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Missing Central High student's car found, teen still missing

Ebbys Mom

UPDATE (10/30 8:45 p.m.):

Little Rock PD says they have found Ebby Steppach's VW Passat, but are still searching for the missing Central High teen.


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Central High School senior Ebby Steppach has been missing since Saturday.

On Wednesday, LRPD Lt. Steve McClanahan said there is no immediate danger in her case and she's likely missing because she wants to be.

Ebby's mother disputes that.

"I understand her strong will, I understand all of that. She would never do this. She loves her family so much, she wouldn't cause her family this much pain," said Ebby's mother, Laurie Steppach.

Laurie said her 18-year-old daughter wanted to live on her own. Ebby went as far as to move in with her brother. She was at her brother's house Saturday morning before she went to her grandmother's home in West Little Rock.

Ebby's stepdad, Michael Jernigan, said he was supposed to meet Ebby at her grandmother's on Saturday, but she was gone before he got there.

"When she wasn't at her grandmother's house on Sunday, that's when thing started to get like, 'well, where is she?,'" said Jernigan.

Ebby's brother did get ahold of his sister on Sunday night. Laurie said Ebby sounded confused and disoriented, and she said she was lost.

An LRPD police report state Ebby's brother said she didn't know where she was or who she was with.

The call was four minutes long. That was the last time Ebby had contacted any family member.

"From that point on, it just started going to voicemail, we haven't heard from her or seen her since," sobbed Laurie.

Laurie said Ebby had recently moved from Lisa Academy to Central High where she met new friends, some of which Laurie had never met.

Ebby is a white female, 5-feet-2 inches tall, and 130 pounds.

Police describe the teen's car as a silver/grey 2003 Volkswagen Passat with Arkansas license plate 137UFM.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Ebby Steppach, you're asked to call police at (501)404-3041.

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