Leichia M. Reilly

Reilly, circa 1985

  • Missing Since 01/31/1985
  • Missing From West Seneca, New York
  • Classification Endangered Missing
  • Sex Female
  • Race White
  • Date of Birth 10/05/1963 (56)
  • Age 21 years old
  • Height and Weight 5'5, 120 pounds
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description A black waist-length coat with red trim; a sleeveless, heavy charcoal-colored cotton jumpsuit with an elastic waist; a round-necked sweater with multiple colors, including purple; and red perforated shoes with medium heels. Carrying a red purse with a shoulder strap.
  • Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Reilly has a large scar on her left knee and moles on her chest, arms and back. She has facial freckles and her ears are pierced.

Details of Disappearance

Reilly was last seen in the early morning hours of January 31, 1985 in West Seneca, New York. She was leaving the Pierce Arrow Restaurant in the 3000 block of Seneca Street at the time and was accompanied by an off-duty New York State Trooper, Daniel Rose. Rose returned to the eatery alone approximately one hour later. Reilly has never been heard from again.

Rose missed work the day after Reilly's disappearance. When authorities questioned him about her case, he initially denied having been with Reilly, hired an attorney and refused to cooperate further. He was fired from the police force two weeks later for unknown reasons.

Rose later became the leader of the bricklayer's union. In 1998, he was charged with driving under the influence and obstructing government administration. He allegedly tried to kick an officer and threatened the officer and his family. He is considered a suspect in Reilly's case, but has never been charged in connection with it.

Reilly's father believes that his daughter was murdered after avoiding possible sexual advances on the night of her disappearance. There is no evidence to substantiate this theory, but authorities agree that foul play is likely in her case.

Reilly attended Mount Mercy Academy and Buffalo State College, and was employed as a restaurant server in 1985. She enjoys writing and art. Her case remains unsolved.

Investigating Agency

  • New York State Police
  • 716-343-2200
  • 716-759-6831
  • West Seneca Police Department
  • 716-674-2280

Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004. Last updated January 5, 2019; details of disappearance updated.