Tips revive decade-old search for missing NSU student

Tips revive decade-old search for missing NSU student

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Quick facts:

  • Investigators say they have not given up on a decade-old disappearance.
  • Stephen Adams disappeared in 2004 after leaving NSU.
  • A recent resurgence of tips has investigators looking deeper into the disappearance.

Investigators in Tahlequah say they have new tips and leads in a mysterious disappearance from over a decade ago.

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Stephen Adams was last seen in Cherokee County in December 2004. For 10 years, FOX23 has covered the efforts to find his body, which included digging and rural areas and using sonar equipment.

Now, Adams would have been 30 years old. The assistant district attorney says he believes the NSU student was murdered, and he wants to find answers for Adams’ family.

He says words scribbled on notebook paper and memories shared through anonymous calls have rekindled the search.

“We have several promising theories,” he said.

Jack Thorp has mulled over theories and grand jury findings, but he still has no definitive answers about what happened to Adams.

What they do know is that Stephen Adams finished up his finals at NSU, got into his truck and drove away. His last phone call was to his girlfriend, and he was last seen at a convenience store around Cookson.

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Through the investigation, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations found that Adams’ textbooks were sold back to NSU and his truck was spotted.

Investigators have combed through the Fort Gibson area, and they even did some digging through the area.

Now, Thorp says the search is not over.

“I know someone knows where Stephen Adams’ body is, I know that person is out there,” he said. “If the right person comes forward, we will move heaven and earth to see if we can go find Stephen.”

Anyone with information that may help this case is urged to contact the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office or the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.