Des Moines County in Iowa
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Crystal Leann Steward

Missing Person

NAME: Crystal Leann Steward
June 11, 1989
135 lbs.
MISSING FROM: Burlington, IA
Des Moines County (jurisdiction)
May 8, 2001

Crystal Leann Steward, 11 years old, was reported missing to the Des Moines County Sheriff’s Office in Burlington, Iowa, on May 8, 2001.

At the time of her disappearance, Crystal was described as a 5-foot-8 white female with brown hairs, blue eyes, and weighing 135 pounds.

She was last seen wearing a black jersey with the number 10 on it, black jogging pants and white Adidas tennis shoes.

Information Needed

If you have any information regarding the disappearance of this individual, please contact the Missing Person Information Clearinghouse Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation at 1-800-346-5507 or the Des Moines County Sheriff’s Office at 319-753-8212.



13 Responses to Crystal Steward

  1. Patrick Kerrigan says:

    Anon, I agree with you that something is rotten in Denmark on this case. Then supposedly a woman claiming to be mom,tells us after 19 years, that she was found within days of her disappearance and she never got around to telling the police for some 19 years. But she feels she needs to let us know.

    Also, would not a neighbor, the local police,someone, would have come across her in their normal daily routine. Unless this family lives miles from anyone, and their phones were knocked out 19 years ago.

  2. Maria Steward says:

    Hello I am Crystal’s mother and she has been found days after she went missing. I never corresponded with the police of her being found. Thank you for your concerns.

    • anon says:

      I can find no evidence of a Crystal Leann Steward who would now be age 31 in Texas, Iowa, or anywhere else. I can tell from public records that someone named Maria Steward from Burlington is now named Maria Gonzalez and lives in Texas, but I, for one, am unable to find any evidence that Crystal is alive and well today.

      • Crystal Lerma says:

        You would not find me under my maiden name because I’ve been married now for 15 yrs. I was not 11 years old when my mother Maria reported me missing, they have the wrong year of birth for me, I was 15 during this time. I have already talked with a sheriff deputy from Des Moines County after they went to my sisters house looking for me 19 years later. I appreciate everyone’s concern for my safety though.

    • Jody Ewing says:

      Maria, this is Jody, the admin for the Iowa Cold Cases website. Do you have a photo of Crystal from 2001 that you could share with me, along with a current photo of her? As her mother, I’m sure you would have many. You may send them to jody at or use the contact form button on this page to reach me.

      Thank you in advance, and I look forward to hearing from you.

      Jody @ ICC

  3. Jon says:

    Unbelievable that there is literally not so much as a photo to help identify this girl. What’s the story here?

    • Jody Ewing says:

      Jon, to date, the Iowa Department of Public Safety (IDPS) has not provided a photo for Crystal. The information listed on her page at the Missing Person Information Clearinghouse (MPIC) is very limited, though local law enforcement usually do provide a photo of the person to MPIC “if” the individual who filed the missing persons report provided one to them.

      As of today, July 22, 2020, the IDPS’s MPIC site lists 378 missing persons. Just 75 of those cases include a photo.

  4. Patrick Kerrigan says:

    As a former police officer and detectve with the Veterans Administration Police, we were pestered by superiors to get more information. It bothers me that all we have is that she is missing and what she was wearing. Also she disappeared in 2001, so more should have been done to seek and publish more details.

    Also, her disappearance may fit into some sort of pattern as Chance suggests. So, after 17 years authorities should be able to share any further details, or is she a runaway.

  5. Chance says:

    I am trying to look into several girls all of whom fit similar descriptions to ms. Steward that have went missing recently in the Burlington area. i believe that Crystal’s case and one or more of these other girls’ cases may be connected. I am struggling finding any further information on any of these girls including Crystal if anyone could point me in the direction of a resource that i may be able to uncover more information I would really appreciate it.

  6. Alice says:

    I don’t entirely know about whether he is in the area, but Joseph Duncan III has no alibi for that day.

  7. andrea says:

    Under what circumstances did she go missing? Who were her parents?

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