KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — It was a drama that played out over eight years: Even after Doug Stewart was convicted of murdering his wife, he wouldn’t say where her remains could be found.
That was, until last week, when he finally showed police where he buried Venus Stewart nearly a decade ago.
Police video obtained by 24 Hour News 8 through a Freedom of Information Act request shows the moment Doug Stewart walked detectives into the woods and pointed out where they could dig to find his wife’s remains.
“There were so many stumps, trees and debris. There was so much debris that this was the open spot,” Doug Stewart said, explaining why he chose the spot.
After making the decision work with law enforcement, Doug Stewart led Michigan State Police to his wife’s remains, Venus Stewart, on Oct. 22 in Wakeshma Township, about 20 miles southeast of Kalamazoo. Doug Stewart buried her body down a two-track deep into the woods, 12 miles north of where she was last seen.
Almost a decade later, Doug Stewart was certain that the area he led detectives to was the correct spot.
“I mean, of course, I’m always going to second-guess myself ’cause it’s eight years, but I’m about 90 percent right here,” Doug Stewart said. “Because as you look back here as you come back, you see there’s kind of a weird trail coming back here to begin with, there’s kind of a partially-broken trail. And when I got back here I was like, this is way too much: there’s way too much rocks over there, there’s no way. And when I looked over here, there was so much foliage, there’s no way — and right in between was a random open spot.”
Police later confirmed the remains were those of Venus Stewart.
Detective 1st Lt. Chuck Christensen of the Michigan State Police said investigators would have never found Venus Stewart’s remains without Doug Stewart.