Stephanie Stewart Missing Update, Has She Been Found?
Stephanie Stewart, age 70, disappeared on August 26, 2006.
It has been sixteen years since Stephanie Stewart vanished from a fire lookout near Hinton, leaving only a trace of blood on a step and a kettle of boiling water on a stovetop.
However, authorities anticipated a new area search would uncover information about her disappearance.
Around 100 persons, including RCMP members and search and rescue teams from around the province, explored the region close to the Athabasca Fire Lookout Tower in 2018, where Stewart, then 70, was last seen on August 26, 2006.
They set up a command station next to the tower to cover 7,970 hectares over the following five days.
Stewart, a seasonal fire spotter for the provincial environment ministry, spent the fire season living at the remote observation site about 25 km north of Hinton.
Despite being a small woman with chin-length grey hair, blue eyes, and a weight of only 105 pounds, authorities said she was an accomplished outdoorswoman. She had been a fire spotter for more than a dozen years.
An acquaintance named Robin Slater informed The Canadian Press in 2016 that Stewart was a native of Canmore.
She was characterized as a remarkable woman who scaled Mount Kilimanjaro and rode a bicycle alone across Canada. She read many books, managed a sizable garden, and worked on embroidery and painting at the lookout.
When Stewart failed to call in for the morning weather report on August 26, 2006, coworkers became concerned. Before filing a missing person report, they made multiple attempts to get in touch with her.
The cabin was empty when a staffer went to check on Stewart. Water was boiling in a kettle on the stove, and the stairs leading up to the house were stained with blood.
At the time, police reported that her room was missing several blankets, pillows, and a gold women's analog watch. They do not think that Stewart was the victim of an animal attack.
According to Mike Cook, a local search and rescue official, the area was thoroughly searched during that time.
He stated, "There aren't any genuine new leads in this; it's something we never let go. We'll keep looking into it as we conduct several other searches throughout the province."
The search was aided, he said, by fifty volunteer SAR workers from eight provincial teams. Units of the RCMP are also searching the area, including a British Columbia-loaned underwater recovery team.
Cook claimed that new tools and unbiased viewpoints might reveal something they had previously missed.
With the aid of GPS, for instance, they can now see precisely where each searcher has walked, exposing potential blind spots.
However, the search yielded no leads regarding Stephanie; four more years have passed with no sign of her.