Jesse Jerome Leopold
Leopold, approximately 2016; Leopold's truck
Date reported missing : 10/13/2016
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 03/01/1993 (28)
Age at the time of disappearance: 23 years old
Height / Weight : 6'1, 185 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A blue shirt, blue jeans and no shoes.
Medical conditions : Leopold suffers from bipolar disorder, depression and anxiety and needs medication to control his conditions.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male. Brown hair, hazel eyes.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Leopold was last seen in Jewell, Iowa on October 13, 2016. He was working his shift at W&G Marketing, a meat processing plant, when he left at 6:30 p.m. before his lunch break, telling his supervisor he needed to go get his medication. He never returned to work and has never been heard from again. He left behind his street shoes, wallet, sunglasses and cigarettes.
On October 16, Leopold's truck was found on Canyon Road in Ledges State Park. It was unlocked, with the keys in the ignition, and Jesse's work boots were in the back of the truck. A photo of the truck is posted with this case summary; it's a purple Ford F-150 with Iowa license plates. It's uncharacteristic of Leopold to leave his truck like that; he always locked it. The truck had been there since at least October 15; it was issued a parking warning that day.
In the years prior to his disappearance, Leopold had been to the hospital emergency room several times, and blood tests showed he was taking drugs other than those prescribed to him. His father believes he may have been self-medicating with drugs he bought on the street.
Leopold's family believes a mental breakdown may have caused his disappearance, but there have also been rumors of foul play and possible drug involvement in his case. There has been no activity on his cellular phone or bank account since his disappearance, His family believes he's no longer alive. His case remains unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
Boone County Sheriff's Office
September 2021 updates and sources
Iowa Missing Persons Information Clearinghouse
Facebook pageheader for Jesse Leopold
Missing Persons of America
The Boone News Republican
Interactive Missing Person Search Map