I found a new article about the disappearance of Nicholle Coppler; May 19 will be the ten-year anniversary of her disappearance. She may have run away initially, but the cops think she was forced into prostitution and may very well be dead. The article talks about the Coppler case and also how the Lima police deal with suspected runaways.
The Coppler case hits close to home for me — literally. Lima (pronounced like the bean, not the Peruvian city) is the nearest city of any size to my own rural Ohio village, and my father works there. I used to commute there several times a week when I was taking classes at Ohio State. I’ve been on Elizabeth Street many times. It’s a kind of rough neighborhood.
As for Nicholle, I hope she’s alive. She might be. I’ve heard some rumors to that effect, that she’s alive and living in Las Vegas or somewhere. But it seems like she would have gotten in touch with her family by now if she could have.