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Laney Gwinner called one of her close friends on Dec. 10, 1997 to go out to celebrate her completion of final exams a new job promotion. Her friend Joy was unable to go because she was sick. Laney would get another young man in their circle of friends to join her at the bowling alley. Later that same afternoon Laney would call her friend Joy to tell her she was going to her boyfriends house. Witnesses say that they saw Laney on the phone and walking out of the bowling alley, but after her departure, her final moments would turn into a mystery that would forever haunt her friends and family..

Approximately a month and one day after Laney disappeared (January 11, 1998), her lifeless body was found in the Ohio river, but her 93 black Honda Del Sol (license plates AKP3607) has never been located. No items were stolen from Laney, such as her bank cards or jewelry, just her car.

Police could not confirm the cause of death, but Laney's death was ruled a homicide. Although it has been several years since Laney's disappearance and death, her friends and family still need to know what went wrong that night and who is responsible. If you or someone you know can help bring closure to this case, please come forward. Laney did not deserve to die just a heinous death. There is someone out there who knows.

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Laney Gwinner was a young woman who could brighten a room without even trying.

Tonight, her family and friends will light candles in Old Sharonville to celebrate her memory, hoping the flicker of news coverage will stir a thought in someone's memory - or, perhaps, someone's conscience.

Fairfield police began their search for 23-year-old Alana Gwinner - known to her friends as Laney - a year ago today. Her body was found Jan. 11 about 30 miles down the Ohio River from Cincinnati, near Warsaw, Ky.

Yet the black 1993 Honda Del Sol with gold trim that she prized has never been found, and police have made no arrests

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xx D. Culberson Offers Support to Gwinner Family
« Reply #1 on: Sep 20th, 2004, 10:25am »

FAIRFIELD - The disappearance of Alana Gwinner has led to dozens of calls to police and family members, including one from Debbie Culberson, the mother of Carrie Culberson.

Ms. Culberson disappeared Aug. 29, 1996. Her boyfriend, Vincent Doan, was convicted of kidnapping and killing Ms. Culberson though neither she nor her car have been seen since. Mr. Doan was sentenced in November to life in prison without parole.

The anguish felt by Ms. Gwinner's parents led Mrs. Culberson to call them.


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« Reply #2 on: Sep 20th, 2004, 10:26am »

Newport woman's death adds to mystery
By Julie Ralston, Post staff reporter


The possibility of a connection between the cases of a string of missing women appears unlikely, police say.

But some family members aren't certain what to think.

''Our investigator insists that this is local, but now I begin to wonder,'' Maggie Doherty said Sunday.

Mrs. Doherty's daughter, 17-year-old Erica Fraysure of Bracken County, was last seen in Brooksville about 9:30 p.m. Oct. 21. She prays every day for a call that Erica has been found and is safe

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« Reply #3 on: Sep 20th, 2004, 10:32am »

FAIRFIELD - Police here do not believe the deaths of Kimberly Sue Sipe and Alana ''Laney'' Gwinner are related.

Kentucky State Police found the body of Alana ''Laney'' Gwinner, 23, in the Ohio River on Jan. 11. Ms. Gwinner, of Union Township in Butler County, had been missing since early Dec. 10, when she was seen leaving a bowling alley in Fairfield.

She was pulled from the river in Gallatin County, about 5 miles east of Warsaw, Ky.

Ms. Sipe, 24, was last seen about 8 a.m. Jan. 12, when she told her family she was headed to visit her newborn at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Edgewood.

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xx Re: Alana "Laney Gwinner - OH
« Reply #4 on: Nov 2nd, 2004, 10:22am »

I sincerely hope that your effort in putting
this website together can help spread the
word of unsolved murders/missing people or
to help people cope and heal.

I know that it means much to me to have
her story posted on this website and I am a
firm believer that someone knows something
and Laney's memory and story needs to be
kept alive so at some point her friends and family
find closure and bring justice to her death.

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« Reply #5 on: Nov 2nd, 2004, 10:31am »

Joy,

I remember Laney very well. Ms. Culberson told me about her shortly after I started working with Carrie's case. I put all I could find about Laney on here. I'm just so glad you found us and posted about her. We also like hearing from you and if you have anything you want to say, please go ahead and post.

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« Reply #6 on: Nov 18th, 2004, 8:29pm »

SHARONVILLE - One year ago in Fairfield, Alana "Laney" Gwinner vanished into the night.


On Thursday night, about 40 friends and family members conducted a candlelight vigil here to remember Ms. Gwinner and remind the community that her killer has not been arrested.


"The family contacted us and suggested that we put this all together," said Mindy Durham, a Fairfield resident who grew up with Ms. Gwinner. "The reason behind it is that we want to be visible. You don't hear about her death anymore. We don't want people to forget Laney. We hope the vigil will spark someone's memory."


Ms. Gwinner was last seen leaving Gilmore Lanes on Ohio 4 in Fairfield about 1 a.m. Dec. 10, 1997. She never arrived at her boyfriend's place. Her black 1993 Honda Civic del Sol has not been found.


On Jan. 11, the body of Ms. Gwinner, of Union Township in Butler County, was found near Sugar Bay in Warsaw, Ky., where the Ohio River and Sugar Creek meet.


Tuesday night, Stacy Ross, who had known Laney since grade school, read verse she had written about Laney and her feelings about the death. She talked of a broken heart, the fun they had and reality. Friend Natalie Davis of Mount Lookout said the Gwinner family selected downtown Sharonville as the vigil location for the convenience of Ms. Gwinner's many friends in Cincinnati and Butler County. The 30-minute vigil was quiet and somber. A box of tissues sat nearby.


The friends hugged each other and wept as Michaela Wagers, the mother of a friend, sang "The Rose."


Surrounding the group were mementos of Laney's life, a portrait, plastic badges the friends wore at her memorial service last year, and lots of white candles.


A collage of pictures marked the birthdays, the graduations and parties. Laney's old Kings Island season passes were mounted among the photos.


"Laney's spirit is here with us," said Amy Tipton. "This is a celebraton of her life."


Ms. Durham said the hardest part about the one-year anniversary is knowing Ms. Gwinner's killer is still at large.


"It makes her death even worse," she said.


Ms. Davis said friends wanted to celebrate her life.


"She touched so many people in her 23 years, and we want to talk about it," she said. "We want to share stories. She was funny and happy and she really affected a room."


Authorities think she was dumped into the Great Miami River, about 40 miles upstream from where she was found. Her death is considered a homicide, and there is a $50,000 reward for tips leading to an arrest.

"We want to say to Cincinnati: Get the case back into your thoughts," Ms. Davis said. "Someone somewhere might hear about it and put two and two together, and come up with something. We also want people to be careful. Who knows? Maybe we can play on the guilt of the person who did this.


"It's horrible and upsetting. The world lost something special the night she was taken."


In Fairfield, acting Police Chief Dick St. John said investigators have followed every lead they have received since the beginning.

"We're disappointed that nothing more has come out," he said. "It's extremely disconcerting that the car hasn't even turned up. We had reason to believe the car would turn up earlier this year. Unfortunately, we don't really have any information to point to where the car might be.


"But the case is still very much under investigation. We ask for any new information. It might end up being helpful to us."


Ms. Gwinner's death - and the disappearance of several other young women in the region - shocks Ms. Davis.


"Cincinnati puts on an image of safety, but in a split second anything can change," she said. "You can be comforted by your life, and the people who have touched you, and you can wake up and find it has all been taken from you."
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« Reply #7 on: Dec 10th, 2004, 05:51am »

It was six years ago today that Laney Gwinner went out with her friends and then disappeared to never be seen alive again. Laney's body would later be found on January 11, 1998 in the Ohio river. At this time, Laney's murder is still unsolved. I am thinking of Laney today and hoping that somehow justice can be found for her murder.

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« Reply #8 on: Dec 10th, 2004, 08:08am »

I wake each morning thinking about her. It almost consumes me. I look at my daughter and fear for her now, as I will when she’s older. I have taken something from this… I always know my surroundings. I am closer with my friends. I worry more. I hate what this world is becoming.
I am scared ~ for me, my family, my friends. I used to be carefree, invincible.


I used to think it would get easier as time went on.
Thinking eventually this hurt in my chest would go away ~ I’m now glad it hasn’t.
Laney is part of my heart and always will be-no one can take that away.

But nothing loved is ever lost - She is loved so much.
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« Reply #9 on: Dec 10th, 2004, 6:49pm »

Today among others is a constant reminder of the pain of Laney's death. It never goes away and although our lives had to continue a part of each of our lives died when Laney passed. Why does it feel like it was yesterday but yet it all seems like it has been so far away at times, that I struggle to remember things? I too live in fear day after day still. Not knowing who to trust or who to turn too. But I know that Laney is watching over each of us and although I failed to protect her, I feel that she will always be protecting us. The sadness and the reminder of today's events are running through my head over and over again. My stomach hurts and my heart aches. I just wish at some point someone could give me an understanding as to why such a beautiful person
and a wonderful friend was taken from us in such a heinous way. It isn't fair and I realize that God has a plan for each of us and that maybe He was protecting her from future pain or trauma but I can't help to get angry and feel that it was not only selfish of Him to take her, they way He did it to is almost unforgivable. I wish so badly that Laney was hear now to see how much her friends have prospered in life. She is and always will be the inspiration for my being and for my motivation to awake in the morning. Because some day the truth will be revealed somehow. I pray for this deeply each day.

Brittany - I hope that all is going well for you these days. I send you a hug today and my best. If you need anything at all please feel free to email me @ joylynn569@yahoo.com. Take care of yourself.

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« Reply #10 on: Dec 10th, 2004, 7:48pm »

Joy and Brittany,

We've been trying to complete Laney's site but we need a couple of photographs of Laney to make it complete. If either of you have a photo or perhaps somebody reading this does, please let me know. Lany needs a place for people to be able to visit her and leave messages and obtain more information about her. I wanted to say that I am thinking of Laney today and I hope that this case can finally be solved. Ms. Culberson and myself remember Laney's case very well. Thinking of Laney always.
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« Reply #11 on: Dec 12th, 2004, 10:18am »

I've gone ahead and completed Laney's site to the best of my abilities so that people can be visiting. With the anniversary of her death near, I wanted to give people a place to go to remember her. ONce you all get some extra photographs of her, we will do much more to the website.

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« Reply #12 on: Jan 11th, 2005, 05:23am »

It was seven years ago today that Laney Gwinner's body was found in the Ohio river. To date, her murder remains unsolved. I wanted to say that I am thinking of Laney today and hoping that answers can be found for who did this to her.
Her website has been updated today as well. Please take a moment and visit the site. Thinking of Laney today and all other days.

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« Reply #13 on: Jan 17th, 2005, 12:08pm »

I wanted to say that I registered Laney Gwinner on Find A Grave. You may leave her some flowers and a note if you like. I got the information to complete her place on that site from her friend Joy. So thank-you for helping me get this situated.

Here is where you may leave Laney a note:
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Remembering Laney
Pain remains for friends seven years after her unsolved murder

Thursday, January 27, 2005
It’s impossible for Fairfield resident Stacy Ross to ignore the memory of her friend Alana “Laney” Gwinner, whose body was found in the Ohio River seven years ago this month.
She doesn’t want to.

The most recent situation occurred when she and her husband went out to dinner. In the pocket of his jacket, which he hadn’t worn in years, Ross found a playing card-sized memorial that featured Gwinner’s picture and the words, “Remember Laney.”
Later, driving to the restaurant, one of Laney’s favorite songs crackled through the radio. At the same time, Ross looked to her right and saw a black Honda del Sol, the same make and model as Laney’s car — a car that was never found and currently serves as one of many missing pieces to a case that still haunts.
“It was like she was saying to me, ‘I’m still here,’ ” Ross said last week. “It’s something that happens that makes you start to think.”
Thinking is remembering. Remembering is grieving. And grieving is coping. But even after seven years — for many reasons — none of it has gotten any easier, Ross said.
Gwinner, who would be 31 in March, disappeared the night of Dec. 10, 1997. The then-Union Twp. resident was with friends at Gilmore Lanes, 5595 Dixie Hwy.
Gwinner made a few calls around 12:30 a.m. First, she left a message with her friend Joy Herren, whom she stayed with during the week, to inform her that she wouldn’t be coming home that night. Then she called her boyfriend, Michael Hawkins — a Fairfield resident at the time — to let him know that she was on her way over.
According to news reports from 1997 and 1998 and accounts from those close to her, Hawkins fell back asleep.
The next day, Gwinner didn’t show up at Telco Communications Group in Blue Ash, where she worked as a business administrator, and she didn’t check her voice mail messages, both of which seemed strange, Herren said.
“It was really out of her character to not show up for work,” said Herren, who had met Gwinner about a year before while dancing at the Cheyenne Cattle Co., one of many bars in the former Forest Fair Mall. “But I thought that she might just be playing hookey.”
Later that night, Herren and other friends tirelessly scoured the area around Dixie Highway. They checked hospitals and contacted the police.
“That’s what we did 24 hours a day,” Herren said. “We lived and breathed trying to find her.”
They never did.
“I started thinking, ‘OK, this isn’t right’ because nobody’s heard from her,” Herren said. “Then the fear set in, but I never had the picture that she was missing.”
About a day later, Ross walked into a gas station in Fairfield. Her first interaction in 10 months with Gwinner was a poster notifying customers that the then-23-year-old was missing.
The first thoughts that passed through Ross’ mind were those of denial, she said.
“The reality of it was that, at the time, nobody thought anything was going to happen to them,” Ross said.
Ross immediately called two of Gwinner’s classmates from Lakota High School, Mindy Durham and Amy Tipton. They, too, began what would be a fruitless search.
On Jan. 11, 1998, Durham’s mother-in-law called and said to turn on the news.
“Whether it was wishful thinking or not, we all thought she would just come back,” said a tearful Durham on Sunday.
Of all Gwinner’s friends, Durham saw the report first. While conducting a search via helicopter for the body of a Covington police officer who fell into the river while chasing a suspect on the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge, officers discovered the body of Gwinner about five miles east of Warsaw. By the time officers grounded the helicopter, the body had floated another three miles down the Ohio River, according to reports.
“At that point, it didn’t take very long,” Durham remembered. “There wasn’t a lot to say. I just lost it from there.”
The fact that Gwinner had been found forced a sense of closure to her case, Durham said. At the same time, however, the discovery opened the door to a completely new set of questions that remain unanswered today.
According to reports, Gwinner’s jewelry, wallet, money and identification were found on the body. An autopsy could not determine a cause of death, though investigators at the time speculated it was likely suffocation or asphyxiation.
Today, Herren, Durham, Ross and Tipton are still angry. But without a source at which to direct their anger, their feelings lead only to frustration.
“That coping is so much more difficult because there’s so much anger involved,” Durham said.
Some of their anger is directed at the Fairfield Police Department, which took the lead in the investigation because Gwinner was last seen in its jurisdiction.
Ed Roberts, who is now court administrator for the Fairfield Municipal Court, worked on the case from 1997 until he retired in 1999. He would not discuss particulars of the case because it is still considered under investigation. Roberts did say, however, that current investigators have talked with him about the Gwinner case “in the past year.”
“It was and it still remains a tough case,” Roberts said last week. “It was hard to work because when we got the case, Union Twp. (Police Department) had it for about a week. And like any homicide, you have to follow leads. Each day the trail gets cold, and we started with the trail already cold.”
There was also no crime scene, Roberts said, especially since Gwinner’s Honda del Sol was never found.
Current investigators did not return numerous calls seeking comment.
Now, intermingled with anger and doubt, the memory of a spunky and spontaneous young woman remains. Gwinner’s friends are quick to admit the ordeal changed their lives. She appears in their dreams, showing up at a party like she had just stepped outside, or briefly, uttering phrases like, “I’m OK.”
Then they wake up, and the void left by Laney bubbles back to the surface.
“I was always scared of the dark and looking over my shoulder,” Tipton, 30, said Sunday. “This intensified that. It took me a long time to be able to walk alone again.
“I see Laney all the time in people, and I don’t do that with anyone else,” Tipton added. “I want to never forget. It’s amazing to know how many people remember her story. Putting it out there is crucial.”
The hope is that by retelling the story, justice will be served, the women all said. Postings on Web sites — as recent as two weeks ago — call out to Gwinner to find peace. Mostly, though, those seeking peace are the ones left behind.
“We all have different experiences with her,” Ross said. “And through it all, we all loved Laney and she loved us, too. I think about her a lot, and it’s difficult. We were a part of her and she was a part of us.”

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