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Stevencia Barlatier, 21, Was Murdered — Her Cousin Is Pleading For Help
In January 2019, I reported about Stevencia Barlatier, a young woman who had gone missing in 2017. The 21-year-old was pregnant with twins when she disappeared from Orlando, Florida, and immediately I noticed that information shared about the case was alarming. To begin, there were conflicting reports at every turn. From her last know whereabouts to how far along she was in her pregnancy, reports about Stevencia Barlatier didn’t make sense. On Thursday (September 3), I was contacted by Stevencia’s cousin, and it hurts my heart to update that she’s been found deceased.
Britney Beauchard came across my previous report about her cousin and told me the tragic news. Just one month after I wrote my about Stevencia, someone was randomly walking through a remote field in Hernando County, Florida, about an hour and a half away from Orlando. The person, a local resident in the community, was collecting scrap metal when they came across the remains of Stevencia Barlatier hidden in the underbrush about 25 yards off the side of a road. According to Britney, that person isn’t considered to be a person of interest or a suspect in her cousin’s murder. Stevencia’s cause of death has not been shared.
“Stevencia Barlatier was born November 29,1995, in Haiti,” Britney shared with me. “Stevencia came to live in Florida in either 2012 or 2013. “She was an older sister, a soon to be mother, a best friend, a cousin… She was a very social butterfly 🦋. She had such a caring heart for everyone.”
Britney also stated that Stevencia was known to be on social media quite a bit, especially Facebook. Her last post was on November 25, 2017, and investigators later found a surveillance video that showed Stevencia Barlatier shopping at a grocery store that afternoon. She is seen on camera leaving the Publix store by herself and there is no indication that she was followed outside. She called Britney sometime during the day, as well, but Britney said that she wasn’t able to answer the phone. “That will haunt me forever.”
Stevencia’s family and friends couldn’t get in contact with her and her Facebook posts came to a halt. It was uncharacteristic for the expectant mother, so her loved ones began to worry.
“That was not normal at all,” said Britney. “She would always talk to someone. So, in December 2017, we made a missing persons report. Her then-boyfriend/baby father Emmanuel Escarment did not make a report. She was missing, was eight-and-half-months pregnant, due in December 2017. That’s what got us concerned. Also, she was going to have twins—a boy and a girl. She loved those babies more than life itself. She would have been the best mother.”
According to a news report made in December 2019, there have been a number of people questioned in connection to Stevencia’s case, including her boyfriend. Police found it suspicious that he didn’t report her missing, but there haven’t been any arrests connection to this case.
Even as she told me her cousin’s story, Britney Beauchard would interject to say that it all brought her to tears. Stevencia’s loved ones are pleading with the public to share this information with the hopes that someone, somewhere will come forward to help not only bring them closure but justice for Stevencia Barlatier.
“PLEASE. ANYONE. EVERYONE. SHARE THIS STORY #JUSTICEFORSTEVENCIABARLATIER,” Britney wrote to OBG. “She is now my guardian angel… May her soul Rest In Peace. Please share all over Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, anywhere. Help us find justice for her.”
Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact investigators at the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office at (352) 754-6830 or their local authorities.
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