Is this the case of a Long Beach party gone wrong?

In October of 2017, Long Beach, California resident Zachary Kennedy went missing. His boyfriend of over four years, John Hill, initially did not think it was strange since he had a habit of lagging on plans last minute. But after five days of not hearing from Kennedy, his boyfriend went to the police and the search began.

Kennedy’s father, Jeff, told NBC News that changing or dropping plans abruptly was not uncharacteristic of his son:

He’d make a plan, then not follow through with the plan. But you’d definitely run into him [or hear from him] two or three days later. So, [John] wasn’t really concerned the first couple of days. But then when it hit [October 28], he filed a missing person’s report.

The night he was last heard from, Kennedy’s boyfriend was going to pick him up after he informed him he was going to a friend’s house before dinner. He never heard back from him.

Reportedly, Hill reached out to the friend who Kennedy was visiting and he said he had left before the night was done and claimed he was going to another friend’s house, but it cannot be confirmed if this is actually occurred.

No more activity was done on Kennedy’s phone after midnight on October 22, 2017.

Flyers with the 31-year-old man’s face went up around Long Beach, especially in the neighborhood of a home where Kennedy was last seen on 500 block of W. 8th Street near Magnolia—a place that neighbors say was a watering hole for sex parties and heavy drug use.


Just days ago, the FBI raided the home for a third time with an order to start digging in the backyard. Here is where they found a body buried and the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office took possession of the remains for further investigation.

The home’s neighbor told Long Beach Local News:

There was flyers and stuff on the telephone poles all around the neighborhood months before about a missing guy, who got missing—who was over there visiting and—

He had a lot of sex parties and stuff like that—he was a weird guy—and he was over there missing and there was like papers and stuff looking for him and it was all over the neighborhood and we didn’t think anything about it until of course the FBI came and they were there raiding the house the first time. They came back and raided the second time and never found anything. The third time they actually found a body.

From my bathroom window, like I said, you can see a lot. He has his living room wide open for us so we see—like over the years we saw sex parties, drug parties, you know we see them do drugs, we’ve seen them have sex, we’ve seen them do all kinds of stuff from out bathroom window we can see everything in his living room.

It was just men, all we saw was just men. Men—just looked like drug users coming in and out. He had a group of men some nights all in his living room doing various kinds of acts. We saw them shooting up drugs. We knew it was kind of some crazy stuff going on there, but we never knew—well, we kind of suspected—there was flyers of a missing guy. They were all over his house.

No word as to if the neighbors ever reported these drug parties to the authorities.

According to the Press Telegram, Kennedy moved to Long Beach from Pennsylvania about 10 years ago with only $13 in his pocket. His father, who has been actively searching for his son from afar, hopes that now that this body has been found, it would mean some closure for the family who has been worried for what could have happened to him.

No arrests have been made in connection to the case, but a single man lives in the home and neighbors claim he rarely comes out of the home.

Anyone with information in this case is urged to contact Homicide Detectives Scott Lasch and Teryl Hubert at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted through “LA Crime Stoppers” by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), downloading the “P3 Tips” app to your smart phone (available at the Apple App store and Google Play), or visiting

h/t: NBC News , Long Beach Local News, Press Telegram


18 thoughts on “Is this the case of a Long Beach party gone wrong?”

  1. The guys name is Scott Leo. I knew he had some good connection to not have at least been booked. Interestingly enough the Long Beach Police assured me personally they had thoroughly searched his house twice with dogs yet it was the FBI that found the body. Wow I went to jail for not paying a seat belt ticket but bury a human body in your backyard after going out and buying the supplies to do so while lying to the police and concern friends is more then ok in the city of Long Beach. Hell they can even keep your name from the public if you like. well SCOTT LEO SCOTT LEO SCOTT LEO.

  2. Summary of public facts:
    1.the case is with the Long Beach DA.
    2.the DA’s in Long Beach and LA work closely together

    Important notes
    1. the monster knew zach had overdosed and just put him in tub and sent pics via text to his friend lamenting the guys condition – yet didn’t call 911

    2. The monster has a sister – anyone care to guess where she workd? LA District Attorneys office?

    3. This guy lawyered up immediately and Long beach knows it’ll be a costly court fight

    4. it was just a gay guy –

    So, is the long beach DA office going to bring up a case on one of their own over a gay drug user?

    What’s most offensive is the Long Beach GLBT community who just turned their back and didnt demand answers. This whole case wreaks of favoritism and taking care of their own.

  3. Shame on all if you using

    Shame on all if you using this as a platform to look down upon and judge people. That's not what this is about . Zach Kennedy was my best friend.. . Every single day I miss him more and more. My life will forever be changed because I knew Zach. He was the most amazing, loving, giving, best friend I could have ever asked for. And now he's gone and all you can do is shame him? What  sad life you must lead if all you have time to do is wake up, come online and shame the deceased .shame on you!! !

    • I am obliged to speak up for


      I am obliged to speak up for those who are otherwise reluctant to publicly challenge hard drug use and anonymous unsafe sex and promiscuous lifestyle the drugs promote and no, I'll never get tired of speaking my mind. 

  4. How come we haven’t heard

    How come we haven't heard much about the man who lives in the house? The person who buried him? Why has he not been tried? I heard he was still free and has not been arrested. 

  5. I just spoke with one of the

    I just spoke with one of the Detectives , really nice guy.  The investigation itself is over and the info has been given to the DA and Lawyers , and all of the other people involved.  I pray that closure comes soon for Zach's family, and all that new him, those close as well as those who knew Zach from just seeing him out and about, such a cool person.  I hope that when this is over, we can all come together and celebrate his life, and allow everyone to begin healing.

  6. Why do I have little sympathy

    Why do I have little sympathy for gays who do drugs and then indulge in dangerous anonymous sex with other hardcore users?

  7. This is awfully sad,  many

    This is awfully sad,  many gay men have some serious issues with drug and alcohol that seem to be necessary in order to have sex. I’ve always thought this rather sick scenario is a product of a life of stigma, rejection and suffering, an escape called fetich. These are not pass times nor how you get it on. This kind of accepted behavior has been ironically part of many sad consequences. The price to pay is too high, sex and drugs don’t mix. 


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