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Missing Reachelle Marie Smith
Reachelle, circa 2006; Age progression forensics photo to age 18 (circa 2020); Leigh Cowen
Missing Since 05/16/2006
Minot, North Dakota
Classification Endangered Missing
Date of Birth Used 09/10/2002 (18)
Age 3 years old
Height and Weight 3'4, 40 pounds
Medical Conditions Reachelle suffers from asthma and may be in need of medical attention.
Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian female. Light brown hair, brown eyes. Reachelle's nickname is Peanut.
Details of Disappearance Reachelle was last seen by her aunt and legal guardian, Stephanie Smith, at 10:30 p.m. on May 16, 2006. Reachelle was asleep on the couch at the time. When Stephanie woke up the next morning, the child was gone. Her roommate, Leigh Cowen, stated his mother had picked up Reachelle and would be keeping her for a few days.
A photograph of Cowen is posted with this case summary. He was very close to Reachelle and claimed to be her father, although he wasn't related to her. Stephanie believed his story, but she became concerned as days passed with no word from either Reachelle or Cowen's mother.
On May 22, Cowen apparently stole Stephanie's teal 1995 Ford van with North Dakota license plates numbered HAY 548 and disappeared. Stephanie called his mother at this time and discovered that Cowen's mother did not have Reachelle and had no idea where the child was. Stephanie reported her niece as a missing child at this time, and Cowen became the prime suspect in her disappearance.
Investigators are uncertain what happened to Reachelle, but they do not believe she is still alive. Cowen is still the only suspect in her disappearance. She is missing under suspicious circumstances and her case remains unsolved.
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