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Click here to visit our sponsor Family posts reward for info on missing math whiz
August 21, 2006

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    EDMONTON — The family of a missing University of Toronto math whiz says it hopes to drum up more leads in the case by offering a $5,000 reward.

    Robert Barrington Leigh, 20, hasn’t been seen since 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 5 when he left his family’s home in Edmonton on his bicycle to meet some friends at a folk music festival.

    More than 100 volunteers spent the past week combing the North Saskatchewan River valley in the city for clues, but haven’t turned up anything and police have called off their search.

    Family say it would be out of character for him to run away.

    “We just want to put some pressure on people who know something but haven’t come forward yet,” said Christopher Barrington Leigh, Robert’s older brother, about why the reward is being offered.

    Barrington Leigh’s last contact was a text message sent to his girlfriend, Lucy Zhang.

    Telus and police confirmed yesterday that message bounced off a cellphone tower in the river valley at 11:34 p.m. on the night of Barrington Leigh’s disappearance.

    Barrington Leigh, who family say has won awards in several international mathematics, physics, and computer programming competitions, was home in Edmonton for a summer visit.

    Chris Barrington Leigh, 32, said Saturday there’s a growing possibility that his younger brother is on a self-imposed “math retreat” and doesn’t want to be found right now.

    He suggested his brother might be too embarrassed to come back because people have made such a fuss trying to find him.

    Still, he said his brother was a “happy man with a spectacular future.”

    Zhang, meanwhile, said her boyfriend of a few months rarely gets stressed out and is fairly laid back.


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Incorrect Missing Date - 2006-08-22 06:37:41 - Robert Barrington Leigh has been missing since August 13, 2006 NOT August 5...
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