The Stuart family revisited

One of my regular informants located this article about the 1977 cases of little Fannie and Jessie Stuart and their mother Mary, whom I just added to Charley yesterday after finally obtaining her picture. As ever, the husband/father, Byron Stuart, is the prime suspect. Unfortunately for the case, he’s dead. He died in 1996 at age 48.

I was curious to see what caused Byron to die at such a young age, so I looked for and found his obituary. He apparently never remarried or had any other children, though the obit does mention a girlfriend. The obit does not mention Mary, Fannie or Jessie at all. Byron was an alcoholic and a drug addict. He was diagnosed with AIDS in 1991 and went off substances after that, and become a local community activist for AIDS sufferers. He died of hepatitis in 1996.

Anyway, with Byron dead, at this point all the police can really expect is to maybe find the mother and children’s bodies. It’s the children that particularly horrify me — why harm them? A one- and two-year-old could not be expected to be witnesses, even if they did see what happened to their mother.

5 thoughts on “The Stuart family revisited

  1. Cheryl August 20, 2009 / 1:00 pm

    Kind of strange that the obituary didn’t mention his family. Wonder whats up with that?

  2. lcoastmom September 8, 2009 / 8:50 am

    They had been missing for 19 years, a lot of things can be forgotten in 19 years.

    Does LE have anything that belonged to the 3, or Byron for DNA comparison? If not, unless their remains are found somewhere local with ID attached I don’t imagine they will ever be “found”.

    There wouldn’t be much left at this point, especially of the babies.

  3. theresa January 30, 2013 / 3:07 pm

    i was told that the fannie child could of been myself, but i doubt it. Is there a picture of byron anywhere? i have looked and can not find one.

    • Meaghan February 2, 2013 / 5:58 am

      I can’t find one either. I’d have posted it on my website if I had found one.

    • jehdbr December 20, 2020 / 11:45 pm

      What makes u say that she could of been ur sister? They have Byron’s DNA on file try Humboldt County California I believe. I have a sister somewhere myself her name is rayann or raynell or ray something is all I know. My birth certificate says 75 what year were u born

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