Jessie Flo Stuart
Jessie, approximate photo date 1977 Age-progression to age 38 (approximate photo date 2013)
Missing since: 12/10/1977
Type of missing case: Endangered Missing
Age at time of disappearance: 2 years old
Height / Weight: 2'8, 26 pounds
Other characteristics: Caucasian female. Blonde hair, hazel eyes.
Details at time of disappearance: Jessie and her sister Fannie were last seen in Honeydew, California on December 10, 1977. The girls disappeared with their mother, Mary. They left home 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, to a television repair shop in Eureka or Fairfield, California and may have also planned to see an optometrist. They were supposed to return by dark, but never did.
On January 19, 1978, Mary's vehicle 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. There were no indications of foul play or a struggle. There has been no sign of Mary or the children since 1977.
Byron McGray Stuart, who was Mary's husband and Fannie and Jessie's father, has long been considered the prime suspect in their disappearances. He had a bad temper and a violent history, but authorities never had enough evidence to charge him.
After his family disappeared, Byron was behaving strangely, abusing drugs, and said his wife and children had been abducted by aliens. He was an alcoholic and a drug addict who went into recovery after he was diagnosed with AIDS in 1991. He never remarried or had any other children. He died in 1996, age 48.
The investigation into the Stuarts' disappearances was reopened in 2009 and investigators hope to recover Mary, Fannie and Jessie's remains. Their cases remain unsolved.
Other case information
Agency in charge: Humboldt County District Attorney's Office
Other information: The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
The Eureka Times-Standard
Unsolved in the News
The Santa Rosa Press-Democrat
The Redwood Times
The North Coast Journal
Psychic detective links:
Revised: October 12, 2004. Last updated March 12, 2018 details of disappearance updated.