Missing since August 14, 1982 from Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio
Classification: Endangered Missing
Circumstances of Disappearance
Lerch was last seen at an apartment in Columbus, Ohio on August 14, 1982.
Christopher and Peggy Lerch had been at the apartment of William D. Wickline on August 14, 1982. According to records, Wickline was using cocaine with the couple when he stabbed and decapitated Christopher and strangled Peggy during an argument over $6,000 in drug money.
He then cut up their bodies and disposed of them in dumpsters throughout the city of Columbus, according to investigators.
Wickline was executed for the murders on March 30, 2004.
Wickline was also indicted in West Virginia in April 1985 for the November 1979 decapitation of Charles Morgan Marsh.
The bodies of Peggy and Christopher Lerch were never found.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Columbus Police Department
William Dean Wickline #906
March 2004 Executions