MSP not optimistic about latest search for Venus Stewart

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LEONIDAS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Nearly six years after Venus Stewart was murdered by her husband, the search continues for her body.

Volunteers with cadaver dogs searched woods in northern St. Joseph County on Sunday hoping to find her remains. The search centered in the area of Leonidas, a small community not far from where Stewart was staying with her parents when she vanished in 2010.

Monday, searchers with the Venus Foundation told 24 Hour News 8 they marked a spot that caught the attention of the dogs.

Michigan State Police were not part of the search, but 1st Lt. Chuck Christensen told 24 Hour News 8 that the agency plans to check the spot later this week.

However, he also said police believe it was a false hit and that there’s a “very low” probability they’ll find anything.

Stewart was taken from her parents’ home and killed by her husband, Doug Stewart. He was convicted of murder in 2011 and is now serving life in prison.

***CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story stated Doug Stewart was convicted in 2012, not 2011. We regret this error, which has since been corrected.***

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