After Traveling the World, Woman Goes Missing Close to Home

PHOTO: Leanne Hecht Bearden disappeared Jan. 17 while taking a walk, just weeks after returning from a round-the-world trip with her husband.
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Texas police are baffled by the disappearance of a 33-year-old woman, who after returning from a two-year trip around the world went missing near her in-laws' Texas home.

Leanne Bearden, 33, was last seen Jan. 17 when she went for a jog near her in-laws home in Garden Ridge, a suburb of San Antonio.

She and her husband Josh were visiting his parents for a few weeks after returning from a nearly two-year-long trip around the world. The pair planned to go back to their home in Denver, Colo., and look for jobs.

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"We have exhausted the area surrounding our city and we will continue to follow all leads," Garden Ridge Police Chief Donna O'Conner said.

Dale Lane of the Texas State Guard said they had searched 23 square miles for the missing woman, but had so far found nothing.

"We have no idea what has happened, we have no clues whatsoever and the police department briefed us as well and they have no clues as to where Leanne might be," Bearden's brother, Michael Hecht told ABC News.

Another search in the area on Saturday, eight days after Bearden went missing, turned up no sign of the missing woman.

"We have not given up hope of finding Leanne. Today's search only shows us that we must continue our efforts and expand our possibilities of where she may be found," the family said in a statement on Facebook. "But we will never give up on Leanne."

Bearden and her husband Josh were planning to move back to Denver to settle down after their years long trip around the world.

"He's devastated at this point as any husband would be," Hecht said of Josh Bearden. "I think he would like to take a few days to figure out what to do."

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