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Venus Stewart Update: Wal-Mart Receipt Raises Suspicion in Case of Missing Mother, Say Police

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ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Mich. (CBS/WMMT) New details continue to emerge in the search for missing mother Venus Stewart, who investigators believe was kidnapped almost two weeks ago at her parents' home in Colon Township, Mich.

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Police have now searched the property of the woman's estranged husband, Douglas Stewart. CBS affiliate WMMT obtained the search warrants that detail what police were looking for when they searched, and what they found as potential evidence.

According to the documents, they found an apparent blood stain on the driver's side door of Douglas Stewart's pick-up truck. The documents say police also found a receipt from an Ohio Wal-Mart showing a purchase that included gloves, a tarp, and a shovel.

The court documents say that detectives also removed ten items from the Virginia apartment that Douglas used to share with Venus; those items included two computers and a roll of duct tape.

The 32-year-old mother disappeared on April 26 from her parents' home in Colon, over 80 miles south of Lansing. According to her mother, Therese McComb, Stewart had gone outside early that morning in her slippers and pajamas to mail a letter and never came back.

According to WMMT, a neighbor reported seeing a man crouched behind a gray pick-up truck that was parked in an empty lot across from the house around the time that she went missing.

The local CBS station also reports that the documents say that tire impressions taken from that scene were compared to those on Douglas Stewart's truck and that the general tread pattern is a match.

Anyone with any information about where Venus Stewart might be is asked to call Michigan State Police at 269-483-7611.

Story Contributed by CBS Affiliate WWMT

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