A story gets old. A case gets cold. Another missing person goes forgotten. I hope and pray that won’t be the case for Stepha Henry.
The vivacious graduate student disappeared during this year’s Memorial Day festivities here in South Florida. The search continues, and her family and friends continue to pray for her safe return. They recently held a vigil at a church in Miramar, as an expression of their faith that she is still alive, and as a reminder that the search for Stepha continues.
The effects on the families of the missing can be devastating. This AP article by Marcus Franklin illustrates the stress Stepha Henry’s parents are currently enduring. In order to pay the bills, her father has had to return to work. Her mother, Sylvia has put her job on hold. “She lives more than 1,000 miles apart from her husband and their other daughter, 16. Her day consists of handing out fliers, praying and reading the Bible, talking to news media and police and desperately hoping Stepha will turn up.”
The end of the article really touched me: “When [Stepha’s father Steve] Henry thinks about his missing daughter, he said he misses the sisterly bickering over clothes between Shola and Stepha that once filled his Brooklyn home as he tried to watch television. Now, he said, the home is wrapped in an eerie quiet: Shola doesn’t say much or venture into her sister’s room, and her mother is in Florida looking for answers.” That silence must be unbearable.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Henry family. We all continue to hope for Stepha’s return.
The reward has increased, and the police are still searching for tips. Anyone with information should call Miami-Dade Det. Brigette Robert at 305-418-7200 or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.