Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Missing Sarah H. Foxwell's Corpse Found

Missing Sarah H. Foxwell

Missing Sarah H. Foxwell, 11, was last seen Tuesday night, December 22nd, 2009, at her home on Maryland's Eastern Shore. A relative discovered she was missing early Wednesday while checking on Sarah and her 6-year-old sister.

Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis said that Sarah's corpse was discovered at about 4 p.m. on Friday, Christmas Day, near the Delaware state line after thousands of volunteers fanned out to look for her.

Registered sex offender Thomas J. Leggs Jr., 30, has been charged in her kidnapping. A charging document says Leggs was the last person seen with Sarah. A "juvenile witness" awoke during the night Tuesday and saw Sarah leave the bedroom with "Tommy," and said he was wearing blue jeans, an orange jacket and white sneakers.


Leggs is a former boyfriend of the girl's aunt, Amy Fothergill, who is her legal guardian.

The statement of probable cause also says Fothergill noticed that Sarah's green toothbrush was missing from the home. Deputies found a green toothbrush and a lollipop in a truck Leggs admitted driving. Leggs said he had been wearing jeans and white sneakers the previous night, which happened to be the same clothes he was wearing when police questioned him.

The sheriff said Leggs has been uncooperative and "of no assistance to our investigators."

Leggs is listed on the Maryland and Delaware sex offender registries.

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