Stephen Shawn Austin

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Left: Stephen, several years before his disappearance (recent photos are unavailable);
Right: Age-progression to age 33 (circa 2012)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: August 19, 1997 from El Paso, Texas
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: September 22, 1979
  • Age: 17 years old
  • Height and Weight: 6'1, 140 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: African-American male. Black hair, brown eyes. Stephen has scars on both sides of his neck and on his nose, and his right ear is pierced. His nickname is Steve. He had bad acne at the time of his 1997 disappearance.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A white t-shirt, dark blue or brown pants or jeans, white tennis shoes, and a round gold earring in his right ear.
  • Medical Conditions: Austin suffers from heart and sinus problems. He also has asthma.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Stephen was disappeared from El Paso, Texas on August 19, 1997. Accounts differ as to whether he was last seen leaving his residence in the morning hours to go to school, or was last seen at his home at 11:00 p.m. that day. He resided with his parents in the 9500 block of Sims at the time of his disappearance.

    Austin has been known to abuse alcohol in the past. He'd gotten in trouble with the law before and was on juvenile probation; he vanished only one day after meeting with his probation officer for the first time. A cousin reported seeing Austin in 1999, two years after his disappearance, but this sighting was never confirmed and no one has heard from him since 1997. The circumstances of his disappearance are unclear.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    El Paso Police Department
    915-599-5712

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    Source Information
    Texas Department Of Public Safety
    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
    Nation's Missing Children Organization
    NamUs
    KTSM 9

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    Updated 6 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated February 6, 2014; details of disappearance updated.

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