A man claiming to be a person of interest in the disappearance of a Midlothian woman has reached out to NBC12.
When asked by NBC12's Sarah Bloom if he had anything to do with Leyla Namiranian's disappearance, or if he killed her, the man said, "No."
41-year-old Leyla Namiranian was reported missing in early April. Namiranian's employers called police when she didn't show up to work. Investigators say there were no signs of struggle at Namiranian's home on Normandstone Drive. We're told Namiranian mostly kept to herself.
"I didn't see her that night," the man told NBC12. "I have nothing to do with it."
The man says he never lived with Namiranian, but did visit her a lot. He says they were great friends, had no problems, and would send text messages to each other regularly.
"We got along fine," the man told NBC12.
Earlier reports suggested Namiranian may have been trying to meet someone she had met online, prior to her disappearance. According to the man who contacted NBC12, his initial introduction with Namiranian was in person and not over the Internet.
That man admits to spending time at Namiranian's home, but denies living there.
Now, that man tells NBC12 he's afraid for his life and fears returning home due to the attention he's received from this investigation.
At one point, investigators searched the person of interest's apartment and car, taking some clothing from both. Those articles were sent off for forensic testing, but police couldn't say what prompted them to seize those items in the first place.
Police have found Namiranian's two cell phones, a work and personal phone, both near roads, but exactly where those phones were found, officers aren't saying. One phone was damaged, but police tell us they were able to get information from the device. Namiranian had no outgoing calls after the time she seems to have disappeared, according to police.
The man claiming to be the person of interest says detectives are also in possession of his cell phone.
Right now, Namiranian's disappearance is only being investigated as a missing persons case.
The man police are calling a person of interest hasn't been charged with any crime.
If you know anything about this case, please call Chesterfield Police.