Grand jury issues report on disappearance of Stephen Adams

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Okla. - A Cherokee County grand jury has completed an investigation into the 2004 disappearance of a Northeastern State University student.

Stephen Adams was last seen Dec. 13, 2004 at NSU in Tahlequah, Okla.  His girlfriend reported him missing the next day, telling authorities she last spoke to Adams hen he called her after taking a final exam.

Adams told his girlfriend he was giving someone a ride to the Keys area before visiting his mother in Webbers Falls and going to work in Muskogee.

Witnesses reported they saw Adams alone at a store in the Cookson area before driving north on Highway 82 toward Keys.

Adams' white GMC pickup truck was found a short time after his disappearance.  It was parked, locked and abandoned by the Illinois River.

According to a report released Tuesday, the grand jury believes Adams was the victim of a homicide and that his body is located somewhere in eastern Oklahoma.

Read the full grand jury report here

Members of the grand jury believe "certain individuals" had a motive to murder Adams, but the jury was unable to uncover a suspect or suspects during their investigation nor did they uncover the location of his body.

According to the report, much of the group believes the person or persons involved in Adams' death testified in front of the jury and some of the witnesses who testified are guilty of perjury.

While neither the suspect(s) were identified nor the location of Adams' body uncovered, the grand jury believes their investigation will lead to an arrest: 

"We do believe that the grand jury's efforts have been successful in discovering additional evidence related to the disappearance of Stephen Adams.  We expect that the information received through the grand jury process will be used to help find the body of Stephan Adams, and ultimately will lead to the arrest of the individual or individuals involved in his disappearance."

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