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NANCY GRACE

Stephanie Low Missing After Abrupt End to Phone Call

Aired February 14, 2011 - 21:00:00   ET

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NANCY GRACE, HOST: Vanished into thin air.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Look for her.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We just need to find her.

GRACE: So many cases.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We`re still looking.

GRACE: So few leads.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Missing.

GRACE: Missing person.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It`s our duty to find her.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Missing.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The witness seen the suspect on the NANCY GRACE show.

GRACE: There is a God.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: NANCY GRACE show was out there for us.

GRACE: Found alive, 50 people, 50 days, 50 nights. Let`s don`t give up.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: All I know is she was afraid, that somebody was threatening her.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The victim of recent threats, 22-year-old Stephanie Low was afraid, so afraid she calls her brother extremely worried, wanting him to come over to the house. But Stephanie`s brother instructs her to get into a cab and come over to his place to spend the night. Stephanie never heard from again.

GEORGE LOW, FATHER: I do not know what happened to my daughter.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I`m scared. I mean, I`m most definitely scared.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: My worst fear is that we ain`t going to never find her.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: That`s probably what I think about the most.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Stephanie was on the phone firming up plans with her brother`s girlfriend. But she hangs up. They call back and can`t reach Stephanie.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It`s just the way the call ended. It was -- she got frantic.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Stephanie`s loved ones head over to the house to check on her later that day. From the outside, everything seems fine. But inside the home, there`s no sign of Stephanie.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There were some things that we found in the apartment that were unusual, that could have -- could lead us to believe there, you know, possibly has been some harm done to her.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Cops say they have reason to believe the 22-year- old taken against her will. Stephanie`s family and friends won`t give up until they can bring Stephanie home.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We want to find her as fast as we can because we know the chances of her being OK are better the sooner we can find her.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Don`t be afraid. I know a lot`s going on and you`re probably overwhelmed. Don`t be. Just call. Everyone wants you just to come home.

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GRACE: Every day, 2,300 people go missing in America, disappear, vanish, their families left waiting, wondering, hoping, but never forgetting. And neither have we -- 50 people, 50 days, 50 nights we go live, spotlighting America`s missing children, boys, girls, mothers, fathers, grandparents gone. But where?

Tonight, live, Wisconsin. Twenty-two-year-old beauty Stephanie Low calls her brother on a Saturday night, asking him to stay at her house, says she`s afraid after getting a series of threats. Stephanie`s brother and his girlfriend tell her they`re low on gas and take a taxi over to their place. But suddenly, mid-conversation, Stephanie hangs up. A call back goes straight to voicemail.

Friends head to her house. Everything looks normal, the front door locked. But once inside, no Stephanie, blood on the bed, the sheets gone, cell phone, keys, missing, purse and wallet left behind. Police say evidence proves Stephanie was taken against her will. Tonight, who took 22-year-old Stephanie Low?

Straight out to Jean Casarez. Jean, exactly what evidence points to a struggle or kidnap?

JEAN CASAREZ, "IN SESSION": Well, a struggle or kidnap is because of what was found in the home. Here is what we have learned from police. Inside that home, the sheets were stripped off the mattress. There weren`t any pillows. There was nothing. There was blood and there was one slipper. But police are saying not that much blood that they can`t say that Stephanie Low is still alive.

Let`s go out to right now Pam Warnke. She is an anchor/reporter with WAOW television in Wausau, Wisconsin. Pam, I want you to go through the timeline with us because the last time that she was seen alive -- I`m saying alive -- was Saturday night, October 9th, right, at a tavern with friends?

PAM WARNKE, WAOW-TV (VIA TELEPHONE): That`s right, Jean. She was apparently at a bar not very far from her house, just a few blocks. And sometime a few hours later, she reportedly made that call to her brother and her brother`s girlfriend. She sounded frantic, saying she feared for her life, she did not want to be alone. Her parents tell us that phone call suddenly ended, and after failed attempts to reach her, they drove to the house. She was not there, just her two dogs were there, dogs that they say she wouldn`t have neglected, she wouldn`t have left alone. So they knew there was something wrong. And she hasn`t been heard from since.

CASAREZ: All right, Alexis Weed, "NANCY GRACE" producer, joining us from New York, let`s really look at this timeline. The first call comes in to her brother through her sister-in-law-to-be around 8:00 o`clock in the evening, correct?

ALEXIS WEED, "NANCY GRACE" PRODUCER: ... early morning hours on October 10th that she then makes that second call to the brother`s girlfriend. That`s when she says, I feel threatened, I don`t want to be home alone, please send my brother to come stay with me at my apartment tonight.

CASAREZ: OK, so she feels threatened. It`s 12:38. Where do we think that call is made from?

WEED: Jean, we believe the call was made from her home, although police are not 100 percent certain. They said that they had a little bit of trouble triangulating the location of her phone because it was off for a long period of time after these calls, and during the time when she was making many, many calls, Jean. She made as many as 40 calls within the hour that she was last heard from.

CASAREZ: Do we have any idea who those 40 calls were made to? Those are a lot of call, almost one a minute.

WEED: A lot of calls, and we understand she made hundreds of calls within that last week that she was seen alive. And we don`t know, though, who these calls were made to, other than we know that she called the brother`s girlfriend and she called the brother that night. Police have not let us know the rest of those calls, who they were to and from.

CASAREZ: All right. So Stephanie Low goes to a tavern with friends. The friends drop her off at home. She makes a phone call to her brother to say, Look, I`m scared, I don`t want to be alone tonight. And that`s the last that she was ever heard from.

We`ve got very special guests tonight. First of all, Cynthia Low (SIC). She is the mother of Stephanie Low, joining us tonight from Green Bay, Wisconsin. And Shelley Resch, Stephanie Low`s best friend and her future sister-in-law. Thank you very much for joining us.

This is only four months old. Claudia, you lost your daughter, gone missing only four months ago. How did you find out that she was gone?

BLAKE: I got a phone call on Sunday morning from Shelley saying something was wrong because she hadn`t been able to reach Stephanie. And she told me what had occurred earlier in the morning. And I immediately continued -- tried to call her and sent people over to the house early that day. And the doors were locked, and nobody answered. It was later that day that Shelley and the friend, Alyssa (ph), got into the house...

CASAREZ: All right, Shelley...

BLAKE: ... and found that she was missing.

CASAREZ: They broke in the house. Shelley, joining us from Green Bay, Wisconsin, you were the closest friend to Stephanie Low. You spoke with her that night. Am I correct?

SHELLEY RESCH, FRIEND AND SISTER-IN-LAW: Correct.

CASAREZ: What was her voice -- what was her...

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RESCH: ... that morning.

CASAREZ: Right, the last known person to have spoken with her. What was her voice like? What does your gut tell you now as you think about that call four months ago?

RESCH: She sounded mad, really agitated. She wasn`t -- she wasn`t her normal happy self but -- and she sounded really agitated when I talked to her on the phone because -- go ahead.

CASAREZ: No, go ahead.

RESCH: She just -- I knew she was angry because of the way I was trying to explain things to her -- just, you know, Hold on, we can get you a cab, you can come stay here. She wouldn`t let me even get that out before she had hung up the phone. So she was -- she was angry with me that I was unable to get Dan, her brother, to her house to stay with her overnight.

CASAREZ: OK. Joining us tonight, also from Wausau, Wisconsin, is Greg Hagenbucher. He is the captain, the detective from the Wausau Police Department who is actively investigating this case. Detective, thank you very much for joining us. Inside that apartment, what did law enforcement find?

GREG HAGENBUCHER, WAUSAU POLICE DEPARTMENT (via telephone): When law enforcement was called to the apartment because of what the family members thought was suspicious, patrol officers found some blood then the sheets missing off the bed, pillows missing from the bed and thought it was suspicious enough to call in detectives. Detectives then responded and saw the same thing, called in supervisors. And that started the investigation on that Sunday, October 10th.

CASAREZ: Detective, where exactly was the blood found?

HAGENBUCHER: There was blood found on the bed, on a nightstand next to the bed, and on the floor.

CASAREZ: OK. And one of her bedroom slippers was there and one was not?

HAGENBUCHER: That`s correct. There was one bedroom slipper found at the apartment, and according to family members, mother had bought those for her, and one could not be located at the apartment.

CASAREZ: As far as phone calls, the phone call that we`ve been focusing in on is 12:38, when she called her family saying, I don`t want to be alone, can you come and pick me up so I can stay with you, can you come here and stay with me? Did she make any other phone calls after that 12:38 AM call on October 10th?

HAGENBUCHER: No, that was her last telephone call outgoing.

CASAREZ: OK. Detective, how far away is the tavern she was at with her three friends?

HAGENBUCHER: Four or five blocks from her apartment.

CASAREZ: Four or five blocks. And they brought her home, correct?

HAGENBUCHER: One of the friends brought her home and then returned to the tavern.

CASAREZ: Now, do you have video surveillance of her leaving the tavern?

HAGENBUCHER: Yes, we do.

CASAREZ: What time was that?

HAGENBUCHER: About 12:15 AM on October 10th.

CASAREZ: So 12:15, 12:48 -- do I have that time right -- is the last phone call. Is there is a very short window there, am I correct, Detective?

HAGENBUCHER: Yes. Well, that`s the last outgoing call. There, you know, could have been other calls after that that were made to her phone, which we did have. But that was her last outgoing call. So that`s the time we know she last used her telephone to make a call or dial a call.

CASAREZ: We are taking your calls live tonight. Detective, was there any sign of forced entry into the home at all?

HAGENBUCHER: No, ma`am.

CASAREZ: So do you believe this is someone that she knew or someone that knew of her?

HAGENBUCHER: Well, if she normally kept her doors locked, it had to be someone she knew or somebody she maybe was expecting because it doesn`t appear there`s any sign of forced entry into that apartment.

CASAREZ: And Detective, do you believe that she could still be alive today, four months later?

HAGENBUCHER: Yes, I do.

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GRACE: With me is Daniel Blake. This is Stephanie`s brother. Daniel, what more can you tell us? That`s quite a convoluted story. She was getting threats, and now she`s gone?

DANIEL BLAKE, STEPHANIE`S BROTHER: That`s all we know. We don`t know much. I know we get together every day and we search for her. We don`t know. We know there was threats.

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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Twenty-two-year-old Stephanie Low is missing, and police have reason to believe she could be in danger.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We want to find her as fast as we can.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The last time Stephanie`s family heard from her was early Sunday morning.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: She was afraid. Somebody was threatening her. She didn`t want to be alone.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Her father says she indicated someone was threatening her. Then the call just abruptly ended.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: At this point, we are keeping all options open as to where she may be.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: ... lived with her boyfriend in Wausau. He was arrested Thursday for violating his probation.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Police went to Low`s apartment. They say they found suspicious evidence that they sent to the crime lab.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There were some things that we found in the apartment that were unusual, to lead us to believe there, you know, possibly has been some harm done to her.

LOW: We do not know what happened to my daughter.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Don`t be afraid. I know a lot`s going on and you`re probably overwhelmed. Don`t be. Just call.

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CASAREZ: I`m Jean Casarez. This is a very active case. It`s only four months ago that Stephanie Low went missing. Police say they are pursuing this extremely aggressively. They believe she could be alive. Now, 22-year-old Stephanie Low -- everybody take a look at her. This was her first apartment. She had just gotten her own apartment. She wanted to be a day care worker. That was what she wanted to do. She is 5 feet, 2 inches tall, 135 pounds, brown hair and blue eyes. She`ll look pretty similar to what she looks like on that screen.

We are taking your calls live. Out to Connie in South Carolina. Hi, Connie.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Hi. How`re you doing?

CASAREZ: I`m fine. Thank you for calling.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Great. It is just fascinating to me the crimes that are going on. And I`m curious about the boyfriend in this situation. She had to know who come to her door if there was no forced entry.

CASAREZ: Yes. It`s a good question, Connie, and you read my mind because that`s what I wanted to talk about next. To Alexis Weed, "NANCY GRACE" producer. Stephanie had a boyfriend. She had a friend who was an ex-boyfriend. Just sort of lay that out for us.

WEED: Right. Her current boyfriend at the time that she went missing, his name is Eric Maholmes. He was actually arrested shortly afterwards. He is currently in jail on charges of violating parole, 2003 drug charges. He was intoxicated, Jean. He was found with his friend. That was a parole violation for him. But later, in December of 2010, he had a federal indictment come down for possession and intent to distribute 28 grams of crack cocaine.

CASAREZ: So he was arrested on the 8th of October, which was before she went missing. So he was in the county jail at the time, correct?

WEED: That`s right.

CASAREZ: OK. So we can sort of discount him personally from being involved in anything.

We`re taking your calls. Juanita in South Carolina. Hi, Juanita.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Hi. Yes, my question is, what kind of threats was she afraid of? That`s my first question. My second question is, was she involved in any drug activity?

CASAREZ: OK. To Pam Warnke, anchor/reporter, WAOW television in Wausau, Wisconsin. What about those threats, first of all? Do we know what they were?

WARNKE: We don`t know what they were. From what we understand, she was just saying that she feared for her life and that she didn`t want to be alone.

CASAREZ: OK. Didn`t want to be alone. To her family, Shelley Resch, Stephanie Low`s mother (SIC). Was your daughter involved in drugs?

BLAKE: No. No. From what I gather, her boyfriend was.

CASAREZ: OK. All right.

BLAKE: The police just -- OK.

CASAREZ: No, go ahead, please, Shelley.

BLAKE: OK. No, it`s Claudia, her mom. The police say that she wasn`t even on their radar until she met Eric Maholmes. They never even know she existed. So she wasn`t into drugs. She wasn`t a drug user, nothing like that.

CASAREZ: All right.

To tonight`s "Case Alert," the search for a missing 18-year-old California teen, Lauren Priskorn, seen on January 31st leaving a group home in Palmdale, mildly retarded. Lauren has the capacity of just a 13-year- old. She`s known to frequent the local Marie Cure (ph) Park. Lauren is 5- feet-2, 110 pounds with shoulder-length red hair, last seen wearing a black and red sweater, bluejeans and black jeans. (SIC) If you have any information, please call Crimestoppers, 1-800...

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LOW: I do not know what happened to my daughter.

BLAKE: She was afraid.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I`m scared, most definitely scared.

BLAKE: Somebody was threatening her.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The longer it goes on, the worse it`s going to be.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Don`t be afraid. Everyone wants you just to come home.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: If somebody did something wrong, somebody needs to pay.

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CASAREZ: Stephanie Low only went missing four months ago in Wausau, Wisconsin. She had a night out at a tavern with some friends. The friends dropped her home. She made a call to her brother, talking to his (SIC) future sister-in-law, saying, I`m scared, I don`t want to be here alone. And that`s the last that anybody ever heard from her.

I want to go out to Marc Klaas, president and founder of Klaas Kids Foundation. Marc Klaas, you realize that when the family finally got into the apartment, they had to break the lock. So the door was locked. She was gone, but all the sheets weren`t there. There was blood on the floor, the nightstand near the bed, and one slipper was in that apartment. One of her bedroom slippers was gone.

MARC KLAAS, KLAAS KIDS FOUNDATION: And this paints a very disturbing portrait. I would suggest that although Stephanie may not have been into drugs, she was involved with a man who was very much into one of the worst, most insidious drugs on the planet, crack cocaine, and that there might be a connection there.

And I would also suggest that she was so afraid that she didn`t want to go outside. She didn`t want to go from her door to a taxicab to go to her brother`s house. I think a very real possibility is that whoever came into that house had his or her own key and that that may have been secured through the boyfriend or through some other nefarious character that she might have inadvertently been running around with.

CASAREZ: Very interesting. Joining us tonight is Detective Greg Hagenbucher. He is the lead detective on this case that is working it hard. Detective, have you given any polygraphs to those she knew in her life?

HAGENBUCHER: Yes. I can tell you that we`ve asked for and -- polygraphs from at least 10 people, and they`ve agreed to them. But by Wisconsin statute, I can`t tell you the results of those, if there was any, or if they actually happened.

CASAREZ: Were there any fibers that you found in or around the bed that you have sent to have forensically tested?

HAGENBUCHER: No. We did not find any fibers around the bed. We took some property from the house -- bathroom faucets, a mop, some other items from the house that we thought we might be able to find DNA or some other type of evidence on. And those were sent to the state crime lab in Madison, Wisconsin, and the only DNA that was found on our items was the DNA of Stephanie Low.

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GRACE: Threats from who? Who was leaving threats?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We don`t know. And if we did know, we can`t comment on any names.

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GRACE: Vanished into thin air.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Look for her.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We just need to find her.

GRACE: So many cases.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We`re still looking.

GRACE: So few leads.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Missing.

GRACE: Missing person.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It`s our duty to find her.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Missing.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The witness seen the suspect on Nancy Grace.

GRACE: There is a God.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Nancy Grace show was out there for us.

GRACE: Found. Alive. 50 people, 50 days, 50 nights. Let`s don`t give up.

CLAUDIA BLAKE, MOTHER MISSING 22-YEAR-OLD, STEPHANIE LOW: All I know is she was afraid. Somebody was threatening her.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The victim of recent threats, 22-year-old Stephanie Low, was afraid. So afraid, she calls her brother extremely worried, wanting him to come over to the house, but Stephanie`s brother instructs her to get into a cab and come over to his place to spend the night. Stephanie never heard from again.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I do not know what happened to my daughter.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I`m scared. I mean, I`m most definitely scared.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: My worst fear is that we ain`t never going to find her.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: That`s probably what I think about the most.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Stephanie was on the phone firming up plans with her brother`s girlfriend, but she hangs up. They call back and can`t reach Stephanie.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It`s just the way the call ended. It was -- she got frantic.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Stephanie`s loved ones head over to the house to check on her later that day. From the outside, everything seems fine, but inside the home, there`s no sign of Stephanie.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There were some things that we found in the apartment that were unusual that could have, could lead us to believe there possibly has been some harm done to her.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Cops say they have reason to believe the 22-year- old taken against her will. Stephanie`s family and friends won`t give up until they can bring Stephanie home.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We want to find her as fast as we can, because we know the chances of her being OK are better the sooner we can find her.

BLAKE: Don`t be afraid. I know a lot`s going on, and you`re probably overwhelmed. Don`t be. Just call. Everyone wants you to just come home.

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GRACE: Every day, 2,300 people go missing in America, disappear, vanish. Their families left waiting, wondering, hoping, but never forgetting, and neither have we. Fifty people, 50 days, 50 nights we go live, spotlighting America`s missing children, boys, girls, mothers, fathers, grandparents, gone, but where?

Tonight, live, Wisconsin. A 22-year-old beauty, Stephanie Low, calls her brother on a Saturday night asking him to stay at her house, saying she`s afraid after getting a series of threats. Stephanie`s brother and his girlfriend tell her they`re low on gas and take a taxi over to their place, but suddenly, mid-conversation Stephanie hangs up. A call back goes straight to voicemail. friends head to her house. Everything looks normal.

The front door locked, but once inside, no Stephanie. Blood on the bed. The sheets gone. Cell phone, keys, missing. Purse and wallet, left behind. Police say evidence proves Stephanie was taken against her will. Tonight, who took 22-year-old Stephanie Low? Right now, back to Jean Casarez. Jean, give me the timeline.

JEAN CASAREZ, LEGAL CORRESPONDENT, "IN SESSION": OK. Here is the timeline. It all starts on Saturday night, October 9th, 2010. So, it was last fall, about 8:00 in the evening. She`s at a tavern with friends enjoying herself, we believe. She made a call to her brother. She wanted to talk to her brother. She couldn`t reach him.

We don`t really know what she wanted to say to him, but after her friends take her, we believe, home, at 12:38, she makes another call talking to her future sister-in-law saying, I`m scared, I don`t want to be here alone, have my brother come and stay with me for the night.

Well, they didn`t have enough gas in their car. They said to her, get a cab, then she hung up, and she was never heard from again. I want to go to Pam Warnke. She is an anchor reporter with WAOW television in Wausau, Wisconsin. Here`s the thing that I think was an initial fact that makes this so sad and so suspicious. She had two dogs that she loved, and she left with those dogs totally unattended to with food or water or anything in the next few days.

PAM WARNKE, ANCHOR REPORTER, WAOW: That`s right. And her parents told us that that was totally uncharacteristic of her. She had always loved those dogs and cared for them and always made arrangements for them to be cared for if she couldn`t do it herself. So, they knew something was wrong just based on that.

CASAREZ: To Alexis Weed, just go over it one more time. How many phone calls did she make in the hours before she went missing?

ALEXIS WEED, NANCY GRACE PRODUCER: Right, Jean. Just in those last hours, she had made 40 phone calls, and within the last day and week, she had made hundreds of phone calls on one of two cell phones. She had two cell phones that she carried with her, but they were not able to -- police were not able to triangulate and locate exactly where all of those calls had come from and to.

CASAREZ: To Pat Brown, criminal profiler, author of "The Profiler," joining us tonight from Washington, D.C. What do you make of this, Pat?

PAT BROWN, CRIMINAL PROFILER: Well, Jean, I`m with Marc Klaas on this one. I think he nailed it quite well. I do also agree that she was involved in something probably a little unsavory or at least an unsavory group of people. I don`t think this is a romantic-type of thing going on here. I think she was scared, and I think she was angry at the same time like was said in the phone call.

I believe that, yes, she did know the people that came to her home, and I believe there was more than one. I`m guessing that they did hold her down on that bed which is why we see blood in just a very small area, and that her shoe was probably still with her within those sheets. So, I think they probably assaulted her there and then took her out unconscious or worse out of that location. So yes, I think Marc Klaas has got it right.

CASAREZ: Sheryl McCollum, crime analyst, director of cold case squad, Pine Lake PD, joining us from Atlanta. OK. What do they do next? They`ve taken ten polygraphs. So, they`re really working this case. Forensically, they didn`t find hairs, fibers, or any other type of DNA at the apartment except Stephanie`s. So, what`s next?

SHERYL MCCOLLUM, CRIME ANALYST: They back up. And here`s what they`re going to do, Jean, she knew that the person that was threatening her could be violent. That`s why she took it so seriously, but why would she call her brother and not police? Because something was dirty. Something was not right which occurred.

For example, and this is a theory, if her boyfriend is into drugs, maybe there was money in the house. Maybe she knew where the money was, and they were coming to get it and, you know, a fight ensued. Some threats were ensued, but she took them seriously. She knew she was in danger.

CASAREZ: Want to go to Shelley Resch who is the future sister-in-law of Stephanie Low. Shelley, you were the closest friend to Stephanie. What do you think happened here?

SHELLEY RESCH, BEST FRIEND & FUTURE SISTER-IN-LAW OF MISSING 22-YEAR- OLD, STEPHANIE LOW: I don`t know what happened. Whatever happened -- I know something happened that night to her, whether she was taken and is in hiding somewhere or is being held for something or they murdered her or -- but I have no idea. I just want her back. Everybody loved her, and there`s no -- it makes no sense why she`s not sitting next to us today. I don`t know what happened that night, but I know whatever happened it wasn`t good whatever it was.

CASAREZ: To Claudia Blake, joining us, alongside Shelley, Stephanie Low`s mother. What message do you have to your daughter tonight?

BLAKE: That I love her. I love her so much. I miss her. I miss her every single moment. My life is on hold until I find her. I can`t breathe sometimes just wondering what happened to her. My message to her is, I just want her to come home.

CASAREZ: And your message to anyone that has any information on this?

BLAKE: Anybody, there`s somebody out there that knows what`s happened to my daughter or where she is. Just imagine if it was your family member. Wouldn`t you want to know? Wouldn`t you need to know? So, please come forward. Please. This hurts way too much. I wouldn`t wish it upon my worst enemy to go through this. So, please just come forward.

CASAREZ: And tonight, please help us find missing woman, Evelyn Frisco, 42 years old. She vanishes July 28th, 2004, from New Haven, Connecticut. She`s a white female, 5`2", 125 pounds, blond hair, blue eyes. If you have any information, call 203-946-6316.

If your loved one is missing and you need help, go to CNN.com/nancygrace and send us your story. We want to help you find your loved ones.

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GRACE: Tonight, live, Wisconsin, 22-year-old beauty, Stephanie Low, calls her brother on a Saturday night, asking him to stay at her house. Saying she`s afraid after getting a series of threats. Stephanie`s brother and his girlfriend tell her they`re low on gas and take a taxi over to their place, but suddenly, mid-conversation, Stephanie hangs up. A call back goes straight to voicemail. Friends head to her house, everything looks normal.

The front door locked, but once inside, no Stephanie. Blood on the bed. The sheets gone. Cell phone, keys, missing. Purse and wallet, left behind. Police say evidence proves Stephanie was taken against her will. Tonight, who took 22-year-old Stephanie Low?

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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Stephanie Low`s disappearance shocked her family.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I do not know what happened to my daughter.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The last time anyone heard from her, she was on the phone with her brother`s girlfriend, but she sounded frantic.

BLAKE: She was afraid. Somebody was threatening her.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Suddenly, the phone call ended.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Her father says he`s just trying to keep it together.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I`m scared. I mean, I`m most definitely scared. The longer it goes on, the worst it`s going to be.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: At this point, we are keeping all options open as to where she may be. If she chose to go somewhere on her own or if somebody came and picked her up.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: They don`t have a specific suspect, but the entire detective bureau is working the case.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Or if possibly someone took her against her will, we just don`t know at this point.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: And Stephanie`s dad is looking for answers, too. He says he won`t give up until his little girl is found.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: If somebody did something wrong, somebody needs to pay.

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CASAREZ: Stephanie Low, 22 years old, she loved children. She wanted to become or even own her own daycare. Those were her goals. She had goals. She has aspirations. And police say, they believe she could be alive.

To Doug Burns, defense attorney, joining us out of New York. Do you realize that she made 40 phone calls within the last hour before she went missing? That`s panic. That means something, Doug Burns. And furthermore, isn`t it a coincidence, there are no suspects in this case, no person of interest, but isn`t it coincidence that her boyfriend has a probation violation, goes to jail 24 hours or so before she goes missing?

DOUG BURNS, DEFENSE ATTORNEY: Yes, there`s no question that this was a series of escalating threats, but I think a lot of the other guests have gotten very, very close, in my opinion, to what`s really going on, and they`ve said it in a diplomatic way which is good, but the reality is, there`s no question that she had been inserted into a world with a lot of players and a lot of dramatic persona that need to be looked at very closely.

There could be motivations, for example, of those who wanted to harm or do something bad against the boyfriend in a drug context, OK, and it emanated from that. And that`s what the guests have been saying, and that`s sort of my opinion.

CASAREZ: To Paula Bloom, clinical psychologist, joining us tonight from Atlanta. People, places and things, the company you keep. How do you get out of a situation of people that you shouldn`t be hanging around?

PAULA BLOOM, PSY.D., CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST: You know, it`s so easy, 20/20 is hindsight. What`s amazing to me about this woman is that she had good instincts at the end there. She knew something was wrong, and this is what`s very important for us to pay attention to. It`s like, yes, it`s, you know, we are extremely susceptible to the influence of others. Some of us more, some of us less, but if you`re vulnerable, and there`s romance and those kinds of things, our guard is down a lot of times.

CASAREZ: Yes, very true. To Elsie in New Mexico. Hi, Elsie from New Mexico.

ELSIE, NEW MEXICO: Hi, how are you?

CASAREZ: I`m fine. Thanks for calling.

ELSIE: Yes. My concern is about the boyfriend`s drug problems that she overheard a drug deal or something, and those people threatened her life. And evidently, her life was just threatened before she disappeared, and her family didn`t know about it until she calls that night.

CASAREZ: I think you have an interesting theory. We do have the detective on this investigation that is aggressively leading before (ph) here. Greg Hagenbucher joining us from Wausau, Wisconsin. I`m sure you`re going through all avenues here, but you said early in the show that you believe that Stephanie could be alive. What message do you have tonight for anyone that knows anything about what happened to her?

VOICE OF GREG HAGENBUCHER, CAPT`S DET. WAUSAU, POLICE DEPT.: Well, first of all, I want the family to be assured that we`ll never rest until we find her also, but we want to get the message out that anybody that has any information, you can remain anonymous. You know, you can contact your show, you can contact our marathon county crime stoppers or you can contact the Wausau Police Department.

There are rewards that are out there. There are fliers that are out there. I think the families have placed them as far south as Chicago, Illinois. And anyone with information, the next tip might be the lead that leads us to locating Stephanie. And you know, for the parents and other family members, rest assured we will be working on this until we locate her.

CASAREZ: This is a beautiful, beautiful girl. Stephanie Low, 22 years old, 5 feet 2 inches tall, 135 pounds, brown haired, blue-eyed, beauty as you can see. To Katrina in Maryland. Hi, Katrina.

KATRINA, MARYLAND: Hi. My question is, have the police looked at the records, the telephone records to see who it was that was sending her the texts, threatening her? And is it possible that someone could have been in the apartment when she was talking to her sister-in-law on the phone?

CASAREZ: OK. Alexis Weed joining us from New York. What can you tell us about the texts that were threatening? Has that person been talked to, even polygraph?

WEED: Yes. Police are telling us that that person has been talked to. We just have not learned the identification of that person. So, we`re just waiting to hear from cops, you know, whether or not they`ll elaborate on that at some point in the future.

CASAREZ: And you know, Katrina, it sounds like this is one more person they`re interested in, but that person has not been arrested at this point. So, obviously, they`re looking in other directions. Dorothy in Ohio. Hi, Dorothy.

DOROTHY, OHIO: Hi.

CASAREZ: Thank you for calling.

DOROTHY: I just want to know how come her friends, they had to know what was going on. You know what I`m saying? They had to know in the bar what she was at. Why they never end up looking as to what was going on or they never seen that she was scared at the bar and why nobody stayed with her.

CASAREZ: Good question. Shelley Resch, who is a friend of Stephanie Low`s. Have you spoken with the friends that she was at at the tavern that night? And what did they say that she said to them?

RESCH: I haven`t spoken with the people that she was with, no, but I do know from the bartender that she took one sip out of her drink, an expensive drink, and then ended up leaving immediately. She was on her phone all night, and then she just took a sip and then left. So -- and then she went to her apartment.

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GRACE: These are the faces of America`s missing. Every 30 seconds, another child, sister, brother, father, mother disappears. Families left behind wondering, waiting, hoping. We have not forgotten.

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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Taranika Raymond disappeared from New Orleans, Louisiana in 1995. With every day that passes, her mother`s resolve only grows.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Taranika was a bright, beautiful girl. She had straight As in school. She did everything a child was supposed to do. Taranika liked to play ball, go to the skating rink. She had nice hobbies that she liked to do. Singing is she loved (INAUDIBLE). She used to be in a choir singing. Play bingo. She was a normal everyday child.

When she went missing, I wasn`t eating, I wasn`t, you know, sleeping. I`m like, Lord, I have four more kids, and therefore, you know, I got to be there for them. One of these days, I`m going to see my daughter again.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Esther Westonbarger is an endangered missing adult who vanished from Kokomo, Indiana, in 2009. She has a tattoo of a parachute with wings on her left ankle. Her car, a gold Cadillac, with Ohio plates reading Miss Esther is also missing.

Amanda Gallion and her family had just moved to Gillette, Wyoming before she went missing in 1997. Her father remembers it as if it was yesterday.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: She never even made it to school. School never contacted us that she was not present in her classroom, and it wasn`t until 6:00 that evening when I had came home from work and realized that my daughter wasn`t around. She sang country and western music. She played the violin. She had never been away from home in her life. And Amanda and I had only been in the Gillette, Wyoming area for six weeks.

I took her to a beauty salon and had her hair and her fingernails done for the first time, and you know, she was my little girl. She loved it. She loved it. You know, it kind of made me more, you know, aware of things that, you know, my little girl`s growing up here, you know, I got to keep a better eye on her.

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GRACE: I`m Nancy Grace. See you tomorrow night, 9 o`clock sharp eastern. And until then, we will be looking. Keep the faith, friend.

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