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1843DFAL - Karen Denise Steed

Karen Denise Steed

Name: Karen Denise Steed
Case Classification: Endangered Missing
Missing Since: November 25, 1997
Location Last Seen: Piedmont, Calhoun County, Alabama

Physical Description

Date of Birth: September 8, 1968
Age: 29 years old
Race: White
Gender: Female
Height: 5'7"
Weight: 120 lbs.
Hair Color: Blonde
Eye Color: Blue-green
Distinguishing Marks/Features: Unknown


Dentals: Available
Fingerprints: Not available
DNA: Not available

Clothing & Personal Items

Clothing: Unknown
Jewelry: Unknown
Additional Personal Items: Unknown

Circumstances of Disappearance

Karen Denise Steed, the mother of a young daughter, was last seen by her husband as she left their home at 9:30 a.m. Mr. Steed said nothing unusual preceeded his wife's disappearance. He just thought she had gone to her sister's house across town, but she never come home. Her sister reported her missing three days later.

Steed's vehicle, a beige 1982 Ford Fairmont with Alabama license plate 11DW289, was located on I-20 eastbound, about a quarter of a mile west of Heflin, Cleburne County on Thursday, December 18, 1997. The car was locked, and forensics scientists found no clues nor signs of a struggle.

Steed's case is similar to the August 1990 disappearance of James Patrick Burrows of Piedmont. Burrows, was last seen leaving the Steeds' home on his motorcycle. The motorcycle was found about two years later, in a railroad bed behind a lake near the Steeds' home.

Though no one has been arrested in her disappearance, Steed may have disappeared because of what she knew about other missing persons.

Investigating Agency(s)

Agency Name: Calhoun County Sheriff's Office
Agency Contact Person: Investigator Alex Ference
Agency Phone Number: 205-236-6600

Agency Case Number: Unknown

Agency Name: Alabama Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Agency Contact Person: N/A
Agency Phone Number: 800-228-7688
Agency Case Number: Unknown

NCIC Case Number: M873892328 or M079263666
NamUs Case Number: 2349

Information Source(s)

Calhoun County Sheriff's Office
Alabama Department of Public Safety
The Anniston Star News Archive - 12/20/97
The Huntsville Times News Archive - 12/23/97

Admin Notes

Added: 8/4/11; Last Updated: 10/16/15

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** Listed information is from the time of disappearance.

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