EDMONTON – August 26 marks the five-year anniversary of 70-year-old Stephanie Stewart’s disappearance from her post at an Athabasca lookout tower near Hinton while on duty as a fire spotter, a job she held for 18 fire seasons.

The RCMP “K” Division is treating the case as a homicide.

The Alberta Union of Provincial Employees has reaffirmed its $10,000 contribution to the reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible.

The reward is offered in conjunction with Alberta Sustainable Resource and Development, the government ministry Stewart worked for.

“We’re hoping to see this mystery solved soon. It’s truly a heartbreaking story and Stephanie’s family, friends and co-workers deserve answers,” said AUPE President Guy Smith.

“The AUPE family continues to mourn her disappearance and we’re encouraging anyone with any information to please come forward,” said Smith.

Persons with information are urged to call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or the Hinton RCMP at 780-865-5544.

For more information:

Guy Smith, President, AUPE, 780-930-3301 or 780-265-2294 (cellular)
Tyler Bedford, Communications, 780-930-3406