Debra Kay Stewart

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Above: Stewart, circa 1976

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: May 21, 1976 from Austin, Texas
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: September 5, 1956
  • Age: 19 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'1, 130 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: African-American female. Black hair, brown eyes. Stewart has a scar on one breast.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: Blue patchwork jeans, a blue long-sleeved blouse with white stitching, a blue bandana, a wide belt and brown shoes.
  • Medical Conditions: Stewart suffers from a chronic kidney condition requiring medication. She needs to drink plenty of fluids to keep her kidneys functioning.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Stewart was last seen in Austin, Texas on May 21, 1976. She was last seen leaving her job at Sears at the Hancock Center near Hyde Park. She was en route to a doctor's appointment at the University of Texas student health center, but never arrived there. She has never been heard from again. Her apartment was left in a neat, clean condition, and none of her belongings were missing. Between 8:00 and 9:00 p.m. the day after Stewart's disappearance, her car was found abandoned in the 1800 block of Ferdinand Street in east Austin, about a mile from her apartment. It was locked and the keys were in the ignition. Witnesses saw an African-American male, about 5'9 to 5'10 and 190 pounds, getting out of the car. He was neat-looking with short hair, wearing a long-sleeved button-down shirt and dark-colored casual pants.

    Two other young African-American women, Jennifer Barton and Brenda Moore, both disappeared from Austin in the spring of 1976, and it's possible the three cases are related. Moore vanished on March 7, 1976; she was last seen on the east side of Austin. Her car was found abandoned in the 1900 block of Coleto Street, less than a block from where Stewart's vehicle was later located, with the car keys inside it. Photographs of Moore are unavailable; she was 19 years old at the time of her disappearance and is described as 5'0 tall and 125 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. There is no hard evidence that Moore, Barton and Stewart's disappearances are connected, but police are looking into the possibility.

    Stewart was a sophomore at the University of Texas in 1976, majoring in communications. She had a part-time job at a department store. Foul play is suspected in her case, which remains unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Texas Department of Public Safety
    800-346-3243

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    Source Information
    Texas Department of Public Safety
    The Fremont Argus
    NamUs
    KXAN

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    Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated May 21, 2017; details of disappearance updated.

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