Gatlinburg native missing after Brussels terror attacks

Stephanie and Justin Shults (source: Facebook)
Stephanie and Justin Shults (source: Facebook)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A man originally from Gatlinburg and his wife, who is originally from Lexington, Kentucky, are among those missing following the terror attacks in Brussels.

Levi Sutton says his brother, Justin Shults, and his wife Stephanie were at the airport in Brussels as the attacks happened and the family hasn’t heard from them since.

“Everyone is on and concerned because this has hit so close to home,” Elaine Wilson, Justin Shults’ former teacher said.

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Shults is a 2004 graduate of Gatlinburg-Pittman High School. Wilson taught Shults and is also a family friend.

“I’ve thought of Sheila, Levi, and his sister, the entire family all day because they are such a close knit family,” Wilson said.

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Sutton says Justin Shults work in Brussels for Mars. He and his wife met in Nashville while attending Vanderbilt. Stephanie Shults’ mother Carolyn Moore was visiting them in Brussels and was heading back to the states Tuesday morning. The two drove her to the airport. Moore said she had just said her goodbyes and was heading into security when the attacks happened.

“They are asking people to pray for them, that they’ll be found safe whether in a hospital or they may have just moved somewhere and may not be able to, with all the chaos, not be able to communicate.”

The family has been making calls all over and all they’ve learned is that they are not on the list of confirmed deaths.

“I’m praying they get that call soon, very soon and we also need to continue praying for all those families that lost loved ones today,” Wilson said.

The Belgian Red Cross has launched a website to register persons as missing or safe and well. Inquiries about U.S. citizens in Brussels should be referred to the U.S. Department of State, Office of Overseas Citizens Services, at 1-888-407-4747 (from the United States and Canada) or +1-202-501-4444 (from overseas) and http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/emergencies.html.

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