(Fairview Park) - Tuesday, August 8, is the 40th anniversary of the disappearance of 17-year-old Yvonne Regler.
Yvonne went missing while she was working as a clerk at what was then a Sunoco station on Lorain Road between Story Road and West 192nd in Fairview Park. She left behind her purse, cigarettes and other personal items.
She was to have worked that day at another Sunoco station at Lorain and Clague Roads in North Olmsted, but because the North Olmsted location needed someone that day who could work on cars, Yvonne was driven to the Fairview Park location, where she worked by herself.
Dave Wadsworth, who was moved that day from the Fairview Park to the North Olmsted gas station, tells WTAM news his heart sank when he learned that she went missing. Wadsworth had dated Yvonne, and her disappearance still sticks in his heart to this day.
Fairview Park Police Lieutenant Paul Shepard says Yvonne's story has gone nationwide with her photo, both in 1977, and an age-progression photo, being featured on direct mailers that go to homes in a number of states. A year ago, Fairview Park Police said there was a person of interest in the case, but police are still waiting for the right piece of evidence or the right tip to indicate who that person is.
(Photos courtesy Fairview Park Police)