17-year-old Erica Fraysure was last seen in Brooksville, Kentucky on October 21, 1997. She disappeared while driving home after spending a night out with friends.


Maggie Doherty and Kevin Fraysure had a daughter named Erica Fraysure on May 6, 1980. A small town called Germantown, Kentucky, is where she lived. It is about fifty miles south of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Erica was a senior at Bracken County High School in 1997. She planned to study accounting at Northern Kentucky University after she graduated. There was a pizza place in Augusta called Carota’s Pizza where she worked part-time.


On October 21, 1997, Erica was last seen hanging out with friends outside the Video-N-Tan store in Brooksville, Kentucky, between 9:00 and 10:00 p.m.

Erica Fraysure never returned home and hasn’t been heard from since.

Erica’s mother reported her missing to the Bracken County Sheriff’s Office after she failed to return home.


A black 1988 Pontiac Bonneville SSE with four doors was found unlocked and abandoned in a field off Fronks Lane, just outside of Brooksville, on October 22, 1997. It was parked between rolled hay bales.

The police found Erica’s wallet, checkbook, purse, and cash in the car. In the end, the keys were found in a field across the street. The police searched her car but didn’t find any fingerprints, hairs from other people, or signs of foul play.

Erica never picked up her $100 paycheck from Carota’s Pizza, and there’s no sign that she left on her own.

She didn’t tell her friends that she was going on a trip, and she had never run away before. She did well in school and there were no signs that she was having problems.

Shane M. Simcox

On October 21, 1997, Erica Lee Fraysure was last seen in her car with 20-year-old Shane M. Simcox, an acquaintance whom she had known for less than a year.

Simcox told police that he was barhopping with friends and was a little drunk when Erica and one of her female friends pulled up to him on a street corner in Brooksville, Kentucky.

Simcox says that Erica offered to drive him around town after her friend got out of the car. They were on the ride alone for ten or fifteen minutes. Erica finally chose to go home, and around 9 p.m., she dropped him off at the house of his stepgrandfather.

In an interview with WCPO in 1997, he said that he was the last person to see Erica alive.

Simcox went to jail for a few months in 1995 for breaking into a house. He was also kicked out of Bracken County High School for making threats against a teacher and her daughter.

Simcox is thought to be connected to the disappearance of Erica Lee Fraysure. Police haven’t been able to find any proof against him, and he refused to take a lie detector test.

He says he has nothing to do with Erica’s disappearance.


Erica Fraysure is thought to have been ki*lled after she disappeared. Sadly, neither of her parents lived to see the case of their daughter solved. In 2012, her mother died, and in 2016, her father.

The details of Erica’s disappearance are still not clear, and her case is currently marked as “missing.” Her case has still not been solved.

Investigating Agency

If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Erica Fraysure please contact the Bracken County Sheriff’s Office at (606) 735-2700, or the Kentucky State Police at (859) 428-1212. Agency Case Number: 6C972364

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