U.S. couple still missing in Brussels

Posted at 7:24 AM, Mar 23, 2016

A glimmer of hope led to a "heart-wrenching" day for a Kentucky family trying to learn the fate of a couple who went missing in Brussels after deadly explosions rocked the airport and Metro station Tuesday. 

According to WTVQ in Kentucky, Lexington natives Stephanie and Justin Shults were dropping off Stephanie's mother at the airport at the time of one of the attacks. They haven't been heard from since.

The family was elated to learn Wednesday that the couple had been found, a family member announced on social media. But a short time later, their elation changed to devastation.

The same family member tweeted that someone at the state department had given the family false information and Stephanie and Justin had, in fact, not been located. 

"This is exactly what we were trying to avoid and now I've told friends and family members things that weren't true," the family member wrote on Twitter. 


We join those who are praying for the victims of the terrible tragedy in Belgium, including Lexington’s Stephanie Shults and her husband, Justin, who are both reportedly missing.

Posted by Mayor Jim Gray on Tuesday, March 22, 2016


Just found out that a friend of mine and her husband were at the Brussels airport this morning and have not been heard from. Please pray for the safety of Stephanie Moore Shults and her husband Justin!

Posted by Ryan Walters on Tuesday, March 22, 2016


Three of the people missing in Brussels are Justin Shults, whom I went to High School with, his wife Stephanie, and her mother Carolyn. Prayers, if you will.

Posted by Nik Kear on Tuesday, March 22, 2016


This is a message about the sister of my nephew's wife. From Betty Gragg Newsome- PRAYERS please for my niece...

Posted by Kevin Chipley on Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Stephanie’s father is now en route to Amsterdam, WTVQ reports. From there, he’ll ride to Brussels where he’ll meet with Stephanie’s mother and assist in the search for their daughter and son-in-law.