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Fairview Park police ask for help in finding woman who disappeared 45 years ago

Yvonne Regler was just 17 when she went missing from the Sunoco gas station on Lorain Road in Fairview Park.

FAIRVIEW PARK, Ohio — Yvonee Regler was just 17 when she went missing from the Sunoco gas station on Lorain Road in Fairview Park on August 8, 1977.

Now, 45 years after her disappearance, the Fairview Park Police Department is asking for the public's help in solving her case, saying investigators had worked "thousands of hours" trying to figure out what happened to her.

"We have asked for and received assistance from the FBI, Ohio BCI, US Marshals Service and the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children. We have been in contact with several police agencies throughout Ohio and across the United States inquiring about unidentified remains of females who resemble Yvonne with no results," Fairview Police said in a news release.

The department also provided photos of Yvonne when she a teenager, as well as age-enhanced photos of what she would like now.

Credit: Fairview Park Police
Credit: Fairview Park Police

Additionally, a timeline of the day she disappeared was included by Fairview Police in the news release. See below:

Yvonne Regler Disappearance Timeline:

7:00 a.m. Yvonne Regler reported for work at the Sunoco Station at 23370 Lorain Rd. in North Olmsted for her shift that ended at 3:00 p.m. .

Approximately 8:00 a.m. Yvonne was transferred to the Sunoco Station at 18990 Lorain Rd in Fairview Park. She swapped locations with an employee with experience as a mechanic whose skills were needed at the North Olmsted station. She was dropped off by coworkers and had no means of transportation. At the time the Fairview Park Sunoco Station was transitioning from full-serve to self-serve, the station was full service with only one pump working.         

10:30 a.m. Yvonne had a phone conversation with a friend. Yvonne discussed her plans to attend the memorial service of another friend’s father. They talked about a dress she had purchased for the service. She was reportedly in good spirits.

11:00 a.m. Yvonne had a phone conversation with a family member . The conversation was also about the memorial service.

12:00 p.m.  A manager from the North Olmsted station brought Yvonne lunch.

Approximately 12:30 p.m. Two teenage girls from the area saw Yvonne in the gas station.

Approximately 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. The friend called back. During the conversation the friend heard the service bell. Yvonne commented that a car drove through the lot and left. The service bell chimed again and Yvonne told her friend that the car was back and ended the  conversation. Yvonne told the friend she would call her after 3:00 p.m. when Yvonne is off work.

Approximately 1:25 p.m. A customer purchased gas with a credit card, Yvonne initialed receipt.

Between 1:30 p.m. and 2:05 p.m.  Two customers and a coffee machine repair person arrived at the gas station and found it empty except for Yvonne’s personal property. All three left without contacting authorities.

Approximately 2:45 p.m. Yvonne’s relief arrived and found the station empty. He calls the North Olmsted Sunoco Station. The manager who brought Yvonne lunch responded. He found Yvonne’s purse, cigarettes, book and partially eaten lunch. $300.00 in cash is found in the register.

3:30 p.m. After searching for Yvonne without success co-workers call the police. 

Yvonne would be 62 years old today.  

"We believe someone has information that will help us locate her. No tip is too small or insignificant," Fairview Park Police said.

Anyone with information on her disappearance should email chiefofpolice@fairviewpark.org or call 440-356-4418.  

Editor's Note: The following video is from an unrelated story in July 2022.

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