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Reward Offered in the Mysterious Killing of Former World Bank Economist

Published: November 10, 2018
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The police and family of Johan de Leede have announced a new reward for information concerning the mysterious killing of 83-year old de Leede, a retired World Bank economist, in his Fairfax County home around 1 a.m. on March 11, 2016.

Someone shot and killed him from outside a living room window and vanished into the night.

Detectives said they have no motive or suspects.

The Wahington Post reports:

Detective John Vickery of the Fairfax County police said that he has had few other cases like it in his career and that every detective in the department has worked on it at some point.

“It is very rare that we don’t have anything,” Vickery said.

The case is all the more baffling because de Leede was living a quiet life, tending to his garden and sailing at his home on an idyllic stretch of the Potomac River on the Mason Neck Peninsula near Lorton, Va. He was surrounded by a large family.

And so it was on March 11, 2016. Johan de Leede had enjoyed a meal with his wife and houseguests that Friday night. Family members said everyone except him had gone to bed around 11:30 p.m. He had settled into a chair in his living room with a banana and a warm glass of milk, his nightly ritual. Around 1 a.m., his wife awoke to the sound of gunfire... 
At the news conference Wednesday, police added new details about the most significant lead in the case. A neighbor saw a dark-colored pickup truck — possibly a Ford F-250 — speeding down Mallard Road near the de Leedes’ home on River Road about five or six minutes after the gunshots.

Vickery said a neighbor told detectives the truck had no lights on and blew through a stop sign at Oak Grove Street. The truck then turned on Hallowing Drive and was not seen again.

-RW 

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At 1:00AM Friday morning, Johan De Leede (83), a retired World Bank economist, was killed by gunshots at his home in Mason Neck, Virginia. His wife, upstairs in the home at te time, heard a noise and went downstairs to investigate and found her husband collapsed on the floor, police said. "We have no credible evidence or leads at this point. It's a true mystery," said Fairfax County Police Chief Edwin C. Roessler Jr. "This truly is a case where we need input from the community. We want to hear about any suspicious activity."

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