Peoria, IL Drowning, Aug 1922


Illinois Pastor Was Last Seen on Night of a Heavy Storm.

PEORIA, Ill., April 29--The body of the Rev. W. J. Leach, missing pastor of the Averyville Presbyterian Church and former newspaperman, was found today by a fisherman wedged between willows on the Illinois River.

Papers in his pocket indicated that Mr. Leach had left his home to get a newspaper feature article. There was a heavy electrical storm the night of April 2, soon after he was last seen walking away from his church.

The New York Times, New York, NY 30 Apr 1922