Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
The last verified siting of Eddie and Stephanie Hunsberger was February 25, 1978. The couple visited the home of Eddie’s parents for help filling out their tax returns. As they were leaving, Eddie told his mother they would be back later.
Both Eddie and Stephanie had a scheduled appointment at a local methadone clinic in February 1978, but they failed to show. Eddie also failed to keep up regular contacts with his probation officer.
Following several weeks without hearing from the couple, Eddie’s mother contacted Stephanie's father, former Upper Merion High School principal Dr. Jay Smith, who told her that the couple had fled to California for safety because of the amount of money they owed drug dealers.
On August 19, 1978, police arrested a hooded Dr. Jay Smith in the parking lot of a local mall with four loaded guns and a syringe filled with knockout drugs. A search of his home turned up three pounds of marijuana, and security guard uniforms that would eventually be connected to unsolved armed robberies from the past year. He said the drugs belonged to the Hunsbergers’ and went to jail denying any role in the robbery.
Investigators made attempts to locate the missing couple as part of the investigation into Smith’s involvement with the local robberies and later when he was tried as an accessory to the murder of Susan Reinert and her children, but no leads ever led to even a substantiated sighting.
Unsubstantiated sightings were made of Stephanie, but not Eddie.
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Pennsylvania State Police