MSP: Remains found in Kzoo Co. identified as Venus Stewart

Southwest Michigan
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WAKESHMA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Authorities say the remains found in Kalamazoo County have been identified as Venus Stewart.

Michigan State Police Lt. Chuck Christensen said autopsy results confirms the remains are the mother of two, who disappeared from her parent’s Colon Township home in 2010.

Monday, state police said the remains were discovered down a two-track near South 42nd Street and East U Avenue in Wakeshma Township, about 20 miles southeast of Kalamazoo and 12 miles north of where Venus Stewart was last seen alive.

Christensen said a tarp found at the scene matched the one her estranged husband bought a day before the murder.

State police said Doug Stewart led authorities to the remains eight years after the murder. He said they never would have found the remains without Doug Stewart leading them to it. 

Authorities been talking with Stewart for several years, in coordination with another media outlet. About a year ago, Doug Stewart admitted to killing his estranged wife, but did not disclose what he did with her body, according to Christensen.

Det. Todd Petersen said time, pressure and authorities agreeing to a couple of prison requests ultimately changed Doug Stewart’s mind.

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