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03/04/04

Foundation Offers Reward for Missing Woman

Relatives of a woman missing for more than two years hope a reward will help solve the case. Stephanie Howard disappeared from Jesup, Wayne County, Georgia in November of 2001. Now a California foundation has offered $5,000 for crucial information. Stephanie vanished without a trace. And now police hope the lure of money will break more than two years of silence.

Brenda Howard has only her photos to remember her daughter, who was 22 years old when she disappeared. "I have spent countless sleepless nights walking the floor, days when I didn't eat because I can't get her out of my mind," she said.

According to her mother, the night she disappeared she went to hang out with friends. She and the friends parted company that night and she hasn't been seen since. That was on a Friday night. "Saturday I was more anxious when I didn't hear from her," recalled Brenda. "Sunday, I was really starting to worry."

Police say they've investigated the case from the beginning with no luck and no trace of Stephanie. Now victims of another case could help. Loved ones of three people killed in Yosemite National Park offer reward money in unsolved cases through a nonprofit foundation, and they've agreed to help with Stephanie's case. "We hope someone will hear this and have some information to share with us," said Det. Glenn Jackson with the Jesup.

Brenda says she just wants answers, even if it takes greed and reward money to pry open the truth. The reward foundation has a good record so far. They've paid $100,000 for arrests in cases around the country. If you have information on this case, call your local authorities.

Reported by: Dal Cannady, dcannady@wtoc.com

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