Updated: Jul 14, 2020
On December 10, 1997, Laney Gwinner was out with a friend at Gilmore Bowling Lanes in Fairfield. It is estimated that she left the bowling alley around 1:00am. By 10:00am the next morning, friends and co-workers began talking; it was unlike Laney not to let a friend know where she was, let alone, to not call into work. As day turned to night, loved ones became more concerned for Laney's safety.
A month passed and then on January 11, 1998 while searching for someone in an unrelated case, Kentucky State Police found the body of Alana “Laney” Gwinner roughly 50 miles away from the site where she was abducted.
Gwinner had been suffocated.
Laney’s 1993 Honda Del Sol has never been found (License # AKP-3607).
It's remarkable to me how similar this case is to that of the murder of Melissa Witt.
On December 1, 1994, Melissa Witt vanished from the parking lot of Bowling World in Fort Smith, Arkansas. The days turned into weeks and then it happened: On January 13, 1995, trappers in the Ozark National Forest, roughly 50 miles from the abduction site, found the nude, lifeless body of Melissa Witt. She had been strangled.
The similarities between the two cases are too many to be ignored: Both women were abducted in December from the parking lot of a bowling alley. The manner of death is also eerily the same... we have to take pause and ask: Could this be the work of a serial killer?
If you have any information regarding the case of Alana “Laney” Gwinner, please contact the Butler County Sheriff’s Department at 513-785-1236 or visit the Butler County Cold Case Unit.www.butlersheriff.org/coldcase