Family of American Couple Missing in Brussels Attacks Slams Belgian Authorities for Lack of Information

Kentucky couple Stephanie and Justin Shults have been missing since the terrorist attack at Brussels Airport on Tuesday
Kentucky couple Stephanie and Justin Shults have been missing since the terrorist attack at Brussels Airport on Tuesday

The family of missing US couple Stephanie and Justin Shults, caught up in the terror of Brussels Airport, today tore into Belgian investigators.

They questioned whether enough was being done to find the couple who are feared to have been injured or killed in Tuesday’s massacre.

One of Justin’s relatives took to Twitter to say the lack of information was driving them ‘crazy’.

Tonight Betty Newsom, Stephanie’s aunt, told Daily Mail Online that she believed finding the couple may not have been a priority.

‘Are they putting all their resources into finding out about the bombers? Are they looking for the bombers and forgetting about the injured?

‘My baby girl and Justin may be lying injured in a hospital and we know nothing, nothing at all.

‘They should be doing everything possible to find them. We haven’t given up hope. We still believe they are alive and will come home.’

Mrs Newsom, whose sister Carolyn Moore was being waved goodbye at the airport when the bombers struck, has been joined by Stephanie’s father Geary.

He is said by friends to be ‘broken hearted’ by the mystery over his daughter and son-in-law.

Mrs Newsom said family members of the victims and injured were being given once-daily briefings by officials in Brussels but information was scant and people were yelling but having to be restrained.

Disgusted: Justin Shults' brother wrote this tweet after receiving false information about his brother from a social worker

She added: ‘My mother Katy died 16 years ago and she is the guardian angel of our family.

‘Last night I prayed and asked her to help bring my baby girl and her husband home safely. I said “Bring them home”.

‘I am confident they will be found, but not being given any information is very difficult.’

Justin’s brother Levi Sutton tweeted: ‘For all those asking, we haven’t gotten any updates today and we are going on almost 70 hours without contact from them. This is crazy.’

Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee, speaking on behalf of both families, said: ‘At this time, neither Belgian or US officials have confirmed that Justin and Stephanie Shults have been located.

‘We are thankful for the outpouring of love and support we have refined at this difficult time and ask for prayers for Justin and Stephanie.’

Yesterday attorney Anne-Tyler Morgan, one of Stephanie’s friends, told Daily Mail Online that she was praying for the safe return of the couple.

She said: ‘It is important to keep all the hope you can until we know something definite.

‘But I think the level of worry mounts with each passing hour.’

Morgan first met her sorority sister in 2004 when they began studying at Transylvania University, in Lexington, Kentucky, and they became firm friends.

‘We became fast friends, and we both studied French. She studied accounting and I studied political science,’ Morgan said.

‘We met during orientation weekend and we were sorority sisters and very close ones.

‘We went ice skating, we went out for ice cream. We shared stories and we lived in the same hall of our dormitory.

‘We’d stay up and tell stories until the middle of the night and talk about what we wanted to do with our lives and everything that college sorority sisters do. It was a really magical time.

‘Stephanie was always going to do something big. She was intelligent and inquisitive and a lover of the world. She was up for exploring new place, seeing new things and meeting new people.

‘If there was anything to learn, Stephanie wanted to learn it. We studied abroad together in the Philippines and expanded our friendship.’

She added: ‘Stephanie is very fun-loving and I would consider her a very spunky, feisty person, full of life and very vibrant.

‘She is an extremely supportive friend. She had a lot of friends and I think that has been evident in the outpouring that has come since her and Justin’s disappearance.

‘I have been really amazed and touched by the number of people who have reached out to assist in whatever way they can through prayers or general support or direct action by contacting folk in Europe to assist in the search.’

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