Karen Denise Steed

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Above: Karen, circa 1997

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: November 25, 1997 from Piedmont, Alabama
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: September 8, 1968
  • Age: 29 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'7, 120 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Blonde hair, green/blue eyes. Some agencies spell Karen's name "Karren."
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    Details of Disappearance

    Karen was last seen in her Piedmont, Alabama residence on November 25, 1997. On December 18, three weeks after her disappearance, her beige 1982 Ford Fairmont with Alabama license plate number 11DW289, was found abandoned on Interstate 20 in Cleburne County, close to Heflin, Alabama. There was no signs of foul play at the scene. She has never been heard from again. Karen was employed as a certified nursing assistant at the time of her disappearance. Her husband, Jimmy Steed, stated she was not behaving unusually prior to going missing. She left behind a young daughter.

    In December 2014, Jimmy pleaded guilty to the murder of another woman. He was sentenced to 105 years in prison and will almost certainly never be released. Authorities have stated Jimmy is a suspect in his wife's disappearance and in the disappearances of James "Patrick" Burrows and Jeffery McFry, who went missing within two weeks of each other in 1990. Both men were involved in drug activity. David Ronald Chandler was convicted of ordering Burrows and McFry's murders, but authorities believe Jimmy Steed was involved as well. He hasn't been charged in connection with any of the three disappearances, and Karen's case remains unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Calhoun County Sheriff's Office
    256-236-6600

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    Source Information
    Missing Persons in Calhoun County
    Alabama Department of Public Safety
    The Cleburne News
    The Anniston Star

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    Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated March 6, 2015; details of disappearance updated.

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