Two-year-old Jessie and one-year-old Fannie were last seen with their 32-year-old mother, Mary on December 10, 1977 in Honeydew, California.
The three of them left at 10:00 a.m. in Mary's red Opel station wagon with license plates numbered 456-AII.
They were going to go to the grocery store, a TV repair shop in Eureka or Fairfield, California, and may have also planned to see an optometrist. They were supposed to return home by dark, but they never did and have not been seen since.
On January 19, 1978 (a month after Mary, Jessie & Fannie went missing), Mary's station wagon was found abandoned on an old logging road a few miles from home. The car's gas line was broken and there were groceries in the back; however, there were no signs of foul play or a struggle.
Mary's husband, Byron McGray Stewart has been long considered a suspect in his wife & daughters' disappearance. Stewart had a bad temper & a history of violence, but the authorities didn't have enough evidence to charge him.
After his family disappeared, Stewart began behaving strangely, abusing drugs & said that his wife & daughters had been abducted by aliens. He was a drug addict & an alcoholic who went into recovery after he was diagnosed with AIDS in 1991; he died at the age of 48 in 1996.
In 2009, the investigation into the Stuarts' disappearances was reopened and investigators hope to recover Mary, Fannie and Jessie's remains. As of 2020, their cases remain unsolved.
Description[edit | edit source]
Jessie is described as a Caucasian female with blonde hair & hazel eyes, is 2'8 and 26 pounds.
Fannie is described as a Caucasian female with red hair & hazel eyes, is 2'4 and 20 pounds.
Mary is described as a Caucasian female with brown hair, blue eyes, is 5'5 and 135 pounds.