VIDEO: Family of missing pregnant woman, Marie Stuart, makes public appeal

VIDEO: Family of missing pregnant woman, Marie Stuart, makes public appeal

Stuart has been missing for more than a month, since Dec. 27, 2016

  • Feb. 4, 2017 2:00 p.m.



Marie Stuart, a pregnant 38-year-old Abbotsford resident, has been missing for more than a month.

She disappeared near Sevenoaks Shopping Centre on Dec. 27, 2016 and hasn’t been seen by any member of her family since, police say.

In a video released today by the Abbotsford Police Department, Stuart’s family makes a direct appeal to anyone with information about her whereabouts.

Janet Stuart, the missing woman’s mother, speaks directly to the camera, flanked by Marie’s husband, Leslie Scott Schellenberg, and her brother Dean, his wife Sarah and their daughter Autumn.

“We, as a family, are very concerned about her safety and well-being and the safety of her expected baby,” Janet Stuart says. “We’re asking if you have any information of her whereabouts or her safety to please contact the Abbotsford Police Department now.”

Stuart, 38, had been playing the smartphone game Pokemon Go with her husband 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.

She did not have a cellphone on her.

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

Abbotsford Police Const. Ian 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.

He said police have ruled out that Schellenberg had any involvement in his wife’s disappearance.

Stuart is 5′ 2″ with black hair and glasses.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the APD at 604-859-5225 or text at 222973 (abbypd).

 

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