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Man’s Disappearance Mystery To Family, Police

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By Meghann M. Cuniff From The Spokesman-Review: The Spokesman-ReviewThe mystery of the man's disappearance began with what his fiancée described as a bizarre ending to a phone call.

Leighton Welch, 35, was walking in Spokane and talking on his cellphone to Michonda Weaver, his girlfriend of nearly four years. Weaver said he described a steep cliff, then said he'd been spooked by a pit bull in the area.

Then, a crash and a scream before the phone went dead.

That was March 28th.

Weaver has not heard from Welch since. No one else has either, she said, and his family is frantic. Weaver knows what people probably think – that the father of two of her young children staged his disappearance.

But why would he leave everything he owned behind, even his car and cigarettes, she asks. Although troubled by a recent child abuse allegation, which Weaver said was unfounded, why would he leave his family with nothing when he was on track to begin his final quarter at Spokane Falls Community College? If he wanted to kill himself, why has no one found his body after 10 days?

Those are all questions Spokane police are trying to answer.

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