Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
On Saturday, August 26, 2006, at approximately 9:00 am, Stephanie Stewart was reported missing from the Athabasca Lookout Tower where she is a seasonal employee. The Athabasca Lookout Tower is located 25 kilometers north west of Hinton off of highway 40.
Police have noticed missing from her quarters two pillows with blue pillow covers, burgundy bed sheets, and a duvet cover with Navajo pattern on it in earthen tone browns with blue highlights on the top and backside is blue and burgundy. Also missing is a woman's gold annalog watch, with a second hand and the day of the week and date displayed.
Investigators initially searched various aspect of this remote area with assistance from: RCMP Police Dog Services; RCMP Air Services; RCMP General Investigation Section; RCMP Major Crimes; Sustainable Resources; Parks Canada; Conservation Officers; Alberta Forestry, as well Search and Rescue Teams from various locations around Alberta. Efforts are now being directed to re-address certain parts of the search areas as a result of tips from the public. While the area is remote and sparsely populated there has been fairly steady flow of tips. Investigators are encouraging anyone who may have been in the area of the Athabasca Lookout Tower, 25 kilometers northwest of Hinton, off of Highway 40, during the early morning hours of August 26, 2006 to contact Hinton RCMP.
Investigators are confident that Stephanie Stewart was not the victim of any form of animal attack. As pieces of bedding were found to be missing this is being treated as a suspicious disappearance. The RCMP is committed to investigating every avenue of possibility in their attempts to locate Stephanie Stewart. The Government of Alberta and the Alberta Union of Provincial employees, have posted a $20,000 reward for information leading to an arrest, conviction or recovery of Ms. Stewart.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Hinton RCMP (780) 865-5544
Edmonton RCMP (780) 412-5300
Crime Stoppers 1-800-TIPS(8477)
Alberta Missing Persons