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Man denies role in wife's disappearance

Thursday, March 26, 2009

The husband of a missing Hollywood woman denies he had anything to do with her suspicious disappearance and said Wednesday he is launching his own search.

His wife, 46-year-old Lesley Herring has been missing for more than a month.

"Whatever information I can put together, bring it forward, I will do that," husband Lyle Herring said.

Lesley Herring has been missing since February 8, and her husband told police he was the last person to see her before she vanished. Lyle Herring said the two had an argument in their condominium, after which he took a nap only to wake up later and find his wife gone.

Herring attended a news conference on Tuesday with his missing wife's family and members of the Los Angeles Police Department, but did not answer questions about the argument the couple had.

He told Eyewitness News on Wednesday, "Couples have discussions about many things all at a time, you know, so it was nothing out of the ordinary."

"I enjoy the warmth of my wife, I enjoy everything about her, you know, so I just really miss her right now," he said.

Authorities said it was Lesley Herring's sister Aasha Davis who reported her missing after she failed to show up for work. Lesley Herring works in the payroll department of a company in Glendale that manufactures sprinkler alarm systems.

"The days would start, and I'd feel renewed and think we're going to figure this out, this will lead to information," Davis told ABCNews.com. "As night would creep in, I would get so sad and feel another day has passed without Lesley."

Lyle Herring has not been named a suspect in his wife's disappearance, but at the press conference on Tuesday, LAPD Det. Chris Gable called his cooperation "fragmented" and "less than helpful," and added that Herring is "not someone I would expect as a grieving husband."

Herring responded later by saying, "I don't think it was a fair overview of my character. I haven't slept. My eyes are red. I'm just totally devastated here."

Lesley Herring's family said Lyle has been evasive with them. They said he disappeared for two weeks around the time his wife vanished and later showed up with his long dreadlocks cut off.

Davis's husband, Jesse Pforzheimer, said Herring told them he had gone to Mexico to look for his wife because they were planning a vacation there and ran into some sort of gang who cut off his hair because he owed them money.

When asked directly whether Herring had anything to do with his wife's disappearance, he replied, "Absolutely not."

Anyone with information is urged to call LAPD homicide detectives at (213) 972-2915.


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