Marie Stuart of Abbotsford still missing after four months

No trace of woman who was five months pregnant at the time of disappearance

Marie Stuart was five months pregnant with her first child on Dec. 27 when she went missing in Abbotsford.

She had been playing the smartphone game Pokemon Go with her husband, Leslie Schellenberg, 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 vehicle.

Stuart, 38, did not have a cellphone on her.

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

Abbotsford Police Const. Ian MacDonald said there has been no trace of Stuart ever since – no bank activity, no confirmed sightings, no doctor’s appointments and, with her due date having come and gone, no sign of her having given birth.

“We’ve been troubled by this whole thing, as has her family … It’s a head-scratcher, for sure,” MacDonald said.

He said investigators have pursued every avenue possible trying to find an answer to Stuart’s disappearance, including conducting about half a dozen ground searches in the area and two searches of Mill Lake.

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.

They do not believe he is in any way responsible for her disappearance.

But without any new evidence or information, police are stalled in their investigation.

“All we end up with is a whole slew of theories … but nothing conclusive,” MacDonald said.

Stuart is 5’ 2” with black hair and glasses.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Abbotsford Police Department at 604-859-5225, text abbypd (22973) or call 911 for an immediate sighting of Stuart.

 

This image of Marie Stuart was obtained by police and released to the public not long after her disappearance on Dec. 27.

Missing-person posters about Marie Stuart can still be seen in locations across Abbotsford. Tyler Olsen photo

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