11 months after Steppach was reported missing, Ebby’s mother, Laurie Jernigan learned Ebby was never registered at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s website. NCMEC recommends you immediately call your local law enforcement agency if your child goes missing AND call NCMEC at 1-800-THE-LOST® (1-800-843-5678). No need to wait for the police to do it. I also recommended that you bring it up to the police officer when reporting your child missing and tell them you will be reporting your child missing there and ask the police for a confirmation number that you have filed a missing report with the police.
UPDATE: 12/23/15 – Ebby’s mother, Laurie Jernigan stated that the Little Rock Police Dept. was giving more help by adding two detectives to the case. They have also stepped up their sharing of Ebby’s photo on social media, according to THV11 news. Jernigan has also been posting on social media and posting flyers in hopes someone will recognize Ebby and leave a tip. There is a $15,000 reward (increased since flyer released) for information leading to Ebby’s safe return. If you have any information you’re asked to contact Little Rock police.
Original story: Ebby Jane Steppach, 18, was last seen on October 24 , 2015.
Laurie Steppach told KATV that Ebby wanted to live on her own. Ebby went as far as to move in with her brother. She was there that Saturday morning before she went to her grandmother’s home in West Little Rock. Ebby’s stepdad, Michael Jernigan, said he was supposed to meet Ebby at her grandmother’s on Saturday, but she was gone before he got there.
Police told the public on Friday, October 30 that Steppach’s vehicle a 2003 VW Passat had been found. Inside was her makeup case that her mother said she would never leave behind.
This reward is reportedly being managed by a private individual not involved with the LRPD and will remain anonymous.
Steppach is described as standing 5’2″ tall and 110 pounds with blonde hair. If you have any information, you are asked to contact Det. Williams at (501) 404-3041.