GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - A woman possibly abducted Monday morning from a home in ColonTownship is still missing, but police say she is not with herestranged husband.
Venus Rose Stewart, 32, was last seen wearingpajamas on Monday morning. Police believed she may have been withher estranged husband, Douglas Harrie Stewart.
But the 29-year-old man was contacted at his Virginia home andhe said he hasn't seen her.
Late afternoon Tuesday, Douglas Stewart spoke with 24 Hour News 8 and saidhe had nothing to do with his wife's disappearance. He was, hesaid, out of state.
"I am a good citizen, a good person," he said by phone.
Police had difficulty locating Douglas Stewart, but found him inVirginia. Michigan State Police said they are not clearing him as aperson of interest, and are working with Virginia police to confirmhis whereabouts on Monday.
24 Hour News 8 also spoke by phone with Venus Stewart's father.He said she was abducted Monday morning when she went to putsomething in the mailbox.
Court documents show Douglas and Venus had a strained marriage,including a history of domestic violence. Venus had been arrestedfor hitting Douglas. But in July 2008, she filed for a personalprotection order against him, citing sexual and physical abuse.
Then, the couple moved to Virginia.
Venus filed for divorce three times in two different countiesand Douglas filed in Virginia, he said, but the couple stayedmarried.
Recently, she and the couple's two young children moved back toMichigan to live with her parents. Court documents reveal thislatest move was sparked by an investigation into the sexual abuseof their 5-year-old daughter.
Douglas Stewart denies that, and said he "doesn't understandwhat she is doing, or what her plan is."
Venus Stewart is white, 5-foot-4, about 130 pounds and has browneyes and dark hair. Stewart may have been abducted from herparents' house in the 55000 block of Driftwood Drive in ColonTownship. It would have happened between 7:10 and 8:30 a.m., policesay.
There are two vehicles police remain interested in finding:1998 silver Mercury, four-door with Virginia license plate XNP-1453or a 2005 silver Dodge Ram, full-size, four-door pickup truck withVirginia plate XNP-1301.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the MSP White PigeonPost at (269) 483-7611 or after hours at the Rockford RegionalDispatch Center, (616) 866-6666.
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