Ebby Jane Steppach

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Above Images: Steppach, circa 2015


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: October 24, 2015 from Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: March 31, 1997
  • Age: 18 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'2, 110 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Blonde hair, green eyes. Steppach wears contact lenses, but hers were left behind when she vanished. She may use the last name Jernigan. Steppach may have dyed her hair black after her disappearance. She has a tattoo of the phrase "through every dark night there is a brighter day" in script on her ribcage; a photo of it is posted below this case summary.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Steppach was last seen in Little Rock, Arkansas on October 24, 2015. She had wanted to live on her own, and she'd moved out of her parents' home and in with her brother. On October 23, Steppach had texted her stepfather to say she had been raped. She said the assault involved four males and one of them recorded it on his cellular phone. She said she'd already called the police and she asked her stepfather not to tell her mother and asked him to meet her so they could go to the police station together to file a police report. She never showed up for the meeting and her family was unable to reach her for the next few days.

    Steppach called her brother on the evening of October 25 and spoke to him for four minutes. She sounded groggy and disoriented and said she was in front of his house, but she wasn't, and she was unable to say where she was or who she was with. She said she was in her car and she wasn't in her right mind. This was her last contact with her family; Steppach has never been heard from again. A few days after her disappearance, her silver 2003 Volkswagen Passat with the license plate number 137UFM and her and belongings, including her cellular phone and contact lenses, were found parked behind Joe T. Robinson High School off Chenal Parkway in west Little Rock. The vehicle was out of gas and the battery was dead.

    Steppach was a senior at Central High School at the time of her disappearance; she had previously attended Little Scholars of Arkansas (LISA) Academy, a charter school that focuses on math, science, engineering and computer technology. Her family fears she may have become the victim of human trafficking. Her case remains unsolved.

    Above: Steppach's tattoo


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Little Rock Police Department


    Source Information
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    THV 11
    The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
    KATV Little Rock
    Ebby Steppach's Facebook Page
    Facebook Page for Ebby Steppach
    Halos Investigations
    AY Mag


    Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated September 25, 2017; details of disappearance updated.

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