Police Seek Other Potential Victims Of Kidnapping Suspect

December 30, 2009|By Julie Scharper | Julie Scharper,julie.scharper@baltsun.com

SALISBURY - -Authorities are seeking at least two other potential victims of the man charged with kidnapping an 11-year-old Salisbury girl whose body was found on Christmas Day, the Wicomico County state's attorney said.

"I have reason to believe there are other victims out there who have not come forward before," said State's Attorney Davis Ruark, adding that authorities have received information about potential adult victims.

Thomas J. Leggs Jr, 30, is being held without bond in the disappearance of Sarah Haley Foxwell, his former girlfriend's niece, who was seen leaving her bedroom with him last week, according to court documents.

Authorities have charged Leggs with kidnapping and burglary, and they say they plan to bring further charges.

Sarah's death has been ruled a homicide. An autopsy has found that she died of multiple injuries.

Leggs has a record of sexual offenses stretching back to age 18, when he was convicted of a sexual offense involving a 12-year-old. He was put on Maryland's sex offender registry for that case.

Leggs, who lives in a building on his parents' property and works for his family's custom counter business, is also listed on the Delaware sex offender registry stemming from a 2000 case involving a 16-year-old girl, according to court records. He was convicted of fourth-degree rape in that incident.

A funeral service is planned for Saturday for Sarah Foxwell, who was described by relatives as a bright, vivacious child.

More than 3,000 volunteers and police joined in a massive search for her last week. A memorial with pink balloons, stuffed animals and Barbie dolls has been set up for her outside the Arthur W. Perdue Shorebirds stadium.

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