Police Suspect Foul Play in Plano Woman's Disappearance

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    Plano police have recovered a sport utility vehicle owned by a missing fitness instructor, but she is still nowhere to be found.

    Susan Loper, 40, arrived at the Glen Eagles Country Club in Plano early Tuesday and disappeared before her first appointment at 5:45 a.m.

    Police Search for Missing Plano Fitness Instructor

    [DFW] Police Search for Missing Plano Fitness Instructor
    Police say Susan Loper, a 40-year-old single mother and Pilates instructor, disappeared from Glen Eagles Country Club. (Published Tuesday, Apr 19, 2011)

    Police found her purse, cellphone and coffee cup inside the club, but she and her 2010 Toyota Rav 4 were missing. Investigators said signs of a struggle in the club indicated early on that Loper may have been a victim of foul play.

    At about midnight Wednesday, Loper's abandoned SUV was found near Parker Road and the Dallas North Tollway. Investigators said evidence in the vehicle indicated that Loper had been abducted -- but they didn't specify what that evidence may be.

    Loper, a single mother, has taught Pilates at the country club for the past 16 years.

    ”She never would not be here to see her son come home from school, never,” longtime friend Julie Mitchell said. “We’re just trying to stay focused on getting everything done that we can. We’re reaching out to as many people as we can and trying not to think about what could be happening to her."

    Loper’s friends and family have gathered at her Frisco home, praying she'll come walking through the door.

    “We need her," Mitchell said. "We need her to come home. Her boy needs her. Our world isn't the same without her."

    Anyone with information is asked to call the Plano Police Department tip line at 972-941-2148 or the Crime Stoppers tip line at 877-373-8477.

    NBCDFW's Frank Heinz contributed to this report.