Reward offered in case of Tahlequah man missing 9 years


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Updated: 12/12/2013 9:39 pm Published: 12/12/2013 5:04 pm


The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is offering up to a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the death of Stephan Adams. 

Nine years ago, Adams was driving from school December 13, 2004, after taking a final exam. He spoke to his girlfriend at approximately 11:30 a.m. during the drive. He indicated he had another person in the truck with him. That person’s identity is unknown at this time. 

The case has remained unsolved for nearly a decade, but now new information has surfaced.

Dec. 13 will be the nine year mark Stephen Adams disappeared. FOX23 News spoke with police about how the case is coming along.

This was never a cold case, it has been worked from day one and continues to be worked hundreds of leads have been investigated in the disappearance of Stephen Adams in 2004.

The information regards to Mr. Adams disappearance and believed death have been developed from those leads, but we still need more information to make a case and arrests. 

At a news conference Thursday, Chief Nate King said Thursday was about reminding everyone that police still need help in solving this case.

"Any information regarding Stephen could be the missing piece we need to make our case," King said.

Police hope a $5,000 reward will help them find out what happened.

"The location of Stephen's body is very important information that we need," King said.

King says everyone involved is willing to do what it takes to close this case

"We are all prepared to put in countless more hours to bring justice and closer for Stephen and his family," King said.

Persons of interest have been developed but more information is needed to make arrests. Adams’ 1995 white Chevrolet pickup truck remains missing. The truck’s license tag is SCQ-714. The truck has chrome bed rails and a red pinstripe down the sides. 

The OSBI is particularly interested in any information on where Adams may be located. If you have any information to help solve this case, please call the OSBI at 1-800-522-8017. 

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