Case File Overview
On Tuesday, March 24, 2009, shortly before 7:00 am, Lisa Marie Leckie’s (Johnson) body was discovered by her common-law husband Derek Stacey after he returned home from working the nightshift.
Lisa was only 25 years old at the time of the murder.
The murder occurred in the family home located at #314 – 390 Southdale Rd East, London, Ontario.
Location of the crime scene
Lisa’s 8-month-old son, Rain, was thankfully found safe in his crib, and her other son Sean, 8 years old, was at the home of his father, Phil Leckie.
Lisa’s death was ruled a homicide by the London Police Service. It was eventually released that Leckie had been asphyxiated.
Case File Theories
Current or Former Partner Killed Lisa
Ex-husband Phil Leckie
Murdered women are often killed by people they know. While still in high school, Lisa and Phil married. They split up more than a year before Lisa’s murder, and the couple had one son together: 8-year-old Sean.
Phil rarely speaks about Lisa. However, after her murder he explained, “Me and Sean are trying to move on with our lives and it’s been really tough.” There appears to have been no hard feelings between Lisa and Phil. In fact, Phil seemed quite torn up about Lisa’s death. Phil told the media, “This is my son’s mother, and we all loved her and she was a huge part of our lives.” The police have not yet publicly cleared Phil of any involvement in Lisa’s death.
Common-law Partner Derek Stacey
There is little information out there about Derek and Lisa’s relationship. By all accounts, however, Lisa was a happy and loving young mother. I was not able to find any public statements made by Derek after Lisa’s murder. Derek did call police after discovering Lisa’s body. But as I previously mentioned, murdered women are typically killed by someone they know.
The police are playing it very close to vest in this investigation. Detective Trish McIntyre stated, “We can’t afford to have anything compromise the investigation.” For example, no time of death has been released, so it is hard to know if Derek was definitely at work at the time of Lisa’s murder. It is, though, difficult to believe he murdered his child’s mother in front of his child and then left his baby alone with Lisa’s dead body so he could pretend to stumble upon the horrific scene later. Like Phil, however, the police refuse to clear Derek in Lisa’s death.
The police recently revealed that a type-written note was found at the murder scene. The contents of the note lead them to believe Lisa was murdered by someone she knew. Although what exactly the note said is not yet being released to the public, Det. Sgt. Alex Krygsman explained the note was written on “an old ‘impact-style model’ typewriter with a fabric ribbon — something that would have been unusual even a decade ago.” The authorities hope this information could spark someone’s memory and generate a much-needed tip.
Lisa could have been murdered by a stranger. No information has been released regarding if there was forced entry into her home, if she was sexually assaulted, or if there were any signs of robbery.
In June 2010, almost 15 months after Lisa’s murder, the police released information about a “potential witness.” The witness is said to be 5’10”, about 200 pounds, and not a suspect. He was seen in the area of Lisa’s apartment the night before her body was found.
Photo of Potential Witness
Sadly, the police have not had any luck locating the mystery man and are still seeking the public’s assistance.
Who do you think murdered Lisa?
I have a feeling the police have a strong suspicion about who murdered Lisa but do not yet have enough for a conviction.
Lisa’s family has worked tirelessly to keep her case alive. For example, Lisa’s mother Cheryl McCullough even sold hoodies and sweatshirts with the message “Not Knowing is the Real Nightmare” to remind people about the case.
Cheryl heartbreakingly calls the time since her daughter’s murder a “living hell.”
Lisa’s son Sean, now a college student, has made a video appeal hoping that someone will come forward with information to help solve his mother’s murder.
The London police are not giving up on Lisa and have showcased her case on their website. Det. Sgt. Krygsman told the media the case is “open and active,” with over 300 interviews having been conducted so far.
Anyone with information about the case should contact the police at 519-661-5670 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
Lisa Leckie – London Police Service case overview
“London police continue to probe the mystery surrounding the death of Lisa Johnson-Leckie” – London Free Press article
“One year later, kin still seek answers” – London Free Press article
“London family haunted by unsolved homicide” – London Free Press article