Please let me know!

Olive Branch, MS

#149 Sep 6, 2013
Germany is so wonderful, lived there for several years, stationed in Baumholder, would love to go back there and visit sometime, so much nicer than Tupelo, wish they could find closure for Leigh's dad.

Nocona, TX

#150 Sep 9, 2013
Chad, I would love to talk to you about it but would feel better if you would give me your email and I could contact you. Would that be possible?

Byram, MS

#151 Sep 10, 2013
Unless Bart Aguirre has changed, going for a Harley ride is more important than exposing something that would make the department look bad. Literally laughs at rights, unless its brethren. Investigate yourself, you'll find out far more than relying on the Tupelo Police.

United States

#152 Sep 13, 2013
I think if I were TPD, I'd rather go ahead and try to solve it if I could no matter how bad it made them look. Someone above them could solve it. Why would they not want the credit? If someone else eventually solved it, whatever is being protected or hidden would eventually come out anyway.

United States

#153 Sep 13, 2013
Sounds like you know Bart Aguirre pretty well???

Tupelo, MS

#154 Sep 13, 2013
"Why would they not want the credit?"
They are involved?

United States

#155 Sep 13, 2013
Are you saying you know they are involved???

Tupelo, MS

#156 Sep 14, 2013
I am saying the unknown could involve other reasons.

Wölfersheim, Germany

#157 Sep 16, 2013
jenni wrote:
Chad, I would love to talk to you about it but would feel better if you would give me your email and I could contact you. Would that be possible?

is my email. Feel free to write and I will answer you!

Take care

Wölfersheim, Germany

#158 Sep 16, 2013
Soso wrote:
I am saying the unknown could involve other reasons.
The thing is think about how long it has been? Second someone knows something and there not saying just like in the past.. The detail surrounded the case like the 3 different failed polygraphs. The odd behavior and why would the glasses be addressed to the step father? I have been reading all over the internet and there are no leads besides here say..

Im not sure what forum it was but someone wrote and it really left me with chills was saying she was some how placed under the new high school at tupelo. Now there are hundreds of thoughts that have went through my mind even the creek behind her house why was this not searched first? I mean no one knows what is out there this is the sad thing.

I also read that there had been a body found in a river some where and they were going to check the dna but nothing ever was released about this. Im not sure but I think it was not to far away from Tupelo.

SoSo, your right it has felt all this time as if they have let this case go and that pisses me off beyond anything.. The time keeps ticking and there is nothing just like the past years and this is just disgraceful not only to the police department but also the family because it is very important that they finally can come to closure or to at least find out what really happened

Shannon, MS

#159 Sep 16, 2013
I have been watching a new show called Cold Justice. At the end of the latest episode they had contact info to submit info on unsolved cold cases....I think this is a perfect case. When I first heard about the girls who were found not to long ago that had been held hostage for so many years.the first thing I thought about was Leigh Occhi and what if... This case needs exposure and closure.I can not imagine the pain Mr. Occhi has felt and still feels.. If I remember right..I think someone closely involved with the case has to submit...maybe if EVERYONE wrote them then they would get involved..

Tupelo, MS

#160 Sep 18, 2013
Does anyone know if, there is a chance, just maybe the TPD would let a group of honestly concerned civilians work on a cold case such as this one? Not for monetary purposes, but just for the simple fact of solving a crime that should have been many years ago. Helping a family and a community have answers they have longed for, for all these years now.

Tupelo, MS

#161 Sep 18, 2013
You are free to anything that is not against the law.

Ridgeland, MS

#162 Sep 25, 2013
jenni wrote:
Sounds like you know Bart Aguirre pretty well???
Well enough to know to the secrets it takes to become chief.

Memphis, TN

#163 Sep 25, 2013
Just saw where Bart Aguirre is going to be the new head honcho at Tupelo PD. Guess nothing will ever get done now.
wendy nixon

King George, VA

#164 Oct 11, 2013
prductoftupelo wrote:
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Who is her step-father???
barney yarborough hes deceased

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