Post by The Tracker on Jan 10, 2006 8:40:29 GMT -5
ERICA FRAYSURE DOB: May 6, 1980 Missing: Oct 21, 1997 Age Now: 25 Sex: Female Race: White Hair: Lt. Brown Eyes: Blue Height: 5'6" (168 cm) Weight: 115 lbs (52 kg) Missing From: BROOKSVILLE KY United States
Seventeen year old Erica Fraysure was driving home on the night of October 21, 1997 going through Brooksville, Kentucky, when something went awry. Twenty-four hours later her car, a black 1988 Pontiac, was found abandoned nearby with her purse and other materials inside. It appeared that only Erica's keys were missing. Later Erica's keys were found lieing in some leaves on the ground. It seemed that Erica had just vanished without a trace. Erica had never ran away before, and she has never been classified as a runaway by police after her Oct. 1997 disappearance.
There has been no sign of Erica since that fateful October night. The Brooksville, Kentucky police are hoping that someone will come forward to give them information necessary to locate Erica.
Erica's photo is shown age-progressed to 21 years. She was last seen in Brooksville, Kentucky on October 21, 1997. Her vehicle was found abandoned on an isolated road in Brooksville. Her purse, including her money and checkbook were found inside the vehicle. Her keys are missing. She has a strawberry birthmark on the back of her neck.
Post by The Tracker on Jan 10, 2006 8:42:16 GMT -5
Cop relentless in hunt for Erica By Peggy Kreimer, Post staff reporter
BROOKSVILLE, Ky. - State Police Detective Bob Scott flew over Bracken County, Ky., fields in a helicopter Monday, looking for some sign of Erica Fraysure, the 17-year-old Bracken County High School student missing since Oct. 21.
On the ground, the sound of the chopper blades sent shivers through Erica's classmates.
''We've been hearing the helicopter all morning. They're wondering if she's been found,'' said Erica's English teacher, Caroline Miller.
The aerial search yielded no new information in the disappearance that has changed the rhythm of life in Brooksville.
Teens no longer gather in the evening to laugh on street corners and cruise in their cars. Parents pick up their children after school and admon ish them to lock the doors. Erica's face smiles from posters on car windows and shop windows and bulletin boards in local restaurants.
At the school, Mrs. Miller wears a small white ribbon - a statement of hope that Erica will be found alive. Throughout the school and the town, white ribbons flutter from doors and loop on lapels and ties and the shoulders of sweaters.
The ribbons proclaim hope. The fear engendered by the sound of a helicopter proclaims something else.
''I think maybe the child is gone,'' said Dick Cheesman, who works at Shepherds' Place restaurant near Brooksville's city hall.
''I think she's in the ground. We have prayers for her every week in church, and I know God can do anything. But it's been so long. I don't think they'll find her alive.''
It's been four weeks since Erica's uncle saw her in her 1988 black Bonneville on a Brooksville corner at 9:30 p.m. It was the last reported sighting of the pretty dark-haired teen. The next night her car was found pulled off in a hay field on Fronks Lane, just outside of Brooksville. Her purse was inside the car.
Scott does not believe she ran away. She is a good student. She had just asked for more hours at her job. She has friends but no steady boyfriend. There was no indication of trouble at home or at school or at work.
In the days and weeks that followed her disappearance, Scott has chased tips and rumors, checked out alibis. Det. Bob Scott's daughter is Erica's age. ''He told us he was treating this like it was his daughter,'' said Erica's grandmother, Betty Fraysure. ''I think he is. He's trying everything he can think of.''
Scott's long hours are beginning to show on his face. As he alighted from the helicopter on Monday, his words where clipped and weary. ''Nothing new.''
''The helicopter was something that hadn't been used yet,'' Scott said. ''We've done everything that I know to do to try to find her.''
Recently he sat down with every junior and senior girl in Bracken County High School. They brought pencil and paper and Scott had them write down anything they could think of re lating to Erica, including rumors, incidents, names of anyone they remember her mentioning, or even talking to.
''Most of the things were things he's already checked out,'' said Mrs. Miller. But Scott has been adamant that he wants to hear anything and everything, no matter how insignificant it seems.
Erica's story appeared on America's Most Wanted television show. It is on the Internet. A reward fund has grown to $7,000.
What happened to Erica has become the topic of conversation in the school and throughout the Bracken County community.
At Fay's bar, at the entrance to the lane where Erica's car was found, the first question of customers is about news of Erica.
Speculation is rampant. The same rumors that Scott has checked out are recirculated at the bar, along with new ones that get wilder and wilder. ''They're not worth repeating,'' said owner Fay Tucker. ''We've even heard it might be an alien abduction.''
She doesn't see any humor in such talk. ''This is terrible for her family. It's terrible for all of us. This isn't the kind of thing you expect to happen in Bracken County.''
At Bracken County High School, Erica Fraysure is still very much a part of the school's daily life. Her picture on posters and newspaper clippings greets students in halls and doorways. Besides wearing the white ribbons, students also are selling buttons to raise money for a school fund. What the fund will be used for to help in Erica's case is yet to be decided.
Erica had a dry wit and an easy-going manner that won friends among the boys as well as the girls, said Mrs. Miller. ''She's beautiful and funny and witty. When she came into the room you knew things were going to perk up,'' Mrs. Miller said.
Principal Mark Crain has not invited counselors to the school. ''If we were to do that then we would be saying we lost hope,'' he said. ''I choose not to do that. When there is a need for crisis intervention, we will get it, but not until that's necessary.''
He wears his white ribbon on his tie. Teachers and students have planned events to keep Erica's name and the need for information in the forefront. White ribbons were hung on student's lockers.
Students have written poems about Erica's disappearance. They are distributing hand-colored buttons throughout the town. Some are making a flag. In the first days after her disappearance, the students talked with police and teachers, passing on any information they could think of.
''They're trying to think of something they can do. The majority of them truly believe somebody in the county knows something.''
''Something happened to her,'' Mrs. Miller said. ''We want to find her. And we don't want it to happen again.''
Post by The Tracker on Jan 10, 2006 8:43:07 GMT -5
Man tells of last ride with Erica Post staff report
A 21-year-old Brooksville man says he has been told he is a prime suspect in the disappearance of Erica Fraysure, but Shane Simcox also says he had nothing to do with his 17-year-old friend's disappearance.
Simcox spoke with WCPO-TV news on Wednesday and confirmed that he was with Ms. Fraysure the night of Oct. 21 - the last night anyone has reported seeing her alive.
Simcox, who works at a Bracken County hog farm, told WCPO Ms. Fraysure drove to his house that night. He has no car.
''She picked me up and we rode around town a little bit,'' Simcox said.
He said they got tired of riding around and Ms. Fraysure decided to go home.
''So she dropped me off at my house at 9 o'clock and that was the last time I seen her alive,'' Simcox said.
Asked if he killed Ms. Fraysure, Simcox replied: ''No, I didn't.''
Ms. Fraysure's 1988 black Bonneville was found on Oct. 22, pulled off in a hay field on Fronks Lane just outside Brooksville. Her purse was inside the car.
Simcox said he will not take a polygraph test, even to clear his name, because he does not like how he has been treated by police.
''I have no idea why he made that comment,'' said Kentucky State Police Detective Bob Scott, who is in charge of the case.
Scott said Simcox is the only person in the investigation who refused to take a lie detector test. Scott said eight others have taken lie detector tests. He would not comment on the results.
Scott also would not confirm that Simcox is a prime suspect.
''Shane Simcox chose that label,'' Scott said.
Simcox was among the group that Ms. Fraysure was friendly with and was the last person seen in the car with her that police are aware of, Scott said. He said Simcox was not among the group of friends who discovered Erica's abandoned car.
The WCPO report caught Erica's family by surprise.
''I really didn't know he was a suspect,'' said her mother, Maggie Doherty.
She said she doesn't recall Erica ever mentioning Simcox.
''I didn't know of him. I'd never met him,'' she said.
Her husband, Daniel Doherty, said the family was aware that the young man had been in the car with Erica and that he had refused to take a lie detector test, but did not know he was considered a main suspect.
''I'm not going to make no accusations against this boy,'' Doherty said.
Simcox acknowledged that he also may be suspected because of his past. Convicted of a burglary charge in 1995, he served three months in jail and still is on probation for five years. And he once threatened one of his Bracken County High School teachers.
''I just told her I was going to kill her basically,'' Simcox told WCPO, adding that the statement was a prank.
School official could not be reached for comment today.
Court records show that Simcox pleaded guilty in December 1995 to third-degree burglary of the Brooksville Fuel Stop. He and two others broke in about 3:30 a.m. on July 4, 1995, opened a lock box and took money and checks, then left out the front door, the records say.
Court records also say that on Dec. 14, 1995, he was charged with third-degree criminal trespassing at the Madison Street Phone Co. in Brooksville, but that charge was dismissed.
Ms. Fraysure's disappearance has brought Bracken County together with a mix of grief, fear and determination to do everything possible to find her. Neighbors search the woods and farms for her. White ribbons flutter from doors in displays of town unity. A reward has grown to $7,000. Bracken County High School students have written poems about their classmate's disappearance. They are distributing hand-colored buttons. They are making a flag.
Post by The Tracker on Jan 10, 2006 8:44:45 GMT -5
Psychic tip on missing girl leads nowhere
Thursday, October 1, 1998
BY SUSAN VELA The Cincinnati Enquirer
BROOKSVILLE -- A psychic's tip that the body of Erica Lee Fraysure is at the bottom of a lake has led Northern Kentucky law enforcers on another wild goose chase.
About 20 volunteers, mainly from Campbell and Harrison counties' law enforcement agencies, spent the bulk of Wednesday dredging a four- to five-acre private lake less than 2 miles from where Erica's car was found last October off Ky. 1159 in Bracken County.
"The only thing we can say is (the psychic) is drawing a lot of attention," Kentucky State Police Trooper Curtis Finley said. "Any time that you have that much attention, it's your obligation to follow that lead whether it's a psychic or not."
A raft and two boats helped divers from Campbell County Water Rescue search the entire lake but the effort that started around 10 a.m. and went into the evening proved unsuccessful.
The search of the rural Kentucky lake, which is in a hollow of wooded, rolling hills, was prompted by a psychic's Sept. 24 appearance on Montel Williams' nationally televised talk show. Sylvia Brown, a psychic from New York, assured Maggie Doherty that her daughter's body could be found at the bottom of a lake.
Ms. Brown also said a man had strangled the 17-year-old girl because she had rejected his advances and that the teen's body could be found on the "left side" of the lake.
Kentucky State Police Detective Robert Scott, the lead investigator in this case since Erica was last seen on Oct. 21, began coordinating Wednesday's search soon after the psychic appeared on TV.
Detective Scott called staffers at the talk show, who gave him the psychic's New York phone number. When Detective Scott tried reaching Ms. Brown to find out what she meant by the left side of the lake, a message machine continued to click on to tell him that he would have to pay $450 to speak to the psychic for 30 minutes or $250 to speak to her son, who also is a psychic.
Wednesday was the first time law enforcers had dredged the private lake, the only lake in the area. But they had searched its perimeter soon after she disappeared. At least two other searches of the perimeter have taken place since then.
A security gate blocks entrance to the property that contains the private lake, so any assailant would have to approach the water through the woods. Law enforcers searched that terrain diligently last year and found no trace of Erica being carried or dragged to the lake.
"There was no evidence of anyone going through or dragging someone through there," Trooper Finley said.
Post by The Tracker on Jan 10, 2006 8:49:14 GMT -5
Erica Fraysure: Questions remain unanswered
By WENDY MITCHELL Staff Writer
Thursday, October 20, 2005 8:52 PM EDT
BROOKSVILLE -- The door is still open in the search for a missing Bracken County girl.
A copy of the original poster, circulated in 1997 in an attempt to locate Erica Fraysure, remains on the door of the Bracken County Sheriff's Office; an age-enhanced photograph showing what she may look like at age 21 is posted nearby.
Eight years ago today, Oct. 21, 1997, then 17-year-old Erica disappeared.
Her last name is not necessary -- most of the people in the area know the blue-eyed, brown-haired girl by her first name and the high school photograph that is on the posters seeking information on her whereabouts.
Left behind eight years ago in a Bracken County hay field were Erica's car, purse, paycheck, car keys and the question on the lips of family, friends and neighbors; where was Erica?
Bracken County Sheriff Mike Nelson continues to ask the public for information that could lead to finding the missing girl.
The door to Bracken County Sheriff Mike Nelson's office still displays posters seeking information on Erica Fraysure. Fraysure disappeared eight years ago today. Terry Prather/Staff Following an intense search that raised more questions than answers, police continued to look into leads from every direction.
In 1998, Erica's mother, Maggie Miller spoke with psychic Sylvia Brown on the Montel Williams Show which led Kentucky officers to re-search the area of a private lake about 2 miles from where Erica's car was found. Divers searched the waters, but found nothing.
Officers maintain they are still looking at the case as that of a missing person.
Even retirement from Kentucky State Police has not kept Robert Scott, now the Falmouth police chief, from comparing notes and following up on reports of sightings or leads, said KSP Detective Chris Jaskowiak who inherited the case from Scott.
"Erica Fraysure is far from a forgotten case; she is always on our minds and Bob (Scott) and Mike (Nelson) and I are in contact all the time about her," said Jaskowiak who took time on a day off to discuss the case.
Not intending to infer that there is new information into the disappearance of the teen, Jaskowiak is often discussing tips that have already been checked and information from other states about cases that may look similar.
"Periodically, there are leads called in. We always check them out," said Jaskowiak. "She is still posted on the NCIC computer as a missing person and occasionally we get calls from her profile on the Missing Children Web site."
Friends and family members continue to grieve over the not knowing as the anniversary of her disappearance appears on the calendar each October, said family friend Tony Berry.
"They just need to know where she is," said Berry.
Last seen wearing a purple sweater with white stripes and jeans, Erica had on Keds tennis shoes and a Winnie the Pooh wristwatch when she vanished.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Erica Fraysure is asked to call KSP at 800-222-5555.
I would search any body of water near where the car was located lake, or farm pond. Most likely the killer was of the same Age. A young person committing a crime like that would panick...they would dispose of the body as fast as possible. Any water located close would have sufficed....check farm ponds close to location of where car was found.......