There could be a break in the case of an Ark-La-Tex man now missing for three months. It now appears the man may have stopped taking his psychiatric medication, eventually leading him to simply walk away from home. And it's believed he's still walking right now.
By all accounts, 56-year old Leandre Ware is a kind, friendly, neighbor who, about 6-months ago, decided to stop taking medication for his psychiatric condition. And by mid-September, Shreveport Police and those who know him fear he may have just walked away from home. Detective David Gardner told us, "We definitely need people's help in finding this individual just to make sure he's okay."
Det. Gardner says one of Ware's former classmates just called with a potential tip. "A classmate was riding with a group of motorcycle guys on the interstate and somewhere around Canton, around the onramp, they seen a guy walking in military fatigues with a duffel bag and they said they could actually describe that was him, it looked to be the same person."
If Ware is walking somewhere that would not come as a surprise to his friends and neighbors at the north Shreveport apartment complex that he's called home for years. Shemkia Johnson has known Ware for the last four years and said of Ware walking: "Always! He'll walk anywhere (laugh). Like, that's just something about him. He'll walk anywhere."
In fact, according to a neighbor that knows Ware well, the phrase 'walking anywhere' is no exaggeration. "He walked from Tacoma, Washington to California one time," recalled Alondra Bryant. She says Ware completely changed from his normally, friendly even outgoing personality once he stopped taking his medicine. "He don't speak to us, he pretend like he don't know us. He's very fearful of me. I tried to help him one time at the bus stop and he was very fearful of me."
If anyone has information regarding the whereabouts of Leandre Ware, they are asked to call Shreveport/Caddo Parish Crime Stoppers at (318) 673-7373.