Nicholle Coppler probably found

The police have located human remains in a crawl space at the former home of Glen Fryer, the prime suspect in the thirteen-year-old disappearance of Nicholle Coppler from Lima, Ohio. Fryer hanged himself in jail in 2002, just after he pleaded guilty to an unrelated rape charge.

Authorities believe Nicholle, who was 14 at the time she went missing, ran away from home at first, then Fryer prevented her from returning and either killed her or forced her into prostitution (or both). Obviously, right now they’re leaning towards the “he killed her” theory.

This article from last month talks about the case and about human trafficking and teen prostitution in general. A friend of mine told me he knew a girl who’d been forced into prostitution in Nevada and had met Nicholle out there, but I didn’t give much credence to the story.

This case touches me more than most because my old stomping grounds are in Lima. I have gone to Ohio State University at Lima off and on since I was fourteen, my father worked at the university for 37 years and now lives in an apartment downtown, and I have driven on Elizabeth Street (where Fryer’s house is) many a time. Probably passed that house scores of times.

8 thoughts on “Nicholle Coppler probably found

  1. Princess Shantae February 9, 2012 / 8:08 am

    I guess she never made it out to any Nevada at all.

    • forthelost February 11, 2012 / 10:39 pm

      Without knowing the time of death that’s hard to determine. He could have killed her after she stopped being useful.

  2. Robin Cox February 9, 2012 / 8:18 am

    Ugh, shocking that they didn’t find her before in their previous searches of the home. Thankfully the family has closure, if indeed it is Coppler. Sad all around.

    • Kristen February 9, 2012 / 9:27 am

      I agree. Apparently they had searched the crawlspace before. Kind of makes you wonder about other searches for people – how often the are overlooked.

  3. Janessa February 10, 2012 / 12:24 pm

    I agree Kristen, this definitley makes me wonder how many times things are overlooked!
    I really do hope it’s her (a terrible thing to say) just so the family can have peace and move on. I remember reading about this case years ago. I kind of forgot about it, I was hoping it’d be solved by now, but perhaps now it is.

  4. Princess Shantae February 11, 2012 / 10:04 am

    Meaghan, did you see where they have found two skulls and some bones where Wesley Shermantine said he thought they would? Guess he was telling the truth this time.

    • forthelost February 11, 2012 / 10:40 pm

      I heard that, and that they think one of the skulls is Cynthia Vanderheiden.

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