Real Name: Wendi Elizabeth Long
Nicknames: No Known Nicknames
Location: Red River Parrish, Louisiana
Date: April 13, 2001
Date of Birth: Februrary 4,1980
Weight: 145 pounds
Marital Status: Single
Characteristics: Caucasian female. Blond hair, blue eyes.
Details: In Spring 2001, twenty-one-year-old Wendi Long decided to take a semester off from college. She planned to continue her studies in the Fall. Shortly after 12PM on Good Friday, April 13th, 2001, Wendi and two friends drove fifty miles from Coushatta to Shreveport, Louisiana to do some shopping. Her parents expected her to be home by Sunday afternoon. After a couple of hours at the mall, they stopped to pick up "Tommy", a friend of theirs from Northwestern Louisiana University, and the four visited a number of friends in the area.
At around 11PM, the four friends went to a party. There was drinking at the party, so when it came time to take Tommy home, Wendi didn't want to drive. She decided to stay at the party, while Tommy and her two friends left in her car. After dropping Tommy off, Wendi's two friends were pulled over by a state trooper and the driver was arrested for drunk driving. When Tommy learned this, he became concerned that Wendi would be stranded at the party, so he drove back to the party and agreed to take Wendi home. On the way back, Tommy stopped for gas and a quart of oil. When he walked out of the gas station, he saw Wendi talking to two young men in a black Chevy truck; it appeared to Tommy that Wendi knew the men.
Wendi told Tommy that the two men were going to take her home, so Tommy left. She was never seen again. Her disappearance was not discovered until Sunday when one of her friends called her house and asked where she was. Since he was the last person to see Wendi alive, Tommy agreed to take a polygraph test, which he passed. Under hypnosis, he was able to give a detailed description of the two men that Wendi was last seen with along with their truck. A police sketch artist made a drawing of each man, but they remain unidentified.
Police then discovered that on the day after Wendi's disappearance, her ex-boyfriend in Shreveport claimed to have received an answering machine message from Wendi. He believed that she was on a cell phone as the message was difficult to hear. However, he erased the message because he did not know that she was missing at the time. Investigators suspect that another ex-boyfriend may know more about Wendi's disappearance. The other ex-boyfriend was physically abusive towards her; this violence was occurring up to a month before she vanished. Also, even more shocking to police is that the ex-boyfriend had also been involved with another girl who vanished years earlier and has never been found. However, he has an alibi and cannot be placed in Shreveport around the time that Wendi vanished. Wendi's family hopes that they will be able to find their daughter based on the information about the two men that were last seen with her. Wendi's case remains unsolved.
Suspects: Her friend "Tommy" says she got in the car with two unidentified men which she apparently knew. They were two Caucasian males who drove a dark colored full sized Chevy truck. Their identities are unknown. Investigators also believe that Wendy's second ex-boyfriend may be involved in her disappearance because another girlfriend of his vanished years earlier and has never been found. He remains a suspect in this case.
Extra Notes: This case originally ran on the October 18, 2001 episode.
Results: Solved. Eight months after Wendi vanished, "Tommy", whose real name is Robert "Rocky" Stewart, was arrested for check fraud. While in jail, investigators questioned him about the inconsistencies in his story. During one interview, he claimed that he had received a call and knew the location of her body. He then drew a map and pinpointed the location of her body. On November 8, 2001, her body was discovered near Highway 1 between Shreveport and Coushatta. She had been shot twice in the head.
During another interview, he claimed that he, Wendy, and the two unidentified men had sex and then went to a nearby field. He claimed that he accidentally shot her with a .25 caliber pistol. However, during a third and final interview, he claimed that the previous story was a lie. He broke down and confessed to the murder of Wendi Long. He claimed that the two had "rough sex" and then got into an argument. He then shot her twice and dragged her body to the location where it was found. Afterwards, he dumped his pistol, which was later recovered and identified as the murder weapon.
Stewart was charged with rape and first-degree murder. Originally, he pleaded not guilty for reason of insanity. However, he eventually agreed to plead guilty to the crime. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
- Wendi Long Update on Unsolved Archive
- Wendi Long at Bonnie's Blog of Crime
- State v. Stewart
- Wendi Long Memorial Video on YouTube
- Wendi Long at Find a Grave