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Missing Mary Elizabeth Stuart
Mary, circa 1977
Missing Since 12/10/1977
Classification Endangered Missing
Date of Birth Used 04/25/1945 (75)
Age 32 years old
Height and Weight 5'5, 135 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian female. Brown hair, blue eyes. Mary may use the last name Danckert.
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.
Investigating Agency / Department
Humboldt County District Attorney's Office