*UPDATE* Sadly, Stevencia Barlatier has been found deceased. Please see the full update here to read more details and my interview with her cousin.
As I researched the disappearance of Stevencia Barlatier, I was left with more questions than answers. It isn’t abnormal for sources to have bits and pieces that are different, but the information provided for Stevencia’s case is just baffling.
What we do know is that the pregnant 21-year-old disappeared from Orlando, Florida around Thanksgiving 2017. Now, according to NamUs (National Missing and Unidentified Persons System), Stevencia was 18 weeks along in her pregnancy. However, WESH 2 News reports that the young mother was due in December. Also, NamUs claims that Stevencia “was last seen buying a sandwich at the Publix located at 1400 E. Colonial Drive,” but The Charley Project, a website database of missing persons, reported and the Orlando Police Department tweeted that she was last spotted at the Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies just a few days after Thanksgiving.
Three months after Stevencia disappeared, her cousin Britney Beauchard spoke with WESH 2 News and said the last time she had contact with Stevencia was on Thanksgiving Day [November 23, 2017] when they “FaceTimed for a little bit.” I found Stevencia’s Facebook profile, Unbreakable Stevencia NeavahAiden Barlatier, and her last post was on November 25. According to WESH 2 News, Britney was the one who filed a missing person report about Stevencia on December 31.
“We tried cellphones, we tried social media, nothing,” Britney was quoted as saying back in March 2018. “She’s not on nothing. Nothing at all.”
“I know her. She is like a social butterfly,” Britney continued. “She would talk to anybody. So, her not talking to nobody, that’s weird.”
Police tried tracking Stevencia’s cell phone and did get a ping to a home in Kissimmee, Florida, however, the members of the family there told investigators that had no idea who Stevencia was.
The case has remained at a standstill since that time.
Britney did briefly converse with someone in the comment section of one of Stevencia’s Instagram photos. Britney wrote, “Sleep in peace cousin I love u.” Someone replied to her saying, “I just saw on the news that this girl was a missing person so she passed away? The baby?” Britney told the person that the family doesn’t know what happened to Stevencia or “if she is dead yet” but “it’s just that feeling u get cause she wouldn’t up n leave like that.” She ended it by saying, “But she did lose the twins.” When I looked through a few of Stevencia’s Instagram photos, she does seem to confirm that she was pregnant with twins at the time of her disappearance, but there wasn’t definite clarity on the timeline of her pregnancy.
“We just hope she is not out there dead or nothing,” Britney said. “That she’s OK. That’s what we’re most concerned about.”
At the time of her disappearance, Stevencia was approximately 5’5″ tall and 110 pounds (and pregnant). She had black hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information about her disappearance is urged to contact the Orlando Police Department at (407) 246-2470.
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