Ebby Jane Steppach has been missing since October 24, 2015, but the Little Rock Police Department held a press conference about new developments in her case Tuesday.
A new cold case squad at the Little Rock Police Department is now investigating Steppach’s disappearance. At the press conference, Little Rock Police Detective Tommy Hudson said he wouldn’t comment on specific leads in the case.
“Not all the leads have been exhausted yet,” Hudson said. “It’s a long, drawn-out case.”
Hudson was investigating Steppach’s case, then retired. He is now part of the cold case unit with three other retired detectives.
Steppach’s family is now offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to her location. Several members of her family attended the press conference.
Steppach, who was last seen in Little Rock nearly two years ago, would now be 20 years old. She was 18 when she went missing. Steppach was described as having blond hair and hazel eyes, weighing 110 pounds and standing 5 feet 2 inches tall.
Authorities said they received a new tip in Steppach’s case as recently as last week. Anyone with information can call the Little Rock Police Department Major Crimes Unit at 501-371-4660 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Vanished, a podcast about missing persons cases, covered Steppach’s case earlier this year. Listen to the podcast below.
Information for this article was contributed by Dwain Hebda of AY Magazine. The featured photo of Steppach’s mother was taken by Jamison Mosley.