True Crime writer Chelsea Hoffman is known for her prolific coverage of missing persons cases, serial killers and other related topics.
Stephanie Hayden Is Missing
Have you seen this missing woman? Stephanie Hayden was reportedly last seen around April 18th, but hasn't made contact with her loved ones since she disappeared. Furthermore, there are disturbing details developing in this young woman's case.
Police in Henrico, Virginia, say that 22-year-old Stephanie Hayden was last seen at her residence at around 4:00 p.m. on the 18th. NBC News 12 reports that the 22-year-old woman left her home in a blue Honda Civic. She is described as a white female, with blue eyes and dark blonde or light brown hair. She has a tattoo on her foot that says "limitless," among other tattoos. Her ears are also pierced. According to her family, Stephanie Hayden was last seen wearing a blank tank top, dark colored denim jeans and a pair of black boots.
In a disturbing update in this developing case, it's been revealed that her car and her cellphone were found abandoned at a 7-11 in downtown Richmond, Virginia—which is an approximate three-hour drive from where Stephanie Hayden was last seen.
The missing woman's sister has taken to social media with information, stating that Stephanie was last seen by their mother when she was leaving her home. She reportedly told her mom that she was "going for a drive," before disappearing.
Jen Hayden has been keeping the public updated on her sister's disappearance via Facebook. The missing woman's sister says that they are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the whereabouts of Stephanie. The young woman's sister says that Stephanie hasn't reached out to any of her coworkers or friends while missing, which is a truly disturbing bit of info considering her car and phone have been found abandoned.
There are several questions that need answered in regards to this case. For instance, why would this missing woman "go for a drive," only for her car and cellphone to end up three hours away from where she was last seen? So far there have been no details to imply that she had intended to drive all the way to Richmond from Henrico—nor are there any details indicating that she may have been in trouble or had plans to go in that area. Did this missing woman have any relationship problems? Was she involved in any criminal behavior? Or was Stephanie Hayden the victim of a random crime? Another possibility to consider could be the possibility that this missing woman simply abandoned her phone and car in an attempt to voluntarily disappear. Hopefully some more answers come out in this case soon.
One thing is for certain: When a missing person's vehicle is located before they are, foul play is usually a circumstance of their disappearance. Authorities haven't indicated whether or not any forensic evidence was collected at the scene of Hayden's abandoned vehicle, but it goes without saying that this search has turned into an investigation of sorts.
While detectives in Henrico work to figure out how this missing woman's car made it three hours away from her home, her loved ones are asking for help in finding out where she is. This truly desperate situation has left them at the mercy of those who are willing to share the missing woman's flyers.
Stephanie Hayden is far from the only woman to go missing from Henrico, Virginia. Currently there are several missing cold cases in the area—some of which young women that have been missing for many years. One such case is the disappearance of 23-year-old Hazel Alice Klug, who disappeared in 1986. Henrico is also home to dozens of unsolved homicides.
With there being elements of foul play in Stephanie Hayden's disappearance, it's easy to get nervous about finding her with each day that passes. She has now been missing for nearly a week.
If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Stephanie Hayden, please do not hesitate to contact the authorities in Henrico, Virginia. The number to call is (804) 501-5000. Any information could prove useful in figuring out what happened to this missing woman. If you want to remain anonymous, you can also call Crime Stoppers in Metro Richmond at (804) 780-1000.