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University student goes missing after final exam, police search for clues 9 years later

tahlequah disappearance

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Family and friends of a university student who went missing 9 years ago are still searching for the person behind his disappearance.

Authorities say 26-year-old Stephan Adams had just finished taking a final exam at Northeastern State University on Dec. 13, 2004.

He spoke with his girlfriend as he was driving from school.

Officials say he indicated that he had another person in the truck with him.

However, agents were never ever to positively identify that person.

Adams’ 1995 white Chevy pickup truck is still missing.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, the Tahlequah Police Department, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department and the district attorney’s office followed hundreds of leads since his disappearance.

While persons of interest have been identified, more information is needed to make an arrest.

The OSBI is offering up to a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for his disappearance.

If you have any information to help solve the case, call the OSBI at 1-800-522-8017.