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Venus Stewart Update: Mich. Police Issue Call for Help Finding Missing Mom

Venus Stewart Update: Mich. Police Issue Call for Help Finding Missing Mom
Venus Stewart (Personal Photo)

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Mich. (CBS/WWMT) There's a renewed call for help from police in finding missing West Michigan mother Venus Stewart, who disappeared in April from her parent's front yard in Colon Township.

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Investigators believe that Stewart is dead and have charged her estranged husband, Doug Stewart, with her murder.

Michigan State Police have released a list of specific items that they are looking for, putting out a call to hunters and farmers, hoping that when they head into the fields during harvest and hunting they'll find something related to the search.

The items that police want people to look for include the clothes that Venus was wearing when she was last seen, and other items that police believe Doug Stewart had at the time Venus disappeared.

"What we don't want to have happen is a hunter or farmer go into a field and come across something and not know it," said Lt. Mike Risko, Michigan State Police. "If you come across it, stop right there, call us."

State police say that in addition to the gray t-shirt, pajama bottoms and Croc-style shoes that Venus was wearing when she disappeared, they are also looking for disturbed earth.

State police say the areas of most interest are in the northeast corner of St. Joseph County and the southeast corner of Kalamazoo County.

Investigators believe Venus is likely buried somewhere within five miles of her families home.

Doug Stewart's trial is scheduled to begin in November.

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