Stefanie Francique disappeared from the 11900 block of Old Tuscany Place of Colony Lakes Estates home that she shared with her father and stepmother Nov. 5, 2007, and hasn’t been heard from or seen since.
She was 24 years of age at the time of her disappearance and left behind a 4-year-old daughter.
Investigators say Francique’s personal belongings were found in her home, but her car keys and cell phone were missing.
About 50 people searched the wooded area behind Francique’s parent’s New Port Richey home immediately after her disappearance.
The search party covered about a 10-mile radius said Tammy Richardson, who organized the search at the time, and found a pack of cigarettes, a lighter, t-shirts, sunglasses, and latex gloves.
The cigarettes are believed to be the same brand Francique smoked, said Pasco County Sheriff’s Office at the time.
“It wasn’t by the water,” PSO said. “But it was in close proximity to her house. It’s another piece of evidence that may lead us to where she’s at.”
Francique was never found.
Deputies say there were no indications that somebody had broken into the home, and it appeared that Stefanie had left on foot.
The extensive search of the area revealed that there were fresh tire tracks near a shallow pond at the entrance of the neighborhood.
It’s possible that Stefanie was picked up at this spot, but this has not been confirmed. Francique’s family members believe that she intended to return home that night. It is not believed that Stefanie would willingly abandon her loved ones, especially her 4-year-old daughter.
Unfortunately, Stefanie never returned home, and she remains missing 14 years later.
Investigators did not have any evidence of foul play but described Stefanie’s disappearance as suspicious.
If you have any information that could lead to Stefanie’s whereabouts, please go here to submit an anonymous tip or call Crime Stoppers Of Tampa Bay at 800-873-8477.