Tricia Lynn Reitler

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Top Row and Bottom Left and Center: Reitler, circa 1993;
Bottom Right: Age-progression at age 34 (circa 2008)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: March 29, 1993 from Marion, Indiana
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: February 9, 1974
  • Age: 19 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'3 - 5'5, 105 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, blue eyes. Reitler has a small, unfinished tattoo on her left ankle. She has previously broken her hand.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A silver ring, an Indian-style leather strap necklace and a watch with a large face with Roman numerals.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Reitler was a freshman psychology major at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana in 1993. She was a good student with a high grade point average. She was last seen at approximately 8:00 p.m. on March 29, 1993. Reitler was writing a term paper that evening, and decided to take a break. She walked to Marsh Supermarket, which was approximately half a mile from the university's campus. Reitler purchased a soda and a magazine and left the store, intent on returning to her dormitory in Bowman Hall. She never made it there and has never been seen or heard from again.

    Reitler's bloodstained jeans, shirt and shoes were discovered in a field near Seybold Pool and Center Elementary School, which is located between Marsh's Supermarket and the campus. Investigators said six or seven unidentified people were playing basketball in the Center School playground adjacent to the pool at the time Reitler disappeared, but none of the possible witnesses have come forward with information regarding her case. Authorities believe that Reitler was taken against her will while walking back to campus. Foul play is suspected in her disappearance.

    Donald W. Grenier was considered a possible suspect in Reitler's case at one time. Grenier was arrested in 1999 and charged with the abduction and molestation of a young girl from the Marion area. His home was searched for evidence connecting him to Reitler's case and the 1987 Indiana disappearance of Wendy Felton, which seemed to share common traits. Nothing was discovered in the search and Grenier has since been cleared of involvement in both Reitler and Felton's cases. Grenier has always maintained his innocence in both cases. Tony R. Searcy, a habitual criminal offender, has also long been considered a possible suspect in Reitler's case. He has denied all involvement and authorities have never arrested Searcy in connection with Reitler's disappearance.

    Another possible suspect emerged when authorities discovered materials related to Reitler's case in a van owned by Larry DeWayne Hall several months after her 1993 disappearance. Hall resided with his parents in the 300 block of Grant Street in Wabash, Indiana at the time. Investigators found maps, ether, photos and newspaper articles concerning Reitler inside Hall's vehicle. A photograph of him is posted below this case summary. He was arrested in December 1994 and charged with abducting Jessica Roach, a teenager whose remains were discovered in an Indiana cornfield in 1993.

    Hall signed a statement confessing to Reitler's kidnapping and murder, but he later recanted and was never charged in connection with her disappearance due to a lack of evidence. Investigators searched an area of Grant County, Indiana near the Mississenewa Reservoir for Reitler's body. Hall lead them to the scene, saying he'd buried her body there, but no evidence was located. Hall is presently incarcerated in a psychiatric prison in North Carolina, serving a life sentence for Roach's kidnapping. He is still considered a suspect in Reitler's presumed abduction. In 2010, he confessed to kidnapping and killing Laurie Depies, who disappeared in 1992.

    Reitler's case remains open and unsolved. She has never been located. Her family lived in Olmstead Township, Ohio, southwest of Cleveland, at the time she disappeared. She is the oldest of four children in a conservative Christian family. Her parents believe she is deceased.

    Hall
    Above: Larry DeWayne Hall

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Grant County Sheriff's Office
    765-662-9836

    OR
    Marion Police Department
    765-662-9981

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    Source Information
    Grant County Sheriff's Office
    Sun Newspapers
    The News-Sentinel
    The Chronicle-Tribune
    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
    The Cleveland Plain-Dealer
    NamUs
    The Daily Mail
    CNN

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    Updated 6 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated July 12, 2011; picture added.

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