Monday, July 18, 2022

The Disappearance and Murder of Stevie Bates

 

Stevie Bates vanished in Queens, New York on April 28th, 2012. The then-19-year-old disappeared after taking a cross-country road trip. Stevie returned to New York via bus and was captured on surveillance footage at the Port Authority Bus Terminal. Shortly after exiting the bus, Stevie called her mother and said she was going to visit her boyfriend at a property where he had been squatting. She was never seen or heard from again. 

According to Stevie's mother, the NYPD was not very helpful when she first reported Stevie missing. The police reportedly told Stevie's mother that she was an adult and maybe did not want to be found. However, Stevie's mother knew it was uncharacteristic for Stevie to fall out-of-touch and she was immediately worried for her daughter's safety.

Years passed without any updates in Stevie's case. Then, in 2020, human remains were found at a construction site on Cypress Avenue in Glendale, Queens. A construction worker noticed that there was a rolled-up blanket about five feet down a bank. When the blanket was removed by an excavator, the construction workers noticed that there were bones inside. It took months, but in March 2021, the remains were identified as that of Stevie Bates. Her death was classified as a homicide.

Stevie's mother said that the building where Stevie was found is the same building where she said she was going to meet her boyfriend on the day she vanished. Reports state that the boyfriend was interviewed by police, but he denied any involvement in Stevie's disappearance. At this time, he has not been named as a suspect or even a person-of-interest.

Stevie's murder remains unsolved. If you have any information that could help convict her killer(s), please call 1-800-577-TIPS.

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