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LITTLE ROCK, AR – The body of 18-year-old Ebby Steppach, missing since 2015, has been found inside a park’s drainage pipe.

Steppach was last seen on October 24, 2015, in Little Rock, Arkansas . She had left her brother’s home that morning to visit her grandmother in west Little Rock.

Her stepfather was supposed to meet her there, but when he arrived she had already left. The following evening she called her brother and spoke to him for four minutes.

According to her brother, she sounded disorientated and said she didn’t know where she was or who she was with. That would be the last time anyone would ever hear from her.

Edit: Crime Watch Daily has a pretty good writeup on the phone call between her and her brother.

About a week later, her 2003 Volkswagen was found abandoned in Chalamount Park in West Little Rock. The car had a dead battery, was out of gas, and the ignition key was in the “on” position. Steppach’s cell phone, contact lenses, and purse were still inside the car.

Police would later discover the phone call she made to her brother had been made from the park. The park has been searched multiple times since her car was found but no trace of the teen was ever found.

On Tuesday, the mystery of Steppach’s whereabouts was solved. For some reason, police decided to search a drainage pipe at the park where her car was discovered and found Steppach’s remains. Police have not released any further information, including a cause of death.

After her family was notified they released a statement that read in part:

The family would like to thank all of you who have supported efforts to find Ebby. It has been through your support, many prayers and God’s strength that they have been able to make this journey. God hears and answers all prayers. Yesterday, God answered the family’s prayers to find Ebby.”

GOSSIP AND RUMORS

I am only including this part because I found it interesting. While doing a little research into this, I ran into a Reddit thread and some Websleuths stuff that mentioned a teen named Dontarius Taylor.

It turns out that Taylor disappeared from nearby Jacksonville, Arkansas on the same night Steppach disappeared. He was evidently found as he has a Facebook Page and seems to either be in or served time in jail.

The two reportedly knew each other, evident by a snapchat story that allegedly featured both Steppach and Taylor.

Armchair detectives also figured out that in 2015, Taylor was seeing a girl that worked at Footlocker. In one of Steppach’s Instagram pictures, she is also wearing a Footlocker uniform.

Some may say that it would look as if police would have talked to this Taylor fella’ when he was eventually found. Maybe they did… but there are a couple of news articles out there discussing just how botched the initial investigation into Steppach’s disappearance was handled.

This is all just wild speculation of course. Like I said, I just thought it was an interesting coincidence.

As of right now, with the information we currently have, Steppach could have easily crawled into the pipe herself in some kind of drug or alcohol stupor. It wouldn’t be the first time it has happened.

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