Stepha Henry, 22, Missing in Florida … This case Sounds Familar to Some Others


Twenty-two year old Stepha Henry has been missing since May 29, 2007 in Fort Stepha_HenryLauderdale, FL. Stepha Henry’s case has some similarities of a couple of other high profile missing person cases that we have covered. Stepha Henry attended a reggae concert on May 29, 2007, her parents saw her get into a man’s car and her parents have never seen nor heard from her again. This story has many similarities to Natalee Holloway. She went to a club in Fort Lauderdale called  Peppers Cafe and has been missing ever since.

In a strange twist of irony, the case of missing Stepha Henry also has similarities to Imette St. Guillen. Henry was an honors graduate of criminal justice from John Jay College and planning on going to law school. St. Guillen was a forensic-science student at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

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    25 Responses to “Stepha Henry, 22, Missing in Florida … This case Sounds Familar to Some Others”

    1. Richard on June 18th, 2007 5:57 am

      I’ve seen a few newspaper columns contrasting the (relative) lack of attention that this case has gotten and Natalee’s disappearance. Some writers infer from the contrast that a “rich white girl syndrome” is at work.

      I think that’s BS.

      Why the difference in coverage? Many factors are involved in what the media takes up, and when. Sadly, if every missing person got extensive media coverage there would be nothing else on TV screens.

      But for the media, the dramatic, the unique, is what attracts. It is the circumstances of the Natalee Holloway case … and the certainty that a foreign government is and has been actively engaged in a cover-up of a crime against an American, with our government standing passively by … that are responsible for its getting so much attention.

      That, and the fact that Natalee’s parents have been waging a lonely struggle against the Aruban government from day one. Not “lonely” in the sense that they lack supporters; this forum and so many others are witness to that. But “lonely” in that our authorities seem not to care.

      Was it in 1977 that Leon Klingerhoffer (spelling may be wrong), a handicapped, wheelchair-bound American, was murdered in cold blood on the Achille Lauro and dumped in the Mediterranean? The days were that we would have hunted perpetrators of such a crime to the ends of the earth.

      Now we subsidize factions of the PLO, thinking we’re making a contribution to peace …. (We see how effective that is.)

      In the same way, our government’s “hands-off” approach to Aruba, maybe in hopes that it can be used against Venezuela, is revolting.

      Anyway, I think that is what accounts for the intensive coverage given to Natalee’s case. And the babble about “rich white girl syndrome” is just that, in my view.

      We hope that EVERY missing person case is solved (even as we know that not every one will be), and believe that EVERY life is important. But not all coverage will be the same.

    2. Waterboy (Jerry) on June 18th, 2007 8:03 am

      I know some of what I’m going to say will not be politically correct. In my world, I don’t have to mess with all that stuff. I basically say what I want from the heart, and don’t worry about it.

      I don’t think it would make any difference to me if Natalee were black; I would still be following this case. If the missing person had the same qualities as Natalee, and I’m definitely not talking about the color of her skin, I would follow the case.

      The effort and dedication of Beth, Jug, and Dave also caught my attention. I don’t know of many parents who would put that much effort and dedication into finding a child (mine would have not, and they love me very much).

      There are always those who will exploit the race card, and I think the big news medias are some of the worst.

      And so what if we (I mean I-it’s squarely on my shoulders) do follow the case because Natalee is a beautiful white child, that’s our choice if that is our reason for doing so, and if that were my reason for doing so, then so be it. All the race stirring in the world is not going to make me feel guilty. Blow it out your ears, any one who says I should feel guilty. You will get no apologies here.


    3. Scared Monkeys on June 18th, 2007 8:20 am

      Richard I agree …

      Those that use the term “white girl syndrome” have actually no idea what they are talking about when it comes to missing persons.

      They do so in order to reference the story in hopes people will hit their web page.

      Media is subjective, so how could it ever be equal. However, what families need to realize is that there are other ways to get their message out … NOT JUST TV.

    4. Miss-Underestimated on June 18th, 2007 8:23 am

      Can her parents rally the media? If I were them I would contact parents like Beth Twitty or John Walsh. I am sure they could bend over backwards to help these parents to rally the media.

    5. Waterboy (Jerry) on June 18th, 2007 8:35 am

      The Dutch forensic team is still in Aruba, and they are working overtime on all they gathered at the house of sloot. Substances are being analyzed for biochemical, molecular, and physical evidence.

      I’m going to go out on a limb and make this prediction. If the Dutch team is legitimate (I have some doubts), they are going to call Paulus, Joran, and the two retarded K. brothers back in for questioning. They will round them up all at one time and hold them so that there can be no disclosures of the simple question they will ask them all.

      The investigators will know the answer to the simple question. Was Natalee ever in the sloot house? What will they say? The investigators will know the truth, will Joran?


    6. Carpe Noctem on June 18th, 2007 8:37 am
    7. Waterboy (Jerry) on June 18th, 2007 8:43 am

      The investigators will know and may ask, was the girl who disappeared a year before Natalee ever in your home (the word home is used very loosely here)?


    8. Miss-Underestimated on June 18th, 2007 11:49 am

      The Natalee Holloway case is not just about the white girl.
      It is largely followed because of the “in your face statements made by the perps and the cover up by the ALE.

      Now, if this were a simple murder and I mean it in the sense of …we have a body and we have murderer, say like Kelsey Smith…the case is pretty much done. Everyone has done what they could and they have the crime solved.

      It is not that simple for Natalee, we have no body and we have a cover up to prevent those responsible for being held responsible, all in the name of tourism.

      Luckily in the US, we have advocates of victims.

    9. nurturer on June 18th, 2007 11:52 am

      Even if they don’t find anything now, they could still say that they found biological evidence and the results are the same as those taken from Beth Twitty, indicating genetic match. And that the material found was NOT hair, so that their comeback couldn’t be ‘Well, Mrs. Twitty did spend some time here.”

      Bluff them to make them sweat. Then make them talk. Depends I guess if they are permitted to do that, and if they will even try.

    10. Just Bearly on June 18th, 2007 6:30 pm

      Please do not scorn me for raising this question… How can things like this happen to people who are highly intelligent? … Especially for young women who go to the clubs or are out and about alone, just make sure someone you know always has your back, knows where you are, and who you are out with.

      Good advice in life is to always think smart, and try not to ever let your guards down.

      For instance…(nothing in common with this) … In Yahoo news today a feature about a man from Japan who is 111 years old. Some of his secrets to longevity- never drinks, doesnt smoke, drinks a glass of milk a day, and is closely knit with family…. He would make a good mentor for just about anyone.

    11. postahchild on June 18th, 2007 6:32 pm

      Re: #7 – Who is “the girl who disappeared a year before Natalee”?

    12. Maggie on June 18th, 2007 8:47 pm

      #10 it happens to people whether they are rich, smart, poor or not so smart, because all humans let their guards down at times, especially young people. They don’t expect a freak to be lurking nearby waiting to move in on them. Stop and think about it. Every one of us at times in our lives have put ourselves in similar situations, we were just lucky that some Predator wasn’t around to take advantage of it.

      “Rich, White girl is just more propaganda. The one’s who use it and are so worried about it, should put their money where their mouth is and start a blog or something to help then. Natalee’s story is what is it is because a Mother and Father got up every day and went out and kept this story in the media. If it wasn’t for Beth, this story would’ve went away in a few days and more than likely 2 security guards would be doing time. Stop whining about the one’s who do get lots of publicity and do something to help the one’s who don’t or go away.

    13. Waterboy (Jerry) on June 18th, 2007 11:02 pm


      Yes, there was a young girl, I think a local (not 100% sure) who disappeared a year before Natalee, and they found her remains in a trash pile. The area had been searched before with no results. There use to be information on the Internet, and I downloaded it. I can’t find it. I think Dave Holloway mentioned her in his book, but I’m only about 85% on this. I am 100% sure that Dave Holloway did mention her on Dana’s show, and I heard him do so. I think the girl was 17 when she disappeared.


    14. smoo on June 18th, 2007 11:25 pm

      Jerry, #5. Please do not use the word “retarded” in that way. It is a legitimate word to describe a condition of people who are developmentally delayed (like my son). It should not be turned into an insult.

      Your use of it in that manner was just as bad as if you had used an ethnic slur.

      Most people do not intend to insult retarded people, but this is, indeed offensive to us.

    15. Waterboy (Jerry) on June 18th, 2007 11:40 pm

      To Joran,

      Hey you sporter (or what ever the heck your crazy mother calls you), How do you feel about the Dutch Forensic team putting you and old dad’s underwear under a microscope? Does it make you feel a little nervous as to what they might find? Good, sporter, you need to be, cause there will be some interesting discoveries.

      I’ll bet you hope they don’t tell all they know.

      They dug up your yard, and searched your house, didn’t they? What did they find? You can’t find out this time can you paulus? You don’t have a huggie buddy on the inside who can spy for you.

      Let me give you some advice for the day they haul you back in for questioning-tell the truth. In case you don’t know what that is, it is the thing you have not been telling.

      Will they find evidence Natalee was at the sloot mansion i.e.—slootland)? Will they not find evidence that she was there? As you said-that is the 640 thousand question. I think you said the 64 million dollar question.

      If you tell the truth, and they have found no evidence-you just put the noose around your neck. If you lie and they do have evidence, than you have hung yourself with a double rope. If you tell the truth and they have evidence-maybe they will go lighter on you. You are the sporter-so go for it sport, and a hell of a day to you lad!


    16. Waterboy (Jerry) on June 18th, 2007 11:54 pm


      So noted, and sorry. You’re right I only meant it as an insult, and not to those that don’t deserve it. My best friend in grade school was mentally handicapped, and quite frankly I never to this day have had a better friend.

      It goes back to the taped conversation in the police car. Please don’t take it in the wrong way. It is sarcasm. I’m using Joran’s words in describing D.


    17. smoo on June 19th, 2007 12:11 am

      Thank you, Jerry

    18. WTF on June 20th, 2007 7:30 am

      As usual a post about someone else has turned to natalee (a rich white girl).

      This post topic is Stepha Henry not a rich white girl. By the way she’s been missing since May 29 and this blog just listed this week. Hmmm.


      SM: You know what brain surgeon, Mr know-it-all, there are probably many other that we did not post on at all because of time. I did not see you bringing this case to our attention.

      Keep up the negative nonsense and you will find yourself no longer having a reason to leave ignorant comments. Take your hate elsewhere … like under a rock.

      In all this you cannot find a positive thing to post … amazing.

    19. sp on June 21st, 2007 1:42 am

      I would just like to say that all this controversy between white and black is hideous. The fact remains that these women are missing without a clue! fight about white and black later and help support what you know about the victims. Racial issues will always be a subject in everything that goes on in todays world…this is nothing new people, so please stop the fighting and start uniting.

    20. bm on June 25th, 2007 10:20 am


    21. SteveDinMD on June 28th, 2007 4:53 am

      to bm: There have only been a handful of cases that have received national attention over the past decade, representing but an infinitesimal percentage of all cases, irregardless of the victim’s race.

      As relating to the case of Stepha Henry, it doesn’t seem that it should be so difficult to solve. She was driven to the nightclub from which she disappeared by a “friend.” When interviewed by police, the “friend” claimed to have left the club without Stepha and without the car. Police have yet to locate the car or determine who owned it. The “friend” claimed that he borrowed the car from a “friend of a friend.” Ok, who believes this nonsensical story?

      It should take at most 20 minutes for investigators to trace ownership of the vehicle, assuming the “friend’s” story were true. That they have been unable to do so invites further questions:

      1) “If you abandoned the car at the club, how did you get home?”

      2) “Having supposedly abandoned the car where you parked it that night, what ever happened to it?”

      3) “What did you do with the car keys?”

      4) “Who lent you the car in the first place?”

      5) “Weren’t you concerned about being unable to return the car to the friend whom you borrowed it from?”

      Beyond this, who in the world borrows a car without knowing who owns it??? In all likelihood, this young woman is dead, and the odds are approximately 999 to 1 that the “friend” is either responsible or knows what happened. I don’t know, but it appears as though the investigators in this case are graduates of the Aruban Police Academy.

    22. Nut44x4 on June 29th, 2007 11:06 am

      #21 Excellent post Doc Steve. I am also curious as to why someone from San Juan Cable, LLC ISP in Puerto Rico is so interested in this case. Referring URL points to Search Engine = and Search Words = stepha henry …thus entering SM onto this page. Sorry if this confuses anyone, I guess I am just thinking outloud w/ fingertips, lol. I have been watching the site meter in recent days and it facinates me.

    23. Nut44x4 on June 29th, 2007 11:12 am

      I also wish I could control how fast my fingertips type so I could stop all the ‘typos’.

    24. Robin on July 14th, 2007 6:07 pm

      If they spoke to this guy that she got in the car with that night, and he says that the car doesn’t belong to him–well, why in the hell they don’t make him tell them who the car did belong to and take it from there. If they have a missing car, that alone is a red flag. Blacks are so ignorant, they want to keep there mouth shut and all this nonsense about no snitch. This girl did nothing and someone that knows anything, should come forward. If I knew something I would be the 1st to step up–freakin cowards.


    25. jj on August 16th, 2007 10:49 am

      I think that with Stepha Henry there is not enough media coverage on this case. Whether she is black, white, or whatever origin/nationality, she is someone’s child, and a human being, that is all that should matter. It puzzles me about the guy that picked her up, and they went to the club together, but didn’t leave together, and he left without the car that he came in. I think that whomever those two women that they sat Stepha left with in the same car, sent the guy who picked her up to go get Stepha, and bring her to the club that night. I feel that they cannot find the car, because whatever happened to Stepha happened in that car, and those two women had something to do with it.

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