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Christopher, circa 1982; William Wickline

Missing Since 08/14/1982

Missing From Columbus, Ohio

Classification Endangered Missing

Sex Male

Race White

Date of Birth Used 08/24/1953 (67)

Age 28 years old

Height and Weight Unknown

Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian male. Blond hair. Christopher's nickname is Chris.

William Dean Wickline Jr. was convicted of killing the Lerches in 1985. He was sentenced to life for Christopher's murder and death for Peggy's. He had been their friend, and they were last seen at his apartment, drinking heavily and using cocaine with him.

Wickline's girlfriend, Theresa Kemp, testified that Christopher and Wickline got into an argument over a $6,000 drug debt Christopher owed to Wickline. Wickline slit Christopher's throat, then strangled Peggy, who was sleeping. Kemp stated the bodies were dismembered and put in trash bins all over the city. No body parts were discovered, but authorities found blood in Wickline's bathtub and human tissue adhering to his folding saw.

A photograph of Wickine is posted with this case summary. He was also indicted for an unrelated murder which occured in 1979, but never tried because he was already on death row. He maintained his innocence in the Lerches' cases and was executed in 2004. Christopher and Peggy's remains have never been found.
Investigating Agency / Department

Columbus Police Department 614-645-4670

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