Body found in wooded area identified as missing Frisco woman

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by STEVE STOLER & MONIKA DIAZ

WFAA

Posted on April 20, 2011 at 11:45 AM

Updated Thursday, Apr 21 at 1:18 PM

PLANO - Authorities have confirmed that a body found in a wooded area in Frisco has been identified as the fitness instructor who went missing on Tuesday.

Police said the parents of Susan Loper, 40, were contacted and told about the discovery. Loper, of Frisco, was a mother to an 8-year-old boy.

Around 8 a.m., a Plano officer found the body in the wooded area located just off the Dallas North Tollway and John Hickman Parkway

The site was not far from the location of the missing Frisco woman's abandoned 2010 Toyota RAV4 that was discovered eight hours earlier on Wednesday morning. Police wouldn't say what they found inside, calling it "sensitive evidence." Authorities said they're following many leads. 

"Some of the evidence would leave you to believe that a violent crime had taken place both possibly at the country club and possibly in that vehicle," said Rick McDonald, Plano Police Department. "Just once you see these things, you got to hope and pray for the best and hope that this is not our victim, but this is going to be a crime from somewhere."

Loper was reported missing at 11 a.m. Tuesday from the Gleneagles Country Club in the 5400 block of West Park Boulevard in Plano. Police found signs of a struggle in the classroom where she taught an exercise class at the club.

Her purse and cell phone were found, but her car was taken and found near Preston Road. 

Loper was supposed to start working at the Willow Bend Fitness Club in Plano starting Wednesday. The club had built a studio in which she was going to teach Pilates. It was all part of her opening her own business after working 16 years at the Gleneagles Country Club.

"She was overwhelmed, but ecstatic," said David Greene, who had worked with Loper to get her studio ready over the last eight months.

"It's sad," he said. "It's been a rough couple of days trying to understand and figure out and try and process ... everything that's happened."

Greene said Loper was a dedicated mother.

"She could have had more clients, but she wasn't going to sacrifice missing time with her son," he said.

Police have appealed to the public for any information pertaining to Loper's death.

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