Details of Disappearance Steele was last seen leaving on May 1, 2008. At 2:00 p.m., she left the home she shared with her mother in the 1100 block of Webster Street in Schenectady, New York. She said she would be back in two hours to pick up her two young children and go to a barbecue.
Steele cashed a check and ran some personal errands. She never returned home and has never been heard from again. Steele did not have a car at the time of her disappearance.
Steele's life before her disappearance had been troubled. She was raised mostly in foster care and, as an adult, she worked for a time at a strip club and allegedly sold marijuana on occasion. She accused her youngest child's father of rape, and his trial was supposed to start in May 2009, the same month Steele disappeared. She was supposed to testify against him. The man was reportedly in jail when she disappeared.
The day she vanished, Steele told a female friend that she was pregnant and would see the doctor that same day to find out how far the pregnancy had progressed. She apparently did arrive for her doctor's appointment.
Steele has four children; the two older ones were placed in the care of their father, Steele's ex-husband after her disappearance, and the younger two were placed with their grandmother.
In mid-April 2009, about two weeks before she went missing, Steele asked her half-sister to take care of two of her children for a month. Steele's half-sister said she would only do so if she were given legal temporary custody. Steele refused to do that. Her brother offered to take the children instead, but she turned him down.
It's uncharacteristic of Steele to leave without warning or abandon her children. She owned a prepaid cellular phone that disappeared with her. The police tried the number several times after her disappearance and the cell phone kept functioning for awhile. Steele's case remains unsolved.
- Schenectady Police Department
Updated 6 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated March 7, 2018; distinguishing characteristics updated.