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Body of a Michigan mother found more than 8 years after disappearance

By Kayla Penokie

Kalamazoo County, MI (WXMI) -- More than eight years after a West Michigan mother disappeared, police believe they’ve found her remains.

Michigan State Police tell FOX 17 Doug Stewart led them to the body of his estranged wife, Venus on Monday. They say the remains were found south of Fulton, Michigan.

Venus Stewart disappeared from her parents’ home in Colon Township on April 26, 2010 while going to get the mail.

Police have long believed Doug kidnapped her and murdered her. They say blood was found in his truck, along with a receipt for a tarp and shovel.

Investigators told FOX 17 Monday a medical examiner from Western Michigan University is assisting at the scene. They also tell FOX 17 they’ve been visiting Doug Stewart in prison once a year for the past several years. Officials say it was two weeks ago he told them he could take them to Venus’ body. Since then, investigators have been getting paperwork and other permissions in order.

Officials says the private property where the remains were found are familiar to Doug Stewart, adding he worked there chopping wood when he was 15-years-old. Detectives say it is common for killers to commit a murder in an area they know. Officials told FOX 17 Monday that Venus was killed in the area her remains were found.

Doug Stewart is currently serving a life sentence after being convicted of Venus’ murder.

Police say a medical examiner will work to confirm the remains belong to Venus.

This is a developing story.

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