In an attempt to clear up rumors, Florida authorities announced Thursday that the husband and immediate family members of missing mother, Stephanie Hollingsworth, are not considered suspects.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Hollingsworth left her home in the Orlando suburb of Belle Isle on September 25 to run errands. She withdrew $20 cash from a nearby Bank of America drive-through off of Hoffner Avenue and Goldenrod Road at 2 p.m. She was in a 2000 champagne-colored Chevy Tahoe with Florida license plate Y50XUR.
Family members said she left her cellphone at home. She was last seen in a black shirt and black or grey pants.
A video that surfaced earlier this month showed Hollingsworth as she walked down a Walmart aisle in Orlando, off of South Goldenrod Road, on September 25. Police said she left the store alone.
Please help #BelleIsle Police and the family of missing #StephanieHollingsworth by remaining on the lookout for her, or her champagne-colored 2000 Chevy Tahoe Tag: Y50XUR.@CrimelineFL is offering a reward. If you have any info, call 800-423-TIPS (8477) pic.twitter.com/arGprbUnUh
— Orange County Sheriff's Office (@OrangeCoSheriff) October 9, 2020
Click Orlando reports that Belle Isle authorities made a public announcement to clear up any misconceptions regarding suspects or persons of interest. Authorities said Scott Hollingsworth and his immediate family have never been considered suspects and no announcements have ever been made about them being potential suspects.
“Her husband, Scott Hollingsworth and his immediate family have been ruled out as persons of interest in her disappearance. Scott has been exceedingly cooperative with us throughout the investigation and has supplied all the information requested by detectives. We will not be commenting any further on this matter,” Belle Isle Police Chief Laura Houston said.
Scott Hollingsworth said it was completely out of character for his wife, who’s a yoga instructor and mother of three sons, to simply vanish. Security footage at the bank and Walmart didn’t show anything unusual and Hollingsworth didn’t appear to be troubled or distressed.
“She’s an amazing person, an amazing mother. She’s a beautiful soul and just gave everything she had to everyone in her life,” he said. “A lot of people loved her, and anyone could always count on her.”
Stephanie Hollingsworth is described as a white female who stands 5-feet-4-inches tall and weighs around 115 pounds. She has brown eyes and brown hair.
A previous $5,000 reward for information that leads to Hollingsworth has now been increased to $10,000.
Anyone with information on Stephanie Hollingsworth’s whereabouts is asked to call the Belle Isle Police Department via the Orange County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch number at 407-836-4357.
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[Feature Photo: Stephanie Hollingsworth/Police Handout]