Body Found In Frisco Woods Is Missing Woman

Updated 5:00 p.m. 4/20/2011

FRISCO (CBSDFW.COM) – Plano police identified a dead body found in a wooded area just after 8 a.m. near John Hickman and Dallas Parkway as missing North Texas fitness instructor Susan Loper, who was abducted from Plano on Tuesday.

Because of the condition of the body, officials weren’t able to positively identify the race or age of the individual. Investigators would not say what condition the body was found in.

Investigators took some of the items found on the unidentified body to Loper’s family, who then identified them as belonging to Loper.

Speaking at the Loper family home Wednesday afternoon, family friend Marla Malone confirmed to 1080 KRLD that the body found in Frisco is that of Susan Loper.  Plano police later confirmed the information, saying it appeared to be a “very violent attack.”

The Collin County Medical Examiner’s Office is performing an autopsy.

On Tuesday police said they believed Loper was a victim of foul play. Around midnight Wednesday, Plano police found her 2010 Toyota Rav 4 in a public parking lot near Preston Road and the Dallas North Tollway.

At that time, investigators said evidence inside the vehicle suggested the woman may have been an aggravated kidnapping victim.

Loper, a 40-year-old single mother from Frisco, was abducted from Gleneagles Country Club in Plano where she’s been a pilates instructor for more than 16 years. Her vehicle was found about a mile and a half from the country club.

“There are no words to describe what we’re going through,” said best friend Marla Malone. “It’s gut-wrenching.”

Police believe Loper had made it to work on Tuesday, since all of her belongings were there.

“Everything there that our investigator located… things they found there makes us believe this was a possible abduction,” said Rick McDonald, a Plano Police Department spokesman.

Plano police said they’ve executed a search warrant at the Frisco home of Loper’s ex-boyfriend. Detectives removed items from the house, but did not find the man, police said.

Family, friends and co-workers became concerned when Loper missed several appointments. Her best friend Julie Mitchell explained, “She is a very routine driven person. She has never, not done what she was going to do. She has never stood up an appointment.”

Loper was set to open her own fitness studio later this week.

  • Felicity

    My heart goes out to her family. I hope that they hurry up and catch the creep that took her and most likely murdered her. I wonder if the country club had security cameras?

    • Liz

      I was wondering the same thing! Hopefully they did have cameras to catch these sick people.

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  • Carol

    Such a needless tragic loss. My prayers go out to the family and friends. It just makes me sick at my stomach when I hear about cases such as this.

  • NoneYa

    Soounds to me like she may have made someone very mad.

    • AR

      And? Are you saying she deserved to be murdered because she made some guy mad?

      Don’t make statements that sound like you’re blaming the victim.

    • Joe Mannix

      Have they questioned the ex-husband? Looks like the house was listed in Collin CAD as owned by her and the husband, and now it’s listed just under her name. There’s one person right there who needs to be questioned.

    • Ms. M

      NoneYa, you’re an idiot just for making such a stupid comment. No woman or anyone for that matter, deserves to be assaulted or killed just because they make someone mad.

    • JR

      SHE made someone very mad? That is a crazy thing to say. What on earth is worth taking someone’s life? Maybe she was involved with a very MAD man who had anger issues or insecurities because she was wanting to move on with her life and he wouldn’t let her. Women are better off without men than with men who aren’t good for them. Abuse is a terrible thing for anybody to live with. A very sad story. This makes me as sad as stories about innocent children who have been hurt.

  • CB

    Can you imagine having to explain this to her 8-year-old boy? What kind of soulless monster creates this kind of heartache for people?

  • Kimberly C

    Points to Ponder:
    1/3 of women murdered are done so by a husband or lover.
    * Need to look for cameras in the area
    * Interesting that she was to open a business in a week; could that also be a motivation for the murder?
    Hopefully, the culprit will be quickly apprehended and justice can begin it’s journey. Prayers always to the loved ones left behind! Don’t forget this; Man’s justice is never perfect; this is where FAITH comes in; God’s justice IS perfect!

    • james

      Oh jesus christ.

      • Kimberly C

        Yes, Jesus, too. Thanks for reminding me to include Him as well. Thanks, James!

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  • Tammy

    Wow, Noneya’s comment almost makes me feel like they had something to do with it. This is a very sad situation , my prayers go out to her family and especially her little boy.

  • Michele

    Hope they catch the monster who did this.

  • Mike

    Such a sad, senseless crime. My heart goes out to all involved including the ex-husband who had to break the news to their son yesterday afternoon. Many people are working tirelessly to capture her killer who is believed to have fled the region.

  • Alex Roderer

    wow I work at the target right by where this all happened….I woner if I saw her or the suspect the day it happened.

  • david

    hope polices investigate follow these ways
    1/ her cell phone
    2/ relations in new business, she gonna open. (debt, competitors,..)
    3/ or competitors on same kind of business, near place she will open new business.
    thre are some ideas to help investigates.. hope catch them soon.

  • C Bauer

    Yes, David, I’m sure the PPD Homicide Unit needs your suggestions for extremely obvious leads. I can see the homicide detective slapping his head in a V8 moment: “Hey, check her CELL PHONE records! Why didn’t I think of that?! Thanks, Columbo!”

    • KImberly C

      Take it easy on David…we’re all, in our own ways, trying to cope with the situation. Yes, we say obvious things; we repeat things; we say stupid things…but all in all, aren’t we all trying to do our part in feeling an attachment, wanting to “help” in our own way? Chill, C Bauer. We’re all upset over another senseless murder…

  • Brita

    I hope they find the evil breathing thing that killed her. I am extremely sad and afraid to go outside as much since I know there is a monster out there somewhere. What goes around comes around. God bless her family and comfort them in their time of sorrow.

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  • margo

    i know that the Lord will be there for her family and children. Jesus will be there ultimate comforter in this time of trouble. Psalm 73:26
    My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

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