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« Reply #30 on: May 24th, 2005, 3:16pm »

I didnt want to cause a big stink about this but it really upsets me because I have asked nicely to them and tried to get them to understand why I think it is wrong to post information regarding an unsolved murder on a convicted murderer's website. I just feel it would violate Laney's belief. She was alive when Carrie went missing and I remember talking about it and she by no means would have ever wanted to be associated with her convicted killer in any way shape or form. I have received a few emails that werent so nice and I thought that I had been very polite in dealing with them. I also don't agree with being accused of the influences of others I have my own opinion which I never even voiced to them but yet they feel that I am getting my information from Jill and The Culberson family and as far as I can speak for myself and the friends of Laney's that I have discussed this with they feel the same way. I also want to say that Jill and Debra Culberson have always been very thoughtful and Jill has went beyond the call of angelic duty in offering support, advice, friendship, and the work she does on the forums and websites is beyond appreciated and I would never turn my back nor let someone speak of her like a dog. She does so much out of the goodness of her heart. But I suppose there is always one bad bad apple in the bunch. I just look at all the other good she has done and know that these people who are missing or murdered gave Jill a calling and she is following. Thank you so much - you have no idea how grateful I am along with many others. So we won't let them get us down. Just like a friend of ours said yesterday, "she can kick the dog or any one of us, but nobody else will"...........
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« Reply #31 on: May 25th, 2005, 07:17am »

on May 24th, 2005, 3:16pm, joylynn569 wrote:
I didnt want to cause a big stink about this but it really upsets me because I have asked nicely to them and tried to get them to understand why I think it is wrong to post information regarding an unsolved murder on a convicted murderer's website. I just feel it would violate Laney's belief. She was alive when Carrie went missing and I remember talking about it and she by no means would have ever wanted to be associated with her convicted killer in any way shape or form. I have received a few emails that werent so nice and I thought that I had been very polite in dealing with them. I also don't agree with being accused of the influences of others I have my own opinion which I never even voiced to them but yet they feel that I am getting my information from Jill and The Culberson family and as far as I can speak for myself and the friends of Laney's that I have discussed this with they feel the same way. I also want to say that Jill and Debra Culberson have always been very thoughtful and Jill has went beyond the call of angelic duty in offering support, advice, friendship, and the work she does on the forums and websites is beyond appreciated and I would never turn my back nor let someone speak of her like a dog. She does so much out of the goodness of her heart. But I suppose there is always one bad bad apple in the bunch. I just look at all the other good she has done and know that these people who are missing or murdered gave Jill a calling and she is following. Thank you so much - you have no idea how grateful I am along with many others. So we won't let them get us down. Just like a friend of ours said yesterday, "she can kick the dog or any one of us, but nobody else will"...........


Joy,

Look at it like this. The jury convicted a man of an obvious crime. There was no other logical explanation of what could've happened to Carrie. You are angry and you dont know what to do. You love the man convicted and you want the negative comments to go away.
You begin searching for anything and everything to take the focus off of this man. That leaves about one avenue in the minds of someone with an IQ of about 10. Harass people. If you harass then you are venting your anger at the jury's findings. A normal person of sound mind would keep their mouths shut and look for items to prove the case, not lash out and harass people. Harassing people only shows the degree of guilty and of course unprofessionalism.
Invovling Laney in this disgusting charade shows just how desperate this group of people are. We actually should thank them for this because it will help the parole board see the degree of guilt that is there should they have doubted it previously. We will have that mess removed from that site. Yet another innocent person taken victim by this group of clowns.
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« Reply #32 on: May 25th, 2005, 3:09pm »

I agree, you have to look at it from their angle. Those from the other site believe with their whole heart that he is innocent as much as the Culberson family and friends believe otherwise.
We have to remember why this site was created and ignore anything outside of that. I understand that you all are taking it personal but it is just best to let it go. Any exposure at this point is good exposure. Those who know you, Laney or Carrie, know the real truth. Everyone is judged in time for their own thoughts and/or comments. smiley We are all here for the same reason and there are people out there distracting us from that reason... It's time to focus and get back to the taske at hand. Laney and her family would appreciate all efforts to eliminate those distractions but even more so they would appreciate that we are all stronger and even more tenacious. Those responsible will be discovered.

As mentioned above, you are so appreciated for everything you've done with this website, not just by Laney's friends and Family but by all friends and family of those you have posted. This site serves as a daily reminder to many that loved ones are maybe sometimes lost but never forgotten. Thank You!

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« Reply #33 on: May 26th, 2005, 10:39am »

Laney has her own forum now that you all may visit to support her case and others.

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xx Great Miami River NOw Focus of Gwinner Case
« Reply #34 on: Jun 15th, 2005, 07:04am »

FAIRFIELD — The Butler County Sheriff’s Office Cold Case Unit is focusing its efforts on the Great Miami River.
That’s where investigators believe they will uncover a key piece of evidence in the case involving Alana “Laney” Gwinner, who was mysteriously killed in 1997 — her black Honda del Sol.

Following Gwinner’s disappearance seven years ago, investigators have turned up little in the way of finding her killer, a fact that still haunts friends of the former Union Township woman, who would have been 31 in March.

In the past few months, however, the mentality surrounding the case has changed dramatically.

“This is our No. 1 priority right now,” said Butler County Detective Frank Smith, who is spearheading the effort for the Cold Case Unit. “We are rolling on this case.”

Gwinner disappeared the night of Dec. 10, 1997 from Gilmore Lanes in Fairfield, where she was playing pool with her friends. Around midnight, she left the bowling alley in a 1993 Honda del Sol, telling one friend she was going to visit her boyfriend.

Her body was found in the Ohio River near Warsaw, Ky., on Jan. 11, 1998.

Less than two months ago, Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones reopened the Gwinner homicide case and three other cold cases in the county.

In the past month, Smith has resubmitted evidence such as Gwinner’s clothing and shoes to Ohio’s Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation. They have been in regular contact with officials from the Warsaw Police Department. Last week, a search team spot checked the Great Miami River from Fairfield south to the river’s mouth, but turned up nothing.

Next week, weather permitting, the search team will scan the remaining stretch of the river’s 31 miles with equipment borrowed from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

And even though Gwinner’s vehicle is believed to have been under water for the past seven years, there’s still a chance important evidence could be found inside, Smith said.

“There’s a misconception that water destroys evidence, and that’s not the case always,” he said. “Even though the vehicle has been uncovered for many years, it’s not uncommon to retrieve evidence from one that has been submerged for so long.”

Locating Gwinner’s car would be a huge step in the case, Smith said, and could lead to narrowing down potential suspects.

“Everybody’s a suspect until we solve this case,” Smith said.

In addition to a new stepped-up effort, Smith said his department is expected to offer “a significant reward in the near future” for any information leading to arrests in the case. Smith said a reward amount has not been set.

Mindy Durham, Liberty Township resident and friend of Gwinner, expressed gratitude for Smith’s diligence on the case. Like many of Gwinner’s friends, Durham has been heavily involved in the investigation.

“I’m just glad that something is moving forward instead of standing still like it has for the past seven years,” Durham said. “I really think that (the car) will be key.”

Added Durham, “It’s nice to know that (Gwinner) is someone’s priority right now, especially for people out there who think they are getting away with this.”

Smith’s thoughts exactly.

“There’s been a lot of people who have forgotten about Laney Gwinner,” he said. “But I’m certain that the sheriff’s office has not and will not.”

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xx Investigators Discover Possible Link in Cold Case
« Reply #35 on: Jun 16th, 2005, 7:21pm »

FAIRFIELD — Investigators with the Butler County Sheriff’s Office Cold Case Unit may have found a clue in the 1997 death of Alana “Laney” Gwinner.

The remains of what could be Gwinner’s missing vehicle were found during a search of the Great Miami River Wednesday.

But because the vehicle — described only as a Honda with black coloring — is in poor condition, investigators are still determining its identity.

About 75 percent of the vehicle was found south of Fairfield in a sandbar of the Great Miami River, police officials said. They would not give any more information as to its location.

“We’ll know in a few days if this is the vehicle that belonged to Ms. Gwinner,” said Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones. “It’s the same type of vehicle that belongs to the victim.”

Gwinner, who was mysteriously killed in 1997 , was last seen driving a 1993 black Honda del Sol. She disappeared the night of Dec. 10, 1997, from Gilmore Lanes in Fairfield, where she was playing pool with her friends. About midnight, she left the bowling alley in the black Honda, telling one friend she was going to visit her boyfriend.

Her body was eventually found in the Ohio River near Warsaw, Ky., on Jan. 11, 1998.

Since Gwinner’s disappearance, investigators have turned up little in finding her killer, a fact that still haunts friends of the former Union Township woman who would have been 31 in March.

In the past few months, however, activity surrounding the case has changed dramatically.

“This is our No. 1 priority right now,” said Butler County Detective Frank Smith, who is spearheading the effort for the Cold Case Unit. “We are rolling on this case.”

Less than two months ago, Jones reopened the Gwinner homicide case and three other cold cases in the county.

In the past month, Smith has resubmitted evidence, such as Gwinner’s clothing and shoes to Ohio’s Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation. He has been in regular contact with officials from the Warsaw Police Department. Also during the past month, the local search team has turned their attention to the Great Miami River.

Police officials are investigating one possible theory that includes Gwinner’s car being dumped into the Great Miami River, but it is not yet known how her body ended up in the Ohio River. The focus is now on the vehicle discovered Wednesday.

“At this present time, we are preceding to obtain the (vehicle identification number) off the engine,” Smith said. “We will then ID the year, make and model of the vehicle, and hopefully, the past owners.”

Even though Gwinner’s vehicle is believed to have been under water for the past seven years, there’s still a chance important evidence could be found inside, Smith said.

“There’s a misconception that water destroys evidence, and that’s not the case always,” he said. “Even though the vehicle has been uncovered for many years, it’s not uncommon to retrieve evidence from one that has been submerged for so long.”

Locating Gwinner’s car would be a huge step in the case, Smith said, and could lead to narrowing down potential suspects.

“Everybody’s a suspect until we solve this case,” Smith said.

In addition to a new stepped-up effort, Smith said his department is expected to offer “a significant reward in the near future” for any information leading to arrests in the case. Smith said a reward amount has not been set.

“There’s been a lot of people who have forgotten about Laney Gwinner,” he said. “But I’m certain that the sheriff’s office has not and will not.”

Anyone with information regarding the murder of Gwinner is asked to call the Butler County Cold Case Unit at (513) 785-1236.

Contact Dave Greber at (513) 755-5126, or e-mail him at dgreber@coxohio.com.

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« Reply #36 on: Jun 18th, 2005, 11:42pm »

I was told by Laney's friend Joy that the car that was pulled from the river that was believed to possibly be that of Laney's was NOT hers.
They will continue to search for the missing car.
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possible break in a Butler County cold case has turned up nothing.

Detectives pulled a car from the Great Miami River, just south of Fairfield Wednesday.

It was a vehicle similar to the one owned by Alana "Laney" Gwinner, who was murdered in 1997.

Investigators say tests confirmed that it is not Gwinner's car, which has been missing since the crime.

They say the car they found was likely stolen and dumped in the river
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« Reply #38 on: Jun 30th, 2005, 10:44am »

Clue turns out to be dead end
Vehicle found in river not 1997 murder victim’s


Thursday, June 30, 2005

The vehicle dredged from the Great Miami River earlier this month was not the car in which a former West Chester Twp. woman was last seen before her murder in 1997, police officials said.

Alana “Laney” Gwinner was last seen driving from Gilmore Lanes in Fairfield in a 1993 black Honda del Sol. She was reportedly headed to her boyfriend’s home, also in Fairfield. Her body was found nearly a month later on the banks of the Ohio River.

Her case was reopened by the Butler County Sheriff’s Department Cold Case Unit in the spring. Since then, the Gwinner case has become the department’s No. 1 priority, officials said.

The most significant finding — police initially thought — was a car that had been buried under a sand bank in the Great Miami River west of Fairfield. The vehicle was a black Honda, said Cold Case Detective Frank Smith. But further inspection revealed it was not the vehicle of the murdered woman, who would have been 31 in March.

“Most likely it was a stolen vehicle because the (Vehicle Identification Number) had been removed by a blow torch,” Smith said last week. “We’re now still working with several leads.”

Despite the fact that some of the identification numbers had been rubbed off, Smith said other identifying marks hadn’t. In order to come to their conclusion, police officials were forced to compare paint schemes and engine sizes of Gwinner’s vehicle with the vehicle discovered this month, neither of which matched.

According to police reports and accounts by the murdered woman’s friends, Gwinner disappeared the night of Dec. 10, 1997, from Gilmore Lanes in Fairfield, where she was playing pool. Around midnight, she left the bowling alley in a 1993 Honda del Sol, telling one friend she was going to visit her boyfriend.

Her body was eventually found in the Ohio River near Warsaw, Ky., on Jan. 11, 1998.

Less than two months ago, Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones reopened the Gwinner homicide case and three other cold cases in the county.

In the past month, Smith has resubmitted evidence, such as Gwinner’s clothing and shoes, to Ohio’s Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation. They have been in regular contact with officials from the Warsaw Police Department, as well as other departments throughout the state who were believed to have information regarding the case, Smith said.

Those investigations also provided little help.

“We don’t leave anything unturned,” Smith said. “That’s just part of our investigation.”

Smith said even though the vehicle found buried in the Great Miami River this month was not Gwinner’s, the potential for a breakthrough in the case left him energized.

“We’re just more determined,” he said

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« Reply #39 on: Aug 16th, 2005, 8:34pm »

By Mary Lolli

HAMILTON — The search for the killer of Alana “Laney” Gwinner, who disappeared from Fairfield eight years ago, continues as investigators comb three counties and friends hold fundraisers to increase the reward money offered for information.

Gwinner was last seen driving a 1993 black Honda del Sol. She disappeared the night of Dec. 10, 1997, from Gilmore Lanes in Fairfield, where she was playing pool with friends. About midnight, she left the bowling alley in the black Honda, telling one friend she was going to visit her boyfriend.

Her body was found about a month later, on Jan. 11, 1998, in the Ohio River near Warsaw, Ky.

Gwinner’s friends have organized a fundraiser Sunday to establish a reward fund for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Gwinner’s killer.

“We’re doing this to honor Laney’s memory and to keep the word out there that she is not forgotten,” said event organizer Tammy McWhorter.

The fundraiser will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. at Receptions on Ohio 4 in Fairfield. Cost is $20 per person or $25 per couple. The event includes food, music and games.

The Butler County Sheriff’s Office Cold Case unit took over the investigation into Gwinner’s disappearance and death about four months ago.

Det. Frank Smith, who is heading up the Gwinner investigation for the Cold Case Unit, said the case remains a top priority for authorities and attention continues to be focused searching the Ohio and Great Miami rivers for her car.

A specialized search and recovery team from Kentucky is working in concert with Clermont and Hamilton county sheriffs’ officials to search the Great Cincinnati portion of the Ohio River for Gwinner’s car.

“They have one of the finest pieces of search and recovery equipment in the area,” Smith said.

In addition, officials from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources will be returning to Butler County after Labor Day to resume searches of the Great Miami River utilizing specialized scanning equipment.

“We will solve this case,” said Smith, who plans to attend the fundraiser.

He is reluctant to say much about the investigation.

“We have to be careful about what we disclose at this point because we don’t want to say anything that might compromise the investigation,” Smith said.

In addition to the fundraiser, persons can make direct contributions to the Alana “Laney” Gwinner Memorial Fund established at Fifth Third Bank.

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« Reply #40 on: Sep 6th, 2005, 1:20pm »

A new website has been formed for Laney Gwinner. Please take a moment to look at it.

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« Reply #41 on: Sep 20th, 2005, 09:18am »

"Most of the investigators working with me, it's become an obsession for most of us at this point."

An obsession over murder, one of Butler County's Cold Cases sets off a massive river search for a clue. Four search vessels from three counties teamed up for a 51 nautical mile search Monday. They used divers, salvage teams and a new high tech underwater camera to search for a murder victim's car.

Laney Gwinner was found in the Ohio River in Warsaw Kentucky in January 1997, one month after she disappeared. There are scientific reasons to believe her car in still in the river. As Local 12's Deborah Dixon tells, there is a haunting reason to believe people know where it is.

Search teams moved from the Great Miami River to Warsaw Kentucky on the Indiana side...and back on the Kentucky side focusing on anywhere a boat...or car could go in. If a car sinks in the river it pretty much goes to the bottom and sticks there. Even with a flood, it wouldn't go far. And new high tech Sidescan Sonar can locate and identify images from the river floor. Monday's search is the first of several target areas for Laney Gwinner's car, believed to be her first watery grave.

Spec Frank Smith, Butler County Sheriff's Cold Case Commander: We have recovered vehicles a lot longer than this one's been there, recovered evidence off it possible, yes."

Smith and other Butler County Sheriff's Detectives on the case believe Laney was in the car when it was put in the river, then floated out, perhaps when debris broke a window. When her body was found a month after she disappeared, something protected her from the river rocks and debris.

Spec Mike Grimes, Butler County Sheriff's Office: "Lack of injury to body, damage to clothing, those types of things indicate someone not in the water thirty days."

Frank Smith is haunted by one tip to CrimeStoppers before Laney's body was found. Before Laney was found in the Ohio River, a tipsters told police to look for her car in the river near California.

"When we have a victim turn up two weeks later, after the call, someone has knowledge of what happened."

The call to CrimeStoppers two weeks before Laney's body was found in the river, backs up what Frank Smith believes...that the killer is in the Tri-State. A killer Smith says he can track down... with or without Laney's black Honda Del Sol.
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Thinking of Laney on the anniversary of her passing. Hoping for answers soon.

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Butler county officials hope a new billboard will help solve an eight year old murder case.

Alana "Laney" Gwinner, 23, disappeared in December 1997 after leaving a Fairfield bowling alley.

Police found Gwinner's body a month later, but have yet to find her killer.

A billboard has now been put up in Hamilton offering a reward for information leading to Gwinner's murderer.

The Butler County sheriff and prosecutor will talk more about the billboard and the case at a news conference later Friday morning.

Stay with WCPO.com and WCPO-TV for updates to this story. Please click "refresh" on your browser to view the most recent version of this story.

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BY SHEILA MCLAUGHLIN | ENQUIRER STAFF WRITER

Cold-case crew unveils ads
Billboards seek info on Fairfield woman slain in 1997
BY SHEILA MCLAUGHLIN | ENQUIRER STAFF WRITER
FAIRFIELD - Eight years after Alana "Laney" Gwinner disappeared from the Gilmore Lanes, the Butler County sheriff's cold-case squad is using billboards to help find her killer.

The first of six billboards bearing Laney's picture was unveiled Friday at Ohio 4 and Maple Avenue in Hamilton, promoting a $10,000 reward. Det. Frank Smith said he hopes it will help jog someone's memory and help police find a key piece of evidence - her car.

Other billboards will be posted on Ohio 128 and Ohio 4 in Hamilton and Fairfield.

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The 23-year-old Fairfield woman's body was found in the Ohio River near Warsaw, Ky., about one month after she disappeared Dec. 10, 1997, from the bowling alley on Dixie Highway.

Laney left the alley after making a call to a boyfriend, whom she planned to visit at his apartment.

Police said they think Laney was snatched from the parking lot or nearby in a possible sexual attack, yet the autopsy showed no signs of sexual assault. Police said they suspect she was suffocated when she fought back, then placed in her 1993 black Honda Del Sol and dumped into either the Great Miami River or the Ohio River.

The car has never been found, despite sonar searches of 31 nautical miles of the Great Miami and one side of the Ohio River, Smith said.

Police intend to search the other side of the Ohio River when the weather warms up.

The preserved condition of Laney's body when she was found indicates that she may have been concealed inside the car for most of the time she was missing.

Her body probably broke free and floated for a day before it was found near Warsaw, he said.

Whoever killed Laney probably got a ride back to the bowling alley and back to his car, Smith speculates. Smith wants to hear from the person who might have provided that ride.

"We figure we've got some unsuspecting person who received a phone call to take him back to the Fairfield bowling lanes," he said. "Most likely, the person who gave this ride never thought anything about it before."

Smith said that hundreds of people have been interviewed; 150 have submitted to polygraph tests.

Police have a suspect - and it's not Laney's boyfriend. He has been ruled out, Smith said.

Fairfield police referred the case in May to the 4-year-old cold-case squad; a joint effort between Sheriff Rick Jones and Butler County Prosecutor Robin Piper.

Her death is one of nine unsolved homicides the squad is working.

This case is getting a lot of focus because it is the most recent.
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Caring About All Missing & Murdered People
Please visit www.FindCarrieCulberson.Com
And www.AngelGardenOfHope.Com
My group inspired to help others because of Carrie.
See also our missing & murdered person blog
http://findcarrie.blogspot.com
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