CITY OF OLMSTED, Ohio. Donna and Gary Reitler of Olmsted have lived nearly three decades of grief, hope, and finding a way out of the March 29, 1993, disappearance of their 19-year-old daughter, Trisha Reitler.
Their daughter went missing on the campus of Indiana Wesleyan University after leaving the now-closed Marsh Supermarket in Marion, Indiana.
Reitler told News 5 they do not believe their daughter is alive as her disappearance approaches her 30th year, but they are still praying that information will be found to bring her home and even lead to an arrest in the case.
“People out there, someone knows something, and someone needs to come forward, they need to help us,” said Gary Reitler. we can work it out.”
Gary Reitler told News 5 that Trisha was writing a term paper when she decided to take a break to buy Family Circle magazine and beer. Reuters said witnesses saw her exit the supermarket, but she was never seen again after that.
“The magazine and receipt were found on the side of the road, and a couple of days later, almost two days later, her clothes were found across the street from a Marsh supermarket,” Reitler said. evidence, her clothes were checked many times, but to no avail.”
In 1998, News 5 worked with the Marion Police Department and the Crimestoppers to create a series of billboards near the Wesleyan campus in Indiana, but this too came to nothing.
Donna Reitler told News 5 that she still has optimism that the case could be solved, but said that in a few days, recovering from the loss of her daughter would still be difficult.
“No answers, it doesn’t really look like we’re close to the answers, Trisha is still missing, our hearts are still broken,” Donna Reitler said. “You can’t help but think what life would be like if it were here.” what difference does it make what she would have changed, the world has been robbed, it has been robbed.”
Gary Reitler said his daughter always “lit up the room” and was full of positivity, a life of so much potential.
“She was actually studying to be a psychologist, her goal was to get families back together,” said Gary Reitler. “Dad always wants to intervene and fix the situation, help the situation, and I can’t explain why the helplessness that I feel, that I can’t do it, that I can’t return it.”
Donna Reitler told News 5 that investigators still consider her daughter’s disappearance a solved case and she is urging anyone with information to call the Marion, Indiana Police Department with information.
Donna Reitler reminded parents to cherish every moment spent with their sons and daughters.
“Yes, you need to take opportunities when there is an opportunity, you never know what will happen tomorrow, you never know what will happen tomorrow,” said Donna Reitler. “I never thought I would be here 30 years later.”
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