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Title: Lisa Leckie, 25 years, March 24, 2009
Post by: me on April 14, 2009, 10:47:33 AM
I was reading an article on the search for Tori and spotted this unsolved murder.  I will try to find out more.


POLICE: There are no suspects in custody yet in Lisa Leckie's death
Mom's death uneasy mystery
Joe Belanger
London Free Press
  April 9, 2009   

Nothing much appears different at 390 Southdale Rd.

 
Tenants and visitors come and go, some pushing children in strollers or carrying them in car seats.

But beneath the apparent calm and routine lies a mystery and an uneasiness among many of those coming and going.

"It is unsettling," said 26-year-old Natasha as she pushed a stroller with her year-old son inside falling asleep.

"Absolutely, it's disturbing. She had a young child just like me."

The uneasiness is the mystery that surrounds the death of a 25-year-old mother of two, Lisa Leckie, whose body was found in her third-floor apartment when her partner, Derek Stacey, returned from work about 7 a.m. on March 24.

Their eight-month-old son was found unharmed in his crib.

How did she die? Was it a random act? Is there a killer on the loose? These are some of the questions people are asking.

Police have released few details, either declining to disclose information they say could compromise the investigation, or unable to answer questions they haven't answered themselves.

But Det.-Supt. Ken Heslop said the public shouldn't be alarmed.

"If we had any public safety concerns, we'd have announced them," said Heslop, assuaging the public's concern about a killer on the loose.

"It is a difficult investigation, especially when you don't have a suspect in custody," said Heslop, adding police still hope someone will come forward with information to help investigators.

"I can't get into the evidence, and during an investigation you have to be careful not to compromise the investigation by having too much information out there."

Regardless, the silence surrounding the investigation into Leckie's slaying has unnerved her neighbours.

At least one man said he and his wife might move.

"We'll probably move," said the man, who didn't give his name. "It's an odd thing to happen and there's no information about what happened."

The man said he rarely spoke to Leckie, though he knew her by sight.

Meanwhile, Leckie's grandfather, Paul McCullough, 70, was devastated by her death and searching for his own answers in a recent interview.

"She was my pet, my angel, and she got along well with everybody," said McCullough.

"I can't understand who'd hurt her like that. It's unbelievable. Why? Why would someone do that?"

Police ask anyone with information about Leckie's death to contact them at 519-661-5670, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, or online at www.londoncrimestoppers.com (see link).

Joe Belanger is a Free Press crime reporter.




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Title: Re: Lisa Leckie, 25 years, March 24, 2009
Post by: Chris on April 14, 2009, 05:34:42 PM
Hmmm. I think this one will be an easy one to solve. No random murderer is going to choose a 3rd floor apartment. It was someone who knew her.
Title: Re: Lisa Leckie, 25 years, March 24, 2009
Post by: lostlinganer on April 14, 2009, 05:59:50 PM
again; I pray the ongoing heartbreak over Tori will rekindle a conscience in this area.
Title: Re: Lisa Leckie, 25 years, March 24, 2009
Post by: wantedwanted on July 05, 2010, 08:14:00 PM
Here is an article that reveals a bit more about Lisa Leckie and the circumstances of her death, including the cause of death - she was asphyxiated. Seems like police might be close to solving this one, but just need that one bit of evidence to be able to develop a case.

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London Free Press (Ontario)

March 24, 2010 Wednesday
FINAL EDITION

One year later, kin still seek answers;
LISA LECKIE SLAYING
BY JOE BELANGER

In their eyes, you can see the pain.

In their words, you can hear the anger and frustration.

It's been one year -- 365 days and counting -- since the body of Lisa Johnson (Leckie) was found in her third-floor London apartment on Southdale Rd. when her common-law husband, Derek Stacey, arrived home from work.

She'd been murdered, asphyxiated. She was 25, a mother of two children, including infant Rain, now 18 months, and Sean, now 9, who lives with his father, Johnson's first husband, Phil Leckie.

Police have released little information about the case, but the investigation remains active.

The search for answers, for some form of closure, clearly haunts Johnson's mother, Cheryl McCullough, her sister, Cera Leblanc, and sister-in-law Tanya Babin, who say they're determined not to let the world forget about the case.

"There's got to be somebody who knows something, who heard something," said McCullough.

"She needs not to be forgotten. She needs to be remembered. We need answers and to see whoever did this is in jail. I'm urging whoever did this to just come forward and give us peace of mind. It's all the unknown, the uncertainty that . . ."

McCullough and other members of Johnson's family expressed frustration with police and the slow pace of the investigation, worried it'll go cold and never be solved.

But Det. Sgt. Paul Waight of the major crimes unit said he remains confident.

"We're still very actively working on it," said Waight, adding they're awaiting results of more forensic tests.

"It's a solvable case. We will get to the bottom of it. We're working diligently and actively to resolve it."

But if police have theories or suspects, they're not saying, leaving the case a mystery.

Bridget Johnson, Lisa's half-sister and a student at Fanshawe College, says she too wants answers.

"I have faith in the London police," said Johnson. "I know it takes time and we have to let them do their work. But I know it's hard not getting caught up in the questions and the need to see someone is held accountable for their actions."

All who knew Johnson described her as a warm, giving, outgoing, hard-working and devoted mother.

Johnson, McCullough, Leblanc and Babin all have theories about what happened to their daughter and sister.

"I think it was someone very strong, who may have had a partner," said Johnson. "Lisa was a tough girl. She could hold her own."

In an e-mail, Babin directed her words at Johnson's killer: "We believe she knew you and you took advantage of that. We believe this was not a random act or a crime of passion. We know that you fully knew and intended to do what you did and now you can never take it back and for that you must pay for your crime."

Babin also said she believes police are doing all they can "to bring justice for Lisa."

"But something is missing that is preventing the closure we all greatly need, and I'm urging anyone to come forward with any information. You never know, but the smallest piece of information could make an arrest possible," said Babin.

"You (the killer) have sentenced us all to a life of misery and left my two little nephews in this cold world without their mommy to love, guide and protect them. How would you feel if this was your mother or wife or daughter?"

Cera Leblanc said she's convinced the killer was someone who knew Lisa.

"She was a very, very safe person," said Leblanc.

"She was a very cautious person. She wouldn't open her door to a stranger. This was someone's mother, someone's daughter, sister and friend. Her death has affected so many in so many ways."

"I still can't believe someone could do this to her. I've never met anyone who was an enemy to her, ever."
Title: Re: Lisa Leckie, 25 years, March 24, 2009
Post by: wantedwanted on July 05, 2010, 08:58:55 PM
The London Police Service updated their website June 10 this year with new information & a security camera image of a possible witness. Here is the text from the release, with a link to the release & image  at the end:

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The London Police Service continues to investigate the murder of Lisa Leckie which occurred in the evening of March 23, 2009 or early morning hours of March 24, 2009 at 390 Southdale Road E, London.

The Major Crime Section is requesting the public's assistance in identifying an individual who was seen in the area of 390 Southdale Road E at the approximate time of the murder of Lisa Leckie. Police would like to speak to this male as a possible witness. This male is described as approximately 5'10 and approximately 200 lbs. Anyone who has any information regarding the identity of this male, or any information in relation to the murder of Lisa Leckie, is asked to call the London Police Service at 519-661-5670 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. Below is a still photo of the possible witness.
The London Police Service continues to investigate the murder of Lisa Leckie which occurred in the evening of March 23, 2009 or early morning hours of March 24, 2009 at 390 Southdale Road E, London.

The Major Crime Section is requesting the public's assistance in identifying an individual who was seen in the area of 390 Southdale Road E at the approximate time of the murder of Lisa Leckie. Police would like to speak to this male as a possible witness. This male is described as approximately 5'10 and approximately 200 lbs. Anyone who has any information regarding the identity of this male, or any information in relation to the murder of Lisa Leckie, is asked to call the London Police Service at 519-661-5670 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. Below is a still photo of the possible witness.
http://www.police.london.ca/d.aspx?s=/Newsroom/2010211.htm
Title: Re: Lisa Leckie, 25 years, March 24, 2009
Post by: Concerned on December 03, 2010, 11:31:42 PM
London Crime Stoppers had posted media releases:

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The London Police Service continues to investigate the murder of Lisa Leckie which occurred in the evening of March 23, 2009 or early morning hours of March 24, 2009 at 390 Southdale Road E, London.

The Major Crime Section is requesting the public's assistance in identifying an individual who was seen in the area of 390 Southdale Road E at the approximate time of the murder of Lisa Leckie. Police would like to speak to this male as a possible witness. This male is described
as approximately 5'10 and approximately 200 lbs. Anyone who has any information regarding the identity of this male, or any information in relation to the murder of Lisa Leckie, is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. You can also provide your tips online at www.londoncrimestoppers (http://www.londoncrimestoppers)

Posted on:
June 20-26, 2010
July 18-24, 2010
Title: Re: Lisa Leckie, 25 years, March 24, 2009
Post by: jobo on February 13, 2012, 04:51:50 AM
None of the links work with still photos of the witness.  Is there any way another picture can be provided?  This witness needs to be found.  That is a pretty big guy:  5'10" and 200 lbs. 
Do the Cops figure he got in through the apartment door?  It was a third floor apartment, correct?  Is it possible to do it easily?  Some Perps can do it with Credit Cards.  If this murder happened in the middle of the night and hubby was working....it is hard to believe that Lisa would answer the door UNLess she knew the person. 
 The police said If they had public concerns they would have released them, which points me in the direction of looking for someone who targeted Lisa.  Someone who knew her live-in was working nights and she'd be alone.
But Why? 
Title: Re: Lisa Leckie, 25 years, March 24, 2009
Post by: Matty_46 on October 08, 2012, 09:24:18 PM
I was just at 390 Southdale Rd and took a look around, this is not a secure building at all. The doors leading outside from the stairs can be breached if not closed correctly by the last person exiting. They have a push latch on the inside and no handle at all on the outside. Im fairly sure they have a lobby watch channel/security camera for the main landing, and I would also think the underground garage but thats it, nothing on any stairwell exit.  Also I was told that the main door is on and off and doesnt work some times, and people often hold the door open for people behind them anyways. I cant believe its been over 3 years now with little news or anything, so few details from the start, someones gotta know something.
Title: Re: Lisa Leckie, 25 years, March 24, 2009
Post by: sbeekman on March 24, 2013, 12:17:34 AM
Its been 4 years since Lisa was murdered and still no answers. She was a very safe person and would never open the door for someone she didnt know. She was even known for keeping her doors locked in the middle of the day. I just hope that someone will come through with some sort of information. The tiniest piece of information could peace to her family.
Title: Re: Lisa Leckie, 25 years, March 24, 2009
Post by: leonagleant on March 24, 2013, 05:25:34 PM
Unfortunate the suspect or so-called "witness" in the videotape could not be identified. How many people would be out in the early hours of the morning and caught on videotape around the building? I hope that as may locals as possible viewed that videotape at the time or can obtain it to view again in order to indentify this person.

Is there any evidence how the murderer got into the aparment or was there no sign of forced entry?
Title: Re: Lisa Leckie, 25 years, March 24, 2009
Post by: chickapey on May 22, 2013, 05:27:58 AM
http://www.lfpress.com/2013/05/21/london-police-publish-list-of-10-unsolved-murders (http://www.lfpress.com/2013/05/21/london-police-publish-list-of-10-unsolved-murders)
Title: Re: Lisa Leckie, 25 years, March 24, 2009
Post by: Have faith on May 22, 2013, 09:57:27 AM
Thanks Chickapey.  Here is the link to the London Police website for Lisa.

http://police.city.london.on.ca/d.aspx?s=/Newsroom/Unsolved_Crimes/Murder_Lisa_Leckie.htm (http://police.city.london.on.ca/d.aspx?s=/Newsroom/Unsolved_Crimes/Murder_Lisa_Leckie.htm)
Title: Re: Lisa Leckie, 25 years, March 24, 2009
Post by: debbiec on May 22, 2013, 10:02:46 AM
Lisa Leckie (Johnson) is pictured below

click to enlarge picture
Title: Re: Lisa Leckie, 25 years, March 24, 2009
Post by: sl2013 on August 22, 2013, 10:25:39 AM
Hi, uh...

Kinda awkward to mention, but I'm actually a friend of Lisa.

London Police just aren't in-depth enough, I think.  I'm always asking Dereck (can I even spell his name? ._.') about details, but nothing ever comes up. They don't tell us anything.

It's now been almost 4.5 years. The case is out cold.

It's been harsh to move on, Lisa was a great member of the family.

Lisa was smart, and yet there was no b&e (break & enter) signs.

I dunno. There were a few people in the apartment building who just wouldn't become friends with Lisa due to grudges unbeknownst to me. Did the LP overlook this?  I don't think so, but if the individual passing by wasn't him, then it is likely someone else, maybe with a key, was the guy?
Title: Re: Lisa Leckie, 25 years, March 24, 2009
Post by: soccermom on August 22, 2013, 08:20:46 PM
Maybe if we knew more about Lisa we could offer more insight. Was she an online gamer? What was the issue with neighbours? Did she have problems at work? Jealous ex? Was it her habit to lock her door when she was home alone, or did she tend to walk in and not bother? Who knew her habits? Was she into drugs? (Please note: I don't ask that with ANY judgement or ANY assumptions about the beautiful person I'm sure Lisa was. Just trying to figure out if she might unknowingly or innocently or unintentionally got linked in with unsavoury folk.) I am sure LE has been asking these questions. But 0 answers? After so much time? Other women were attacked and murdered in their homes whose cases remain unsolved.  Sonia Varaschin (Orangeville) in summer 2010 and Audrey Gleave in (Hamilton) Dec. 2010. I'm not suggesting these cases are linked. But I hope both individual and possibly wider contexts have been investigated in Lisa's case.
Title: Re: Lisa Leckie, 25 years, March 24, 2009
Post by: sl2013 on August 22, 2013, 08:53:03 PM
Almost never online gamed, never knew of the neighbor troubles (of which she had few), no drugs, tended VERY often to lock (I would visit, go to get something and she gave me a key), ex was not jealous, did I miss anything? Oh, only good friends, family, neighbors, and God knew her habits.

EDIT: Dereck and Lisa both used FB but only Dereck played World of Warcraft. He's really into that stuff (but has obviously moved on, he's not addicted).

EDIT 2: She was a stay-home mom. It is true 390 SD isn't great on security. I'm suprised they didn't buff it up after this. 1/6 times the door wouldn't even close all the way.  ???
Title: Re: Lisa Leckie, 25 years, March 24, 2009
Post by: leonagleant on August 22, 2013, 09:08:45 PM
Very disturbing that police would tell the public not to worry about a killer at large and pubic safety and yet make no arrest in 4.5 years ! Doesn't add up. When police say that we can only assume they thought it was an "inside job". What else can they possibly mean?
Title: Re: Lisa Leckie, 25 years, March 24, 2009
Post by: sl2013 on August 29, 2013, 09:39:27 AM
None of the links work with still photos of the witness.  Is there any way another picture can be provided?  This witness needs to be found.  That is a pretty big guy:  5'10" and 200 lbs. 
Do the Cops figure he got in through the apartment door?  It was a third floor apartment, correct?  Is it possible to do it easily?  Some Perps can do it with Credit Cards.  If this murder happened in the middle of the night and hubby was working....it is hard to believe that Lisa would answer the door UNLess she knew the person. 
 The police said If they had public concerns they would have released them, which points me in the direction of looking for someone who targeted Lisa.  Someone who knew her live-in was working nights and she'd be alone.
But Why?

Here's the link I found: http://www.easy101.com/news/latest/2507-lisa-leckie-murder-investigation.html (http://www.easy101.com/news/latest/2507-lisa-leckie-murder-investigation.html)
Title: Re: Lisa Leckie, 25 years, March 24, 2009
Post by: mysisterskeeper on October 10, 2013, 07:51:52 PM
Ummm kinda awkward to mention but your Lisas friend?! Are you kidding me? IF You were MY sisters friend, why is it awkward??!!! Derek is an amazing man, and he would have NEVER ever brought harm to Lisa. She was not a drug addict and she did not speak nor associate with a dangerous crowd. She was an amazing woman my best friend as I grew up. Lisa was my hero growing up, for the first 17 years of my life she was my biggest support. She was loving, caring smart a devoted mother and always smiling!!!! Who ever killed my sister shouldn't be on this planet they don't deserve to be, because of how purely evil they are Lisa is gone forever!! How will her babies feel?? Growing up without their mommy?? Lisas life was stolen from them and everyone else!! Almost five years and no answers, no anything!  And here's **** like this all over the Internet, our mom sees this stuff!! If everyone truly cares and wants to help, do something!! Don't just talk about her when you need something to do.... Share the video of the suspect here now there, bring up her memory help us fight against the fading memory. Lisa was a childhood cancer survivor, she never was a party girl, worked hard at all of her jobs, was a source of emotional support for all she crossed paths with. She deserved to LIVE. Please remember people, the family of the political discussed on line might stumble upon these posts, and they're hard to handle. My sister is gone.... With out rhyme or reason, yous can't solve it I understand but discussing it online here isn't helping, you want to help keep her memory alive and try to bring her killer to justice. Please share the video and pictures of the person wanted by the police to speak too, it might make a difference!!
Title: Re: Lisa Leckie, 25 years, March 24, 2009
Post by: Have faith on October 11, 2013, 07:07:49 AM
London Free Press video of man seen outside of Lisa's apartment building, 390 Southdale Rd., late at night on March 23/09.



http://www.lfpress.com/news/london/2010/06/09/14318766.html (http://www.lfpress.com/news/london/2010/06/09/14318766.html)


London Police Service media report.  No photo is attached to this report for some reason.


http://www.police.london.ca/Newsroom/PDFs/Leckie_Media_Release_5_09-31563.pdf (http://www.police.london.ca/Newsroom/PDFs/Leckie_Media_Release_5_09-31563.pdf)

Title: Re: Lisa Leckie, 25 years, March 24, 2009
Post by: jobo on October 11, 2013, 07:24:05 AM
The London Police need to get their asses in gear.  How many UNsolved is there in London?  Too many. 

Still no good pics of the suspect, but they need to look close to(Lisa's) home for him.   Possibly someone who is a Peeping Tom (although the news releases do not say sexual assault). 
I realize Lisa was on the third floor, but he still may have noticed her in the past, and watched.

Perhaps, mysisterskeeper, you could add some links?  The video didn't work, but thanks, Have Faith.
Title: Re: Lisa Leckie, 25 years, March 24, 2009
Post by: Have faith on October 11, 2013, 07:30:03 AM
Jobo--the video works for me.  Anybody else have problems with it?
Title: Re: Lisa Leckie, 25 years, March 24, 2009
Post by: SAP on October 11, 2013, 11:20:42 AM
I found the video takes awhile to begin but it does eventually. Unless the dress and walk remind someone of who this person could be, it's like a needle in a haystack search. He could be any male between late teens to 20's or 30's, yet could it be impossible the man didn't see this video? I am astounded that an innocent person would see this and not contact police just to put the theory to rest even. On the other hand, he doesn't walk like a person who just committed a heinous crime, either.  :(
Title: Re: Lisa Leckie, 25 years, March 24, 2009
Post by: jellybean on October 11, 2013, 12:41:03 PM
I noticed his walk as well SAP. He is walking steadily, does not appear to be in any hurry.  Does he have earphones on his head?  Since this is in black and white, it is difficult to tell, but I think this person is brown skinned.

Cops do this all the time.  Holding back from the public, until a year or two has elapsed, then desperation on their part sets in.  By doing this, people's memories fade, people move away - etc.

They give the usual reason "This is an ongoing investigation, and we must protect it's integrity.  At times, the integrity is so protected, that it goes unsolved.
Four years and nothing!!

I think they are barking up the wrong tree, with this video. 
Probably just an ordinary passerby, who wouldn't even recognize himself in this video.

jb
Title: Re: Lisa Leckie, 25 years, March 24, 2009
Post by: SAP on October 11, 2013, 02:38:00 PM
Could just be a passer by JB. However perhaps he was seen exiting the apartment building and may possibly have heard unusual noises or a struggle, but like you say, we won't hear that.
I know I could not be certain of anyone as he shows in the video in black and white. I can't even distinguish color of skin. I think the only way a person could saunter so casually if they committed a crime would be if they were a career criminal imo.
I believe that they need new eyes to look at the evidence collected in the apartment and the autopsy reports etc. Something hit me from what Bestcho said in another thread. "Don't go looking for something specific, rather let the eivdence there lead you". I have to wonder what police thought as soon as they saw Lisa ... were their first thoughts on those closest to her? If so, tunnel vision already set in imo. I know family may want to have the same LE officers they are used to in most cases, however I am beginning to think b/c of all the failures to convict, that new eyes on the scene would be a greater benefit to the case. Just my humble opinion of course.
Title: Re: Lisa Leckie, 25 years, March 24, 2009
Post by: chickapey on October 12, 2013, 08:25:55 AM
I've always wondered if this was a case of either someone going to the wrong apartment with an issue or looking for a previous tenant. Turn over in most apartments is pretty rapid so could the killer have been looking for someone else and didn't want to be identified? Similar to when Charles Manson sent his followers to Sharon Tate's home because it had been where he thought Terry Melcher lived. I wonder if the police contacted any former renters?
Title: Re: Lisa Leckie, 25 years, March 24, 2009
Post by: SAP on October 12, 2013, 09:00:41 AM
Chickapey, I like that idea. I hope police did do just that for the reasons you stated. There are examples of people getting the wrong house/apt ... a case in Sask comes to mind where a young Phillipina mom was shot as she answered a knock on the door. The assailants went to the wrong house, meanwhile the mom's relatives had to beat down stories that she was somehow involved in drug dealing until the suspects were caught and the truth was known. Just an example how fast things can go south.

Imo it's worth a shot to talk to the police. Most landlords would still have some records of their renters I would hope.
Title: Re: Lisa Leckie, 25 years, March 24, 2009
Post by: chickapey on October 12, 2013, 04:21:27 PM
Just an idea. Anything is a possibility. Wrong floor, wrong apartment, tenants moved out. Once whoever it was knocked on the door and she saw them, she could identify them.
From anything I've heard about her, she was a wonderful person and if the police start focusing on where she was living or anyone who happened to have a "high risk lifestyle" (although she didn't)  don't think they focus quite as hard. It's too bad after a certain amount of time or in some circumstances they can't be either legislated to get help from RCMP or FBI or use them as a resource.
Title: Re: Lisa Leckie, 25 years, March 24, 2009
Post by: SAP on October 12, 2013, 05:48:13 PM
I am under the impression that business records are kept or should be kept for a 5 yr period in case of audit of the business by government. So that's why I think police could still access records of previous tenants in that building. There's less than a year left if the apt owner still has the records, that polce could access and look into backgrounds of persons who lived there before.

Chickapey, even a thought is valid.  :)
Title: Re: Lisa Leckie, 25 years, March 24, 2009
Post by: me on October 14, 2013, 07:56:48 PM
7 years records mandatory for Revenue Canada unless you seek permission to destroy early.  That being said, lots of businesses don't bother, gambling on the fact that Rev Can can't audit everyone.
Title: Re: Lisa Leckie, 25 years, March 24, 2009
Post by: SAP on October 14, 2013, 11:28:43 PM
Thank you "Me". That is even better yet, 7 years.
Title: Re: Lisa Leckie, 25 years, March 24, 2009
Post by: Sunshine31 on March 26, 2015, 07:02:58 AM
http://www.lfpress.com/2015/03/25/london-police-continue-to-probe-the-mystery-surrounding-the-death-of-lisa-johnson-leckie



COLD CASE
London police continue to probe the mystery surrounding the death of Lisa Johnson-Leckie 0   

By Jane Sims, The London Free Press

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 10:44:37 EDT PM
Lisa Johnson-Leckie was just 25 when her body was found in a Southdale Rd. apartment on March 24, 2009. The police probe of her death is still open.

Lisa Johnson-Leckie’s grandfather says he’s running out of time.

At 76, Paul McCullough fears he’ll never know who’s responsible for the death of his granddaughter six years ago this week.

“I’d like to find out something,” the London man said Wednesday. “I just don’t know what to do, where to go.”

He paused. His voice broke.

“I can’t even talk about it,” he said.

On March 24, 2009, Johnson-Leckie, 25, was found dead in her third-floor Southdale Rd. apartment by her common-law husband when he returned home from work after a night shift. Her nine-month-old son, Rain, was safe in his crib.

Her death was ruled a homicide.

She was a happy, loving mother to her baby and nine-year-old son, Sean, from her previous marriage.

Every year since her death, her grandfather has placed a memorial in the newspaper, hoping to keep the young mom’s memory alive.

“She wouldn’t hurt a soul . . . She was just a sweet girl. That’s why it’s so hard,” McCullough said.

London police continue to probe the mystery surrounding Johnson-Leckie’s death and share the frustrations of family members who anxiously wait for the case to be closed.

Det. Trish McIntyre keeps Johnson-Leckie’s photo on her bulletin board at her desk. Recently, she re-submitted detention orders to the court for property and evidence seized in the case — a requirement in open cases where there hasn’t been an arrest.

“This case is incredibly sad — a great mom, a great person, very much well-loved by her family and well respected,” McIntyre said.

There’s a determination to solve it and a belief that it will be. “It’s not forgotten,” McIntyre said. “We continue to push forward.”

New leads and information that won’t jeopardize the investigation are shared with immediate family. Police are always open for leads.

But the waiting is difficult. Johnson-Leckie’s mother, Cheryl McCullough, helps maintain Facebook pages in her daughter’s memory and recently helped sell hoodies and sweatshirts carrying a message “Not Knowing is the Real Nightmare” to remind people the case is unsolved.

She calls the time since her daughter’s death “living hell.”

“Nothing is unsolvable. You can’t go around invisible for your life. Somebody has got to slip up at some point,” she said.

“All you can do is keep asking questions and keep putting it out there,” she said,

Johnson-Leckie’s father, Larry Johnson, is supportive of police efforts to find his daughter’s killer.

“They are going to make an arrest,” he said assuredly.

From the get-go, Johnson said, he was told by police they would not make an arrest unless they were sure there was enough evidence for a conviction.

While the waiting has been difficult, “the hardest part would be going through a trial and them not being convicted.“

Clearly, he said, the family hasn’t been privy to everything the police know. Until then, the death of the young mom with the sweet smile remains on the unsolved case list.

jane.sims@sunmedia.ca