Thursday, June 5, 1997
Key events in Culberson case

The Cincinnati Enquirer

Aug. 28, 1996: Friends drop off Carrie Culberson about 11:30 p.m. in front of her home on Bourbon Street in Blanchester. Ms. Culberson, who apparently never enters the house, disappears. Her 1989 red Honda CRX, Ohio license ROL 402, also disappears that night.

Sept. 2-6, 1996: Police search a junkyard owned by Lawrence Baker, of Blanchester, father of Carrie's boyfriend, Vincent Doan, and drain a pond on Mr. Baker's property, but say they find no clues.

Sept. 7, 1996: About 200 people from Blanchester and surrounding towns begin a search for Ms. Culberson, through six counties within a 20-mile radius of her home.

Sept. 17, 1996: Ms. Culberson's family offers a $10,000 reward.

Dec. 30, 1996: Warren County sheriff's deputies unearth a freezer filled with what looks like bags of decaying flesh and clothing on property rented by Mr. Doan's father. The items are determined to be animal parts.

March, 1997: Debra Culberson refiles assault, trespassing and other charges against Mr. Doan that had been dropped last fall.

March 21, 1997: Clinton County authorities charge Mr. Doan with four counts of kidnapping in Ms. Culberson's disappearance.

March 26, 1997: Mr. Doan posts $100,000 bond and is released.

April 19, 1997: Court documents filed in Clinton County indicate that Mr. Doan punched Ms. Culberson in the face during an argument the morning she disappeared.

May 16, 1997: A Norwood police officer reports seeing a small red car with license plates ROL 402. Authorities later reveal they are holding the front plate from the car.

June 4, 1997: Mr. Doan is indicted on kidnapping and murder charges.