Lutricia Steele

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Above Images: Steele, circa 2008

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: May 1, 2008 from Schenectady, New York
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: January 25, 1981
  • Age: 27 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'4 - 5'6, 100 - 125 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Blonde hair, blue eyes. Steele has the following tattoos: a tiger on her ankle, a ribbon with the name "Shawn" on her left arm, the word "Kasin" on her chest and a leopard elsewhere on her body. Her ears, tongue and nose are pierced. Steele may use the last names Zasa and/or Zasa-Steele. Her nicknames are Trish and TT. Her hair was dyed blonde at the time of her disappearance, but its natural color is brown.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A black sweatshirt, blue jeans and black shoes.
  • Medical Conditions: Steele may have been pregnant at the time of her disappearance.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Steele was last seen leaving on May 1, 2008. At 2:00 p.m., she left the home she shared with her mother in the 1100 block of Webster Street in Schenectady, New York. She said she would be back in two hours to pick up her two young children and go to a barbecue. Steele cashed a check and ran some personal errands. She never returned home and has never been heard from again. Steele did not have a car at the time of her disappearance.

    Steele's life before her disappearance had been troubled. She was raised mostly in foster care and, as an adult, she worked for a time at a strip club and allegedly sold marijuana on occasion. She accused her youngest child's father of rape, and his trial was supposed to start in May 2009, the same month Steele disappeared. She was supposed to testify against him. The man was reportedly in jail when she disappeared. The day she vanished, Steele told a female friend that she was pregnant and would see the doctor that same day to find out how far the pregnancy had progressed. She apparently did arrive for her doctor's appointment.

    Steele has four children; the two older ones are in the care of their father, Steele's ex-husband, and the younger two are being cared for by their grandmother. In mid-April 2009, about two weeks before she went missing, Steele asked her half-sister to take care of two of her children for a month. Steele's half-sister said she would only do so if she were given temporary custody. Steele refused to do that. Her brother offered to take the children instead, but she turned him down.

    It's uncharacteristic of Steele to leave without warning or abandon her children. She owned a prepaid cellular phone that disappeared with her. The police tried the number several times after her disappearance and the cell phone kept functioning for awhile. Steele's case remains unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Schenectady Police Department
    518-788-6566

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    Source Information
    The Schenectady Daily Gazette
    The Albany Times Union
    Capital News 9
    North American Missing Persons Network
    New York State Troopers
    MySpace Page for Lutricia Steele
    NamUs

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    Updated 4 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated March 28, 2011; two pictures, alternate height and weight, and clothing/jewelry description added, details of disappearance updated.

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