This never actually happened, though. Instead, according to the friend who received a ride from Lori, the 45-year-old’s driving became increasingly erratic over time.
This pushed the friend to actually fear for their safety, and they wound up asking Lori to pull over the car. That way, the friend could just walk the rest of the way home.
Lori did agree and let her friend out on the side of the road. But tragically, that was the last time the mother of three was ever seen.
At about 3:00 a.m. the following morning, local authorities received a call about a crashing noise near a residential region of Youngstown, Ohio.
So, police officers arrived on the scene and discovered a blue 1992 Mercury Sable.
The vehicle had driven through various residential lawns before ultimately hitting a local library.
While inspecting the car, investigators also noticed several other critical details. First and foremost, the vehicle– while driverless– had been left running with the keys still in the ignition.
Inside, investigators also discovered a keychain with 9 keys, glasses, and important personal documents– which belonged to Lori.
So, on August 7, 2006, Lori’s niece officially reported her missing to the Liberty Township Police Department– two days after she left the family party.
Lori’s own children had gone to the Youngstown Poice Department earlier, on August 6, to report their mother missing as well. At the time, though, they were told to wait a bit longer.
They were also instructed to file the report with the Liberty Town Police Department– which handled the town Lori resided in at the time.