Police are seeking several suspects after the decomposing body of Leon Leslie Sr., 31, was discovered in his Maxboro home on Monday, with his throat slit.
Leslie was found in the sofa of his living room around 4:40 p.m. His throat had been cut and he had been stabbed multiple times in the upper body. He was completely naked, and his pants had been thrown over his head.
The terrible discovery was made by Leslie’s two children, who were returning home after spending the Easter holiday with a relative. They immediately ran to Leslie’s mother and stepfather and alerted them, after which the police were called in.
In a briefing at CIB headquarters, Supt. Hilberto Romero refused to discuss what they found when they entered the home, but told the media that preliminary investigations have revealed that Leslie was hanging out with some “questionable characters” prior to his death, and those persons are now being actively sought by Police.
The body was left in the home overnight, in a decomposing state, under police guard, and at 6:30am on Wednesday, medical examiner Dr. Mario Estradabran conducted an onsite examination.
Supt. Hilberto Romero, the head of the Crimes Investigations Branch (CIB) would not provide details of that examination, but it is believed that Leslie was killed sometime between 11 p.m. Saturday and early Sunday morning. His stepfather, Steven Staine, says that Leslie had dinner with them at around 10 p.m. Saturday, and that was the last time they saw him alive.
According to Staine, “Leslie had been having some trouble with some people in the area, but I can’t think that it would ever come to this.” He believes that the company Leslie kept is what led to his death, since the mechanic had been known to hang out with unsavory characters. Maybe somebody wanted to target those persons, says Staine, and because they couldn’t get to them, they executed Leslie instead.
There are other angles that police are investigating, including speculation that Leslie’s murder is tied to a relationship he was having with an unidentified woman, since sources say that woman’s ID card was found in the living room where his body was discovered.
Leslie leaves behind his two young children who discovered his body. His wife, Michelle Trapp, died years ago in a traffic accident on the George Price Highway.