- Associated Press - Sunday, September 27, 2015

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - It’s been nearly two decades since a 17-year-old Bethel girl vanished, and her family is still looking for answers.

Saturday marked the 19th anniversary of Stella Evon’s disappearance and family members said they are renewing an effort to find out what happened to her, reported KTUU-TV (https://bit.ly/1O3j2Av ).

Evon was returning from a friend’s house in the early morning of Sept. 26, 1996, and wasn’t able to get inside her home.

“They lived right across from the police station, so she went over to the police station for some help,” said Evon’s cousin, Juliet Stonecipher. “They tried going over and assisting her and trying to get her grandmother to open the door, but they had no luck so they brought her to her older sister’s house.”

But Evon left her sister’s house between 5 and 6 a.m. and was never seen again.

The family is currently offering a $5,000 reward fund for information about Evon, but Stonecipher told KTUU-TV that they are trying to raise money so they can increase that amount.

“Somebody out there knows something about her disappearance,” said Stonecipher. “This is somebody’s daughter, somebody’s sister, somebody’s cousin, somebody’s auntie, friend, we need justice for Stella and closure for her family and friends.”

Stonecipher said people still reach out to her on Facebook to talk about good times spent with Evon.

“Stella was a very fun person, she was always laughing, she would always find something to laugh about, she was very outgoing,” Stonecipher said. “She’s very kind, she loved everyone.”

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Information from: KTUU-TV, https://www.ktuu.com


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