May 11, 2010
Investigators continued to search for a Newport News woman who has not been seen since visiting her parent's home in Michigan in late April. Police identified the missing woman as 32-year-old Venus Stewart.
Her mother recreated her daughter's disappearance Monday. Therese McComb said Stewart, dressed in pajamas and slippers, went outside her parent's home to mail a letter. Moments later Stewart disappeared after an apparent struggle and hasn't been seen for weeks.
Investigators have conducted searches using a dog, a boat and a helicopter with no results. Family members have plastered her picture across their west Michigan community, hoping to spark any information to her whereabouts.
Police said the woman's husband is in Virginia. He is not considered a suspect at this time, but court documents show an investigator believes he may be involved. The woman's mother said the couple had a "deteriorating" marriage and had filed for divorce in 2008. However, divorce proceedings were not completed.
Recently, Stewart was granted temporary custody of the couple's two daughters.