Where are they?
Mary Elizabeth (Danckert) Stuart was born on April 25, 1945. She was married to Byron McCray Stuart, who reportedly was quick to anger and not afraid to resort to violence. Mary left her home in Honeydew, California around 10:00 in the morning on Saturday, December 10, 1977. She and her two young daughters, two-year-old Jessie Flo and one-year-old Fannie Fawn, left in the family’s red Opel station wagon to run some errands. They planned to visit a television repair shop in a neighboring town, the optometrist, and a grocery store. The trio never returned home that evening.
At the time, Mary was living with her husband Byron McCray Stuart, but he did not report them missing. Instead, it was a friend that reported her missing the following Tuesday, sparking a search in the surrounding areas.
More than a month later, the station wagon was found abandoned just a few miles away from the Stuart home. It was found on a logging road with a broken gas line and groceries still in the car. While suspicious of a husband who didn’t report his wife and young daughters missing, investigators at the Humboldt County Sheriff’s office announced there didn’t appear to be any struggle near the car and no arrests were made.
In 2009, the case was reopened. Investigators began speaking to people that they had never spoken to before and named Mary’s husband, Byron, as the primary suspect in the disappearance and deaths of Mary and the two girls. Unfortunately, after being diagnosed with AIDS in 1991, Byron died from hepatitis in 1996.
Police believe that others may have been involved with the disappearance and murder of the three as well, and they have made a public plea hoping anyone with information will come forward to talk with investigators. They are currently focused on locating a burial site in the Honeydew region. Mary had a daughter from a previous marriage who is now an adult and keeps in touch with investigators working on the case.
At the time of Mary’s disappearance in 1977, she was thirty-two years old. She weighed approximately 135 pounds and was 5’5”. She is described as a white female with shoulder length light brown hair and blue eyes. If you have any information about the disappearance of Mary and her two daughters, please contact the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office at (707) 445-7251.