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Former stripper goes missing in Indiana. More than 25 years later, she and her car remain missing.

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Feb. 8 2022, Published 2:36 p.m. ET

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A 28-year-old stripper was last seen at a home in Greenwood, Indiana, in November 1993, Now more than 25 years later, police say she or her car have never been found.

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On Nov. 14, 1993, Lola Katherine Fry, 28, left Greenwood driving a red 1990 Mitsubishi Eclipse with Indiana license plate “LOLA” on her way to Fort Wayne, Indiana, the Indiana State Police said.

Fry was last seen at a party in November 1993 and left her car — which has never been found either — parked at a restaurant, The Indianapolis Star stated. Fry hasn’t been seen since that fateful night.

According to her family, Fry was trying to change her life when she disappeared, as she stopped working as a dancer at a strip club in Indianapolis, The Indianapolis Star reported in 2003.

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Indiana State Police Det. William Vann told The Indianapolis Star in 2003, “Somebody had to do something with the car. Short of putting it into water or a storage facility, there’s limited things someone could do with a car.”

Fry’s family believe she was murdered, as her older sister, LaVerne Barker, told The Indianapolis Star, “I would say she was murdered. She has never been found, and neither has her car.” She added that Fry decided to move to Fort Wayne to live with her right before she went missing.

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There have been some tips and leads that have been reported and it did lead to a search warrant being issued in 2000 for the residence of Fry’s former boyfriend, John Ryker, officials said. But he hasn’t been charged.

Court records state Fry was with her hair stylist’s Indianapolis apartment with Ryker at a party when she either fell unconscious or died, police said. One of the men at the party talked with Vann and said she either passed out or overdosed on drugs, The Indianapolis Star reported.

From there, Ryker and two other men covered Fry with a blanket and took her out to Ryker’s car. Another person present at the party confirmed this story, police said. There was no evidence of foul play found at Ryker’s residence.

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There has been a rift between detectives and Fry’s family, as Vann told The Indianapolis Star, as there were accusations of one-way communication and the lack of shared information.

The case remains open and anyone with information on the whereabouts of Lola Katherine Fry is asked to contact (317) 899-8577 or (800) 582-8440.

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Source: Unsplash: Indiana State Police
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