Marie Stuart of Abbotsford still missing after one week

Marie Stuart has been missing since Tuesday, Dec. 27.  - Facebook photo
Marie Stuart has been missing since Tuesday, Dec. 27.
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Abbotsford Police are continuing their appeal to find Marie Stuart, who was reported missing a week ago.

Const. Ian MacDonald said police have received tips from people who believe they may have spotted her around Abbotsford, but none of those have led to Stuart, who is five months’ pregnant.

MacDonald said those reports have been called in some time after the supposed sightings, and a person matching Stuart’s description is no longer there by the time police arrive.

He reminded people to call 911 immediately if they believe they have spotted her.

MacDonald said Stuart, 38, has many friends in Abbotsford, and police remain hopeful that she is staying with one of them and, for whatever reason, does not want to be found.

But police need to know that she is safe, MacDonald said.

“We just want to support her … We just need to know she is OK,” he said.

MacDonald said police have exhausted their search efforts and now are focused on following up on tips.

Stuart, 38, had been playing the smartphone game Pokemon Go with her husband, Leslie Scott Schellenberg, on Tuesday, Dec. 27, when they missed their regular bus to head back home.

They took a different bus, which arrived in front of Sevenoaks Shopping Centre – not far from their home – but went in separate directions when they got off the bus. Stuart did not have a cellphone with her.

Schellenberg was unable to find Stuart, and, when she didn’t return to their residence, he called police.

MacDonald said investigators corroborated Schellenberg’s story, including reviewing security video that showed him and his wife going in separate directions after leaving the bus.

Stuart is 5’ 2” with black hair and glasses. She was last seen wearing a yellow toque and black jacket.

Anyone with information is asked to contact that Abbotsford Police Department at 604-859-5225, text abbypd (222973) or call 911 for an immediate sighting of Stuart.

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