Lianna Lefler, a 18-year-old woman from Prescott Valley, Arizona, was reported missing on April 29, 2021, after she failed to show up for work at Walmart. Her body was found on May 12, 2021, by surveyors working on a new connector road above Glassford Hill in Prescott Valley. The cause of her death is still unknown, and the police are investigating the case as a homicide. Her family and friends are devastated by the loss of a sweet, young woman, who had a bright future ahead of her.
A Disappearance That Raised Concerns
Lefler was last seen on April 28, 2021, around 10 p.m., when she left her home to go to a friend’s house. She was supposed to return home by midnight, but she never did. Her parents, Singli and Daniel Lefler, tried to contact her several times, but her phone was turned off. They reported her missing the next day, when she did not show up for work.
The Prescott Valley Police Department and the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office launched a search for Lefler, using helicopters, drones, dogs, and volunteers. They also issued a press release, asking for the public’s help to locate her. They described her as a Caucasian female, 5 feet 4 inches tall, weighing 120 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a black hoodie, blue jeans, and black shoes.
The police also released a photo of Lefler’s car, a silver 2008 Honda Civic with Arizona license plate BKM-8972. They said the car was found abandoned on April 30, 2021, near the intersection of Highway 69 and Fain Road in Prescott Valley. The car had no signs of damage or foul play, and the keys were still inside.
A Discovery That Shattered Hopes
The search for Lefler came to a tragic end on May 12, 2021, when surveyors working on a new connector road above Glassford Hill in Prescott Valley found her body. They contacted the authorities, who confirmed that the body was Lefler’s. The police said the body was located off a maintenance road near the top of the hill, in a remote and rugged area. They did not reveal the condition of the body, or how long it had been there.
The police also did not disclose the cause of Lefler’s death, saying it was still under investigation. They said they were treating the case as a homicide, and that they had not identified any suspects or persons of interest. They asked anyone with information about Lefler’s disappearance or death to contact them at 928-772-9267 or Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232.
A Legacy That Lives On
Lefler was born on March 26, 1999, in Prescott, Arizona. She graduated from Bradshaw Mountain High School in 2017, where she was a cheerleader and a member of the National Honor Society. She was enrolled at Yavapai College, where she was studying to become a nurse. She worked as a cashier at Walmart, where she was well-liked by her co-workers and customers.
Lefler was described by her family and friends as a sweet, caring, and funny person, who loved animals, music, and movies. She had a sweet giggle and gave the biggest bear hugs, according to her obituary. She is survived by her parents, seven aunts, six uncles, and many cousins, who love her.
Lefler’s death has left a void in the hearts of many, who are still struggling to cope with the loss and the mystery. They have created a Facebook page, called “Justice for Lianna Lefler”, to share memories, photos, and updates about the case. They have also organized vigils, fundraisers, and awareness campaigns, to honor Lefler’s life and to demand justice for her death.
Lefler’s case is one of the many unsolved homicides in Arizona, where the clearance rate for murder cases was 61.5% in 2019, according to the FBI. Her family and friends hope that the police will find the person or persons responsible for her death, and bring them to justice. They also hope that Lefler’s story will raise awareness about the issue of missing and murdered women, especially in the Native American community, as Lefler was of Navajo descent.
Lefler’s family and friends are asking for prayers, support, and justice, as they mourn the loss of a beloved daughter, sister, niece, cousin, and friend. They also want to keep Lefler’s memory alive, and to celebrate her life and her legacy. They say that Lefler was a beautiful soul, who touched many lives, and who will never be forgotten.