Monday, January 12, 1998
Gwinner's body lifted from river
Union Twp. woman missing since Dec. 10

BY EARNEST WINSTON and WILLIAM A. WEATHERS
The Cincinnati Enquirer

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Alana Gwinner
WARSAW, Ky. - A body taken from the Ohio River Sunday has been tentatively identified as 23-year-old Alana ''Laney'' Gwinner of Union Township in Butler County, Ohio. She had been missing since early Dec. 10.

Kentucky State Police, in helicopters, were searching the river for a missing Covington officer when they made the discovery in Gallatin County about noon just west of Sugar Creek and the Ohio River. Officer Mike Partin disappeared Jan. 4 when he fell from the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge as he helped another officer chase a suspect. Searches for his body Sunday were unsuccessful.

Lt. Richard St. John of the Fairfield Police Department said Sunday that the tentative identification of Ms. Gwinner had been made based on clothing, jewelry and identification papers on the body. An autopsy is scheduled today for positive identification, he said.

Gallatin County Sheriff Clifford Higgins helped recover the body about 5 miles east of Warsaw.

Ms. Gwinner's body was taken to the Northern Kentucky Regional Medical Examiner's office at St. Luke Hospital East in Fort Thomas. Gallatin County Coroner Jack Lowder said ''it's awful hard to determine'' how long the body had been in the water.

''She had little brown shoes, blue jeans, with a black belt. She had on a white blouse - what was left of it. Her back, you could see scratches,'' said Mike McIntyre, a Gallatin County firefighter and member of the Warsaw Volunteer Fire Department, who was among a small crowd to witness the recovery.

A 1992 Lakota High School graduate, Ms. Gwinner was last seen at Gilmore Bowling Lanes on Dixie Highway in Fairfield. She told friends she was headed for a boyfriend's home on Morningside Drive in Fairfield, but she never arrived.

Ms. Gwinner's black Honda Civic del Sol is still missing, said Lt. St. John.

''We've been getting calls with information since right after her disappearance,'' he said. ''Every call has been checked out. So far there have been no solid leads or evidence.''

Although no suspects have been identified, ''foul play has been suspected for some time,'' he said.

A country music fan, Ms. Gwinner was a student at the University of Cincinnati's Raymond Walters College in accounting.

More than 30 friends gathered Sunday night to mourn her death, said Tammy Grizovic, 20, of Southgate, Ky.

She had known Ms. Gwinner about a year.