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CW
05-24-2007, 11:54 PM
http://www.nbc5.com/family/13249013/...=headlineclick

PLAINFIELD, Ill. -- Plainfield police are searching for a 37-year-old mother of two who is missing.

Lisa Stebic, 37, walked out of her suburban home on Monday evening and hasn't been seen since.


Married for 14 years, Lisa and her husband, Craig, are now going through a divorce.
Her car remains in the garage, and her cell phone and credit cards haven't been used since Monday.

Craig Stebic said she would never just walk away from her kids.

"She's a good mom. I can't imagine her disappearing on her kids like that," he said.

A hot line has been set up for anyone with information. That number is 815-267-7217.

CW
05-24-2007, 11:58 PM
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The Stebic Family, Craig, Lisa, Alexis, Zac, and Craig's dad, Joe enjoy a Family Outing aboard The Migrator.

CW
05-25-2007, 12:00 AM
http://www.nbc5.com/slideshow/family...22/detail.html

Larry King LIve slide show. [May 24, 2007: Family members of Lisa and Craig Stebic were on "Larry King Live" Thursday night to share their thoughts on the Plainfield mom's disappearance

CW
05-25-2007, 12:10 AM
http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/n...ING_S1.article

Woman's disappearance baffles police
Mother of two last seen leaving home on foot Monday evening

May 4, 2007
By JANET LUNDQUIST the herald news
PLAINFIELD -- Police are seeking the public's help in searching for a mother of two who seemingly vanished without a trace earlier this week.

Lisa M. Stebic, 37, of 13244 Red Star Drive was reported missing Tuesday by a neighbor, Deputy Police Chief Mark Eiting said.

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Lauren Magosey, right, and Rich Christy, both part of the Plainfield Emergency Management Agency team, search through tunnels Thursday in the area around Lisa Stebic's home.
(Terence Guider-Shaw/Staff photographer)

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Plainfield police officers John Konopek, front, and Andy Grod, back, on Thursday search through tall grass in Plainfield for any clues in the search of Lisa Stebic.
(Terence Guider-Shaw/Staff photographer)

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Stebic

Missing person reports aren't uncommon, Eiting said. But most missing person cases have leads.

"This particular one, since we really have no trace of where she went ... we're asking for the help of the community," he said.

Thursday afternoon officers and Plainfield Emergency Management Agency personnel searched the park across the street from the Stebics' house because Lisa reportedly walked and jogged there.

CW
05-25-2007, 02:30 AM
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,270106,00.html

"told FOXNews.com that Craig Stebic voluntarily handed over the family computer to police. Authorities still have it in their possession.

"We're actively looking at all leads," Eiting said when asked if police are still searching the computer for any clues.

Craig Stebic said he filed for divorce after 14 years of marriage in January when his wife declared in October that she "didn't want to be married to me anymore," the Tribune reported. Since then, he said, they've lived separate lives in the same house and have not spoken more than five words to each other in five months.

Police were called to the Stebic house once in December during a domestic dispute, according to the Tribune.

Eiting told the paper that it was a "nonviolent domestic trouble call, so it was a verbal altercation between Lisa and her husband. No arrests, no battery."

Eiting confirmed to FOXNews.com that the Stebics were going through a divorce and said Craig Stebic was fully cooperating with the investigation.

In 1995, Craig Stebic was charged with two felony counts of unlawful use of a weapon after police stopped his vehicle about 1,000 feet south of two Lincolnshire schools at 9 in the morning, according to the Tribune.

Police found a 10-gauge double-barrel shotgun, a .44 magnum semi-automatic pistol, a Ruger Mini-14 assault rifle and an AK-47 semi-automatic assault rifle in his 1998 Toyota pickup.

He was also charged with four misdemeanor counts of unlawful use of a weapon, operating an unsafe motor vehicle and driving while his license was revoked, according to the Tribune.

CW
05-25-2007, 02:32 AM
http://cbs2chicago.com/westsuburbanbureau/local_story_124212449.html

May 4, 2007 8:17 pm US/Central

Search For Missing Woman Expands To New Web Site
Plainfield Mother Last Seen Monday Evening
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(CBS) PLAINFIELD, Ill. The family of a woman missing for four days is turning to the Internet for help. Lisa Stebic disappeared Monday and a new Web site is set up now to get the word out about her disappearance.

As CBS 2 West Suburban Bureau Chief Mike Puccinelli reports, Lisa Stebic’s loved ones held a news conference Friday afternoon to try and publicize the Web site, www.FindLisaStebic.com, which they have created in the hopes that it will lead to her safe return.

The 37-year-old mother of two from Plainfield was last seen Monday night.

“She left about 6:15 to go workout. Somebody picked her up. I was working out in the backyard,” said her estranged husband Craig Stebic.

There has been no trace of her since then, despite the fact that more than 20 people spent five hours Thursday searching a three square mile area of the Plainfield subdivision where the family lives.

CW
05-25-2007, 03:09 AM
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/southsouthwest/chi-0705040603may04,1,1118761.story?coll=chi-newslocalssouthwest-hed&ctrack=2&cset=true

Police seek clues on missing woman
Husband says she was last seen Monday

By Mary Owen and Hal Dardick
Tribune staff reporters
Published May 4, 2007
The husband of a Plainfield woman missing since Monday said he believes an unknown person picked her up at the house.

Plainfield police are searching for Lisa Stebic, 37, who lives in the 13200 block of Red Star Drive. Her husband, Craig Stebic, 41, said he was working in the back yard and their children, ages 10 and 12, were out buying candy about 6:30 p.m. Monday when his wife left.



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He said that she went to Plainfield North High School every night to work out, and that he believes someone picked her up. She took only her purse and cell phone, he said.

Plainfield Deputy Police Chief Mark Eiting said Craig Stebic reported his wife missing at 10 a.m. Tuesday. There is no evidence of foul play, he said.

"We're not sure exactly what's happened," he said.

Lisa Stebic's car remains in the garage, and her cell phone and credit cards haven't been used since Monday, Eiting said.

Eiting said he could not confirm whether anyone saw Lisa Stebic working out at the school or whether she was picked up at her house.

"It's uncharacteristic of her to leave her children, so that's the reason we are putting this investigation together," Eiting said.

CW
05-25-2007, 03:15 AM
http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/napervillesun/news/371847,4_1_JO05_MISSING_S1.article

Search continues for Lisa Stebic
MISSING WOMAN'S FAMILY HOLDS PRESS CONFERENCE; INFORMATION REMAINS LIMITED

May 5, 2007
By BRIAN STANLEY Staff Writer
PLAINFIELD -- Mark Greenberg looked around the missing woman's neighborhood Friday afternoon.

"It's strange how everything is so normal," the Naperville man said.

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Mark Greenberg and his wife, Melanie, hold a press conference Friday afternoon in Plainfield outside the home of Mark's cousin Lisa Stebic, who was reported missing earlier this week in Plainfield.
(MICHAEL R. SCHMIDT/ STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER)

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As if to underscore his point, a man crossed the yard behind him and stuck a flier for a lawn care company in the front door of 13244 Red Star Drive, the last place Lisa Stebic was reportedly seen Monday.

Greenberg and his wife, Melanie, met with the media to speak for the family and announce a Web site created to find her.

"The family is in anguish," said Stebic's cousin Mark Greenberg. "We're very concerned. This isn't like Lisa. She would never leave her children."

Mark and Melanie held a picture of Lisa as they spoke across the street from the house.

Stebic, 37, was reported missing by a neighbor to Plainfield police on Tuesday. Stebic's husband, Craig, said he last saw his wife around 6 p.m. Monday when she left the house on foot with her purse and cell phone. The couple, married 14 years with a 12-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son, is divorcing.

Melanie Greenberg brought www.findlisastebic.com online Thursday night.

CW
05-25-2007, 03:16 AM
http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/373816,4_1_JO07_COPS_S1.article

Plainfield police: No leads on Lisa Stebic

May 7, 2007
PLAINFIELD -- Family members passed out fliers Sunday as Lisa Stebic remained missing.

Plainfield Police Sgt. Troy Kivisto said there were no new developments in the case.

Stebic, 37, 5 feet 2 inches, 125 pounds, was reported missing Tuesday. She was last seen at her Plainfield home Monday afternoon.


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Leonetta Rizzi (center) of Genoa, a family friend of missing Plainfield mom Lisa Stebic, assigns areas for volunteers, some of whom wear T-shirts with Lisa'a photo, to search and distribute fliers. Family, friends, hundreds of volunteers and the Plainfield Police Department gathered at Walker's Grove Elementary School in Plainfield on Sunday afternnoon, a staging point for a support project in the search for Lisa Stebic.
robyn sheldon/special to the herald news
Anyone with information is asked to call Plainfield police at (815) 267-7217.

Barn fire

A Minooka barn was destroyed by fire Sunday evening.
The one-and-a-half story structure, 11075 Grove Road, caught fire around 9 p.m. Minooka fire department responded. No other information was available at press time.


In other police news:


• Zachary E. Connor , 18, of 105 Twin Oaks Drive in Joliet was arrested by Joliet police and booked into the county jail Sunday on a charge of burglary.

• Joseph J. Zwahlen , 19, of 419 N. Outer Drive in Wilmington was arrested by Wilmington police and booked into the county jail Sunday on charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.


• Maria C. Ortiz , 32, of 313 Park Road in Joliet was arrested by Will County Sheriff's police and booked into the county jail Sunday on charges of speeding, seat belt violation, transportation of alcohol and two counts of DUI.

CW
05-25-2007, 03:18 AM
http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/375012,4_1_JO08_MISSING_S1.article

Stebic search goes national

May 8, 2007
By JANET LUNDQUIST Staff Writer
PLAINFIELD -- The search for a local mother of two is getting national attention, as family members and friends mark one week since Lisa Stebic was last seen.

Fox News Channel and CBS's national morning show have asked to interview Stebic's family about Lisa, who was reported missing May 1 by a neighbor.

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Melanie Greenberg of Naperville, who is married to Stebic's cousin, has served as the family's spokeswoman. Greenberg on Friday started a Web site, www.findlisastebic.com, which received more than 12,000 hits by Monday afternoon.

"I couldn't sleep last night. I just kept thinking, today is Monday. It's been a week today that anybody has heard from Lisa," Greenberg said as she waited for a ride to the Fox News studio in Chicago. "It's just a complete mystery."

More than 100 people came out Sunday afternoon to distribute fliers with Lisa's information and search the area for any trace of the 37-year-old, who was last seen about 6 p.m. April 30 at her home, 13244 Red Star Drive.

No one saw Lisa, described as 5-foot-2 inches and 125 pounds, leave her house that day, police said. She often worked out at Plainfield North High School's fitness center, but she did not work out there April 30, police said.

Her car is still at home. There has been no activity

CW
05-25-2007, 03:20 AM
http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=local&id=5283782

Family of missing woman offering $20,000 rewardSearch continues for Plainfield woman
By Hosea Sanders
May 8, 2007 - Lisa Stebic has been missing for more than a week, and her family is getting desperate. They've been putting out fliers, combing the area, pleading for help, but so far, there's still no sign of the 37-year-old mother of two.

Tuesday, her sisters announced a $20,000-reward for information reacted to word that her crumbing marriage may have been far worse than they imagined.
"We had exceptionally positive conversations. Lisa was getting her life together. She was moving on through this divorce," said Debbie Ruttenberg, the missing woman's sister.

Lisa Stebic's sisters tried to hold back the tears as they talked about emerging reports that her sister may have been in fear before she disappeared. Published reports say the Plainfield mother sought help from agency that helps battered women.

On April 30, Stebic was reported missing by her husband Craig. They were in the midst of a divorce, and now he has refused to take a polygraph test sought by police investigators.

"We would encourage Craig to cooperate fully with the police, and if they have any further questions, we hope he would change his mind and give them any information they need to bring Lisa home safe to us, " said Melanie Greenberg, Stebic's cousin.

While being careful not to point fingers, Lisa's family members say they are surprised that her husband is not talking anymore, since he had pledged to cooperate fully with the police.

"We hope if there is something else that he knows, that he would provide that information," said Mark Greenberg, Stebic's cousin.

Meanwhile, Stebic's sisters are begging for the public's help in finding the young mother. They say her children, ages 10 and 12, are now completely distraught.

"Of course the family does not rush to think the worst. But, it's hard to be optimistic after a week with no news. We're hoping someone will come forward with information for the Plainfield Police," said Melanie Greenberg. .

The missing woman's husband, Craig Stebic, made no comment Tuesday.

Lisa's family says anyone with information should contact the Plainfield Police Department or the Web site they've set up: www.findlisastebic.com.

So far, the Web site has had 15, 000 hits, but no luck with finding the missing woman. That's why, the family is offering a $20,000-reward now.

CW
05-25-2007, 03:22 AM
http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/napervillesun/news/374981,6_1_NA08_MISSING_S1.article

'She feared her husband'
Missing woman in midst of divorce; husband is not a suspect - at this time

May 8, 2007
By Paige Winfield Staff Writer
A darker picture emerged Monday in the case of a missing Plainfield woman in the midst of a divorce.

Several friends of Lisa Stebic say she was frightened by her husband, Craig, and was attending counseling at the Guardian Angel Home of Joliet - an agency that provides services to battered women.

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Several friends of Lisa Stebic, who lived in Plainfield, recalled her saying she was frightened by her husband, whom she was divorcing and was receiving counseling from a battered women's agency.

(Terence Guider-Shaw / Staff photographer)

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A volunteer holds a flier with a picture of Lisa Stebic, the Plainfield woman missing since April 30.
(Robyn Sheldon / Special to The Sun)

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"I don't know how many times I heard her say she feared her husband," said Amer Zegar, who, along with his wife, hosted Lisa and her two children at his home several times since January.

Craig Stebic says the last time he saw his wife was around 6 p.m. April 30 when she left the house with her purse and cell phone. It was not unusual for Lisa to spend her evenings working out at Plainfield North High School.

After she didn't return that night, a neighbor reported her missing the next morning.

Lisa worked at Lincoln Elementary School in Plainfield. Craig Stebic works as a mechanic. He has not been to work since Lisa was reported missing.

"I don't know where or what or who she's with - I don't know what to think," Craig Stebic said.

Lisa, 37, was in the thick of a troubled relationship with Craig Stebic, who had filed for divorce in January. Friends say she would sleep on the living room sofa, where she kept a purse with her personal belongings constantly by her side.

She found ways to

CW
05-25-2007, 03:26 AM
http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/376748,4_1_JO09_MISSING_S1.article

THE SEARCH FOR STEBIC
POLICE SAY MISSING PLAINFIELD WOMAN'S HUSBAND IS COOPERATING IN ...

May 9, 2007
By JANET LUNDQUIST Staff Writer
PLAINFIELD -- Craig Stebic, whose wife Lisa Stebic has made national headlines since she was reported missing May 1, said he is doing everything he can to cooperate with police investigating her disappearance.

No one has seen Lisa, described as 5-foot-2 and 125 pounds, since she left her house with her purse and cell phone about 6 p.m. April 30.

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Police this morning said investigators took the vehicles of Lisa Stebic (left) and her husband, Craig (right), along with some items from their Plainfield home. Police say Lisa's disappearance may not have been voluntary.

(STNG file photos)

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Her car is still at home. There has been no activity on her cell phone or credit cards since April 30. Police said Tuesday there is still no sign of foul play, no suspects in her disappearance and no leads on her whereabouts.

The couple are divorcing and have rarely spoken in the last six months, Stebic said. Lisa often went out at night but always returned by 10 or 11 p.m.

Television news vans were parked along the street Tuesday afternoon outside Stebic's home on Red Star Drive.

Inside, Craig Stebic, a pipefitter who has not been to work since his wife's disappearance, had a pile of media business cards lined up on his desk, along with a missing person flier with Lisa's picture on it. He didn't answer knocks on the door or telephone calls.

CW
05-25-2007, 03:29 AM
http://cbs2chicago.com/topstories/local_story_129183406.html

May 9, 2007 10:14 pm US/Central

Vigil Held For Missing Plainfield Woman
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(CBS) PLAINFIELD, Ill. Family, friends and co-workers held a vigil Wednesday evening for a missing mother from Plainfield. Meantime, the woman's husband took a drastic step to try to keep custody of their children.

As CBS 2’s Rob Johnson reports, Lisa Stebic was first reported missing nine days ago, but loved ones have not given up hope of finding her.

It was an emotional walk for Craig Stebic, Lisa’s estranged husband, and the couple’s 12- and 10-year-old children as he joined other family and friends in a nearby park to pray for Lisa’s safe return.

“We always knew how much Lisa was loved, but to see it here like this today, it really means a lot,” said Lisa Stebic’s cousin, Melanie Greenberg.

As CBS 2 West Suburban Bureau Chief Mike Puccinelli reports, they were uniting in a public show of support just as Stebic's husband took legal action against her.

CW
05-25-2007, 03:31 AM
http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIP.../09/ng.01.html

Transcript from segment tonight:
Very quickly, we are going to Chicago. A young mom disappears. Take a listen.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This is Plainfield`s first missing persons case in more than a decade. The state police and FBI are assisting in the search. Right now there`s little to go on. Her car was left at home, and Stebic`s estranged husband, who still lived with her, told police that Lisa allegedly left around 6:00 Monday night to go to the high school fitness center.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It was Monday. She left home here, supposedly to go work out. And as far as I know, somebody picked her up, and, come Tuesday morning to go to work, she wasn`t here. And none of her friends have seen her.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

GRACE: Joining us tonight in the mystery surrounding the missing mom, Michele Fiore with WBBM News Radio 780. What happened?

MICHELE FIORE, REPORTER, WBBM: Well, the latest information I have for you, Nancy, is that I did speak to Plainfield police this afternoon, and they tell me that tips are now coming into their department. And that is significant, because over the weekend, when I first met with the deputy police chief, he told me they had nothing at that point. They were desperate for leads. And now they`re finally coming into the station. He says any lead, even saying one that may seem insignificant to people, can be just the tip that they`re looking for, and that can help bring Lisa Stebic home to her family.

GRACE: Jean, what were the circumstances of her disappearance?

JEAN CASAREZ, COURT TV: Well, it was April 30th was the last time that she was seen. And she works at a school cafeteria, so she reported for work that day. They saw her. Her husband is the last one that says he saw her late in the afternoon on April 30th.

He said that she normally would leave in the evening to go do exercise. She`d come back 10:30 or 11:00. She was never seen again. Her children, though, her two children have the same story that the father has, that the last time that they saw their mother was late that afternoon.

GRACE: So to you, Michele Fiore, with 780 WBBM News Radio, both children who were allegedly out buying some candy, the father says he was working in the yard when she went jogging, or to work out, they back up the dad`s claim he saw her at 6:00 p.m.?

FIORE: We have not spoken with the children at this point.

GRACE: I`m sorry, I couldn`t hear you. Repeat?

FIORE: We have not spoken with the children at this point.

GRACE: What can you tell me about the husband refusing a polygraph, Michele Fiore?

FIORE: You know what? Craig Stebic declined to take a polygraph test that was offered to him by the Plainfield Police Department. It was on the advice of his attorney, who is also his divorce attorney in the proceedings that he filed against Lisa Stebic this past January. Police tell us that, besides Craig, other family members and acquaintances of Lisa have also been offered a polygraph test. They would not tell me exactly how many have taken it or if any have taken it at this point.

GRACE: And very quickly, Jean Casarez, is there a reward?

CASAREZ: There is. Her family and friends, $20,000. I think the unusual thing about this case, Nancy, her cell phone, her credit cards, they haven`t been used since that April 30th date.

CW
05-25-2007, 03:35 AM
http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0705/09/ng.01.html

Very quickly, we are going to Chicago. A young mom disappears. Take a listen.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This is Plainfield`s first missing persons case in more than a decade. The state police and FBI are assisting in the search. Right now there`s little to go on. Her car was left at home, and Stebic`s estranged husband, who still lived with her, told police that Lisa allegedly left around 6:00 Monday night to go to the high school fitness center.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It was Monday. She left home here, supposedly to go work out. And as far as I know, somebody picked her up, and, come Tuesday morning to go to work, she wasn`t here. And none of her friends have seen her.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

GRACE: Joining us tonight in the mystery surrounding the missing mom, Michele Fiore with WBBM News Radio 780. What happened?

MICHELE FIORE, REPORTER, WBBM: Well, the latest information I have for you, Nancy, is that I did speak to Plainfield police this afternoon, and they tell me that tips are now coming into their department. And that is significant, because over the weekend, when I first met with the deputy police chief, he told me they had nothing at that point. They were desperate for leads. And now they`re finally coming into the station. He says any lead, even saying one that may seem insignificant to people, can be just the tip that they`re looking for, and that can help bring Lisa Stebic home to her family.

GRACE: Jean, what were the circumstances of her disappearance?

JEAN CASAREZ, COURT TV: Well, it was April 30th was the last time that she was seen. And she works at a school cafeteria, so she reported for work that day. They saw her. Her husband is the last one that says he saw her late in the afternoon on April 30th.

He said that she normally would leave in the evening to go do exercise. She`d come back 10:30 or 11:00. She was never seen again. Her children, though, her two children have the same story that the father has, that the last time that they saw their mother was late that afternoon.

GRACE: So to you, Michele Fiore, with 780 WBBM News Radio, both children who were allegedly out buying some candy, the father says he was working in the yard when she went jogging, or to work out, they back up the dad`s claim he saw her at 6:00 p.m.?

FIORE: We have not spoken with the children at this point.

GRACE: I`m sorry, I couldn`t hear you. Repeat?

FIORE: We have not spoken with the children at this point.

GRACE: What can you tell me about the husband refusing a polygraph, Michele Fiore?

FIORE: You know what? Craig Stebic declined to take a polygraph test that was offered to him by the Plainfield Police Department. It was on the advice of his attorney, who is also his divorce attorney in the proceedings that he filed against Lisa Stebic this past January. Police tell us that, besides Craig, other family members and acquaintances of Lisa have also been offered a polygraph test. They would not tell me exactly how many have taken it or if any have taken it at this point.

GRACE: And very quickly, Jean Casarez, is there a reward?

CASAREZ: There is. Her family and friends, $20,000. I think the unusual thing about this case, Nancy, her cell phone, her credit cards, they haven`t been used since that April 30th date.

CW
05-25-2007, 03:36 AM
http://www.nbc5.com/news/13290057/detail.html

Family, Friends Gather To Remember Missing Woman

Family Meets With Police, Husband

POSTED: 6:39 pm CDT May 9, 2007
UPDATED: 11:09 pm CDT May 9, 2007

CHICAGO ~snipped~ Approximately 100 family and friends attended the vigil, bringing tokens of remembrance for Stebic, NBC5's Amy Jacobson reported.

Jacobson also reported that Stebic's family met with both the Plainfield police and the FBI. The family then went to Stebic's home, where they met with her husband Craig and the couple's two children.

~snip~

Joe Stebic, Craig's father, said his son has told him that he had nothing to do with the disappearance.

"That's what he told me, I asked him yesterday," Stebic said. "I have to believe him -- he's my son."

More:

CW
05-25-2007, 03:38 AM
http://www.nbc5.com/news/13290057/detail.html

Search Intensifies As Vigil Honors Missing Woman
Family Meets With Police, FBI, Husband

POSTED: 6:39 pm CDT May 9, 2007
UPDATED: 10:20 am CDT May 10, 2007

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CHICAGO -- A vigil was held on Wednesday for a missing Plainfield woman.

Lisa Stebic, 37, disappeared on Monday from her home. Police said neither her cell phone nor her credit cards have been used.

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"We're very, very concerned about Lisa's whereabouts," said one of Lisa Stebic's sisters, Debie Ruttenberg. "We miss her, we're longing for her, we're in a desperate situation."

Approximately 100 family and friends -- including Stebic's husband and children -- attended the vigil, bringing tokens of remembrance for Stebic, NBC5's Amy Jacobson reported

CW
05-25-2007, 03:39 AM
http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/p...sun/index.html

The search for Stebic: "Our hearts are broken'

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Lisa Stebic's sister Jamie Bouma (from front left), cousin Mark Greenberg, sister Debbie Ruttenberg, daughter Alexis Stebic, husband Craig Stebic and son Zac Stebic comfort one another during a vigil for the missing Plainfield woman Wednesday evening near the Stebics' home. MICHAEL R. SCHMIDT/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHERThe search for Stebic: "Our hearts are broken'
More than a week after Lisa Stebic was reported missing, friends, family and well-wishers gathered at a park near her house Wednesday evening to hold a vigil for her safe return. "Our hearts are broken. It's tearing up every one of us," said Lisa's sister, Debbie Ruttenberg. Stebic, 37, has been missing from her Plainfield home since April 30.

CW
05-25-2007, 03:41 AM
http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/h...GIL_S2.article

Husband files for custody of couple's kids

May 10, 2007
By JANET LUNDQUIST Staff Writer
JOLIET -- Fearing his estranged and missing wife may intend to return, swoop up their children and disappear again, Craig Stebic on Wednesday filed an emergency motion for temporary custody of his two kids.

"We don't know what's going on," said Dion Davi, Stebic's attorney, speaking to Will County Circuit Court Judge Joseph Polito.

"We don't know if Lisa has performed a disappearing act and is planning to come back and take the children," Davi said. "The kids potentially are in danger of being taken away from their father."


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Lisa Stebic of Plainfield was reported missing May 1. The 37-year-old was last seen about 6 p.m. April 30 at her Red Star Drive home.
Her car is still at home. There has been no activity on her cell phone or credit cards since April 30. Police said Wednesday there is still no sign of foul play, no suspects in her disappearance and no leads on her whereabouts.

CW
05-25-2007, 03:45 AM
http://cbs2chicago.com/westsuburbanbureau/local_story_130073345.html

May 10, 2007 6:08 am US/Central

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(CBS) PLAINFIELD, Ill. Friends and neighbors are painting a troubled picture of the broken marriage of Lisa Stebic, who has been missing from her Plainfield home for nine days now.

As CBS 2's Kristyn Hartman reports, friends of Lisa Stebic say her husband threatened her.

Craig Stebic took their two children to a candlelight vigil for their missing mother on Wednesday night.

Lisa Stebic has been missing for nine days, and she left her car behind in the garage with no trace of cell phone or credit card activity since, police said.

She has not been located despite a $20,000 reward, national interest in her case and more than 34,000 hits on the website findlisastebic.com.

Lisa Stebic's cousin said they are trying to keep hope alive as he spoke with CBS 2 about Craig Stebic.

"I think the commitment is there, from what I've seen of Craig – and I spent a good amount of time with him today – he's very troubled by this. He's very broken up," said Mark Greenberg.

But several friends who spoke to CBS 2 news partner the Naperville Sun painted a picture of an extremely troubled marriage.

They say Lisa told them Craig threatened on several occasions that he would kill her and nobody would find her.

"I've heard her say, 'If anything ever happened to me, look towards Craig,'" said Amer Zegar, who, along with his wife, hosted Lisa and her two children at his home several times since January. "I don't want to blame someone who's innocent. (But) we're scared, we really are."

Family members have said the allegations surprised them and that Craig would never hurt his wife.

But Zegar said that, during her visits, Lisa spoke of receiving verbal abuse from her husband and expressed fear of him and his threats.

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05-25-2007, 03:47 AM
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,271074,00.html

Was Lisa Stebic Living in Fear?
Wednesday, May 09, 2007

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This is a rush transcript from "On the Record ," May 8, 2007. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, HOST: "We need her back," that plea tonight from Lisa Stebic's family. We are following this one closely. This 37-year-old mother of two vanished eight days ago.

Now many are wondering if her husband Craig knows anything about her disappearance. The couple is divorcing and some say Lisa Stebic lived in fear of her husband. Joining us, Lisa's sister Debbie Ruttenberg and her cousin Melanie Greenburg.

Welcome to both of you. Debbie, I assume that there's no update in the search. There's no new information tonight; is that right?

MELANIE GREENBURG, MISSING MOM'S COUSIN: We don't have any new information at that time. We're hoping that the $20,000 reward that we announced on your show last night will lead to some new information and some new tip that will bring Lisa home safely to her family.

VAN SUSTEREN: Melanie, we have heard that she has said things to neighbors or friends in the weeks leading up to her disappearance. What did she say?

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GREENBURG: You know, I have been reading surprising things in the press. I mean, a lot of these things were surprising to the family. We didn't know — know any of these things. We certainly would have been willing to help her out if we heard that she was in trouble or that she needed our help.

VAN SUSTEREN: Debbie, when is the last time you spoke to your sister?

DEBBIE RUTTENBERG, SISTER OF MISSING MOM: I spoke to her Thursday, I believe it was the 28th.

VAN SUSTEREN: And did she say anything unusual that day?

RUTTENBERG: No. We had a wonderful conversation. It was a long conversation. She was very positive. We were sharing sisterly stories. She was just having a positive time moving forward, getting her life together, doing some exercising, taking the kids places. We were talking about how she worked on homework with the kids. So, really, she was in positive, positive spirits.

VAN SUSTEREN: Debbie, I mean any time a woman disappears or a man for that matter, we always look at the spouse. And in this instance, your sister was in the process of divorcing her husband, her husband divorcing her. Did she ever say anything to you that suggested she had fear of her husband?

RUTTENBERG: Well, I mean, you know, my sister and I shared a lot of things. But, if she had fear of her husband, I was not aware of that. You know, like Melanie said, if there was something that we could have done, you know, if Lisa was in trouble, we certainly would have been there for her. We're obviously extremely concerned. And at this point, we need Lisa to return. And that's, you know, really what we are here for. How can the public help us?

VAN SUSTEREN: Melanie we only have about 45 seconds left, she post something on the Internet that might at least give us some clue?

GREENBURG: You know, we know that the police have taken her computer and are looking over it. Possibly, they might find some clue. We hope that they will find some lead with the new information coming in from the reward. And if anyone out there in the public has any information, we urge them to visit the Web site findLisaStebic.com and give the Plainfield police a call and let them know if you have seen anything, if you know anything, even if you think it's irrelevant. It might be something that the police can use to bring Lisa home safe to her children and her family.

VAN SUSTEREN: All right. And I — by asking about her husband, I didn't mean to suggest that he had done something, but he's simply the first person you look at are family members and friends and people she might have come in contact with.

Melanie, Debbie, thank you both.

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05-25-2007, 03:50 AM
http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/379674,6_1_NA10_MISSING_S2.article

Timeline of events in case of Lisa Stebic's disappearance

May 10, 2007
More than a week has passed since a Plainfield mother of two vanished without a trace from her home on Red Star Drive. The search continues for 37-year-old Lisa Stebic, who was reported missing May 1.

The Sun has compiled this list of key events leading up to and since Lisa Stebic's disappearance from reports published this week. Some of the entries reflect conflicting accounts of events from family, friends and authorities, which are marked in italics.

1995
Craig Stebic was arrested in Lake County and faced two felony counts and four misdemeanor counts of unlawful use of a weapon, according to published media reports. Police found a 10-gauge double-barrel shotgun, a .44 magnum semi-automatic pistol, a Ruger Mini-14 assault rifle and an AK-47 semiautomatic rifle in his pickup truck. He reportedly received supervision for the offenses.
December 2006
Plainfield police were called to the home of Craig and Lisa Stebic at 13244 Red Star Drive for a report of a nonviolent verbal fight between the couple.
• In an interview this past week, Craig said he called police after his wife showed up intoxicated after being out all night. A friend of Lisa's said that Lisa told her Craig locked her out of the house.

January 2007
Craig Stebic, 41, filed for divorce from Lisa Stebic, 37, after 14 years of marriage. According to court records, Craig cites irreconcilable differences. Lisa and Craig both seek joint custody of their children with Lisa as the residential custodial parent; child support and division of their marital property. Lisa Stebic also seeks alimony. The couple has two children, 12-year-old Lexi and 10-year-old Zac.
April 2007
More.

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05-25-2007, 03:54 AM
http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIP.../10/ng.01.html

Nancy Grace's May 10th, 07 Transcripts.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: In the Chicago suburbs of Painfield (ph), Illinois, 37-year-old mom Lisa Stebic reportedly heads out for a routine jog and hasn`t been seen since. Friends and family believe something is very wrong, saying the devoted mother of two, popular in the community, would not leave her 10-year-old and 12-year-old behind. A multi-law enforcement team, including Painfield police, force (ph) reserve officers and the fire department, search nearby Lake Brunwed (ph) and the shoreline for clues.

Stebic`s estranged husband, the last person to reportedly see her before she vanishes, not only refusing a polygraph but files an emergency motion for custody of the two kids. And it`s all just 10 days after their mother goes missing.
Let`s switch gears. I want to tell you about a search for a missing mom out of upscale Chicago suburbs. Take a listen.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

JEAN CASAREZ, COURT TV: April 30th was the last time that she was seen, and she works at a school cafeteria. So she reported for work that day. They saw her. Her husband is the last one that says he saw her late in the afternoon on April 3rd. He said that she normally would leave in the evening to go do exercise. She`d come back 10:30 or 11:00. She was never seen again. Her children, her two children, have the same story that the father has, that the last time they saw the mother was late that afternoon. Her cell phone and credit cards, they haven`t been used since that April 30th date.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

GRACE: Tonight, the updates. Apparently, local waterways are being searched for the body of this young mom. According to her husband, she went jogging and has never been seen since. She leaves behind two young children. Family and friends say no way would she leave, leaving her children behind.

Also tonight, the husband files an emergency motion for sole custody. It sounds like he`s not expecting her to walk through the front door.

Out to you, Michele Fiore with WBBM NewsRadio 780, what`s happening?

MICHELE FIORE, REPORTER: Hi, Nancy. Well, here`s the deal tonight. Craig Stebic`s attorney, Dion Davi, did file that emergency petition in Will County court today, actually yesterday. He`s seeking temporary sole custody of their two children, 10 and 12 years old.

Craig`s attorney, Dion Davi, has claimed that, if Lisa is out there alive and well, that she may try to sneak back home and leave with the kids. And we did obtain a copy of that petition today, and I will read from it right now. Quote, "Craig Stebic is the fit and proper person to have the temporary sole, physical, and legal custody of the minor children of the parties."

The judge did decide that it was not an emergency, as Stebic`s attorney had claimed. He moved the issue to a hearing on -- I believe it`s May 22nd. I did speak with Lisa`s divorce attorney tonight, as well, Glenn Kahn. He tells me that he will be filing a response on Tuesday objecting to the petition. He called it unnecessary at this time, and he stressed that there are no allegations that the children are in danger.

Kahn says this is a woman whose story has gone nationwide, that people everywhere are looking for Lisa Stebic. So for her to be able to do such a thing as to walk down the street and pick up her kids is just plain, old ridiculous to even think about.

GRACE: You know, it doesn`t make sense. This mom has been missing now day 10, and instead of being out searching for her, the husband files an emergency motion for sole custody. It doesn`t even make sense.

Let`s unleash the lawyers, Susan Moss, Allison Gilman, Anne Bremner. To you, Susan Moss.

SUSAN MOSS, FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY: The reason why he probably is doing this is because he wants to get into court before mom`s family does. Once more evidence comes out, Dad may be the primary suspect. And if that happens, Mom`s family is going to have good cause to come in to say that they should be the temporary custodial parents of these children.

None of this case makes sense. These people are living in -- going through a very contested divorce. They`re living in the same house. Can you imagine the anger? Can you imagine the aggression? Could you imagine the tension? Something might have popped, and that might have led to the ultimate murder of this mother.

GRACE: To you, Anne Bremner, have you ever seen in a missing person case the remaining spouse file for sole custody? I`ve never seen anything like it.

ANNE BREMNER, TRIAL ATTORNEY: No. It`s totally surprising. But there`s two things. You never say never, but never say always. We can`t say it`s always the husband. And I`ll tell you, Nancy, something like this to me, as a defense lawyer, I would argue it shows that he simply is worried about the kids and he wasn`t involved.

GRACE: But worried about what, Allison Gilman? Worried about what? She`s missing.

ALLISON GILMAN, DEFENSE ATTORNEY: I agree with you, Nancy. I mean, coming from both the criminal defense side and the family side, you file the emergency motion and, being a prosecutor, I`d be like, "Well, obviously he doesn`t really care about her and he really is trying -- this is motive. This is the reason that he`s filing it, to gain an advantage, and that she`s coming home, and he thinks she`s coming home."

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05-25-2007, 03:57 AM
http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/beaconnews/news/380379,4_1_JO10_SEARCH_S1.article

The search for Stebic: Authorities canvass nearby Lake Renwick

May 10, 2007
Staff Reports
PLAINFIELD -- Local law enforcement and emergency personnel conducted another search Thursday morning for Lisa Stebic, the Plainfield woman who has been missing for 10 days.

Plainfield police, Will County Forest Preserve District officers and Plainfield Fire Department personnel were canvassing Lake Renwick in Plainfield in search of any new leads in the case.


Officials at Lake Renwick said nothing has been found at the lake so far, but more searches are planned.

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Plainfield police officer John Konopek (from left), Will County Forrest Preserve officer John Kamarauskas, and Plainfield Fire Department personnel John Stratton and Brian Joseph go over a map of Lake Renwick to plan their next search for Lisa Stebic Thursday morning.

(JOHN PATSCH/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER)

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Plainfield Deputy Police Chief Mark Eiting said Wednesday there has been no change in the investigation and there are no new leads on Stebic's location.

The 37-year-old Stebic, described as 5-foot-2 and 125 pounds, was last seen when she left her house with her purse and cell phone about 6 p.m. April 30.

Investigators tried to locate her by tracking her cell phone, which was a pay-per-minute phone, to no avail, Eiting said. Neither her phone nor her purse have been found.

Stebic was living with her estranged husband, Craig, and their two children at the time of her disappearance. The couple was planning to divorce, and Craig Stebic filed this week for emergency temporary custody of the couple's children.

Friends, family and neighbors gathered for a vigil for Lisa Stebic in their neighborhood Wednesday evening.

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05-25-2007, 06:38 AM
http://cbs2chicago.com/local/local_story_131114624.html

May 11, 2007 5:48 pm US/Central

Divers Scour Ponds In Search For Lisa Stebic
Plainfield Mother Of 2 Has Been Missing Since April 30
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(CBS) PLAINFIELD, Ill. Divers from 10 area fire departments were scouring retention ponds in Plainfield Friday as the search for Lisa Stebic intensifies.

Stebic was last seen around 6 p.m. on April 30, by her husband, Craig Stebic, after she said she was leaving to work out. There has been no activity on her cell phone or credit cards since then.

As CBS 2 West Suburban Bureau Chief Mike Puccinelli reports, 44 divers and 33 land-based rescue workers were searching four ponds. They began with 10 searchers in wet suits who held onto ropes and searched the perimeters of the ponds, then added other divers who went deeper.

The deep divers had to search primarily by sense of touch, since visibility was near zero.

Two additional ponds may be searched before divers finish up, but police want them to be done by the time the Stebics' two children get home from school.

"Obviously, we're here to support the family and try to find Lisa, and I think it would be kind of traumatic for them to have to sit out there and see all this emergency equipment outside their window," said Plainfield police Chief Don Bennett, "so we wanted to do it during the time they were in school."

The Plainfield mother of two has not been located despite a $20,000 reward, national interest in her case and more than 34,000 hits on the website findlisastebic.com.

Later in the day on Friday, Lisa Stebic's family plans to hold a news conference asking for volunteers to help with a ground search of walking and biking trails near the Stebics' house on Saturday. They also plan to go to area businesses on Sunday to pass out carnations, all part of "Bring Lisa Home for Mother's Day."

On Thursday, divers searched for Stebic at Lake Renwick near State Route 30. Deputy Fire Chief Jon Stratton said searchers walked the banks of four lakes near Lake Renwick.

Police say they were not following a specific lead in the search, and divers found nothing.

Anyone with information about Lisa Stebic is asked to call the Plainfield Police Department at 815-267-7217.

CBS 2 West Suburban Bureau Chief Mike Puccinelli and the Naperville Sun contributed to this report.

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05-25-2007, 06:40 AM
http://cbs2chicago.com/local/local_story_130073345.html

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(CBS) PLAINFIELD, Ill. Friends and neighbors are painting a troubled picture of the broken marriage of Lisa Stebic, who has been missing from her Plainfield home for nine days now.

As CBS 2's Kristyn Hartman reports, friends of Lisa Stebic say her husband threatened her.

Craig Stebic took their two children to a candlelight vigil for their missing mother on Wednesday night.

Lisa Stebic has been missing for nine days, and she left her car behind in the garage with no trace of cell phone or credit card activity since, police said.

She has not been located despite a $20,000 reward, national interest in her case and more than 34,000 hits on the website findlisastebic.com.

Lisa Stebic's cousin said they are trying to keep hope alive as he spoke with CBS 2 about Craig Stebic.

"I think the commitment is there, from what I've seen of Craig – and I spent a good amount of time with him today – he's very troubled by this. He's very broken up," said Mark Greenberg.

But several friends who spoke to CBS 2 news partner the Naperville Sun painted a picture of an extremely troubled marriage.

They say Lisa told them Craig threatened on several occasions that he would kill her and nobody would find her.

"I've heard her say, 'If anything ever happened to me, look towards Craig,'" said Amer Zegar, who, along with his wife, hosted Lisa and her two children at his home several times since January. "I don't want to blame someone who's innocent. (But) we're scared, we really are."

Family members have said the allegations surprised them and that Craig would never hurt his wife.

CW
05-25-2007, 07:00 AM
http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/382526,4_1_JO12_MISSING_S1.article

DIVERS TAKING UP STEBIC SEARCH
LAW ENFORCEMENT IS BROADENING THE SEARCH FOR A PLAINFIELD MOM MISSING SINCE APRIL 30

May 12, 2007
By JANET LUNDQUIST Staff Writer
PLAINFIELD -- Police and fire personnel from nine area agencies dove into the retention ponds near Lisa Stebic's house Friday, but found nothing related to her disappearance.

Lisa Stebic, 37, was reported missing May 1. Her car is still at home, and police say there has been no activity on her cell phone or credit cards since April 30, when she was last seen about 6 p.m.

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Divers from Plainfield and Little Rock Township walk through a pond Friday near Lisa Stebic's Plainfield home looking for clues to her disappearance. Nine area fire departments provided divers to aid in the search at various locations in Plainfield.
(John Patsch/Staff Photographer)

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About 9 a.m. Friday, police and fire vans, as well as media crews, descended upon the quiet subdivision. A helicopter hovered overhead.

Some living near the ponds watched the divers from their driveways and sidewalks.

Community remains involved
Everyone had an opinion on the case, but no one wanted their name in print.
"My wife says that she's alive," one man said. "I really believe ... she would never leave her children."

Two other residents said they don't mind the police and reporters frequenting the neighborhood.

"We want them to stay until they find her," a woman said.

"If nothing ever happens, at least the kids will know that people cared enough to look for their mom," said another.

A memorial created Wednesday night by those at a vigil in a park near the ponds was still up Friday. One nearby resident said someone lights the luminary candles each night.

The memorial includes a poster decorated by children and staff from Lincoln Elementary School, where Lisa Stebic works in the food service program.

Plainfield School District spokesman Tom Hernandez said social workers and counselors have been available for students at Lincoln this week. Staff at Walkers Grove Elementary and Heritage Grove Middle schools, which the Stebics' children attend, were told to provide age-appropriate guidance and answers to any questions from children or parents.

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05-25-2007, 07:02 AM
http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/napervillesun/news/384445,6_1_NA14_MISSING_S1.article


Tensions on the rise
Husband absent from search; family pleas for his polygraph

May 14, 2007
By Jennifer Golz Staff Writer
Tension might be surfacing between Craig Stebic and his missing wife's family.

Until now, Lisa Stebic's family has said they do not want to make any assumptions as to what has happened to the 37-year-old Plainfield mom who has been missing since May 1.

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The Applebee's Grill and Bar in Plainfield distributed carnations to moms dining on Mother's Day. Each flower was tagged with a photo of Lisa Stebic, the Plainfield mother of two who has been missing since May 1.
Danielle Gardner / Staff photographer

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She was last seen in the home she shares with her husband, Crag Stebic at 6 p.m. April 30, according to police reports. A neighbor reported Lisa Stebic missing the following day, May 1.

Lisa Stebic's car remains in the garage, but neither her cell phone nor credit cards have been used since her disappearance.

Family wants answers
For the first time, the family is publicly speaking out about the many unanswered questions they have.
During an on-air interview Saturday evening with Kimberly Guilfoyle of "The Line Up" on FOX News Channel, Melanie Greenberg of Naperville, Lisa Stebic's cousin and spokesperson for the family, said they want Craig "to take a polygraph" test and do anything he can to help.

Plainfield police have said Craig Stebic has been "cooperative" in their investigation thus far.

But last week Craig Stebic refused to take a polygraph test, under the advice of his divorce attorney. The same day he canceled the test, Craig Stebic also refused FBI agents entry into his home when they showed up on his doorstep Tuesday.

Although Plainfield police have offered family and friends of the Stebics the opportunity to take a polygraph test, it is unclear if Craig Stebic was asked by police to take the test as part of the investigation, or by family out of curiosity.

Plainfield police were not available for comment on the case Sunday.

"All investigators are off on Sundays," a Plainfield police dispatcher told The Sun that afternoon.

Craig not looking
Despite the family's pleas, Craig Stebic also was missing from the massive search events this weekend.
More than 200 volunteers gathered Saturday to search local ponds, bike paths, parks and forested areas. They also tied ribbons with pictures of Lisa Stebic to hundreds of carnations to be handed out at area eateries on Mother's Day.

Sarah Norwood, 21, of Plainfield works at one of the restaurants that was handing out the flowers.

She said that while the search efforts by Lisa Stebic's friends and family are great, she doesn't hold much hope, as she's seen it before.

Norwood used to live in California, just 20 minutes away from the home of Scott and Laci Peterson.

A seven-month pregnant Laci Peterson went missing from her Modesto, Calif., home Christmas Eve 2002. Her remains washed ashore in the San Francisco Bay four months later.

Almost two years after her disappearance, her husband, Scott Peterson, was found guilty of double murder and sentenced to death Dec. 13, 2004.

"This is like a mirror image of what happened in California," Norwood said.

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05-25-2007, 07:07 AM
http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/napervillesun/news/384445,6_1_NA14_MISSING_S1.article

Tensions on the rise
Husband absent from search; family pleas for his polygraph

May 14, 2007
By Jennifer Golz Staff Writer
Tension might be surfacing between Craig Stebic and his missing wife's family.

Until now, Lisa Stebic's family has said they do not want to make any assumptions as to what has happened to the 37-year-old Plainfield mom who has been missing since May 1.

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The Applebee's Grill and Bar in Plainfield distributed carnations to moms dining on Mother's Day. Each flower was tagged with a photo of Lisa Stebic, the Plainfield mother of two who has been missing since May 1.
Danielle Gardner / Staff photographer

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• Visit findlisastebic.com for latest updates from her family and to post well-wishes.

• Take a look at The Sun's gallery of pictures from events this weekend at napersun.com.
She was last seen in the home she shares with her husband, Crag Stebic at 6 p.m. April 30, according to police reports. A neighbor reported Lisa Stebic missing the following day, May 1.

Lisa Stebic's car remains in the garage, but neither her cell phone nor credit cards have been used since her disappearance.

Family wants answers
For the first time, the family is publicly speaking out about the many unanswered questions they have.
During an on-air interview Saturday evening with Kimberly Guilfoyle of "The Line Up" on FOX News Channel, Melanie Greenberg of Naperville, Lisa Stebic's cousin and spokesperson for the family, said they want Craig "to take a polygraph" test and do anything he can to help.

Plainfield police have said Craig Stebic has been "cooperative" in their investigation thus far.

But last week Craig Stebic refused to take a polygraph test, under the advice of his divorce attorney. The same day he canceled the test, Craig Stebic also refused FBI agents entry into his home when they showed up on his doorstep Tuesday.

CW
05-25-2007, 07:08 AM
http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/napervillesun/news/385591,6_1_NA15_MISSING_S2.article

Hours before missing, Lisa seemed 'normal'

May 15, 2007
By Jennifer Golz Staff Writer
It may have been the last thing missing Plainfield mom Lisa Stebic ate before disappearing.

At least once a week for the past year since the store's opening, Stebic would stop at Jimmy John's, 12632 S. Route 59, Plainfield, for a Turkey Tom. The 8-inch turkey sub sandwich includes lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise and alfalfa sprouts.

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Christine Muilenberg, center, prepares sandwiches at the Jimmy John's store Lisa Stebic frequented on Route 59 in Plainfield. Stebic has been missing 15 days.
Kate Szrom / Staff photographer

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Deputy Plainfield Police Chief Mark Eiting said Monday that Stebic's disappearance officially remains classified as a missing person case. Police have "no new leads or anything at this point," he said. ON THE WEB

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Stebic was at that Jimmy John's at about 2 p.m. April 30, the day the 37-year-old mother of two went missing.

"She was normal, just like any other day," manager Christine Muilenburg said. "There was no indication anything was wrong, at least from as far as we know her."

Stebic ordered her regular sandwich, talked about her children and said she was in a hurry, as she had errands to run before the kids retuned home from school that day, Muilenburg said.

"It was a mom conversation," she said.

The ladies who work the midday shift at Jimmy John's call themselves the "Desperate Housewives," as many of them are just like Stebic - moms looking for a part-time job while their children are in school.

Stebic is a lunchroom worker at Lincoln Elementary in Plainfield, a job that allowed her to be home in the afternoon to greet her children.

According to police reports, Stebic was last seen at 6 p.m. April 30 in the home she shares with her estranged husband, Craig. Her car remains in the attached garage of the Plainfield home and neither her cell phone nor credit cards have been used since her disappearance.

"It's unnerving," Jimmy John's general manager Lydia Atkinson said of Stebic's disappearance. "Maybe if we kept her here a little longer," she added, leaving a lot unsaid.

CW
05-25-2007, 07:10 AM
http://www.wbbm780.com/pages/459985.php?contentType=4&contentId=502825

Items Seized From Stebic Home


(WBBM/STNG) - Police confirm that they searched a missing Plainfield woman's home early this morning and impounded two cars and other items from the house in the southwest suburb.

WBBM’S Debra Dale has the story.

Plainfield police confirm that they obtained a search warrant late last night and searched the Stebic home at 13244 Red Star Drive.

Police also impounded two cars registered to Craig Stebic...a 2002 Chevy S-10 pickup and a 2004 Saturn Ion. Lisa drove the Saturn.

Police say they took some items into custody, but will not specify what those items are.

Craig Stebic tells WBBM that Plainfield police came to the family home in the middle of the night...performed a search...and took a few items. He says they took "blankets and stuff."

“We need to focus part of our investigation on the fact that she may not have voluntarily disappeared,” Police Chief Don Bennet said. Although investigators are considering the possibility that Lisa Stebic’s disappearance was not voluntary, Bennett said they have no hard evidence of foul play.

Lisa Stebic has been missing for two weeks. She was last seen by her husband. He says she went out. She took her cell-phone and credit cards, which have not been used since.

Plainfield Police are being assisted in their investigation by the FBI. At this point they say they have no suspects and no persons of interest.

Craig Stebic has reportedly cooperated with investigators but has refused to submit to a polygraph test, he says, on the advice of his lawyer.

Lisa Stebic's family and friends hope another package of events this weekend will deliver new information on her whereabouts.

More than 400 volunteers spent Saturday combing Plainfield for Stebic, who was last seen April 30 at her home on Red Star Drive. On Sunday, they distributed hundreds of carnations affixed with her photo and a hot line number to businesses throughout the area.

But the effort failed to produce new clues. Melanie Greenberg, who is married to Stebic's cousin, Mark Greenberg of Naperville, said another campaign to circulate her photo is planned so that no stone is left unturned.

"I'm going to feel like we have done absolutely everything we could do," said Melanie Greenberg, who has acted as the family's spokesperson.

A neighbor reported the mother of two missing the morning of May 1. Stebic is in the midst of a divorce from her husband, Craig Stebic, who says he last saw her at their home around 6 p.m. the evening before

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05-25-2007, 07:16 AM
http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0705/14/ng.01.html

(NEWSBREAK)Nancy Grace

DIMOND: April 30th was the last time that she was seen. And she works at a school cafeteria, so she reported for work that day. They saw her. Her husband is the last one that says he saw her late in the afternoon on April 30. He said that she normally would leave in the evening to go do exercise, come back 10:30 or 11:00. She was never seen again. Her cell phone, her credit cards, they haven`t been used since that April 30th date.

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DIMOND: Welcome back. I`m Diane Dimond, in for Nancy Grace.

Well, Mother`s Day came and went. They were hoping for a miracle, some way, somehow, to find missing mom Lisa Stebic. She left home presumably for a jog, left her two children behind, and her soon-to-be ex- husband, and has not been seen since. No suspects, no evidence, no leads, a terrible tragedy for that entire community.

Michele Fiore is a local radio reporter there with WBBM Newsradio. Michele, I know you spoke to the chief of police today. Still, no leads, no suspects?

MICHELE FIORE, REPORTER: I did. I talked to Chief Don Bennett this afternoon, and he told me that today detectives spent time just trying to tie up some loose ends over here. The tips do keep coming in, he says, especially since Lisa`s story has gone nationwide. You may recall that divers took some time last week searching a couple of retention ponds near the Stebic home, but they found nothing.

Today, they went out. I should say that the visibility was reported as zero, but that police did a very thorough search despite that difficulty. Chief Bennett says, though, that they have no plans to be back out in the water. When I talked to him today, he also spoke about the children, the 10- and 12-year-old children of the Stebics, and he tells me that police have not had contact with those kids since the day that Lisa went missing.

Now, at that time, the children were reporting that they did see their mom after school, as was typical for them. Mom would get home first from work. Dad got home later. And that`s it. Police do still want to talk to the kids again.

However, now that Craig Stebic is using an attorney in all this, everything police do has to go through Craig Stebic`s attorney. So Chief Bennett told me they did put in a request to have the children go over to the Will County advocacy center. Police say that they actually made that request several days ago, and even at that time were offering dates at which the kids could go there to be interviewed by somebody other than the Plainfield police. But Chief Bennett said that, so far, Craig Stebic`s attorney has not given the go-ahead on this issue.

DIMOND: Now, see, this is bizarre to me, to Michelle Fiore, of WBBM radio, because he`s a divorce lawyer. He`s not a criminal lawyer.

FIORE: Yes.

DIMOND: This seems just so strange.

Let`s bring in Melanie Greenberg. She is a cousin of the missing woman and has been very active in the search for her.

Thanks a lot for being with us, Ms. Greenberg. Now, there was a huge search this weekend. I want to talk to you about that. But first, I really want to talk about the children. Have you seen them? Do you think they might know more than they`ve been able to tell police?

MELANIE GREENBERG, LISA STEBIC`S COUSIN: You know, I don`t know if they know anything more. I do understand that they did see their mom that Monday, April 30th, after school. I last saw Lisa`s daughter on Friday, and the children did spend a lot of time with Lisa`s family this weekend, with Mother`s Day. Because of the massive search on Saturday, it was thought best to get the children out of Plainfield for a while.

On Saturday, we had over 150 emergency personnel searching, as well as over 275 volunteer searchers fanning out all over Plainfield. And the family just want to express our profound gratitude to all of those volunteers that came out, to take time out of their Mother`s Day weekend to help search for Lisa.

DIMOND: And you know, Melanie, actually, we`re hearing reports that it may be as many as 400 people were there. Let`s go to the phones, lots of calls on this. We`ll try to get a couple in.

Michelle from New Mexico is calling. Hi, Michelle.

CALLER: Hi, how are you?

DIMOND: I`m great. And I`m from New Mexico, so I`m glad to hear from you.

CALLER: Oh, thank you.

DIMOND: What`s your question?

CALLER: I`m wondering if they searched the house. If he was the last one to see her, maybe she`s still in that house.

DIMOND: Oh, that`s a good question. Ed Miller is with "America`s Most Wanted." And he`s been on this case from the very beginning. He does lots of cases like this. Ed, what do you know about that? Have they searched inside that house?

ED MILLER, REPORTER, "AMERICA`S MOST WANTED": Well, they have searched inside the house, but my sources tell me that, as of now, this investigation is severely hindered because of the husband. In other words, they did a very quick search in the very beginning. They did speak to the children in the very beginning, as well as they did speak to the husband, Craig, in the very beginning.

But as you well know, in any investigation, they do follow-up questions. And the husband is not cooperating. Through his attorney, he says he is cooperating, but that`s not really the definition that police believe cooperation is.

In other words, if you really are looking for your wife, whether or not you`re getting divorced -- that is the mother of your children -- you would say, "Sure, come on in. What can I do to help? Ask me anything."

DIMOND: Absolutely.

MILLER: And, of course, he`s not doing that. He`s saying, well, let`s see when we can set up a date that`s mutually acceptable to all of us. The key thing here is -- and we investigated this last weekend, made it public -- that Dad gave the kids money to go buy candy at the store. So there was a time there when no one was in the house. The children were out of the house, and only Mom and Dad were home alone.

DIMOND: So there was opportunity.

MILLER: That`s right. The kids come back from the store, and Mom is gone. What happened to her, we don`t know.

DIMOND: And not only that, Ed, but this man, you know, the whereabouts of his wife is unknown, and he is going along with his defense attorney to, a, not do a polygraph test, and, b, go into court and claim full custody when his wife may be lying -- soon-to-be ex-wife may be lying hurt or even worse somewhere.

His attorney is Dion Davi, and he put forth a statement to us today. "All courses of action that I have taken have been in the best interest of my client and his children. We have in no way intended or hampered the investigation that the police are conducting," he says. "With the exception of the polygraph, all requests made by the Plainfield Police Department have been met or in the process of being met. We intend to fully cooperate and assist in any way possible with the investigation."

Melanie Greenberg, does your family think he is being upfront here? Do you all suspect him?

GREENBERG: Well, you know, I don`t want to speculate on anything that`s going to impede the police investigation. But Lisa`s family -- you know, I just don`t know if Craig is getting the very best legal advice. As you pointed out, this is a divorce attorney. And we would just urge Craig to take the polygraph, to answer any follow-up questions that the police department may have.

DIMOND: Because he`s not a suspect. He`s not been named as a person of interest. So why not cooperate? That`s what you`re saying.

GREENBERG: It`s been two weeks today. Today is two weeks that Lisa has gone missing. And I can`t imagine what is more urgent than that.

DIMOND: Right.

GREENBERG: You know, we would like -- you know, if there`s any further information that he might be able to give the Plainfield police that might assist them in their investigation.

DIMOND: Our hearts just go out to you, Melanie. I wish we had more time.

GREENBERG: Thank you.

DIMOND: Thirty seconds, Pat Brown, the FBI`s involved. What kind of perpetrator have they profiled, Pat?

PAT BROWN, CRIMINAL PROFILER: Well, I`m guessing they`re looking very heavily at that husband, because, who else is there to look at, at this point? You know, this man, if he were innocent, he would be not doing if he`s doing. If he was innocent, there would be no physical evidence in his house, no physical evidence in his car, no physical evidence anywhere near him. So what`s his problem?

DIMOND: So open the doors, and let the sunshine in.

BROWN: Absolutely.

DIMOND: That`s it for me tonight. I`m Diane Dimond, sitting in tonight for Nancy Grace. She`ll continue to watch the missing mother of two, day 14. How many more days? And we`ll be right back.

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DIMOND: Well, Lisa Stebic, suburban Chicago housewife, still missing. I want to go to our guest, Andrea Macari. First of all, actually, let me go to Holly Hughes. Holly, you`re the prosecutor here. Is there any way to force access to her two children so police can question them? They may have crucial information.

HUGHES: Absolutely, there is a way to do it. I don`t understand why the husband wouldn`t just allow access. But if he is refusing access to those children, they can have a guardian ad litem appointed by the court who is going to operate in the best interests of the children, and that guardian can be there and be present while those children are, in fact, questioned.

DIMOND: Yes, I wonder actually why that hasn`t been done. It has been 14 days so far.

Now, to Andrea Macari, she is a clinical psychotherapist. Let me ask you, Andrea, these children, let`s hope for their sake that the worst has not happened here, but even if Mom does come home sometime, this is going to affect them for the rest of their lives.

MACARI: Absolutely. Oh, my gosh. Imagine the sense of betrayal and confusion and guilt they must be experiencing. And, you know, 10 million American kids each year are witnesses to domestic violence. We can only wonder what they might have seen before.

DIMOND: Oh, it just makes my heart hurt. Thanks a lot.

CW
05-25-2007, 07:18 AM
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-plainfield_16may16,1,664739.story?track=rss&ctrack=2&cset=true


Plainfield house is searched

By Jo Napolitano, Tribune staff reporter. Tribune staff reporter Hal Dardick contributed to this report
Published May 16, 2007
Police spent 4 1/2 hours beginning late Monday night searching the house where a missing Plainfield woman lived with her husband, sparking complaints from his attorney that it was meant to intimidate his client.

Lisa Stebic, a mother of two, was last seen April 30 by her husband, Craig. The couple were getting a divorce but continued to share a spacious home in the 13200 block of Red Star Drive.


Police on Tuesday impounded Craig Stebic's two vehicles, a 2002 Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck and a 2004 Saturn Ion, as part of the search. Attorney Dion Davi said police are trying to coerce a confession.

"I think the strategy was to put as much stress on him and on his family as possible," Davi said. "I believe the investigation is such that they are not able to uncover any leads and are just grasping at straws."

Davi said the two children had to sleep outside in one of the family vehicles while the search was under way. The 10-year-old son was so traumatized he didn't attend school Tuesday, the attorney said.

Davi has asked police for a complete inventory of what was taken from the house and for an explanation of the "probable cause" necessary to obtain the warrant. He said the family now has no functional vehicle because a truck left behind doesn't work.

He said police keep telling Stebic he is not a suspect.

The Joliet Police Department's Special Operations Squad and the FBI Evidence Response Team assisted in the search, which began at 11:45 p.m. Charles Pelkie, a spokesman for Will County State's Atty. James Glasgow, said the warrant was under court seal.

CW
05-25-2007, 07:21 AM
http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/387248,4_1_JO16_MISSING_S1.article


POLICE AND FBI RAID STEBIC HOME
WITH NO SUSPECTS IN THE CASE OF THE MISSING PLAINFIELD MOTHER ...

May 16, 2007
By JANET LUNDQUIST Staff Writer
PLAINFIELD -- While police say they have no suspects in the disappearance of a local mother of two, her husband's attorney believes a midnight search of her house was an attempt to intimidate her husband and coerce a confession.

For the first time Tuesday, investigators said they are expanding their search for Lisa Stebic to include the possibility of foul play -- and served early-morning search warrants at the Stebic house as the next step in the investigation.

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A poster with the picture of Lisa Stebic, who is missing, hangs from a light pole Tuesday morning near her Plainfield home on Red Star Drive. Plainfield police searched the home and impounded two vehicles early Tuesday.
(STEVEN BUYANSKY/ STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER)

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Lisa Stebic, 37, was reported missing May 1. Police say there has been no activity on her cell phone or credit cards since April 30, when she was last seen at home about 6 p.m.

"We need to focus part of our investigation on the fact that she may not have voluntarily disappeared," said Police Chief Don Bennett.

Although investigators are considering that possibility, Bennett said they have no hard evidence of foul play.

Plainfield police, an FBI evidence response team and a special operations unit from the Joliet Police Department searched the house at 13244 Red Star Drive, and the Stebics' vehicles early Tuesday morning.

Craig Stebic's attorney Dion Davi said Stebic was not allowed to call him during the search, which police said lasted about four and a half hours. Bennett said Stebic was offered the chance to call his attorney and declined.

Stebic was cooperative and let officers in to conduct the search, police said. During the search, Stebic stayed in a room with officers while his two children were in a car outside with female officers, police said.

"They say he's not a suspect. They say he's not a person of interest. But they come in the middle of the night, take the kids out of their sleep and force them to sleep in a car while they search for hours," said Davi, who said he learned of the search when Stebic called him about 6 a.m. Tuesday.

CW
05-25-2007, 07:23 AM
http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/388196,4_1_JO16_MISSING_S4.article


Lisa filed to evict husband

May 16, 2007
By JANET LUNDQUIST Staff Writer
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A poster with the picture of Lisa Stebic, who is missing, hangs from a light pole Tuesday morning near her Plainfield home on Red Star Drive. Plainfield police searched the home and impounded two vehicles early Tuesday.
(STEVEN BUYANSKY/ STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER)

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On May 9, Stebic filed the emergency motion for custody of the kids, ages 10 and 12. His attorney Dion Davi said the motion was an attempt to protect Craig in case Lisa returned, took the children and disappeared again.

In his response today, Lisa’s attorney Glenn Kahn said, considering the unanswered questions surrounding Lisa’s disappearance, the court should maintain the status quo instead of possibly jeopardizing Lisa’s parental rights.

The judge decided the motion was not an emergency and set it for a hearing May 22 in Will County Circuit Court.

CW
05-25-2007, 07:27 AM
http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/napervillesun/news/387119,6_1_NA16_MISSING_S2.article


Police: 'We are always sensitive to the children'

May 16, 2007
By Paige Winfield Staff Writer
After they spent the weekend with relatives, the children of a missing Plainfield woman were back home Monday night when police searched the family's house around midnight.

Lisa Stebic, mother of 12-year-old Lexi and 10-year-old Zach, has been missing since April 30.

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Two female officers watched over the children in the back of a squad car while authorities searched the home, neighbors said.

Mark Eiting, deputy chief of police for the Plainfield Police Department, said officers made sure the children did not observe the search.

"We are always sensitive to the children," he said.

Amid the media attention surrounding Lisa's disappearance, relatives have tried to keep the children's lives as normal as possible, said Melanie Greenberg of Naperville, who is married to Stebic's cousin, Mark Greenberg.

Other than attending a candlelight vigil for Lisa last Wednesday, the children have been in the house with their father, Craig, when they are not at school. Greenberg said Craig has been shielding them from viewing the extensive media coverage of their missing mother.

Anxiety, abandonment
As Lexi and Zach deal with the anxiety and stress of separation from their mother, it is crucial to shelter them from media attention, said Fatima Ali, a psychiatrist with DuPage Mental Health Services.
"At that age, you are not feeling comfortable with your own emotions," she said. "So media coming to them repeatedly can traumatize them."

But Ali said it is equally important that family members are honest with the children.

When preteen children encounter traumatic situations, two of the most common emotions are feelings of anxiety and abandonment, Ali said. Even though Lexi and Zach can understand that their mother probably didn't leave voluntarily, she said, they may feel betrayed and begin to worry about losing another loved one.

Custody hearing set
Since Lisa vanished, Greenberg and other relatives have repeatedly described her as a devoted and loving mother, saying she would never voluntarily leave her children.
But when Craig filed for temporary custody of the children last week, he made a move that has left Lisa's family members puzzled.

Mark Greenberg, who is an attorney, said the move makes no sense, since Craig already has custody of the children.

Craig's emergency motion for temporary custody is scheduled for a hearing on Tuesday in Will County Circuit Court.

While none of Lisa's family members are currently seeking custody of the children, Melanie Greenberg said they would all be willing to care for Lexi and Zach if needed.

"Any member of Lisa's family would be willing to take the children," she said.

CW
05-25-2007, 07:29 AM
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Friends: Lisa Stebic said husband threatened her
But family says he would never hurt his wife
By Paige Winfield and Kate R. Houlihan staff writers
More revelations of a deeply troubled and broken marriage emerged Wednesday as the bizarre case of a missing Plainfield mother of two entered its ninth day.

Lisa Stebic, 37, was four months into a bitter divorce with her husband, Craig, 41, when she disappeared April 30. She left her car behind in the garage with no trace of cell phone or credit card activity since, police said.

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The family of Lisa Stebic (left) is planning to hold a vigil Saturday in honor of her birthday. Her husband, Craig, and son, Zac, are shown here at a vigil held last week.
(Kate Szrom / Staff photographer)

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Police say they have no leads and no suspects in her disappearance as of Wednesday.

But several friends have reported concern. They say Lisa told them Craig threatened on several occasions he would kill her and nobody would find her.

"I've heard her say, 'If anything ever happened to me, look towards Craig,'" said Amer Zegar, who, along with his wife, hosted Lisa and her two children at his home several times since January. "I don't want to blame someone who's innocent. (But) we're scared, we really are."

Family members have said the allegations surprised them and that Craig would never hurt his wife.

But Zegar said that, during her visits, Lisa spoke of receiving verbal abuse from her husband and expressed fear of him and his threats.

"(Craig) always said,

'You'll never get nothing, you'll disappear,'" he said.

Zegar and his wife, who declined to be named, said Lisa had been receiving counseling from the Guardian Angel Home in Joliet - a nonprofit organization that provides services for victims of domestic violence and rape.

While not confirming that Lisa is a client of the home, Chief Executive Officer Shelia Schmitz said the organization has been cooperating with the Plainfield Police in their investigation.

"I know her family has come here, and police have come here," Schmitz said.

Craig disagreed with reports that his wife was afraid of him and that she had received counseling at the shelter, speaking Tuesday with the Naperville Sun's partner the Joliet Herald News.

"Why would she still be living here?" he said. "If she was so afraid, why would she leave her kids here?"

CW
05-25-2007, 07:32 AM
http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/napervillesun/news/387087,6_1_NA16_MISSING_S3.article


Memorial display trashing upsets Stebic supervisor

May 16, 2007
BY TIM WALDORFStaff Writer
The makeshift Lisa Stebic memorial in the Plainfield Park District gazebo behind her home is gone.

Kim Young, who supervised the missing 37-year-old mother of two in the lunchroom at Lincoln Elementary School, said Park District employees on Monday tried to trash it.

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Police officers and FBI agents searched the Stebics' house and the vehicles about midnight.
(AP/Sun file photo)

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However, Plainfield Park District officials insist their maintenance workers had nothing to do with its disappearance.

"I can guarantee you the Park District isn't in that business," said Gene Goldwater, Plainfield Park District's superintendent of parks. "We just wouldn't do that."

Young, Stebic's supervisor at Sodexho, said that at 2:30 p.m. Monday she stopped by the park in Norman Greenway, just behind the Stebics' residence near the intersection of Blakely and Red Star drives and was shocked by what she saw.

"This man was piling up the little animals and the figurines into a trash bag and stuffing them down, and I'm like, 'What are you doing?'" Young said. "He's like, 'My boss! My boss! My boss tell me to clean up! Clean everything up!' And I go, 'This is a memorial.' He said, 'No, this is trash. You need to clear out the trash.'"

The man told Young he worked for the Plainfield Park District and he was wearing a Park District uniform and driving a Park District truck, she said.

"Oh yeah, he was in a marked truck and everything," she said. "I said, 'Who is your boss?' and he wouldn't tell me."

Goldwater said his crews have driven by the memorial site

CW
05-25-2007, 07:33 AM
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-plainfield_16may16,1,664739.story?track=rss&ctrack=2&cset=true


[Plainfield house is searched

By Jo Napolitano, Tribune staff reporter. Tribune staff reporter Hal Dardick contributed to this report
Published May 16, 2007
Police spent 4 1/2 hours beginning late Monday night searching the house where a missing Plainfield woman lived with her husband, sparking complaints from his attorney that it was meant to intimidate his client.

Lisa Stebic, a mother of two, was last seen April 30 by her husband, Craig. The couple were getting a divorce but continued to share a spacious home in the 13200 block of Red Star Drive


Police on Tuesday impounded Craig Stebic's two vehicles, a 2002 Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck and a 2004 Saturn Ion, as part of the search. Attorney Dion Davi said police are trying to coerce a confession.

"I think the strategy was to put as much stress on him and on his family as possible," Davi said. "I believe the investigation is such that they are not able to uncover any leads and are just grasping at straws."

Davi said the two children had to sleep outside in one of the family vehicles while the search was under way. The 10-year-old son was so traumatized he didn't attend school Tuesday, the attorney said.

Davi has asked police for a complete inventory of what was taken from the house and for an explanation of the "probable cause" necessary to obtain the warrant. He said the family now has no functional vehicle because a truck left behind doesn't work.

CW
05-25-2007, 07:36 AM
http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/390002,4_1_JO16_STEBICEVICT_S2.article


Stebic wanted husband out

May 16, 2007
By JANET LUNDQUIST Staff Writer
JOLIET --The day she disappeared, Lisa Stebic mailed a petition to oust her
husband from their home while their divorce was pending so she and her
children could "live in peace."
Signed on the last page in neat cursive, Lisa Stebic's petition for
temporary eviction of her spouse, Craig, states he was being "unnecessarily
relentless, cruel, inconsiderate, domineering and verbally abusive." His
behavior was "jeopardizing the mental well-being" of their children, she
said.
She felt his verbal abuse was affecting her mental and physical well-being,
according to her petition.
That petition was included in a motion filed Wednesday by Lisa Stebic¹s
attorney, Glenn Kahn, as a response to Craig Stebic's motion for temporary
custody of the couple's two children.
Lisa Stebic, 37, was last seen about 6 p.m. April 30 at her Red Star Drive
home. She was reported missing May 1 by a neighbor.

Did Craig know about petition?

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The attorney for Lisa Stebic (left) said he doesn't know whether her husband Craig Stebic (right) knew of Lisa's plans to file papers with the courts seeking his eviction from their Plainfield home.

(STAFF FILE PHOTO)
Because the petition was received after Lisa was reported missing, it was
never filed in court, Kahn said.
The law office typed up the petition and gave it to Lisa to sign and return
before her disappearance, he said. He did not know whether Craig Stebic knew
Lisa planned to sign and mail the petition.
"That's the million dollar question," Kahn said. "It's quite possible he
did, it's possible he didn't as well. She did have it at the house."
Craig Stebic's attorney, Dion Davi, said as far as he knew Craig did not
know Lisa was mailing the petition.
Davi, who said he saw Lisa's petition for the first time Wednesday, said it
did not contain any specific allegations. Other than the police responding
to their house in December for an argument, Davi said he had no indication
that the couple had a problem living in the same house.
"We don¹t know if Lisa truly intended to file this petition," Davi said.
He said he does not think the petition will hurt Craig's chances of
obtaining temporary custody of his kids.

CW
05-25-2007, 07:39 AM
Nancy Grace, May 16th, 07

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0705/16/ng.01.html


NANCY GRACE

Police Say Possible Foul Play in Disappearance of Chicago-Area Mother

Aired May 16, 2007 - 20:00:00 ET

NANCY GRACE, HOST: Tonight, breaking news. Day 16, a young mother of two who reportedly goes for a jog, then never heard from again. Tonight we learn Lisa Stebic disappears just hours after mailing court papers to evict her husband, the two still living under the same roof. And tonight, for the first time, police refuse to rule out foul play. And further developments. Police swoop in for a late-night search, a five-hour search on Stebic`s home, seizing both family cars.
And tonight: A beautiful 4-year-old baby girl on a luxury resort vacation with her entire family vanishes from her own bedroom after parents leave the children alone to attend a dinner party. Tonight, the reward climbing to over $5 million to find baby Maddy.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Last Thursday evening, a little girl called Maddy was taken from the family hotel room. As I`m sure you understand, we need to do everything possible to help the police with their inquiries in finding her. If you have seen this little girl, please could you go to your local authorities or police and give any information that you have.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It is very nearly two weeks now since Madeleine McCann was abducted from her family`s holiday apartment. In that time, police have searched hundreds of properties. The latest development, a block of apartments in this resort has tonight been sealed off. There have been in those two weeks been leads and suspects, the most high-profile of them Robert Murat.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Robert Murat`s house is still under police guard. Police tape still marks the outer limits of his garden and the driveway here. But police have been very clear they don`t have enough evidence even to continue questioning Robert Murat, let alone arrest him.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Police have been seen working at another property.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The inquiry appears to have moved quite quickly over the last three days, but the hours must tick by very slowly for the McCann family because Madeleine is still not here.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

GRACE: Good evening. I`m Nancy Grace. I want to thank you for being with us tonight. First, to upscale Chicago suburbs and the mystery of missing mom Lisa Stebic.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The Plainfield Police Department obtained and executed a search warrant at the home of Lisa Stebic, who has been missing since April 30.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The photos are somewhat grainy, an eerie shade of yellow, taken with a special low-light attachment. What they show is eerie, too -- highly specialized police units, including members of the Joliet Police Department`s special operations squad, the FBI`s evidence response team, some in SWAT gear, moving in on the quaint suburban home Lisa Stebic once shared with her husband and two children. The pictures show forensic technicians entering and police impounding Lisa`s car and her husband`s truck.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: And what were you able to recover?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We`re not discussing what items were discovered at the residence or in the vehicle.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Deputy Chief Eiting says a neighbor reported Lisa missing and that she was last seen by her husband, Craig, in their Plainfield home 15 days ago. The Stebics were in the process of getting a divorce and lived in the home with their two children.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

GRACE: Where is missing mom Lisa Stebic? Tonight, the plot seems to thicken. It is revealed that the very day, just hours, in fact, before she goes missing, she had mailed formal court documents back to her lawyer asking her husband to be evicted from the family home, the two in a bizarre living situation much like "War of the Roses," two of them while seeking a divorce living under the same roof. Nothing good can come of that.

Out to Michelle Fiore with WBBM Newsradio. What`s the latest?

MICHELLE FIORE, WBBM NEWSRADIO: Well, I talked with Glenn Khan just this evening, and he tells me that the situation in the divorce had become tense, tense enough to the fact that the -- to the point to where Lisa was wanting to have her husband removed from the home. She had told her attorney that it didn`t feel comfortable in the house anymore, that he was both verbally abusive to her alone when she was only in the house, and even in front of the children, as well, that he was intimidating to her, and that she thought it would be best for not only herself but also for the sake of the two children that he be removed from the house.

GRACE: Take a listen to this.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The Plainfield Police Department obtained and executed a search warrant at the home of Lisa Stebic, who has been missing since April 30. Plainfield police, with the help of the Joliet Police Department and the FBI, started the search last night at midnight and spent approximately four-and-a-half hours at the residence.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The photos are somewhat grainy, an eerie shade of yellow, taken with a special low-light attachment. What they show is eerie, too -- highly specialized police units, including members of the Joliet Police Department`s special operations squad, the FBI`s evidence response team, some in SWAT gear, moving in on the quaint suburban home Lisa Stebic once shared with her husband and two children. The pictures show forensic technicians entering and police impounding Lisa`s car and her husband`s truck.

Lisa left here on April 30 with her cell phone and her wallet and has not been seen since. The phone and credit cards were never used again. Lisa and her husband shared a home with their kids, even though they were going through a divorce. Craig Stebic still lives there with the couple`s children.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

GRACE: He must have a sinus condition because I`m not seeing any tears. I assume that was at one of the vigils. Let me reiterate that the husband, Mr. Stebic, has not been named a suspect.

I have in my hands the court documents. We didn`t even know that Lisa Stebic was asking to have her husband evicted from the family home, these papers filed -- mailed by her to her lawyer. Within hours, she was missing. And what`s so interesting is I`m looking at this -- and to you, Jean Casarez -- it says, "Husband`s behavior toward Lisa alone and in front of the children is unnecessarily relentless, cruel, inconsiderate, domineering, verbally abusive, jeopardizing Lisa`s mental and physical well-being." And this is what disturbed me. "As a result of his disruptive behavior," according to her, "police intervention has been required to diffuse the situation."

So the cops had been out there?

CW
05-25-2007, 07:41 AM
http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/389727,4_1_JO17_MISSING_S1.article


LISA WANTED HUSBAND OUT
ATTORNEYS GOT THE LETTER AFTER SHE VANISHED, BUT ON THE DAY SHE DID ...

May 17, 2007
By JANET LUNDQUIST Staff Writer
JOLIET -- The day she disappeared, Lisa Stebic mailed a petition to oust her husband from their home while their divorce was pending so she and her children could "live in peace."

Signed on the last page in neat cursive, Lisa Stebic's petition for temporary eviction of her spouse, Craig, states he was being "unnecessarily relentless, cruel, inconsiderate, domineering and verbally abusive." His behavior was "jeopardizing the mental well-being" of their children, she said.

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The attorney for Lisa Stebic Said he doesn't know whether her husband, Craig Stebic (right), knew of Lisa's plans to have Craig evicted from their Plainfield home (left) before she disappeared April 30.
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She felt his verbal abuse was affecting her mental and physical well-being, according to her petition.

That petition was included in a motion filed Wednesday by Lisa Stebic's attorney, Glenn Kahn, as a response to Craig Stebic's motion for temporary custody of the couple's two children.

Lisa Stebic, 37, was last seen about 6 p.m. April 30 at her Red Star Drive home. She was reported missing May 1 by a neighbor.

Did Craig know about petition?
Because the petition was received after Lisa was reported missing, it was never filed in court, Kahn said.
The law office typed up the petition and gave it to Lisa to sign and return before her disappearance, he said. He did not know whether Craig Stebic knew Lisa planned to sign and mail the petition.

"That's the million dollar question," Kahn said. "It's quite possible he did, it's possible he didn't as well. She did have it at the house."

CW
05-25-2007, 07:55 AM
http://www.postchronicle.com/news/original/article_21281483.shtml


Lisa Stebic Case: Updates Point To Non-Suspect, 'Abusive' Husband
By Tashi Singh
May 18, 2007

Lisa Stebic Case - Lisa Stebic, a wife and mother of two from Plainfield, tried to have her "verbally abusive" husband Craig Stebic evicted the same day she went missing. Craig, who is not a suspect, seems to have more than one sign pointing the finger at him, and while he may or may not have participated in his wife's disappearance, it's certainly worth considering.

Lisa, who has been missing since April 30th (07), was trying to kick her husband out of their home the same day she mysteriously disappeared. Stebic's attorney released a petition she filed to have her husband evicted in the midst of their pending divorce, in which she described Craig as "unnecessarily relentless, cruel, inconsiderate, domineering and verbally abusive."

She also wrote that his behavior was "jeopardizing the mental well-being" of their children, and she felt that if he left, their children could "live in peace." It is unclear as to whether or not Craig was 'aware' of the petition.

Lisa Stebic went missing on April 30th, on what seemed to be a typical day for the mom. She worked in the Lincoln Elementary School cafeteria in the afternoon, where friends say she seemed completely normal. She left the school around 2:30pm as usual, where she would then proceed to either run errands, or go home. She always picked up her 10-year-old son Zach from Walker's Grove Elementary School at 3:30, but it is unconfirmed as to whether or not Lisa was the one to pick up Zach the day of her disappearance.

According to Lisa's friends, Lisa almost always made sure she was with her children at home until Craig would get home from work in the evening.

The police claim 10-year-old Zach and 12-year-old Lexi went to a nearby Walgreens between 6 and 7:00pm for some candy, about the same time Craig says he last saw his wife.

CW
05-25-2007, 07:58 AM
http://cbs2chicago.com/topstories/local_story_138094329.html


Mystery Still Surrounds Stebic Disappearance
Husband Said Lisa Stebic Left To Work Out; High School Gym Didn't See Her
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(Naperville Sun) PLAINFIELD, Ill. It's 16 hours that remain cloaked in mystery - from the last evening Lisa Stebic was supposedly seen to when she was reported missing the next morning.

If only seeing the events of those hours were as simple as rewinding a videotape.

But so far, the facts around Lisa's whereabouts April 30 consist merely of bits and pieces of evidence, stitched together from reports by friends, co-workers and family members of the missing 37-year-old mother of two.

Lisa's husband, Craig, says he was the last person to see her, telling reporters and authorities she was in the family's Plainfield home around 6 p.m. that Monday. When he discovered later that evening that she had left with her purse containing her credit cards and cell phone, he assumed she had gone to work out at Plainfield North High School - her typical evening routine.

But workers at the high school gym say they never saw her that evening. Employee Pete Quimby said that was unusual for Lisa, who typically visited the gym three or four times a week and stayed from about 6 p.m. until closing time at 8:30 p.m.

CW
05-25-2007, 08:00 AM
http://cbs2chicago.com/local/local_story_139213821.html


Stebic Blood Found In Husband's Vehicle
Authorities Acknowledge Lisa Stebic Might Be Victim of Foul Play
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Pamela Jones
Reporting

(CBS) Plainfield, Ill. There's a new lead in the disappearance of Lisa Stebic; it comes as friends and families mark the missing woman's birthday.

The Naperville Sun is quoting an unnamed police source saying police found a tarp in Craig Stebic's truck which has tested positive for his wife Lisa Stebic's blood.

The Will County State Attorney's Office will neither confirm nor deny that, saying the warrant is under seal.

It's information the missing woman's side of the family was surprised to hear.

In an e-mail from Melanie Greenberg, the Stebic family spokesperson, stated: "The family of Lisa Stebic was not aware of, and does not now know, the grounds on which the Plainfield Police Department obtained the search warrant executed at Lisa and Craig's home last Monday. We continue to have full confidence in the Plainfield Police Department, and do not wish to comment on the course of their investigation at this time. We remain thankful beyond words to all those who have supported us and sent their prayers for Lisa's safe return."

Satruday balloons lifted skyward against a setting sun in a tribute to Lisa Stebic on her 38th birthday.

The family said they are grateful for those who attended the candlelight vigil in Stebic's honor Saturday evening.

"It's just a difficult day in general because it's Lisa's 38th birthday and she's not here with us and she's not with her two children," said Melanie Greenberg, Stebic's cousin and family spokesperson.

The Naperville Sun reports a tarp investigators confiscated from Stebic's home as evidence has tested positive for Lisa Stebic's blood and that evidence sparked a judge to approve a search warrant on the home executed Monday.

CW
05-25-2007, 08:06 AM
http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/napervillesun/news/392743,4_1_JO19_MISSING_S1.article


Who is Lisa Stebic?

May 19, 2007
By CATHERINE ANN VELASCO STAFF WRITER
PLAINFIELD -- At the time of her disappearance, Lisa Stebic loved butterflies because it symbolized her transformation.

In the middle of a divorce, Stebic started a fitness regimen, lost weight and looked forward to a life as a single mom, family and friends say.

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This 2007 photo shows Lisa Stebic (from left) with her sisters, Jamie Bouma and Debbie Ruttenberg.


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She seemed to understand the saying, "What a caterpillar thinks is the end, a butterfly knows is just the beginning."

To celebrate a new start in her life, Lisa got a butterfly tattoo on her lower back with her children's names on each side. She already had a small rose on her ankle with her daughter's name and wanted a tattoo with her son's name.

"A butterfly was her symbol right now because she was going through changes in her life. She was going through a divorce. It was a symbol for her about the changes she was making in her life," said Melanie Greenberg, a family member.

Lisa had planned to get another tattoo with a smiley face before she disappeared April 30, said co-worker and friend Ruby Zegar.

Monday will mark three weeks since the 37-year-old mother of two disappeared from her Plainfield home at 13244 Red Star Drive.

Lisa's husband, Craig Stebic, reported to Plainfield police that he hasn't seen his wife since she left their home with her purse and cell phone about 6 p.m. April 30. He said she left on foot or was picked up because her car was still in the driveway.

Lisa has missed some milestones in three weeks, including Mother's Day and now her 38th birthday, which is today.

For Lisa's birthday, Kim Young, Sodexho Food Service manager and Lisa's boss and friend, Lisa and co-workers had planned to go out and have drinks to celebrate.

Young hired Lisa four years ago, developing a friendship based on common interests, such as animals and fitness.

About a year ago, Lisa and Young focused on getting healthy.

"She would make weird drinks and I would make smoothies and we'd compare them," Young said.

While Young experimented with turkey burgers, Lisa enticed her children with healthy salads.

"She lost 40 pounds. Over the year, she started working out. She was running and taking the dog for a run around the house," Young said. "She started feeling good and wanted to get other people involved."

Young, who lives in Oswego, said she didn't exercise with Lisa, but knew Lisa would go to Plainfield North and Plainfield South high schools to work out.

Lisa had looked forward to the summer, planning trips to the beach, the water park and museums with Zegar, a mother of three boys.

Zegar described Lisa as a true friend.

Young said when you talked, Lisa really listened

CW
05-25-2007, 08:09 AM
http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/n...ING_S2.article

DNA test matches blood found on tarp with Lisa's
Police: She might not have voluntarily disappeared


May 20, 2007
staff report

Missing Plainfield woman Lisa Stebic's blood was found on a tarp recovered from husband Craig's vehicle, an unnamed police source said.
A DNA test determined that the blood on the tarp was Lisa's, and authorities used that information to convince a judge to issue a search warrant that was executed at the Stebic's Plainfield home late Monday night. Charles Pelkie, spokesman for Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow, would neither confirm nor deny the report

CW
05-25-2007, 08:11 AM
http://cbs2chicago.com/westsuburbanbureau/local_story_140180625.html


Neighbors Respond To News of Stebic Blood
Lisa Stebic's Blood Identified on Tarp Found in Husband's Car
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Joanie Lum
Reporting

(CBS) Plainfield, Ill. Blood from a missing Plainfield woman has reportedly been found in her husband's truck. CBS 2's Joanie Lum spoke with Lisa Stebic's neighbors about the new lead.

Sources told the Naperville Sun, the blood evidence convinced a judge to issue a search warrant of the Stebic's home last week.

Home video shows authorities impounding two vehicles.

The source says DNA from the blood-stained tarp found in Craig Stebic's truck matched Lisa Stebic.

The Stebic family has kept this case active through continuous media exposure, including volunteer searches and daily news conferences. A family spokeswoman said it's time to let police work on their investigation, issuing this statement.

"The family of Lisa Stebic was not aware of, and does not know the grounds on which the Plainfield Police Department obtained the search warrant executed at Lisa and Craig's home last Monday."

Neighbors say the lack of information about Lisa Stebic's disappearance is troubling.

"It's a horrible thing," said Stebic neighbor Clinton Kuchta. "She's missing. They can’t find her, but they don't know what's going on yet."

"I think we all want to put this to rest, find out what happened, be at ease," said neighbor Jim Cervenak.

Neighbors say they aren't sure what to think of Craig Stebic, who was in the process of divorcing Lisa when she disappeared.

"He acts like it's a normal life," said neighbor Lisa Maggio who lives next to Stebic. "He does landscaping, goes to and from work. He acts like it's normal day to day, like she's coming home tomorrow; he doesn't seem like a normal father of kids should act of a missing mother."

CW
05-25-2007, 08:14 AM
http://www.dailysouthtown.com/news/394705,211NWS9.article


Before disappearance, Lisa Stebic was trying for a new start in lifeBy Catherine Ann Velasco Special to the Daily Southtown

At the time of her disappearance, Lisa Stebic loved butterflies because it symbolized her transformation.

In the middle of a divorce, Stebic started a fitness regimen, lost weight and looked forward to a life as a single mom, family and friends say.

To celebrate a new start in her life, Lisa got a butterfly tattoo on her lower back with her children's names on each side. She already had a small rose on her ankle with her daughter's name and wanted a tattoo with her son's name.

"A butterfly was her symbol right now because she was going through changes in her life," Melanie Greenberg, a family member, said.

Lisa had planned to get another tattoo with a smiley face before she disappeared April 30, a co-worker and friend, Ruby Zegar, said.

Today marks three weeks since the 37-year-old mother of two disappeared from her Plainfield home. Her husband, Craig, reported to Plainfield police that he hadn't seen his wife since she left their home with her purse and cell phone about 6 p.m. April 30. He said she left on foot or was picked up because her car was still in the driveway.

For Lisa's 38th birthday on Saturday, Kim Young -- Lisa's boss and friend at Sodexho Food Service -- and co-workers had planned to go out with her to celebrate. Young hired Lisa four years ago, developing a friendship based on common interests such as animals and fitness. About a year ago, Lisa and Young focused on getting healthy.

"She would make weird drinks and I would make smoothies, and we'd compare them," Young said.

Young, who lives in Oswego, said she didn't exercise with Lisa but knew that Lisa would go to Plainfield North and Plainfield South high schools to work out.

"She lost 40 pounds. Over the year, she started working out. She was running and taking the dog for a run," Young said. "She started feeling good and wanted to get other people involved."

Lisa looked forward to the summer, planning trips with Zegar, a mother of three boys. Zegar described Lisa as a true friend, and Young said when you talked, Lisa really listened.

"When she met you, she would retain something about you and ask you all these questions about your life and your family," Young said.

From the beginning

Greenberg -- the family spokeswoman whose husband, Mark, is a cousin of Stebic -- wouldn't grant a reporter an interview with the family, saying she's trying to protect Lisa's parents, who are retired and not able to travel. Lisa has an older sister, Debbie, and younger sister, Jamie.

CW
05-25-2007, 08:16 AM
http://www.nbc5.com/news/13356252/detail.html


Judge Denies Craig Stebic's Motion For Full Custody
Man's Attorney Calls Ruling 'Disheartening'

POSTED: 6:39 am CDT May 21, 2007
UPDATED: 6:18 pm CDT May 22, 2007
CHICAGO -- His wife disappeared three weeks ago, but a Will County judge decided Tuesday that Craig Stebic shall not have full custody of his children.

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Craig Stebic filed for temporary custody of his two children earlier this month after his wife, 37-year-old Lisa Stebic, disappeared from their west suburban home on April 30. Despite massive police searches, she remains missing.

A Will County judge rejected her husband's bid to gain sole custody of the kids, ruling Stebic hadn’t met the required legal standard and calling it "legally insufficient."

But Stebic will continue caring for the couple’s 10-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter.

The missing mother's family considered it a bizarre move.

Stebic's attorney, Dion Davi, said his client's wife might have been abducted or might be a runaway estranged wife, and he said for those reasons, the order should have been granted. Stebic — who filed earlier this year for divorce — didn’t attend the brief hearing.

The finding means that, if Lisa Stebic is OK and returns, she could take the children, said Davi, who called the ruling "disheartening."

Stebic still has parental rights over the children. No one has petitioned to take them away from him.

Despite her lengthy absence and reports that police found blood in Craig Stebic’s truck during a search after she vanished, Davi maintained that it’s still not clear whether Lisa Stebic vanished on her own or was abducted or killed.

"Of course, I don’t suspect foul play," Davi said.

He said Craig Stebic has cooperated with the search for Lisa Stebic "in every way possible that's reasonable."

Stebic has refused to take a polygraph test, Davi said, maintaining that the lie-detector isn’t reliable.

Lisa Stebic's continued absence likely will stall the couple’s ongoing divorce proceedings, Davi said.

CW
05-25-2007, 08:21 AM
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,274418,00.html


Family of Missing Illinois Mom Lisa Stebic Not Yet Casting Blame

The cousin of missing Illinois mom Lisa Stebic says her family is holding off casting blame on who may be responsible for her disappearance until evidence proves exactly what happened to her.

"The police have not told us they have a suspect," Mark Greenberg told FOX News on Monday. "The people pointing fingers at this point are the media."

Plainfield, Ill., police were able to obtain a warrant to search Stebic's home on May 14. Local news reports said they obtained the warrant because they had found traces of her blood on a tarp in her husband's vehicle.

But Dion Davi, the attorney for Stebic's husband, Craig, told FOX News that it's not yet clear whether the tarp was the cause for the warrant. Davi said that after two searches of the Stebic home earlier this month, he received from police an itemized list of what was taken from the home, which included the family computer. The tarp was not on the list for either of those two searches.

That means it may be something else police found after those two searches that prompted the May 14 warrant.

Unnamed police sources, as reported in local newspapers like The Naperville Sun and the Joliet Herald News, had said officials used the blood evidence to obtain the warrant by positing a scenario that her husband Craig, an avid hunter, might have used the tarp to transport his wife's body from the home.

Charles Pelkie, spokesman for Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow, would neither confirm nor deny the report for the Sun, saying that "the contents of the warrant are under court seal."

But FOX News confirmed that the car the blood was found in was one of the family's two vehicles, a 2002 Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck. The family's other car was a 2004 four-door Saturn Ion. Both were registered to Craig Stebic, but Lisa used the Saturn. Both have been confiscated by police.

Craig Stebic has never been named a formal suspect in the case and has been compliant with police requests, according to Michelle Sigona, a correspondent for America's Most Wanted, which has profiled the Stebics' case. Craig Stebic gave police the family's computer but would not submit to a lie-detector test on the advice of his attorney, Sigona told FOX News. His divorce lawyer has advised him against submitting to the test.

"We just have to hold out hope as long as we possibly can," Greenberg told FOX News on Monday.

He said Lisa's family was "very concerned" about the couple's children, ages 10 and 12, and how they're holding up while their mother is missing. Greenberg said Craig Stebic brought the children to stay with another relative two weekends ago to take a break from the media frenzy surrounding the case.

"It's very important we try to preserve as much of a normal life as possible for these children," Greenberg said.

On Saturday, friends and family of Lisa Stebic gathered for a candlelight vigil to mark the mother of two's 38th birthday.

Stebic was last seen at about 6 p.m. April 30 at her Red Star Drive home in Plainfield, Ill.

She disappeared while her husband — from whom she was seeking a divorce — was in the backyard and her two children were out. She was reported missing by her husband the next day. Since then, there has been no activity on her cell phone or credit cards.

The search on May 14 was the first time authorities publicly acknowledged Stebic may be a victim of foul play.

"We need to focus part of our investigation on the fact that she may not have voluntarily disappeared," Plainfield Police Chief Don Bennett told the Sun.

It was reported May 17 that Stebic was trying to have her husband evicted from their Plainfield, Ill., home so the family could "live in peace."

Stebic's petition for temporary eviction stated he was being "unnecessarily relentless, cruel, inconsiderate, domineering and verbally abusive." His behavior was "jeopardizing the mental well-being" of their children, she wrote.

Divorce proceedings began in December. The couple has lived in the same house since then but rarely spoke.

Craig Stebic's attorney, Dion Davi, denied the abuse allegations to the Chicago Tribune, noting the couple cited irreconcilable differences in their divorce action. He said Lisa Stebic was never in danger from her husband.

CW
05-25-2007, 08:23 AM
http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/napervillesun/home/395090,5_1_JO21_STEBICWEB_S1.article


Craig Stebic unsurprised by discovery of blood


By JANET LUNDQUIST The Herald News
The blood police found in Craig Stebic's truck had to have come from a dead animal he hunted, the Plainfield resident said Monday afternoon.

Stebic dismissed a weekend news report that police found a tarp in his truck with his wife’s blood on it — evidence that reportedly led to a search warrant for his house and vehicles.

“We do a lot of hunting,” he said. “I know there’s blood all over the back of the truck. For them to find blood in the back of the truck doesn’t surprise me a bit.”

Police on Monday would not comment on the report, in which The Herald News’ partner The Naperville Sun cited an unnamed police source saying the bloody tarp was used to obtain a search warrant for the family’s house and vehicles.

Police Chief Don Bennett said the search warrant, and the authorities’ grounds for obtaining it, is under court seal.

Lisa Stebic’s family declined to comment, except to issue a statement saying they do not know the grounds on which the police department obtained the warrant.

When asked about a petition to evict him from the house that Lisa mailed to her attorney the day she disappeared, Stebic said he didn’t know anything about it.

“I don’t know what to think, say or do,” he said.

CW
05-25-2007, 08:24 AM
May 22, 2007 5:53 am US/Central
http://cbs2chicago.com/topstories/lo...142071522.html


Report: Stebics May Have Had Financial Trouble
CBS 2 Legal Expert Says There's No Evidence Of A Crime Yet

(CBS/Naperville Sun) PLAINFIELD, Ill. Mortgages on the Plainfield home of Craig and Lisa Stebic exceed the home's value, public records show.

As CBS 2 News partner the Naperville Sun reports, while it is not uncommon for couples going through a divorce to find their main residence drained of its value, the records indicate that couple may have overextended themselves financially.
Within the past week, reports have surfaced that Craig Stebic recently was laid off from his job as a pipefitter, and Lisa Stebic was moving forward with a petition to evict Craig from the couple's shared home.

According to Lisa Stebic's petition, she earns less than $10,000 a year as a lunchroom worker and Craig Stebic had earned more than $80,000 annually at his union job.

While only liens on a property are public record, the couple's history of taking multiple mortgages on their Plainfield home and later refinancing for larger amounts shows they were looking for cash.

Assuming Craig and Lisa Stebic had no other outstanding debt such as credit cards or student loans, they are paying as much as $3,000 per month for the two outstanding mortgages on their property when taxes and homeowners insurance are included. Utilities and other household expenses, such as groceries, would be additional expenses the couple would have to cover each month.

The Stebics' Plainfield home that was purchased in 2000 for $208,411 now has $313,000 in mortgages on it, according to records from the Will County recorder of deeds' office. Many homeowners liquidate the equity in the homes, a mortgage broker said.

Each time the Stebics' Plainfield home increased in value, Craig Stebic took a second mortgage on the home.

According to documents obtained from the Will County recorder of deeds' office, those smaller second mortgages would later be rolled into a larger refinanced mortgage, the latest in 2002 for $248,000. But once again, a second mortgage was taken out two years later, drawing the equity from the home to the tune of an additional $65,000.



More at site

CW
05-25-2007, 08:29 AM
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,274637,00.html


Husband of Missing Illinois Mom Lisa Stebic Not Granted Sole Custody of Children


JOLIET, Ill. — The husband of missing Illinois mom Lisa Stebic was denied sole custody of the couple's two children Tuesday.

Craig Stebic's lawyer, Dion Davi, filed the legal motion after Lisa disappeared, arguing that his client was afraid that if and when Lisa ever came back, she may take off again, this time, with the children — Alexis, 12, and Zachary, 10. In family court on Tuesday, Davi argued that while Lisa has been missing for three weeks, she has not assisted with any parenting responsibilities.

Lisa's attorneys have filed on her behalf requesting that petition be denied. Judge Joseph Polito ruled that Craig's case had no merit and struck his motion from consideration.

Lisa's attorney, Glenn Kahn, told reporters after the hearing that the judgment has no impact on the kids and that they will remain under Craig's care, since he still has all of his legal rights.

But Davi countered that, saying it's "unfortunate" the court ruled this way, because Craig is subject to the loss of certain rights if his wife were to take the kids to another jurisdiction without his permission.

More to story.

CW
05-25-2007, 08:31 AM
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070523/ap_on_re_us/missing_woman;_ylt=Are_T4guElbIHO3KeDRYLGtvzwcF


Mystery surrounds missing Illinois woman By MEGAN REICHGOTT, Associated Press Writer
Wed May 23, 3:24 PM ET



PLAINFIELD, Ill. - On the day she vanished, Lisa Stebic mailed off a petition seeking to remove her husband from the suburban Chicago home the couple shared with their two children while going through a divorce.

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Stebic's husband was the last person to see her, but police have said he is not a suspect in the disappearance, and the search goes on for the woman whose face is now on fliers posted throughout this quiet village.

Just about everyone here has a theory about Stebic, who vanished on the evening of April 30. Her credit cards and cell phone have not been used since.

Authorities have searched the couple's home and vehicles, but a judge sealed the contents of the warrant.

"She wouldn't have just left," said Kimberly Young, Stebic's boss and friend, who saw Stebic the day she disappeared. "She did not leave that house of her own free will."

In the last three weeks, Stebic's family has offered a $20,000 reward, posted clips on the video-sharing Web site YouTube, created a Web site (http://www.findlisastebic.com ) and appeared on national news shows.

"We're using all different ways to try to reach as many different people as possible," said Melanie Greenberg, who is married to Stebic's cousin and acts as family spokeswoman.

The family is also in contact with husband Craig Stebic, and relatives try to visit the children often, Greenberg said. "He has called and asked me, 'How's it going with that Web site?'" she said.

The Stebics were divorcing but still lived together because Lisa Stebic did not want to upset her children's routine.

"She wanted her children to stay in their schools. She was trying to do whatever she could to make that happen," Greenberg said. "That meant staying in that house in a very difficult situation."

On the day she disappeared, Lisa Stebic had mailed off a petition seeking to remove her husband from the home. In the divorce case, she accused him of being "unnecessarily relentless, cruel, inconsiderate, domineering and verbally abusive."

Stebic, whose 38th birthday was Saturday, had worked her normal shift in a nearby elementary school cafeteria on the day she disappeared. She was home when her 10-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter returned from school.

Craig Stebic has said that he saw his wife leave the house carrying only her cell phone and purse. He reported her missing the next morning.

The case took another twist when Craig Stebic, who has been caring for the children, filed for sole temporary custody, arguing it was a precaution in case his wife returned and attempted to take them away. A judge denied the request Tuesday.

Plainfield Deputy Chief Mark Eiting has repeatedly said Craig Stebic is not a suspect in the disappearance.

Dion Davi, an attorney who represents Craig Stebic in the divorce, said speculation swirling about his client hurts the children.

"He's holding strong, he has to. He has two children he has to think about. Their well-being is constantly on his mind," Davi said.

Craig Stebic declined to comment to The Associated Press.

The day she vanished, Lisa Stebic told her divorce attorney, Glenn Kahn, that she would send him a petition seeking to have Craig Stebic removed from the house, but otherwise acted normally, Kahn said. He later got the petition in the mail.

Court documents show the divorce proceedings have been contentious. Craig Stebic filed for divorce in January, citing irreconcilable differences.

A motion filed by Lisa Stebic claimed her husband, "both alone and in the presence of the minor children, is unnecessarily relentless, cruel, inconsiderate, domineering and verbally abusive, (and) is jeopardizing both Lisa's mental and physical well-being."

Davi said the allegations were made in the heat of a divorce battle

CW
05-25-2007, 08:34 AM
http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/395563,4_1_JO22_MISSING_S1.article


Blood is from animal, Stebic says
3 weeks and Lisa's still missing; officials mum about evidence


BY JANET LUNDQUIST Staff Writer
PLAINFIELD -- Craig Stebic said Monday afternoon the blood police found in his truck had to have come from a dead animal he had hunted.

He had just walked into the house after picking his son up from school. Standing at the kitchen counter, he poured a dose of antacid for the 10-year-old, who had said his stomach was upset.

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Three co-workers of Lisa Stebic, including Betty Stubner (center) and Linda Trepto (right) place flowers at the doorstep of the family home in Plainfield on Monday afternoon.
(Michael R Schmidt/Staff Photographer)

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The family dog excitedly jumped up on the boy, who pulled a purple popsicle out of the freezer.

It's been three weeks since Lisa Stebic was reported missing. Seemingly disappearing without a trace, she was last seen about 6 p.m. April 30 at her house.

Her 38th birthday was Saturday, and her friends and family held a candlelight vigil in her honor that night.

Earlier Saturday, volunteers manned a booth at a local festival, passing out magnets and balloons with Lisa's picture, the family's Web site, findlisastebic.com, and the police department's tip line printed on them.

Craig said he and his kids stayed away from the weekend activities to shield the children from the media.

"I don't know what to think, say or do," he said.

Lawyer questions source
Stebic dismissed a weekend report that police found a tarp in his truck with his wife's blood on it -- evidence that reportedly led to a search of his house.
"We do a lot of hunting," he said, adding that any blood in his truck is likely from a dead animal. "I know there's blood all over the back of the truck. For them to find blood in the back of the truck doesn't surprise me a bit."

Police Monday would not comment on the report, in which The Herald News' partner The Naperville Sun cited an unnamed police source saying the bloody tarp was used to obtain a search warrant for the family's house and vehicles.

Stebic's attorney Dion Davi questioned the unnamed source, saying police provided a list of items taken from the two consensual searches authorities conducted at the Stebic house -- and a tarp isn't on the list.

"How accurate is this information?" Davi said. "On the other hand, if it is accurate, why was this information not provided in their list of items? It draws into question the veracity of the statements being made by this unnamed source."

Police Chief Don Bennett said the search warrant, and the authorities' grounds for obtaining it, is under court seal.

Lisa Stebic's family issued a statement saying they declined to comment on the police investigation, and that they do not know the grounds police used to obtain the warrant.

Some neighborhood residents who heard the weekend report didn't know what to make of it either.

"I don't know that I believe there was blood on the tarp," said one nearby resident. A picture of Lisa was taped to the window next to her front door. "I just don't know what to think about it."

Cindy Curulewski said she has worked out at Plainfield North High School with Lisa, last seeing her the Wednesday before she disappeared.

"I hope it's not (Craig Stebic)" who is responsible for Lisa's disappearance, she said. "But I don't know much about him either."

Coping with disappearance

CW
05-25-2007, 08:40 AM
http://cbs2chicago.com/westsuburbanbureau/local_story_144075319.html


May 24, 2007 6:45 am US/Central

Craig Stebic Won't Let Police Talk To Kids
Court TV Anchor Says Foul Play Was Likely In Lisa Stebic's Disappearance
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(CBS/Naperville Sun) PLAINFIELD, Ill. Investigators in Plainfield say Craig Stebic will not let them talk to his children about their mother's disappearance, and that he is no longer speaking to authorities himself.

His estranged wife, Lisa Stebic, has not been seen since April 30. Craig Stebic is no longer talking to police on the advice of his attorney.

He has also refused to allow police to question 12-year-old Lexi and 10-year-old Zach since investigators initially interviewed them just after their mom was reported missing May 1.

Deputy Chief Mark Eiting said Craig, as the children's legal guardian, can prohibit police from interviewing them.
"He has the right as the parent to not let us talk to the children," Eiting said.

But the Plainfield police do feel that the kids could be instrumental in the search for Lisa.

"I feel confident that the 10- and 12-year-old children want us to find the whereabouts of their mom," Plainfield Police Commander Mike Altenhoff told CBS 2.

Aside from visiting Lisa's two sisters two weekends ago, the children have remained home with their father when they are not at school.

Lexi attends Heritage Grove Middle School, and Zach goes to Walker's Grove Elementary School.

Family members have sheltered them from media attention, with Craig monitoring their television viewing.
A neighbor, who only wanted to be identified by her first name, Lisa, says she occasionally has witnessed Craig or the children leaving and entering their home. As the "hot topic" in the neighborhood, the Stebic family is frequently the focus of conversations, she said.

The neighbor said she and many of her neighbors are concerned about Lexi and Zach continuing to live with Craig.
"I'm really scared for those children and that's really what everyone says, too," she said. "Who knows if he's going to snap with those children in the house."

Lisa Stebic disappeared the same day she petitioned for Craig to be evicted from the home. Craig said Lisa left for the gym and never came back.

On Wednesday night, CNN's Larry King interviewed Lisa Stebic's cousins – Mark and Melanie Greenberg, Craig Stebic's father, Joe, and court TV anchor Lisa Bloom.

While Bloom emphasized that Craig Stebic has not been called a suspect or person of interest in his wife's disappearance, she said women in abusive relationships are often in danger when it comes time to part ways, and she also said the circumstances of the case did suggest foul play.

"She had been exercising a lot, she lost about 40 pounds in the months since her disappearance, she got a tattoo of a butterfly on her back, symbolizing rebirth, and according to all her friends, she was looking forward to this divorce," Bloom said. "She was starting a new life and she was optimistic. So it's very odd, and it certainly does sound like foul play, that she would simply disappear and never be heard from again."

Joe Stebic told King his son has done nothing wrong. Lisa's cousins hope the national exposure from the show will help them find her.

Craig Stebic Has Faced Past Weapons Charges
Craig Stebic told reporters this week that his love of hunting was the reason police found blood on a tarp in the back of his truck. He said he was not surprised blood was found in his vehicle since he often uses it to transport animals.

An unnamed police source told The Naperville Sun blood was found on a tarp in the back of his truck that matched Lisa's. The discovery led to a search of the Stebic home late May 14.

Twelve years ago, he received six weapons-related charges as he was returning from one such trip.

Lincolnshire police stopped his truck Jan. 3, 1995, after they noticed his windshield was shattered.

Police found four weapons in the back of his truck, including two assault rifles. The weapons included a Chinese-made AK-47 semiautomatic assault rifle, a Ruger Mini-14 assault rifle, a Universal 10-gauge double-barrel shotgun, and a Desert Eagle .44 Magnum semiautomatic handgun.

Craig was charged with two felonies and six misdemeanors. The most serious charge was a felony offense of possessing firearms within 1,000 feet of a school.

Stebic told police he had just returned from hunting in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Police said Stebic was cooperative.

Friends also say Craig has a large collection of guns. When police searched the Stebics' home last week, they were acting on information that Craig had two .50-caliber weapons in his possession, according to the police source.

CW
05-25-2007, 08:48 AM
http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/napervillesun/index.html


No questioning for Stebic kids

May 24, 2007
By Paige Winfield sun-times news group
Craig Stebic is keeping his two children under wraps as the search continues for his missing wife, Lisa.

He has not allowed police to question his 12-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son since investigators initially interviewed them just after their mom was reported missing May 1.

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Family members have tried to keep Craig and Lisa's children, 12-year-old daughter Lexi (left) and 10-year-old son Zac, out of the media spotlight. These photos were taken at a vigil for their missing mother two weeks ago.

(STNG file photos)

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Lisa's cell phone and credit cards have not been used since she disappeared. Officials have not named any suspect or person of interest in the case.

Deputy Chief Mark Eiting said, as the children's legal guardian, Craig can prohibit police from interviewing the children.

"He has the right as the parent to not let us talk to the children," Eiting said.

Aside from visiting Lisa's sisters two weekends ago, the children have remained home with their father when they are not at school.

Family members have sheltered the children from media attention, with Craig monitoring their television viewing.

The 'hot topic'
A woman, who only wanted to be identified by her first name, Lisa, is a neighbor who lives a block away from the family. She says she occasionally has witnessed Craig or the children leaving and entering their home. As the "hot topic" in the neighborhood, the Stebic family is frequently the focus of conversations, she said.
Lisa said she and many of her neighbors are concerned that the Stebic children continue to live with Craig.

"I'm really scared for those children and that's really what everyone says, too," the neighbor said. "Those children should not be in the public eye with all this going on. ..."

CW
05-25-2007, 08:53 AM
http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/napervillesun/index.html


Media coverage of Stebic case rises
Media coverage of Lisa Stebic increased this week as television, print and Internet media heightened national awareness about the mother of two from Plainfield who has been missing for 25 days, since April 30. Melanie and Mark Greenberg of Naperville, relatives who have been speaking on behalf of Lisa's family, appeared Wednesday night on CNN's "Larry King Live."

CW
05-25-2007, 09:01 AM
http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/napervillesun/news/396084,6_1_NA25_MISSING_S1.article


Lisa Stebic saga sees increased exposure

May 25, 2007
By TED SLOWIK Staff Writer
Media coverage of Lisa Stebic increased this week as television, print and Internet media heightened national awareness about the mother of two from Plainfield who has been missing for 25 days, since April 30.

Melanie and Mark Greenberg of Naperville, relatives who have been speaking on behalf of Lisa's family, appeared Wednesday night on CNN's "Larry King Live." Joe Stebic, the father of Lisa's husband, Craig, phoned in during the show. Internet search powerhouse Yahoo! posted a link to the findlisastebic.com Web site from its home page Wednesday evening, and the site received about 10,000 hits an hour at first, said Leigh Harris, a CBS reporter from Phoenix who has been helping the Greenbergs coordinate Internet, video and other media exposure.

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Lisa Stebic's sisters hold hands after a press conference earlier this month in Chicago, as members of the media take photos of family snapshots of Lisa. She was last seen April 30.
(AP file)

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Despite being in the middle of a bitter divorce, Lisa and Craig Stebic share this home at 13244 Red Star Drive in Plainfield.
(Terence Guider-Shaw/Staff photographer)

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"It was actually too much of a good thing," Harris said.

Tamara Halstead, a Web site coordinator based in the Washington, D.C., area, who is helping the Greenbergs and Harris, said a video tribute to Lisa had to be removed from the site's home page. The Web host suspended the account due to concerns that the high volume of traffic could cause multiple sites to crash.

"When it hit Yahoo!, around 6:30 or 7 o'clock, it was getting about 10,000 hits an hour," Halstead said.

Regular site visitors started sending e-mails when the site went down, wondering whether authorities had intervened.

"We had a lot of panicking people thinking we'd been hacked," Harris said.

Ironically, the site was overwhelmed despite having moved earlier that day to a larger host capable of handling a huge increase in traffic anticipated because of the Greenberg's Larry King appearance.

Also Wednesday, The Associated Press filed a story offering an overview of Stebic's disappearance. The story, headlined, "Mystery surrounds missing Illinois woman," appears on Web sites of dozens of newspapers from Vermont to Utah, and as far away as Australia.

In addition to CNN, the Fox News and MSNBC networks have been reporting regular updates on the case

CW
05-25-2007, 09:10 AM
http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0705/23/lkl.01.html


Larry King Live May 24th, 07


Lisa Stebic vanished from her home in Plainfield, Illinois on April 30. Her estranged husband, Craig, was the last person known to have seen her alive. Although the Stebices were divorcing, they were still living in the same house. However, the day she disappeared, Lisa mailed off a petition seeking to have Craig removed from the home. In her divorce case, she accused him of being cruel, inconsiderate, domineering and verbally abusive. Yesterday Craig's legal bid to gain custody, temporary sole custody of the two children, was rejected.

Joining us in Chicago is Mark Greenburg, the cousin of Lisa Stebic, the Illinois mother and wife who has missing since April 30, and Melanie, his wife. The Greenburgs have been speaking out on behalf of the family during this ordeal.

On the phone is Joe Stebic, she's the father of Lisa Stebic's estranged husband, Craig.

And in New York is Lisa Bloom of Court TV.

Lisa, you want to get us up to date on this?

LISA BLOOM, COURT TV: Well, absolutely. As you say, Larry, what many legal observers thought was a strange move by Craig Stebic was denied by the judge. The judge said there's no reason to grant temporary custody to Craig just because Lisa has disappeared. The grounds that Craig had sought to get sole custody were simply that she was gone. She could come back at any time and take the children. The judge rejected that.

It's now been over three weeks, as you say, Larry, that she's been missing. The only forensic evidence that's been found so far is some of Lisa's blood found on a tarp in Craig's car. Other than that, there's no evidence of her whereabouts, no credit card receipts, for example, no cell phone calls. She simply seems to have vanished.

KING: Mark Greenburg, do you believe in foul play here?

MARK GREENBURG, COUSIN OF LISA STEBIC: Well, you know, Larry, at this point after 23 days, it's getting hard to keep up hope. But I think, you know, we have to keep up hope. We've seen so much support from the community, from, from family. We just keep hoping and praying.

KING: Melanie, how old are the children?

MELANIE GREENBURG, MARK GREENBURG'S WIFE: How old are the children? KING: Yes.

MELANIE GREENBURG: They're 10 and 12. She has a daughter that's 12 and a son that's 10. This is very difficult.

KING: How are they dealing with this?

MELANIE GREENBURG: It's very difficult. Lisa worked as a lunch room lady at a cafeteria in a school so that she could be home for her children every day after school. These are children that are used to seeing their mom every day after school. And it's extremely difficult. It's been over three weeks. It's hard for the entire family. Everyone is in anguish. We know that Lisa would never leave her children. She would never do this to her family. And so we're just -- it's a complete mystery. We don't know what could have happened to Lisa.

KING: Joe Stebic is on the phone. He's the father of Lisa's husband, Craig. What do you make of this, Joe?

JOE STEBIC, LISA STEBIC'S FATHER-IN-LAW: Well, I'll tell you what, it's all a mystery to me. And just like I heard this lady now talk about that blood again, how come, one station comes up with finding Lisa's blood in a tarp in a truck, and all the rest of the stations deny it?

KING: So you're questioning whether Lisa's blood was ever found anywhere near your son's truck?

STEBIC: Right.

KING: What do you make of this, then, Joe? What's your read on it? What does your son tell you?

STEBIC: He just doesn't know what happened to her. I know we were up here in Michigan on a Sunday -- I mean over the long weekend. And they all went home Sunday and I went home Sunday. And I talked to him Sunday night and that was it. Then I didn't know nothing until he called one morning and said Lisa never showed up. That's the only thing I know.

KING: Joe, how well do you get along with Lisa?

STEBIC: I love Lisa. She was a nice lady.

KING: Do you at all believe anywhere in your system, in your gut, that your son could commit violence?

STEBIC: No, I don't believe that not at all.

KING: Lisa, what's the story about one station saying blood and another station saying no?

BLOOM: Well, the reports that we have heard are that the police have indicated that blood -- a small amount of her blood was found on a tarp in his truck. That certainly doesn't necessarily make him guilty of murder. After all, they were a married couple. It would be typical to find any kind of blood, saliva, et cetera, of hers in his drink.

But one question I would have for Joe is, did Craig report her missing or was it, as had been reported, a neighbor that reported her missing the next morning? If Craig says she disappeared at 6:00 p.m., why didn't he call 911 immediately?

STEBIC: Well, because for the simple reason, Craig told me that she's been leaving every night almost at 6:00 or 6:15 to go do exercises or do something.

BLOOM: And then she's gone all night? And she's gone all night, leaves her children alone all night?

STEBIC: Well, who's at home? Who's home? Craig is working every day and he and the kids go to bed at 9:00 at night because he's got to get up about 4:00 or 4:30 to go to work.

KING: Mark, do you suspect Craig?

MARK GREENBURG: You know...

STEBIC: Yes.

MARK GREENBURG: ... Larry, at this point, you know, we're really relying on the Plainfield Police Department. There are a lot of media reports. Our hopes and prayers are that Lisa is still out there somewhere to be found. But we're relying on the Plainfield Police, the FBI, to look into all possible situations and circumstances and hopefully find something that will bring Lisa back to us.

KING: No question, Joe, that your son did not do anything wrong?

STEBIC: I can't believe that.

And another thing I'd like to say is, if she was so abused, isn't there any kind of a police report or anything? That's what I don't understand. I hear she's been a battered wife. I heard she was taking classes someplace as a battered wife or whatever it was. See, I don't have no TV up here where I'm at. I only go to town and people tell me what they hear on TV.

KING: So you're saying if that was the charge in the divorce, why weren't there police reports?

BLOOM: Larry, can I respond to that?

KING: Yes, sure.

BLOOM: She indicated in the papers that she filed, that she mailed off on the day she went missing, verbal abuse, verbal abuse. I've not heard anything about physical abuse but that he was domineering, verbally abusive and controlling. And that's why she wanted the court to require him leave the house and leave her alone with the children.

STEBIC: You know what; Craig was never verbally abusive to her. Every time I was down there, they seemed to get along just fine.

KING: Let me get a break. We'll be back with more with Mark and Melanie Greenburg, and Joe Stebic and Lisa Bloom of Court TV. Don't go away.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

MELANIE GREENBURG: We just pray for her safe return.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: On Saturday, family and friends marked Lisa's 38th birthday with a somber celebration that included a vigil and a birthday cake bearing Lisa's picture.

CROWD: Happy birthday dear Lisa.

MARK GREENBURG: We continue to hope and pray that with all of the things that we've been doing, that people are out there looking and keeping their eyes open. And if they see something or realize they've seen something, they'll talk to the Plainfield police.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

KING: Coming up next week on LARRY KING LIVE, former first lady Nancy Reagan on the just-published Reagan diaries and what they reveal about the man who adored her, President Ronald Reagan. That's a week from Thursday, May 31, on LARRY KING LIVE.

Joe Stebic, does your son give you any hint as to what he thinks his wife might be?

STEBIC: No, all he told me one time was she was on that computer and he figures something that happened over that computer in email stuff. That's all I know.

KING: Is he leading any kind of search? Does he keep in touch with the police?

STEBIC: Well, no, because the police get in touch with him every once in a while. But every day I call, I ask him, I said, "Did anybody call? Did the cops call?" And he says no.

KING: Do the police tell you anything, Mark?

MARK GREENBURG: Well, you know, Larry, we do talk to the police fairly frequently. They're trying to keep the family as updated as possible. Obviously, one of the concerns that they have and that we have is that their investigation not be hampered, impaired, by whatever they may tell. They've got to make sure the Constitution is satisfied. So they're very cautious about what they do tell us. But we're in regular contact and they're telling us as much as they possibly can. KING: Melanie, frankly, it doesn't look good, does it?

MELANIE GREENBURG: It is very hard to be optimistic this many days out. We appreciate the opportunity you're giving us because we're trying to get Lisa's picture out there as wide -- to as wide an audience as we can. We don't know if someone may have been passing through the Chicago area and has seen something. We just urge anyone to call the Plainfield Police with any tip or any lead that they might have. All we know is there's no way Lisa would leave her children or her family like this. So we don't know what has happened.

KING: Lisa, is there a running theory in this case?

BLOOM: Well, I want to say, first, that the police have said that Craig Stebic is not a suspect. Having said that, we know that women in abusive relationships, and that's what she claims in the court papers, the most dangerous time for them is the time that they decide to leave the relationship. And Craig's dad is right. She had been exercising a lot. She lost about 40 pounds in the months before her disappearance. She got a tattoo of a butterfly on her back, symbolizing rebirth. And according to all of her friends, she was looking forward to this divorce. She was starting a new life and she was optimistic. So it's very odd, and certainly does sound like foul play that she would simply disappear and never be heard from again.

CW
05-26-2007, 06:02 AM
May 16th, 07 Artical out of place.
http://cbs2chicago.com/local/local_story_136123324.html
Stebic's Husband Accuses Authorities Of Coercion
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(STNG) PLAINFIELD, Ill. While police say they have no suspects in the disappearance of a local mother of two, her husband's attorney believes a midnight search of her house was an attempt to intimidate her husband and coerce a confession.

For the first time Tuesday, investigators said they are expanding their search for Lisa Stebic to include the possibility of foul play -- and served early-morning search warrants at the Stebic house as the next step in the investigation.

Lisa Stebic, 37, was reported missing May 1. Police say there has been no activity on her cell phone or credit cards since April 30, when she was last seen at home about 6 p.m.

"We need to focus part of our investigation on the fact that she may not have voluntarily disappeared," said Police Chief Don Bennett.

Although investigators are considering that possibility, Bennett said they have no hard evidence of foul play.

Plainfield police, an FBI evidence response team and a special operations unit from the Joliet Police Department searched the house at 13244 Red Star Drive, and the Stebics' vehicles early Tuesday morning.

Craig Stebic's attorney Dion Davi said Stebic was not allowed to call him during the search, which police said lasted about four and a half hours. Bennett said Stebic was offered the chance to call his attorney and declined.

Liz
05-27-2007, 03:15 AM
Interesting comments following this May 23rd Op/Ed piece:

Naperville Potluck: Attorney says Lisa's a bad mom


http://blogs.suburbanchicagonews.com/newsblog/2007/05/attorney_says_lisas_a_bad_mom.html

CW
05-28-2007, 09:28 PM
http://cbs2chicago.com/local/local_story_148174508.html

May 28, 2007 4:43 pm US/Central

Joliet Police Find Body In Wooded Area


(STNG) JOLIET, Ill. Joliet police are conducting an investigation in a wooded area near Route 6 in unincorporated Joliet on Monday.

A Joliet police sergeant said an investigation was ongoing Monday in a wooded area near Route 6, but declined further comment.

A Will County Sheriff's office spokesman said a body was found along Route 6. He did not have further information, adding that the sheriff's office is not assisting in the investigation.

When asked if a body had been found, the Joliet police sergeant declined comment.

A Will County Coroner's office spokeswoman said that as of 2:30 p.m., the office had not been notified about a body found along Route 6.

CW
05-28-2007, 09:29 PM
http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=local&id=5347146

Police investigate body of woman found in Joliet
May 28, 2007 (JOLIET, IL) - Police in southwest suburban Chicago are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found along a horse trail in a park Monday.

Authorities say the death is being investigated as a homicide.
Joliet Police Officer Amy Chochola says the body was found at U.S. Route Six and Farrell Road in Joliet.

She declined to give further information.

The Will County Coroner's office says the woman's body was found near a horse trail at a park.

An autopsy will be conducted tomorrow.

CW
05-28-2007, 09:33 PM
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-070528joliet-body,1,3271123.story?coll=chi-news-hed

Police investigate body found in Joliet

By Angela Rozas
Tribune staff reporter
Published May 28, 2007, 7:21 PM CDT
Joliet police are investigating the murder of a female whose body was found near a wooded area Monday, authorities said.

The body of the female was found in an open area on the Pilcher Park Horse Trail near Route 6 and Farrell Road on the town's east side and declared dead about 12:55 p.m., authorities said.


The death is being investigated as a homicide, and an autopsy will be conducted Tuesday, the Will County Coroner's Office said. The female's identity was being held pending notification of next of kin, the coroner's office said.

CW
05-28-2007, 09:36 PM
http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/404473,4_1_JO28_BODY_S1.article


UPDATE: Body found in park not Stebic

May 28, 2007
By CHRISTINA CHAPMAN Staff Writer
JOLIET TOWNSHIP — The body of an unidentified female was found Monday on the Pilcher Park horse trail, but it is not missing Plainfield mother, Lisa Stebic.
Joliet police are investigating the death as a homicide, according to the county coroner’s office, but little information has been released.
Police responded to a 911 call at the trail off of U.S. 6 and Farrell Road. Two horseback riders came across the body on the ground just before 9 a.m.
Police Chief Fred Hayes said The body of a black girl, believed to be in her early teens, was found at the entrance to the horse trail on U.S. 6 and Farrell, next to Pine Ridge Apartments on Parkwood Drive.
The victim had a plastic bag over her head and upper torso and had been set on fire, Hayes said.
“The victim has yet to be identified,” Hayes said. She was wearing a brown button-down shirt with a red tank top.
The victim was pronounced dead at 12:55 p.m. by the coroner. An autopsy is planned for 1 p.m. today.
Keith Silzer, who lives two houses from the trail entrance, said police questioned him Monday morning.
“There was about 15 squads and 10 unmarked (cars) and they knocked on my door at about 9:15 a.m.,” Silzer said.
Silzer said his girlfriend heard a noise similar to a gunshot between 12:30 and 1 a.m., but the couple wrote it off as fireworks, he said.
“We didn’t think anything of it since it is so close to the Fourth (of July); they light them almost every night anyway,” Silzer said.
Silzer said the police left the area a little after 3 p.m. Police dogs were out sniffing the neighborhood and the trail.
“Detectives have done an extensive search of the wooded area and canvassed the apartments and houses on Parkwood,” Hayes said. “We have no reports of anyone missing.”

Seahorseladydi
05-29-2007, 08:18 PM
http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/napervillesun/news/402438,4_1_JO26_PSYCHICS_S1.article

Reputed psychics aid cops

Bill Ward has worked on more than 700 police investigations across the country, everything from missing persons to homicides to bank robberies.
Most of the time he doesn't leave his house to work. He says he just sees what happened.

Ward, of Lockport, says he is a psychic, an ability he thinks developed after working as a medic during the Vietnam War.

He doesn't seek recognition or payment for his services, and he doesn't contact police. They call him, he said.

"Why should police believe me? They don't have to. I just tell them what I see," he said. "Pictures just start coming in, just like I'm watching TV. It was scary at first, but you get kind of used to it."

Seahorseladydi
05-29-2007, 08:20 PM
http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/403333,4_1_JO27_STRAMA_S1.article


Village mystery revisited
PLAINFIELD CASE

May 27, 2007
By JOE HOSEY Staff Writer

Lisa Stebic, Plainfield mother of two, vanishes, and within weeks her husband complains the police are squeezing him for a confession.

If anybody can empathize with the husband of Lisa Stebic, it is the husband of Inge Strama, Plainfield mother of two.

Inge Strama disappeared in July 1993. While the police never came out and named her husband, Frank Strama, as a suspect in the case, he believed he was the focus of their scrutiny.

"Statistically, it is the husband that's involved a lot of the time," he said a year after his wife vanished. "I was a suspect, and I was interrogated several times."

Maybe he was interrogated, and maybe he was the target of the police investigation. But that's where it ended. Fourteen years later, Frank Strama is still a free man. He lives in the same Indian Boundary Road home as when his wife went missing, although he is alone now.

His two sons moved out, and his wife never came back; they found her decomposed remains in an overgrown, empty lot in southwest suburban Worth in August 1997.

Liz
05-30-2007, 06:20 AM
Sisters Hold Out Hope For Lisa Stebic

May 29, 2007

Snippet:

Stebic's sisters say they have seen their niece and nephew, Lisa's children, often. Craig Stebic and his children spent the Memorial Day weekend in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

http://www.nbc5.com/news/13403938/detail.html

Liz
05-31-2007, 06:50 AM
Article contains erroneous info, in that Lisa has been missing over a month (four weeks this past Monday).


The search for Lisa Stebic continues
May 31, 2007

LIBERTYVILLE -- It has been three weeks since Lisa Stebic disappeared. No new information as to the whereabouts of the Plainfield woman has been uncovered, leaving her family and friends distraught with uncertainty.

"My wife and I are in total anguish and sorrow," said Milton Ruttenberg of Wheeling, her grandfather. "All I hope is that this comes to some sort of a conclusion and this whole thing can be over with."

http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/newssun/news/408141,5_1_WA31_STEBIC_S1.article

strach304
05-31-2007, 10:43 AM
The Herald News talking about more searches for Lisa and also mentions the Goodwill tip.

http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/408292,4_1_JO31_STEBIC_S1.article

strach304
06-02-2007, 12:51 AM
http://cbs2chicago.com/local/local_story_152205923.html

chicoliving
06-05-2007, 01:50 PM
The family of Lisa Stebic will hold a news conference Tuesday to announce an increase in the reward for information about the missing Plainfield woman.

http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=local&id=5365744

chicoliving
06-07-2007, 06:02 PM
"Based upon the fact that his lawyer indicated that his client no longer wishes to discuss matters with the police, we really have no contact with him at this juncture," Plainfield, Ill., Police Chief Donald Bennett told FOXNews.com on Thursday.

Asked whether that was hindering the investigation, or whether police had gotten all the information they could out of Craig Stebic in the days after Lisa disappeared, Bennett said: "Any time an individual that’s very close to the person who’s missing that doesn’t share all the information with law enforcement, obviously it hampers our ability to look in certain areas we would have looked at with that information."

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,279089,00.html

chicoliving
06-08-2007, 10:23 PM
There was more dramatic new information Friday evening in the Lisa Stebic case.

A source close to the investigation has confirmed cadaver dogs were used inside the Stebic home, and that one of the dogs hit on an unspecified “article.”

CBS 2’s West Suburban Bureau Chief Mike Puccinelli reports that, working with news partner The Naperville Sun, CBS 2 has learned that on two earlier occasions Craig Stebic willingly allowed his home to be searched.

http://cbs2chicago.com/westsuburbanbureau/local_story_159190722.html

chicoliving
06-09-2007, 05:17 AM
Police sources told NBC5 on Friday that authorities were expanding the area of their investigation into a Plainfield woman's disappearance.

Lisa Stebic disappeared last month from her home that she shared with her estranged husband.

Police said they would interview people as far away as Iowa and the upper peninsula of Michigan looking for clues.

http://www.nbc5.com/news/13472308/detail.html?dl=headlineclick

chicoliving
06-10-2007, 11:44 PM
NBC5 has learned that friends of missing Plainfield mother Lisa Stebic have hired a psychic in their search to find her.

That development comes as police confirm that cadaver dogs trained to identify dead bodies made a positive hit during a search of Stebic's home, police sources said.

http://www.nbc5.com/news/13476532/detail.html?dl=mainclick

chicoliving
06-12-2007, 08:47 PM
No Word Yet If Bones Are Human Remains

Plainfield police investigating the disappearance of Lisa Stebic arrived at a state park in Kendall County, where searchers have found three bones after Stebic's family called them on the advice of a psychic.

It is not yet known if the bones are human bones, much less Stebic's.

CBS 2 West Suburban Bureau Chief Mike Puccinelli reports that friends and co-workers of Lisa Stebic recently hired a psychic to help them in their search for the Plainfield mother who has been missing for six weeks.

http://cbs2chicago.com/topstories/lo...163200032.html

chicoliving
06-13-2007, 01:12 PM
The bones that were found in Kendall County state park during a search for missing Plainfield mother Lisa Stebic belonged to a deer, officials ruled Wednesday.

The Kendall County coroner's office ruled that the bones Silver Spring State Park in Yorkville were deer bones after an examination Wednesday.

A family friend told CBS 2 Monday that the group hired the psychic over the weekend to check out the state park.

http://cbs2chicago.com/topstories/local_story_164072425.html

chicoliving
06-20-2007, 04:33 PM
The heavy TV news coverage of a missing Plainfield woman may have come in handy for police investigators.

Plainfield police have subpoenaed access to news video shot by several TV stations covering the Lisa Stebic case.

The department paid WGN Continental Broadcasting Co. $200 for access to its video, according to a bill recently submitted to the village board. Police would not say what -- or who -- they wanted to watch.

http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/434895,4_1_JO20_STEBIC_S1.article

Liz
06-23-2007, 11:51 PM
Reports say authorities searching storage units for signs of Lisa
June 22, 2007


PLAINFIELD -- Police are reportedly awaiting more DNA testing results on items seized from the home of missing mother of two Lisa Stebic.

FOX News on Thursday cited an unidentified source close to the Stebic investigation as saying one round of DNA testing has been completed, while officials of the laboratory conducting the testing have said they need additional samples. Police expect to have the testing results soon, according to the television station.

Additionally, FOX News reported police have searched more than 100 outdoor storage units in the Plainfield area in the event someone had tried to hide a body or potential evidence in one of them. Police have found nothing in those searches.

http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/napervillesun/news/stebic/433998,6_1_NA22_STEBIC_S1.article

Liz
06-29-2007, 11:00 AM
Plainfield cops plan check of state park for missing woman

Published June 29, 2007

Plainfield police are seeking volunteers to comb through the high weeds and dense woods of a state park near Yorkville on July 7 as part of the investigation into the disappearance of Lisa Stebic.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/west/chi-stebic_29jun29,1,4309491.story?ctrack=1&cset=true

chicoliving
06-29-2007, 03:12 PM
Leigh Harris was starting to wonder how many people it would take to consume the rapidly growing list of donated food to be delivered Sunday morning.

Harris, a spokeswoman for the family of missing Plainfield mother Lisa Stebic, is helping coordinate a pancake breakfast fundraiser to bolster a reward for information on Stebic's whereabouts.

"We need more people at this thing because we're going to have so much food we won't know what to do with it," she joked.

If history is any indication, there will be no shortage of hungry visitors at Ira Jones Middle School.

The pancake breakfast to benefit the Lisa Stebic and Children's Fund will be held there from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.

http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/448883,4_1_JO29_STEBIC_S2.article

chicoliving
07-02-2007, 12:15 AM
The family of a missing mother held a fundraiser Sunday to increase the reward money for information leading to her return.

Lisa Stebic's loved ones hosted a pancake breakfast in Plainfield. The mother of two went missing almost two months ago. Now, her family is offering a 50,000-reward for information about where she could be.

http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=local&id=5440587

chicoliving
07-02-2007, 02:57 PM
There's no quitting in Plainfield.

More than 600 community members turned out for a pancake breakfast fundraiser Sunday at Richard Ira Jones Middle School to raise reward money for missing Plainfield mom Lisa Stebic.

~snip~

The pancake breakfast, sponsored by the Naperville/Bolingbrook Jaycees, sought to add to the $50,000 already offered by the family for information leading to Stebic's whereabouts.

Donations by various community members have netted an additional $7,000 and the breakfast raised another $3,100.

http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/451821,4_1_JO02_STEBIC_S1.article

chicoliving
07-04-2007, 08:20 PM
~snip~

CBS 2 West Suburban Bureau Chief Mike Puccinelli asked Plainfield Police Operations Commander Mike Altenhoff about the chances of Craig Stebic will be named a person of interest in the disappearance of his wife, Lisa.

“It’s something we continually talk about,” Altenhoff sad. “The chief and I have talked about it quite a bit the last couple of weeks.”
But any decision will be based partly on the result of forensic evidence currently being tested in the state crime lab. Altenhoff would not say what those item are, but CBS 2 news partner The Naperville Sun reported that a tarp with Lisa’s blood on it was found in Craig’s truck.

“You’ve been around a long time and know that in order for us to get a prepared affidavit we have to raise our right hand and swear before a judge. So, I’ll just leave it at that,” Altenhoff said in regards to the tarp and Craig Stebic’s prior denial of owning a tarp.

http://cbs2chicago.com/topstories/local_story_185182921.html

chicoliving
07-05-2007, 11:49 PM
Plainfield police are seeking volunteers to help this weekend in the search for a missing Plainfield mother at Silver Springs State Park in Yorkville.

The Plainfield Police Department and the Plainfield Emergency Management Agency intend to launch a massive search at the park Saturday for Lisa Stebic, a Plainfield mother of two.

~snip~

Volunteers should meet at the Kendall County Fairgrounds and will be bused to the park. There are only 55 parking spots in the entire state park, Harris said.

The Kendall County Fairgrounds is at 10826 Illinois 71, at Illinois 71 and East High Point Road, a mile west of Illinois 47 in Yorkville.

http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/456272,4_1_JO05_STEBIC_S1.article

chicoliving
07-06-2007, 05:42 AM
Although rumored to be marking the husband of a missing Plainfield woman as a possible suspect in her disappearance, police say their investigation has not changed.

Deputy Police Chief Mark Eiting said Thursday Lisa Stebic's disappearance remains a missing person case with no suspects.

"When we start changing things, it's going to be based on evidence coming in, leads coming in," Eiting said. "At this point, there are no suspects, there are no persons of interest, at this point."

A police source working on the case said Thursday the investigation is "narrowing," and that new information in the case could emerge next week.

http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/457743,4_1_JO06_STEBIC_S1.article

chicoliving
07-07-2007, 02:58 PM
More than 600 people turned out Saturday morning to search part of Silver Springs State Park for Lisa Stebic, the Plainfield mother of 2 who has been missing since April 30.

The huge crowd overwhelmed the organizers, who had been expecting about 200 searchers. The line to egister, be assigned a team and receive a sheet outlining what to look for snaked out the door of the pavilion at the Kenedall County Fairground. Some waited in line more than an hour.

The clue sheet had a photograph of a purse of the kind Stebic was known to carry. It also mentioned a gray or silver cell phone, navy blue sweatpants, a white t-shirt and a woman's shoe size 8 ½.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-070707stebic-story,1,4102463.story?coll=chi-news-hed

chicoliving
07-10-2007, 02:04 PM
The Plainfield community's ongoing concern for Lisa Stebic stuns the missing woman's family members, who for some time have said they expected interest in the case to fade.

A search Saturday of the 1,300-acre Silver Springs State Park near Yorkville attracted nearly 700 volunteers -- more than double the turnout of a May 12 event in which searchers combed a 4-mile radius around the Stebics' home.

"It was unreal, it was really overwhelming," Melanie Greenberg, Stebic's cousin, said of Saturday's turnout.

Greenberg said Stebic's family had expected about 200 volunteers to make the half-hour drive to the park -- located 20 miles west of Plainfield-- on what was one of the hottest days of the year.

http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/461827,4_1_JO10_STEBIC_S1.article

chicoliving
07-10-2007, 02:06 PM
Amy Jacobson, a reporter for WMAQ-Channel 5, is in hot water with her bosses for going swimming on her day off with the estranged husband of a missing Plainfield woman.

Dressed in a two-piece swimsuit, Jacobson brought her two young sons, ages 3 and 2, with her Friday when she swam in the backyard pool of Craig Stebic.

Dressed in a two-piece swimsuit, Jacobson brought her two young sons, ages 3 and 2, with her Friday when she swam in the backyard pool of Craig Stebic.

http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/461634,CST-FIN-feder10.article

chicoliving
07-10-2007, 02:08 PM
A Chicago television reporter is in hot water over her technique in pursuing a source in the disappearance of Lisa Stebic.

The Plainfield mother was last seen by her husband, Craig Stebic, on April 30, and there has been no sign of her since despite an intense investigation and repeated searches.

Craig Stebic is not talking to police, but as CBS 2's Alita Guillen reports, he appears to be talking to a local reporter.

A video captured Friday shows WMAQ-TV reporter Amy Jacobson wearing a bikini and wrapped in a towel at Craig Stebic's home. Also seen in the video are Stebic himself, his sister from Iowa, and Jacobson's two children.

http://cbs2chicago.com/topstories/local_story_191075534.html

chicoliving
07-10-2007, 02:11 PM
WMAQ-Ch. 5 executives on Tuesday continued to weigh what, if any, disciplinary action to take against reporter Amy Jacobson, seen on videotape in a swimsuit at the home of Craig Stebic, whose wife's disappearance Jacobson has been covering.

Officials at rival station WBBM-Ch. 2, who had been debating since Friday whether they should air the tape, aired clips on Tuesday morning and posted a report on the station's Web site after the tape's existence was reported in the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times.

The tape appears to show Jacobson in a bikini top with a towel around her waist, as well as her children, at the Stebic home along with Stebic. Channel 2, which said the tape was shot Friday but did not say how it was acquired, also reported Stebic's sister from Iowa was present.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/chi-070709jacobsonjul09,1,6178857.story?coll=chi-news-hed

Lisa Too
07-10-2007, 08:56 PM
The latest on Amy Jacobsen and NBC5 TV:
http://cbs2chicago.com/topstories/local_story_191075534.html

Lisa Too
07-10-2007, 09:05 PM
More on Amy from NBC5: http://www.nbc5.com/news/13658061/detail.html?dl=headlineclick

CW
07-11-2007, 03:20 AM
Reporter's pool visit results in departure
Amy Jacobson leaves job at Channel 5 after tape of her appearance at Craig Stebic's home is made public

By Phil Rosenthal
Tribune media columnist
Published July 11, 2007, 12:01 AM CDT


By showing up in a swimsuit along with her kids, WMAQ-Ch. 5 reporter Amy Jacobson was treading uncertain waters without dipping so much as a toe in the backyard pool of Craig Stebic, whose wife's disappearance Jacobson had been covering.

If Jacobson was hoping to make a big journalistic splash, she instead suffered the self-inflicted sting of a belly flop as her bid to ingratiate herself with a potential source made its own headlines, including this one, heralding her exit from Channel 5.


So the last would-be exclusive she would ever chase for WMAQ instead became fodder for an exclusive at rival WBBM-Ch. 2, which on Tuesday aired and posted online video of her and her children at the same Plainfield residence that Lisa Stebic was moving to evict her estranged husband from on April 30, the day she vanished.

A memo to WMAQ news staff Tuesday announced Jacobson's negotiated exit, effective immediately, from the NBC-owned station, where she had worked since 1996.


http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/chi-070709jacobsonjul09,1,6178857.story?coll=chi-news-hed&ctrack=2&cset=true

Lisa Too
07-11-2007, 08:12 AM
On cbs.com today:

http://cbs2chicago.com/topstories/local_story_192070830.html

chicoliving
07-11-2007, 08:19 PM
Craig Stebic Hasn't Spoken With Police About Wife's Disappearance In Nearly 2 Months

One day after a local television reporter lost her job over questions about her conduct in covering the story of a missing Plainfield woman, investigators are still hoping to interview Lisa Stebic’s husband about the case.

The man heading up the investigation into the disappearance of Lisa Stebic says there’s one person they’d like to interview most: Craig Stebic.

“Obviously, the person we want to interview the most is Mr. Stebic,” said Plainfield Police Chief Don Bennett. But Craig Stebic is refusing to speak to police and Bennett says he hasn’t spoken to police since day nine of the investigation.

Now, more than nine weeks after the Plainfield mother of two disappeared without a trace, police believe the last people to have seen her alive could be key to finding out what happened.

http://cbs2chicago.com/topstories/local_story_192180641.html

Lisa Too
07-11-2007, 08:33 PM
More from cbs.com:
Ethical Debate Continues Over Jacobson's Departure

CHICAGO -- A television reporter videotaped wearing a swimsuit at the home of a man whose estranged wife is missing says she was fired because she's a woman who aggressively pursued a source on her day off.

But some say former WMAQ-TV reporter Amy Jacobson lost touch with ethical reality when she went swimming with her kids at Craig Stebic's suburban Plainfield home.

Jacobson's actions and subsequent dismissal ignited a debate Wednesday around newsrooms, Internet blogs and water coolers: Was she held to a different standard because of her gender? Isn't it a reporter's job to cultivate sources? Was her bikini the issue or that she had her two young sons in tow?

More at http://www.nbc5.com/news/13666017/detail.html?dl=headlineclick

Lisa Too
07-12-2007, 02:06 PM
Breaking news on nbc5chicago: http://www.nbc5.com/news/13670839/detail.html

Craig Stebic is now a "person of interest" in the disappearance of his wife.

Lisa Too
07-12-2007, 02:20 PM
Plainfield police press conference at 3:30 p.m. Central Time.

SewingDeb
07-12-2007, 02:27 PM
Fox News is reporting the press conference will be at 4:00 p.m.

chicoliving
07-12-2007, 04:01 PM
Craig Stebic, the estranged husband of missing suburban Chicago mom Lisa Stebic, is expected to be named a person of interest in her disappearance, FOX News has learned.

Officials from the Plainfield, Ill., police department plan to give a press conference at 4:30 p.m. ET to give an update to the case.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,289133,00.html

chicoliving
07-12-2007, 04:03 PM
In the days after his wife was reported missing, Craig Stebic spoke to a reporter in tears, clutching a crumpled tissue and saying his wife Lisa would never voluntarily leave their two children.

Now, police are narrowing their investigation to mark Stebic as a "person of interest" in Lisa Stebic's April 30 disappearance.

Authorities plan to make that announcement Thursday, the first time they have named a person of interest in the case.

Police have called a 3:30 press conference to provide details.

http://cbs2chicago.com/topstories/local_story_193135404.html

chicoliving
07-12-2007, 04:04 PM
Lisa Stebic's family has received donated billboard space -- two spots along Interstate 55 and one along U.S. 30 -- that they plan to plaster with a picture of the 37-year-old mother of two, their $60,000 reward offer, a tip hotline and her family's Web site, www.findlisastebic.com.

http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/465474,CST-NWS-stebic12.article

chicoliving
07-12-2007, 04:08 PM
Pics of the signs here

http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/465381,4_1_JO12_STEBIC_S1.article

chicoliving
07-12-2007, 04:57 PM
Plainfield police said this afternoon they consider Craig Stebic a "person of interest" in the disappearance of his wife, Lisa, who has been missing more than two months.

Police held a 3:30 p.m. news conference to provide an update on the disappearance of Lisa Stebic, who left behind two school-age children when she went missing from her home on April 30.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-070712stebic,1,744915.story?coll=chi-news-hed

chicoliving
07-12-2007, 10:02 PM
The Plainfield Police Department has made two attempts to get Craig Stebic's permission to interview his son and daughter at a children's advocacy center regarding the disappearance of their mother, Lisa Stebic.

However, Craig Stebic's attorney has advised him not to grant the interview.
"It is the belief of the Plainfield police and the Will County State's Attorney's Office that the children may have valuable information that will assist in the investigation," said Police Chief Don Bennett during Thursday's press conference. "It is also the belief of these two agencies that the children, if allowed, would welcome an opportunity to assist in the effort to locate their mother."

http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/466727,4_1_JO12_STEBICSIDE_S2.article

Salem
07-13-2007, 12:27 AM
New media link - http://news.aol.com/story/_a/police-eye-husband-in-wifes-vanishing/20070712210709990001

I think most of you have this information already. It talks about CS being named a POI.

Salem

chicoliving
07-13-2007, 07:24 PM
"Craig has always been a person of interest. They're kidding themselves if they say otherwise"

~snip~

Investigators have concluded Lisa was not involved in an accident or forcibly abducted from her house. They believe she was a victim of foul play, and that Craig Stebic knows something about her disappearance.

So far, police say, Craig has offered little assistance in the case and has not participated in organized searches. He has declined to take a polygraph test.

http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/467083,CST-NWS-stebic13.article

chicoliving
07-13-2007, 07:27 PM
How many times did Amy Jacobson go to the Stebic house? Did she share information with police? Let's ask her!

Amy Jacobson this afternoon confirmed reports that her bosses at Ch. 5 accused her “of getting too close to the police” during her investigation of the Stebic case.

This accusation came in the context of the conversations she had earlier this week that resulted in parting ways with the station, she said.

In a phone call, Jacobson told me that, on occasion, she would share information first with police as she was reporting on the April 30 disappearance of Plainfield resident Lisa Stebic.

“Here’s a good example,” she said. “The police couldn’t talk to (Lisa Stebic's husband) Craig Stebic. So when a story ran in the Naperville Sun saying there were blood droplets on a tarp found in his car, I went to his door with a cameraman. I said `Where did the blood come from?’ He said it was animal blood. So I called the police and told them what he said. Then I did my live shot.”

http://blogs.chicagotribune.com/news_columnists_ezorn/2007/07/how-many-times-.html

chicoliving
07-13-2007, 07:29 PM
AFTER 10 WEEKS WITH NO SUSPECTS IN A MOTHER'S DISAPPEARANCE, PLAINFIELD POLICE HAVE NAMED THE MISSING WOMAN'S HUSBAND A PERSON OF INTEREST

~snip~

Over the past 10 weeks, investigators have concluded Lisa was not involved in an accident or forcibly abducted from her house. They believe she was a victim of foul play, and that Craig Stebic knows something about her disappearance.

Naming Craig as a suspect does not mean investigators will necessarily be able to interview him or his children, said Police Chief Don Bennett. What changes, he said, is that the investigation focuses on Craig.

"Based upon our investigation, we need to bring the fact to light that Craig Stebic is a person of interest, and that he has some knowledge of the disappearance of Lisa," Bennett said.

http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/466904,4_1_JO13_STEBIC_S1.article

chicoliving
07-13-2007, 07:32 PM
Named a person of interest in the disappearance of his wife Lisa, Craig Stebic was seen leaving his home before dawn Friday, his children in and out of the family home all day on bikes, apparently unsupervised.

http://www.nbc5.com/news/13670839/detail.html?dl=mainclick

chicoliving
07-13-2007, 10:54 PM
This week, CBS 2 has gotten more phone calls and e-mails than usual, and that's an understatement. Viewers reacted strongly -- both in support and protest -- of the Amy Jacobson videotape. We want you to know the inside story.

The pictures of former NBC 5 reporter Amy Jacobson and Craig Stebic went from being the talk of Chicago to the talk of the nation since their release Tuesday morning. And one of the biggest questions is how the video came to be.

Until Thursday night, CBS 2 avoided talking about that, to protect the identities of both the homeowner who gave the station permission to film on his property and our CBS 2 photojournalist who shot the video.

http://cbs2chicago.com/homepage/local_story_193223356.html

chicoliving
07-14-2007, 04:24 PM
While police call him a suspect in his wife's disappearance and reporters have camped outside his house, Craig Stebic plans to take things "day by day" and live with his children as normally as possible, his lawyer said.

Attorney Dion Davi, who has advised Stebic not to talk to the media, said he hopes police find another lead in the case of missing mother Lisa Stebic because focusing on Craig seems like a waste of time.

"Especially given the fact that there isn't, to my knowledge, anything that points to him other than the fact that he is the last person to have come forward and say that he saw her," Davi said.

http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/468109,4_1_JO14_STEBIC_S1.article

chicoliving
07-14-2007, 04:25 PM
Reporter Amy Jacobson confirmed Friday that her sudden departure this week from WMAQ-Ch. 5 came after her former bosses accused her "of getting too close to the police" while reporting on the case of missing Plainfield mother Lisa Stebic.

Jacobson told Tribune columnist Eric Zorn that on occasion she shared information with Plainfield police investigating Lisa's disappearance.

"You give news to get news," she said. "That's always how it's been."

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-stebic14jul14,1,449557.story?coll=chi-news-hed

chicoliving
07-15-2007, 01:49 PM
Memorial not meant to offend, but Lisa is Jewish

A small white cross placed outside the Stebic home in Plainfield caused a commotion Friday morning.

The cross appeared in the front lawn, accompanied by a tiny brunette doll resembling Lisa Stebic. A newspaper clipping with the missing mom's picture was taped to it, and the words "Where is she?" and "Ten weeks have gone by, and we still cry for you" were written on it in red marker.

http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/napervillesun/news/469148,6_1_NA15_STEBIC_S2.article

Liz
07-16-2007, 04:50 AM
Snippets from July 13th article:

On May 3 when CBS 2 sat down with Craig Stebic, he said he was the only one home when Lisa left around 6:00 p.m. April 30.

"She left to go, supposedly, to work out," Craig Stebic said. "Somebody picked her up. I was in the backyard, working in the backyard. When I came in she'd already left."

The kids were at Walgreens at the time Craig Stebic says they then came home around 6:30 or 6:45 p.m., and then promptly left with him to go to the store.

"We went out shopping over at the local Target store for a birthday present, and she just never came back the next morning," Craig Stebic said.

http://cbs2chicago.com/local/local_story_194081544.html

chicoliving
07-17-2007, 07:12 PM
Craig Stebic is moving to drop his petition to divorce his wife, who has been missing for more than two months.

Stebic’s attorney Dion Davi filed a motion to voluntarily dismiss the divorce petition on July 13, the day after police named Stebic a “person of interest” in Lisa Stebic’s disappearance.

http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/471596,jo17_stebicdivorce_s1.article

Lisa Too
07-18-2007, 08:38 AM
From the Naperville Sun today: http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/napervillesun/news/472342,6_1_NA18_STEBIC_S2.article

More on the interview with Lisa's Friend.

chicoliving
07-18-2007, 03:13 PM
A judge dismissed a divorce petition filed by Craig Stebic on Wednesday. Stebic's estranged wife, Lisa, has been missing for more than two months.

Lisa Stebic, 37, was last seen on April 30. Craig has been named as a person of interest in the case. The Plainfield couple was divorcing at the time of her disappearance, but lived in the same home.

"We have a full newscast out here today covering the dissolution proceeding while Lisa Stebic is out missing. I think resources need to be redirected towards the investigation of the disappearance of Lisa Stebic, not into the dissolution of the Stebics' marriage," said Dion Davi, Craig Stebic's Attorney.

Lisa Stebic's attorney wanted the judge to uphold the divorce petition.

http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=local&id=5482546

chicoliving
07-18-2007, 03:15 PM
A judge Wednesday granted a petition by Craig Stebic to halt his divorce from his missing wife, Lisa Stebic, in whose disappearance he is considered a person of interest.

As CBS 2's Mai Martinez reports, the hearing before Will County Court Judge Joseph Polito only lasted a minute or two, but in that time, the judge allowed for the dismissal of the divorce petition, which Craig had filed in January of this year.

Craig Stebic's attorney says it was his idea, not Craig's. The Stebics were in the process of getting a divorce when she disappeared from the family's home in Plainfield on April 30.

http://cbs2chicago.com/topstories/local_story_199063958.html

chicoliving
07-18-2007, 03:20 PM
~snip~

Craig Stebic did not attend today's hearing. His attorney, Dion Davi, said the reasons for the motion were that legal fees on both sides were mounting, and the divorce case could not proceed in Lisa's absence. Davi also said the divorce case was detracting from the ongoing search for the missing woman.

But Melanie Greenberg, Lisa Stebic's cousin and her family's spokeswoman, called the motion to end the divorce proceedings a "political maneuver."

"This is really a side issue," Greenberg said. "The main issue is we've had a woman go missing now for 10 weeks." Glenn Kahn, Lisa Stebic's divorce attorney, said he was disappointed with the judge's decision because he wanted the court to hold onto the case a little longer. "As far as I know, I still have a client," Kahn said.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-070718stebicjul18,1,6805415.story?coll=chi-news-hed

chicoliving
07-18-2007, 03:23 PM
~snip~

Craig Stebic had filed for divorce Jan. 16. Family of Lisa Stebic said they did not know of the divorce filing until about two months before she vanished on April 30.


http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/473026,4_1_JO18_STEBICWEB_P1.article

chicoliving
07-18-2007, 06:05 PM
Lisa Stebic's friend and neighbor spoke on national television for the first time Tuesday, saying Lisa feared her husband, Craig.

Laurri Bingenheimer told Fox News that Lisa said Craig had threatened to kill her. She also said she thinks the Stebic children know something that could help find their mother.

~snip~

Bingenheimer also shed some light on what may have happened during a December argument in which police were called to the Stebic house. The police report on the incident has not been released to the public because of the ongoing missing-person investigation.

http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/472356,4_1_JO18_STEBIC_S2.article

chicoliving
07-20-2007, 07:40 PM
A garage sale will be held this weekend to help the family of Lisa Stebic, a Plainfield mother who disappeared over two months ago.

http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=local&id=5496875

chicoliving
07-24-2007, 01:51 AM
The family of a missing Plainfield woman hopes two billboards to be unveiled Tuesday in that community, asking "Where is Lisa Stebic?" will help generate new tips.

A third billboard is set to go up later this month in Hodgkins.

Featuring a photo of a smiling Stebic, information on the $60,000 reward and the tip hot line, 815-267-7217, the billboards are expected to stay up for at least six weeks, said Michael Wells, general manager of CBS Outdoor, which donated the space to Stebic's family.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-stebic_24jul24,1,3780431.story

chicoliving
07-24-2007, 03:27 PM
Almost three months after she was reporting missing, the family of Lisa Stebic hopes three billboards will generate new leads in the case.

http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=local&id=5505341

chicoliving
07-24-2007, 03:29 PM
Billboards with Lisa Stebic's photo were unveiled this morning along Interstate 55 and U.S. 30.

The family received donated billboard space to post a picture of Lisa, their $60,000 reward offer, a tip hotline and her family's Web site, www.findlisastebic.com. A press conference regarding the billboards is scheduled for 4 p.m. today.

http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/481396,4_1_JO24_STEBICWEB_S1.article

ByTheBay
07-25-2007, 12:05 PM
http://www.myfoxchicago.com/myfox/pages/Home/Detail?contentId=3862395&version=5&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=VSTY&pageId=1.1.1

chicoliving
07-30-2007, 11:12 PM
~snip~

A third billboard featuring Lisa’s face was unveiled Monday, this one along the Stevenson Expressway. So for though the three billboards haven't led to any breaks in an investigation that CBS 2 learned has taken detectives to four states outside of Illinois.

“We've been to Kentucky, we've been to Indiana, we've been to Iowa, we've been to Michigan," Bennett siad. "We've been all over following up on leads. Our investigation's kind of like an iceberg and the part that's underneath it and we've been working on, we really can't expose to the public."

But Bennett did say he expects to receive important lab results from the state crime lab.

http://cbs2chicago.com/topstories/local_story_211223710.html

chicoliving
08-07-2007, 01:47 PM
Just as motorists cruise past billboard pictures of Lisa Stebic, Web surfers have taken notice of a virtual billboard featuring her case.

A Naperville woman's MySpace.com site dedicated to the Plainfield mom's disappearance has drawn the attention of blog readers.

The site has multiple pictures of Stebic on a black background with glittering pink butterflies. It includes the police tip hotline and Lisa's family Web site, findlisastebic.com.

Kristine Long said she doesn't know Lisa or her family, but was compelled to create the site to help spread the word.

"I just work right across the street from where she lives. I've followed the story from day one," Long said. "It just really hit me."

Police on Monday said there are no updates in the case, which has taken investigators out of state, roused hundreds of volunteers for searches and has made national -- even international headlines. Stebic was last seen April 30 at her home.

http://cbs2chicago.com/topstories/local_story_219133633.html

chicoliving
08-31-2007, 01:26 PM
AFTER EXTENSIVE SEARCHES, TIPS ON MISSING PLAINFIELD MOTHER ARE DRYING UP

Four months after Lisa Stebic disappeared, police say the missing woman's case is now at a crossroads.

The flow of tips about the missing mother of two has mostly dried up.

Police have conducted extensive searches of local parks, trails, lakes, storage facilities and parking lots -- and anywhere else Lisa may have gone.

Investigators have followed some leads out of state. They've consulted with other law enforcement agencies who have handled similar cases and interviewed and re-interviewed friends, family, acquaintances and others.

Now police plan to meet with the state's attorney's office, which has assigned an assistant state's attorney as a point person on the case, to review the evidence.

http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/536271,4_1_JO31_STEBIC_S1.article

chicoliving
09-02-2007, 05:30 PM
As early as this week, police could learn if the Stebic children know anything about the disappearance of their mother.

It could take a grand jury to find out. But Lisa Stebic's family says if that's what it takes to help find the missing mother of two, then so be it.

Officials from the Will County state's attorney's office plan to meet with Plainfield police to discuss the case and how to proceed with the investigation into the disappearance of Lisa Stebic.

http://cbs2chicago.com/topstories/local_story_245112124.html

Lisa Too
09-05-2007, 01:20 PM
Past Cases Shed Light On Stebic Disappearance

Stebic Still Declines To Let Police Talk To His Children


POSTED: 11:36 am CDT September 5, 2007

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PLAINFIELD, Ill. -- It was 13 weeks into the investigation of the disappearance of Laci Peterson that police reclassified the case as a homicide.
That's about the same time into Plainfield police's case that Craig Stebic was named a "person of interest" in the April 30 disappearance of his wife, Lisa.

More at: http://www.nbc5.com/news/14049976/detail.html?dl=headlineclick

Lisa Too
09-14-2007, 12:26 PM
Stebic Case To Go To Prosecutors
Grand Jury Proceedings Being Considered

PLAINFIELD, Ill. -- Police may have to wait until next week to discuss the case of a missing Plainfield woman with prosecutors.

When they do meet, grand jury proceedings will be on the agenda, said Charles Pelkie, spokesman for the Office of the Will County State's Attorney's.

In their quest to reinterview the children of missing mom Lisa Stebic, authorities have tried to avoid what they say is a last resort: subpoenaing the kids to testify before a grand jury.

http://www.nbc5.com/family/14114665/detail.html?dl=headlineclick

chicoliving
10-01-2007, 09:56 PM
The family of a missing suburban Chicago mom who disappeared five months ago still has no answers as to what happened to their loved one, though they believe she is a victim of foul play.

Lisa Stebic was reported missing on April 30. Craig Stebic, her husband, said he was working in the family’s backyard and the children were out when she vanished.

“She did not just walk away," Melanie Greenberg, cousin of Lisa Stebic, told FOXNews.com. "She did not run off and leave her children. Something happened to her.”

The family doesn't just want answers — they want to put Lisa Stebic to rest.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,298814,00.html

chicoliving
10-04-2007, 02:32 PM
The case of a missing Plainfield woman got a boost in cyberspace this week.

The FBI on Wednesday added pictures of Lisa Stebic and information about her disappearance to its kidnapped and missing persons Web site, www.fbi.gov/wanted/kidnap/kidmiss.htm.

There was no significance of the day Stebic's case information was added to the site, said Ross Rice, special agent and spokesman for the Chicago FBI office.

"We've been providing cooperation and assistance to the Plainfield Police Department, and this is just one more thing we can do to help them hopefully solve this case," Rice said.

http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/587644,4_1_JO04_STEBIC_S1.article

chicoliving
10-11-2007, 08:07 PM
The case of missing Plainfield mom Lisa Stebic is getting more national exposure since the FBI added it to its Web site last week.

http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/599476,JO13_STEBICONTV_WEB.article

chicoliving
10-12-2007, 02:23 PM
Search Extends To Michigan, Near Stebic Family Cabin

The search for a missing Plainfield woman is moving in a new direction.

Lisa Stebic hasn't been seen since April and now, as CBS 2's Suzanne Le Mignot reports, billboards will soon go up near the Stebic family cabin in Michigan.

"As time goes on, you know, it becomes more apparent, it sinks in that Lisa's not coming back," said Lisa Stebic's cousin Melanie Greenberg.

http://cbs2chicago.com/topstories/local_story_284230109.html

chicoliving
10-12-2007, 02:27 PM
More than five months after Lisa Stebic was reported missing, her family has come to the realization that she is likely dead.

"I have hope that we will find her," said Melanie Greenberg, Lisa Stebic's cousin and a family spokeswoman. "But hope that she's alive? Even though it's hard, I think she is gone. And I think most of the family have come to feel that.

"It's very difficult knowing that she's out there somewhere but that we cannot put her to rest as we need to do," she said.

Greenberg on Thursday toned down her public support of Lisa Stebic's husband, Craig, saying "no comment" when asked if she thought he had something to do with his wife's disappearance. Greenberg added that she was not speaking for the whole family.

http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/600158,4_1_JO12_STEBIC_S2.article

chicoliving
10-12-2007, 02:31 PM
~snip~

New billboards similar to the ones posted this summer in the Joliet and Chicago area will go up the week of Oct. 22 in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, where the Stebic family often hunts each fall.

"I haven't lost hope that we'll find her, because as the seasons are changing, leaves are falling. Things may be revealed that were hidden in dense foliage," Greenberg said. "You do have hunters going out this fall in places and on private land where maybe no one had been all summer. Maybe they will see something now that leaves are falling and bushes and trees will be bare."

http://www.nbc5.com/family/14326261/detail.html?dl=mainclick

Lisa Too
10-29-2007, 09:27 AM
From nbc5.com:

Family To Hold Vigil 6 Months After Stebic Disappearance

PLAINFIELD, Ill. -- Six months ago, Lisa Stebic vanished from her Plainfield home.

The 37-year-old mother of two was last seen at her Red Star Drive house the evening of April 30. When she did not show up for her job as a school lunch lady the next morning, she was reported missing by a neighbor.


On Tuesday, her family will hold a prayer vigil at the park near her house to mark the six-month anniversary of her disappearance.
http://www.nbc5.com/family/14445225/detail.html?dl=headlineclick

SewingDeb
10-30-2007, 12:41 PM
Family of Missing Illinois Woman Lisa Stebic Say Her Husband Cut Communication to Family

PLAINFIELD, Ill. — Family members of Lisa Stebic say her estranged husband, who has been named by police as a person of interest in her disappearance six months ago, has cut off all communication between his children and his wife's sisters.


and

Stebic had barred his wife's parents from the couple's Plainfield home and had not allowed his wife or their children, ages 11 and 12, to speak to them for the last two years, Greenberg said Monday. She did not explain why.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,306191,00.html

SewingDeb
10-30-2007, 12:50 PM
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-stebic_30oct30,0,1715247.story?coll=chi_tab01_layo ut

chicoliving
10-30-2007, 05:44 PM
A vigil will take place tonight to mark six months since a Plainfield mother disappeared.

~snip~

The vigil will be held tonight at 7:30 at the Stebic home in Plainfield.

http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=local&id=5733180

chicoliving
10-30-2007, 05:51 PM
Reportedly irritated by the proliferation of fliers, posters and billboards featuring his missing wife's face, Craig Stebic has barred his sisters-in-law from any contact with their niece and nephew, the aunts said.

~snip~

Tonight, at a public prayer vigil to mark the six-month anniversary of Lisa's disappearance, Ruttenberg plans to read a statement regarding Stebic's purported decision.

The vigil will begin at 7:30 p.m. at a gazebo near the Stebic house, at Red Star and Blakely drives.

http://www.nbc5.com/news/14459449/detail.html?dl=headlineclick

chicoliving
10-31-2007, 03:05 PM
The gazebo around the corner from Lisa Stebic's house was surrounded by luminaries and draped with tulle.

A crowd huddled around it, most holding candles, to commemorate the six-month anniversary of Stebic's disappearance Tuesday night.

During the vigil for his missing wife, the Stebic house on Red Star Drive was dark, inside and out. Craig Stebic's father, Joe Stebic, said Craig gets up at 4 a.m. for work and was in bed.

"Yeah, we know about it," he said when asked about the vigil. "But why would we go over there with all the negative (expletive) that's been going on? I don't think you would go over there either if it was you."

http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/627866,4_1_JO31_STEBIC_S1.article

strach304
11-08-2007, 12:47 AM
Finally!
http://www.nbc5.com/news/14537530/detail.html?dl=headlineclick

chicoliving
11-08-2007, 01:00 AM
Estranged Husband Of Missing Woman Lisa Stebic Was Previously Uncooperative With Police, Would Not Let Them Interview Couple's Children

CHICAGO (CBS) ― CBS 2 news partner the Naperville Sun reports Wednesday night that Craig Stebic, estranged husband of missing Plainfield mother Lisa Stebic, and the couple's two children appeared before a Will County grand jury Wednesday at the county courthouse. Authorities had been trying to interview the children for months.

http://cbs2chicago.com/westsuburbanbureau/lisa.stebic.craig.2.557228.html

Chicogirl36
11-08-2007, 01:20 PM
Children of Lisa Stebic Testify TODAY before grand jury

I am new here so I hope I am doing this right :woohoo:

www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,309536,00.html (http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,309536,00.html)

JUSTICE FOR LISA!!!! and STACY P!!

chicoliving
11-08-2007, 07:22 PM
Authorities confirmed on Thursday that the children of a missing Plainfield woman have testified before a grand jury.

NBC5's Anthony Ponce reported that Lisa Stebic's children, who are 11 years old and 12 years old, testified before the grand jury at the Will County Courthouse on Wednesday.

"I can't say what the children stated before the grand jury," said Detective Sgt. Troy Kivisto of the Plainfield Police Department. "However, I can say that they were cooperative and they were upbeat, and they didn't show any signs of emotional -- they weren't distraught at all."

http://www.nbc5.com/news/14545260/detail.html?dl=headlineclick

chicoliving
11-12-2007, 09:20 PM
The family of a missing Plainfield woman will distribute fliers and hand warmers to hunters in Michigan's Upper Peninsula on Wednesday to raise awareness about her disappearance and encourage hunters to look for her.

much more at link

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-stebic_13nov13,0,6582334.story?coll=chi_tab01_layo ut

chicoliving
11-13-2007, 03:54 PM
Family and friends of missing Plainfield mom Lisa Stebic plan to reach out to hundreds of hunters in hopes they will look for signs of her whereabouts.

On Wednesday, volunteers plan to give hand warmers labeled with Stebic's picture and the police tip hotline to hundreds of hunters gathering in Michigan's upper peninsula for the start of the hunting season.

http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/647149,4_1_JO13_STEBIC_S1.article

chicoliving
11-13-2007, 06:52 PM
PLAINFIELD, Ill. (CBS) ― The search for Lisa Stebic, the Plainfield mother who has now been missing for more than six months, will move to Michigan's Upper Peninsula on Wednesday.

Stebic's family plans to give hunters in the area special handwarmers. They have a picture of Stebic, as well as information about the tipline and the $72,000 reward.

The family of Lisa Stebic's estranged husband Craig has a cabin in Crystal Falls, in Iron County, Mich.

"Everything people tell you when you're looking for someone who is missing – you look at the places they normally went, and this is some place that she frequently went," said Lisa Stebic's cousin, Melanie Greenberg.

Stebic's family also plans to put up three billboards in and around the city of Iron Mountain, in another attempt to get the attention of hunters.

http://cbs2chicago.com/local/lisa.stebic.michigan.2.566591.html

chicoliving
11-18-2007, 06:14 AM
Since Lisa Stebic disappeared April 30 from her Plainfield home, her husband's family has not been nearly as vocal as her own.

But Craig Stebic's sister Kim Dove spoke out in an e-mail to The Herald News this week, saying she's afraid the worst has happened to Lisa -- and that her brother has been unfairly hounded by the press.

"I pray for a good outcome but fear that it has gone too long for that to be. I don't know what has happened or what will be but I do know my brother and I know that this is really hard on him," she wrote. "I can only imagine how I would feel if I was a victim of the media for no reason except that they need to make news."

http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/656061,4_1_JO18_STEBIC_S1.article

chicoliving
11-19-2007, 03:38 PM
November 16, 2007

For months now, Lisa Stebic's family has wanted to hear what her two children have to say about their mother's April 30 disappearance.

Now it appears a grand jury will determine if the family ever hears their stories.

Although Dion Davi, Craig Stebic's attorney, said he was "not at liberty to speak about any possible grand jury proceedings," Craig and his two children, ages 11 and 12, reportedly testified recently before a Will County grand jury.

http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/plainfieldsun/news/647734,6_1_NA16_STEBIC_S1.article

chicoliving
11-30-2007, 05:24 AM
Search set for Stacy and Lisa

Volunteers will comb new territory Saturday for any trace of two missing local women.

It has been more than a month since Bolingbrook mother Stacy Peterson vanished, and seven months since Plainfield mom Lisa Stebic disappeared.

Volunteers are asked to meet at 9 a.m. Saturday at Westbrook Christian Church, 1175 Lily Cache Lane in Bolingbrook. State police will point them to new search areas, planners say.
Pam Bosco, a spokeswoman for Stacy's family, said they are planning to hold a candlelight vigil outside the Peterson house at 4 p.m. Saturday.

"We're not just looking for Stacy," Bosco said, mentioning Stebic.

http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/674695,4_1_JO30_PETERSON_S2.article

chicoliving
11-30-2007, 02:25 PM
Lisa Stebic's family does not begrudge Stacy Peterson for catching the public eye.

The family of the Plainfield woman who went missing seven months ago says they are just amazed her case gathered national media attention. Now the spotlight should be on Peterson - a Bolingbrook woman who disappeared Oct. 28 - said family spokesperson Melanie Greenberg.

"I know it's amazing that we had the attention we did as long as we did, and it's only right that Stacy's case is getting the attention it's getting right now," Greenberg said.

http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/napervillesun/news/674256,6_1_NA30_STEBIC_S1.article

chicoliving
12-20-2007, 12:54 PM
Former Chicago television news reporter Amy Jacobson, who was caught on tape in a bathing suit while at Craig Stebic's house this summer, testified this morning before a Will County grand jury investigating the disappearance of Craig's wife, Lisa Stebic.

Jacobson declined to answer specific questions about her testimony, which lasted more than an hour.

But her attorney said she cooperated wtih the grand jury.

http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/706477,JO20_JACOBSON_WEB.article

chicoliving
12-21-2007, 01:50 PM
JOLIET - Lisa Stebic's parents and grandparents are taking Craig Stebic to court for visitation rights.

In a petition filed Nov. 19 in Will County Circuit Court, they claim their son-in-law has prohibited contact between his children and his missing wife's parents and grandparents.

Lisa Stebic, 37, has been missing since April 30, when she disappeared from her Plainfield home.

http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/home/708293,JO21_STEBIC_WEB.article

chicoliving
12-22-2007, 04:49 PM
Lisa Stebic's parents and grandparents are fighting their son-in-law to court for the right to visit his children.

In a petition filed Nov. 19 in Will County Circuit Court, they claim Craig Stebic, of Plainfield, has prohibited contact between his children and his missing wife's parents and grandparents.

Dion Davi, Craig Stebic's attorney, said Stebic has offered visits with the children, ages 11 and 12, to the Ruttenberg family and received no response.

"We are disappointed that we were forced to file this motion," said Melanie Greenberg, a spokeswoman for Lisa's family. "The pleading speaks for itself."

She declined to comment further.

http://cbs2chicago.com/local/lisa.stebic.children.2.616529.html

chicoliving
12-24-2007, 04:05 PM
Lisa Stebics Parents, Grandparents Say They Haven't Seen Stebic's Kids For 2 Years

Family members of a suburban Chicago woman who disappeared in April want a judge to award them visitation rights for the woman's two children.

http://cbs2chicago.com/westsuburbanbureau/stebic.children.visitation.2.617182.html

SeriouslySearching
12-25-2007, 12:38 PM
Also Thursday, former TV reporter Amy Jacobson testified before the special grand jury, which also is examining the April 30 disappearance of Lisa Stebic of Plainfield.

Stebic, 37, vanished from her family's home, and her husband, Craig, has been named a person of interest, though he has repeatedly denied any involvement.

They were divorcing when she disappeared. Numerous searches have failed to turn up evidence.

In July, Jacobson was fired from WMAQ-Ch. 5 after a rival station aired video of her in a bikini top with a towel around her waist at the Stebic home. Jacobson has said she was on her way to the East Bank Club with her children when she got a call from Craig Stebic's sister, who invited Jacobson to the house to talk.

Jacobson's attorney, Robert Andalman, said she was subpoenaed. They declined to answer reporters' questions about her testimony.

Melanie Greenberg, Lisa Stebic's cousin and a family spokeswoman, said she was surprised to learn of Jacobson's appearance before the grand jury.

"We've been assured by the state's attorney's office that they were continuing to work on the case," she said. "We knew there was a grand jury because the children were called before it in November."

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-peterson_21dec21,0,4972754.story

CW
12-30-2007, 10:50 PM
http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/home/706618,gallery_JO20_JACOBSON.photogallery

ThoughtFox
01-02-2008, 04:16 AM
The Stebic and Peterson Missing Person cases are voted the Top Stories of 2007 in the Chicago area by the Joliet New Herald:
http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/721439,4_1_JO01_YEAR_S1.article

Has pictures of both women.

Salem
01-02-2008, 10:38 PM
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-stebic_24dec24,1,3850537.story?ctrack=1&cset=true

Short link to article about the Grandparents filing for visitation.

chicoliving
01-03-2008, 11:31 PM
JOLIET -- Lisa Stebic's father-in-law testified Thursday before a Will County grand jury investigating Lisa's disappearance, sources say.

Joe Stebic, Craig Stebic's dad, would not comment after leaving the county building Thursday afternoon. His attorney, Steven C. Haney, would not confirm Stebic was at the building as a grand jury witness.

Jim and Laurrie Bingenheimer, Craig and Lisa Stebic's friends and neighbors, told the grand jury Thursday what they remembered about April 30, the day Lisa went missing.

http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/725581,JO03_STEBIC_WEB.article

chicoliving
01-16-2008, 12:25 PM
VISITATION REQUEST

JOLIET -- On Valentine's Day, a Will County judge could consider a request for visitation with Lisa Stebic's children.

The missing mom's parents and grandparents, Lawrence and Judith Ruttenberg and Milton and Charlotte Ruttenberg, say Lisa's husband Craig Stebic has prohibited them from contacting the two children.

Stebic's attorney Dion Davi said Stebic has offered visits with his kids, ages 11 and 12, to the Ruttenberg family but got no response.

In November, the Ruttenbergs filed a petition in Will County Circuit Court seeking visitation rights. The lawyers involved met Monday, but no visitation decisions were made. A Feb. 14 date was set to meet again.

http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/740847,4_1_JO15_STEBIC_S1.article

ThoughtFox
01-26-2008, 01:54 PM
Remains found in Chicago Sanitary and Shipping Canal have nothing to do with Lisa Stebic:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-080126stacy-peterson-not-story,0,3938281.story

Police: Human remains are not related to missing suburban women
The Associated Press
12:40 PM CST, January 26, 2008

CHICAGO - A Chicago Police spokeswoman says the human remains found frozen to the ground in a field on Chicago's southwest side are not related to the disappearance of Stacy Peterson.

Police spokeswoman Monique Bond also says the body is not related to the disappearance of Lisa Stebic.

The Cook County medical examiner's office says an autopsy is scheduled today on the badly decomposed remains found Friday by a suburban land surveyor.

More at Link

chicoliving
02-15-2008, 02:25 PM
JOLIET -- A Will County judge Thursday denied Craig Stebic's attempt to block his missing wife's family from seeking visits with his kids.

Stebic, whose wife, Lisa, has been missing since April 30, had filed a motion to dismiss a petition from Lisa's parents and grandparents for visitation rights to Stebic's two children, ages 11 and 12.

Lisa's parents, Lawrence and Judith Ruttenberg, and grandparents, Milton and Charlotte Ruttenberg, filed the petition in November, after they say an attempt to work out visits with Stebic was not successful.

http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/795648,4_1_JO15_STEBIC_S1.article

chicoliving
02-15-2008, 02:35 PM
~snip~

Mr. Stebic now admits the grandparents and great-grandparents have been prevented from seeing the kids for two years. But he blames Lisa, the one who can't talk," Daw said. "It was her idea."

Lisa Stebic's family claims the woman's husband was the one who cut off contact with Lisa Stebica's parents.

Lisa Stebic was reported missing May 1, the morning after she was last seen at her Plainfield home.

http://www.nbc5.com/family/15310236/detail.html?dl=headlineclick

chicoliving
02-24-2008, 01:23 AM
Three missing people. Saturday their families united in one mission: to figure out what happened to Stacy Peterson, Lisa Stebic and John Spira.

It has been exactly one year since John Spira disappeared without a trace. Soon after, his business went up in flames. His family fears foul play led to his unexplained absence.

http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&id=5977213

chicoliving
02-29-2008, 10:31 PM
The husband of a missing Plainfield mother is trying to get his guns and cars back from police.

Investigators seized the property from Craig Stebic last year after his wife vanished from their home.

Stebic's lawyer filed papers Thursday to have his client's guns and cars returned, saying investigators have had enough time to analyze them and have no legal right to keep them.

The case will be discussed in Will County court Tuesday morning.

http://cbs2chicago.com/westsuburbanbureau/craig.stebic.guns.2.666431.html

chicoliving
02-29-2008, 10:35 PM
Craig Stebic wants his guns and cars.

He thinks the police have had plenty of time to examine the property they seized last year. And Thursday, he filed documents in court seeking the return of everything.

Craig Stebic also has another lawyer: George Lenard, a respected criminal defense attorney from Joliet. Until now, Stebic has been represented by Dion Davi, a Wheaton-based lawyer who was handling his divorce.

Lenard has asked the court to return 24 guns, a Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck and a Saturn Ion.

http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/820151,JO29_STEBIC_WEB.article

chicoliving
03-02-2008, 02:44 AM
PLAINFIELD - Friends and family of missing Plainfield mom Lisa Stebic plan to mark the one-year anniversary of her disappearance by raising money for a local domestic violence prevention agency.

Lisa's Walk for Guardian Angel Community Services will be held at 1 p.m. April 27 at Village Green park in downtown Plainfield.

Proceeds from the event, which is being coordinated by Lisa's family and the Plainfield Exchange Club, will be donated to Guardian Angel's Groundwork domestic violence program, the Sexual Assault Service Center and the Exchange Club Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse.

http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/820734,JO01_STEBIC_WEB_S1.article

chicoliving
03-04-2008, 01:22 PM
A judge could decide next month whether Plainfield resident Craig Stebic should get two vehicles and 25 guns back that were taken by police last spring.

A hearing date of April 2 was set this morning in Will County court.

http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/824320,jo04_stebic_web.article

chicoliving
03-05-2008, 12:00 AM
Craig Stebic, the husband of missing Plainfield mother Lisa Stebic, has a court date next month to ask a judge to order police to give him two dozen guns they took from him last year.

As CBS 2's Katie McCall reports, Stebic is following in the footsteps of another high profile husband whose wife is also missing.

Craig Stebic wants his 24 guns -- most of them rifles and shotguns, and at least one 25 caliber handgun -- returned to the Plainfield home from which his wife vanished almost one year ago.

Stebic, who is a person of interest in his wife's disappearance, heads to court next month to ask a judge for the weapons as well as a pickup truck and a Saturn sedan.

http://cbs2chicago.com/westsuburbanbureau/craig.stebic.guns.2.669643.html

chicoliving
03-12-2008, 05:08 PM
JOLIET — Craig Stebic’s in-laws think he is intentionally dragging his feet on their child visitation case.

Lisa Stebic’s parents and grandparents, Lawrence and Judith Ruttenberg and Milton and Charlotte Ruttenberg, filed a petition in November seeking visitation rights to the two Stebic children, ages 11 and 12.

On Feb. 14, judge Robert Brumund denied a motion from Craig Stebic to dismiss the Ruttenbergs’ petition. When Stebic’s attorney, Dion Davi, followed up with a motion to reconsider that ruling, the Ruttenbergs’ attorney Timothy Daw filed an emergency motion requesting a hearing Wednesday.

In his motion Daw pointed out that Craig Stebic was able to file a motion Feb. 29 seeking the return of his vehicles and 24 guns that were taken by police during a search of his house last spring, but that Stebic has yet to respond to the visitation petition that has been pending for three months.

http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/838455,jo12_stebic_web.article

chicoliving
04-02-2008, 05:24 PM
Craig Stebic can have his Saturn returned, it was decided Wednesday, but he'll have to wait a few more weeks to find out if he can have his weapons and pickup.

~snip~

Before the hearing began this morning, Judge Richard Schoenstedt and the Will County State's Attorney's Office agreed Stebic could have his Saturn. But it was decided that a status hearing would be necessary Friday before Stebic could take the vehicle.

http://cbs2chicago.com/local/craig.stebic.car.2.690574.html

christine2448
04-04-2008, 11:10 AM
Bones found near Lemont are human



Forest District police spokesman Steve Mayberry stressed there is "no reason to believe" the remains are related to any current, high-profile missing persons case, such as Lisa Stebic or Stacy Peterson.


http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/h...ES_WEB.article (http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/876340,JO03_BONES_WEB.article)

chicoliving
04-04-2008, 05:32 PM
~snip~

On Wednesday, Will County Judge Richard Schoenstedt and the Will County State's Attorney's Office agreed that Stebic could have his Saturn Ion returned today following a status hearing.

But Schoenstedt took only a brief look at the offiical request by Stebic's attorney George Lenard before ordering that Stebic himself needed to appear in court. Schoenstedt apparently wants to make sure that Stebic understands the vehicle still may be called into evidence if anyone is ever charged in the disappearance of his wife, Lisa.

http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/878117,jo04_stebic_web.article

chicoliving
04-06-2008, 08:00 PM
Craig Stebic can get his car back from police Monday, but first he has to have a word with the judge.

http://cbs2chicago.com/local/craig.stebic.lisa.2.693249.html

chicoliving
04-07-2008, 06:01 PM
~snip~

The judge spoke to Stebic briefly, and the Plainfield man agreed not to object to the possible use of 23 digital photographs instead of the car.

Then Fitzgerald and Lenard asked the judge to impound and seal the court order returning the car to keep it from the public. Lenard asked for a private hearing with the judge to explain the request.

Later in the morning, Schoenstedt announced his decision.

"I’m not going to give my reasons for the ruling on the record," Schoenstedt "I am not going to order the order impounded."

http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/881398,jo07_stebic2_web.article

chicoliving
04-08-2008, 03:41 PM
JOLIET -- Craig Stebic's in-laws are using a petition seeking visitation rights to his children to mine for information about his wife's disappearance, Stebic's lawyer said Monday.

Timothy Daw, an attorney for missing Plainfield mom Lisa Stebic's parents and grandparents, Lawrence and Judith Ruttenberg and Milton and Charlotte Ruttenberg, said the couples just want to see the children and that Stebic has prohibited any contact.

http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/882506,4_1_JO08_STEBIC_S1.article

chicoliving
04-09-2008, 05:37 PM
When Craig Stebic picked up his car Monday from the Plainfield police, something was wrong.

A blanket was gone. When Plainfield police seized the car last year, it was in the trunk. So George Lenard, Stebic’s attorney, filed a motion in court Tuesday asking for an explanation.

~snip~

When the car was released to Stebic Monday, the judge’s court order indicated that everything inside the vehicle also would be returned. Plainfield police detective Troy Kivisto told Stebic and Lenard the same thing, according to Lenard’s motion. And at least one photograph of the car taken by an FBI agent showed the blanket in the trunk.

~snip~

"Stebic and his attorney are entitled to know where it is located and ... (it should be) returned if the government cannot show that it still has a legitimate need to retain it," Lenard wrote, adding that he also wants to know if any forensic testing has been done on the blanket.

Lenard wouldn’t comment on the case Wednesday except to say that he would argue the issue in court April 24.

http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/885824,jo09_stebic_web.article

chicoliving
04-10-2008, 01:33 AM
Police on patrol have been cruising around Nature’s Crossing subdivision more than usual — particularly on the 13200 block of Red Star Lane, some residents say.

That’s where Craig Stebic lives. And his family, as well as his neighbors, have noticed a more prominent police presence lately.

"It just seems like they’re around more, which we really like because it’s tense over there," said one resident who did not want her name printed. "There’s no question they’re around more. Why? I have no idea."


http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/886009,jo09_stebpolice_web.article

fran
04-13-2008, 01:35 PM
http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&id=6073629

Craig Stebic, the husband of missing Plainfield mother Lisa Stebic, wants to know where a missing blanket might be.

FBI photos showed a blanket in the trunk of Stebic's car when Plainfield police seized the vehicle last year.

<<snip>>

christine2448
04-14-2008, 11:11 AM
Are police 'harassing' Stebic? (http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/887470,4_1_JO10_STEBIC_S2.article)

PLAINFIELD -- Police on patrol have been cruising around Nature's Crossing subdivision more than usual -- particularly on the 13200 block of Red Star Lane, some residents say.
That's where Craig Stebic lives. And his family, as well as his neighbors, have noticed a more prominent police presence lately.
» Click to enlarge image
http://media1.suburbanchicagonews.com/multimedia/cops%20and%20stebic%20mug.jpg_20080410_14_55_58_69-120-165.imageContent (http://javascript<b></b>:dc_popup_win('http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/888597,JO10_STEBIC_P2.fullimage',%20'fullimage',%2 0'toolbar=no,location=no,directories=no,status=no, menubar=no,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,width=650,he ight=650')) Family members and neighbors say they have noticed increased police activity around the Plainfield home of Craig Stebic (right). Craig's wife, Lisa, has been missing since April 2007.

(Herald News File Photos)


"It just seems like they're around more, which we really like because it's tense over there," said one resident who did not want her name printed. "There's no question they're around more. Why? I have no idea."
Police Chief Don Bennett declined to comment.
Recently police stopped Craig's father, Joe Stebic, near the house and cited him for driving a vehicle with a cracked windshield.
Craig was cited in January for the same reason, while driving the same vehicle. The charge was later dropped, according to court records.
"It just seems like (police are) harassing them," said Craig's brother, Scott Stebic, who has been staying at the house. "I feel safe now, the neighborhood is being well-patrolled."

chicoliving
04-15-2008, 02:58 PM
PLAINFIELD — Craig and Lisa Stebic may have had a rocky relationship, and lived the last six months of their marriage before Lisa disappeared on April 30, 2007, barely speaking to each other.

But Craig’s family says he is not an abusive father, nor was he an abusive husband.

And the charity Lisa’s family picked — Guardian Angel Community Services in Joliet — to support with an April 27 fundraiser unfairly paints Craig as an abuser, his family says.

http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/895307,JO15_STEBIC_WEB2.article

chicoliving
04-16-2008, 08:14 PM
Craig and Lisa Stebic may have had a rocky relationship, and lived the last six months of their marriage barely speaking to each other before Lisa disappeared on April 30.

But Craig's family says he is not an abusive father, nor was he an abusive husband.

And the charity Lisa's family picked -- Guardian Angel Community Services in Joliet, which offers, among many other things, counseling and shelter for battered women -- to support with an April 27 fundraiser, unfairly paints Craig as an abuser, his family says.

http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/896684,4_1_JO16_STEBIC_S1.article

chicoliving
04-18-2008, 04:07 PM
JOLIET — Craig Stebic has to respond to his in-laws’ requests for information made through their grandchild visitation case, a judge decided Friday.

And Stebic, who has been named a “person of interest” in his wife’s disappearance, is free to invoke his fifth amendment right against self-incrimination, said Will County Judge Robert Brumund.

Stebic’s lawyer Dion Davi resisted a request for discovery filed by Lisa Stebic’s parents and grandparents, who he says are seeking visitation rights to their grandchildren as well as answers about their missing loved one.

http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/902904,JO18_STEBIC_WEB.article

chicoliving
04-24-2008, 01:12 PM
A Will County Judge on Thursday said Craig Stebic can not yet have his confiscated guns returned and set a June 24 hearing on the issue.

http://cbs2chicago.com/local/craig.stebic.guns.2.707573.html

chicoliving
04-24-2008, 01:17 PM
~snip~

But attorney George Lenard said he was more concerned that Plainfield police haven’t returned a blanket found in the trunk of Lisa Stebic’s Saturn Ion when that car was seized last May.

Schoenstedt ordered police earlier this month to return the Saturn to Craig Stebic — which they did — though they kept the blanket for forensic testing.

Schoenstedt also declined today to order investigators to immediately return the blanket.

http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/913570,stebic042408.article

chicoliving
04-24-2008, 05:45 PM
~snip~

Stebic's lawyer, George Lenard, told the judge during the hearing that a blanket was missing from the 2004 Saturn Ion that Stebic picked up from Plainfield police on April 7. Will County Assistant State's Atty. Michael Fitzgerald said he sent the blanket to the state crime lab that day for testing.

~snip~

Schoenstedt said he would reconsider whether to return the truck, firearms and blanket at a hearing on June 24.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-stebic-guns-web-apr25,0,740666.story#comment-form

chicoliving
04-25-2008, 01:49 PM
~snip~

On Thursday, Lenard came to Will County Judge Richard Schoenstedt's courtroom seeking the return of the guns, the truck and the blanket. At the beginning of the hearing, Will County Assistant State's Attorney Mike Fitzgerald asked to speak to the judge privately. Then he went into the back hallway with Schoenstedt and the court reporter.

When they returned, Fitzgerald said there was a new reason for the state to keep Stebic's guns. His brother, Scott Stebic, is living in the home on Red Star Drive, and he's been convicted of aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol, a felony, Fitzgerald argued. Scott Stebic is on probation and isn't supposed to have a gun.

more at link
http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/914724,4_1_JO25_STEBIC_S1.article

chicoliving
04-25-2008, 05:07 PM
~~snip~

Stebic’s lawyer had requested the Ruttenbergs explain why they should be entitled to visitation, and they objected. But a Will County judge sided with Stebic Friday, granting his request for details.

http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/915880,jo25_stebunfit_web.article

chicoliving
04-27-2008, 06:21 AM
~snip~

On Sunday, Ruttenberg, Stebic's father and two sisters will lead hundreds of friends and supporters in a march through Plainfield to mark her April 30, 2007, disappearance.

The walk, which begins at 1 p.m. at the Village Green in Plainfield, is a fundraiser for the Joliet-based Guardian Angel Community Services. It is also a way to keep attention focused on the search for Stebic, said Ruttenberg. Stebic vanished while in the midst of a divorce from her husband, Craig, though the two still shared a home in Plainfield.

http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/917821,4_1_JO27_STEBIC_S3.article

chicoliving
04-27-2008, 02:13 PM
April 29, 2007, was a brilliant Sunday, warm enough to sunbathe in the backyard.

The day before Lisa Stebic disappeared, she did just that with her friend and neighbor, Laurrie Bingenheimer.

While the women talked outside, their husbands talked inside. The Stebic kids skipped in and out of the house playing.

Lisa and her husband Craig, who were living under the same roof while divorcing, were cordial but didn't say much to each other.

Lisa, a petite brunette, wore a swimsuit that revealed a butterfly tattoo accented by her kids' names on her lower back. To her, the butterfly was a symbol of freedom and transformation.

It was likely the first time Craig saw it.

http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/918374,4_1_JO27_STEBIC_S1.article

fran
04-30-2008, 12:19 PM
http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/922679,4_1_JO30_AUTHOR_S1.article

Author: Peterson, Stebic may fit 'eraser' profiles

April 30, 2008

By JANET LUNDQUIST jlundquist@scn1.com

In her research of murders and mysterious disappearances of women, journalist Marilee Strong discovered a pattern.

Men were killing their partners, not for money or jealousy, but because the women were no longer convenient. Their relationships had no history of violence, but the women either vanished without a trace or were victims of staged suicides or accidents.

The men left behind are expert liars, she said. Manipulators who are hungry for attention.

Strong calls them "eraser" killings. Her book on the topic, "Erased: Missing Women, Murdered Wives," hit bookstores in March.

<<<<<snip>>>>>>

In some circumstances, the missing or dead women never get justice, Strong said.

"The most horrifying thing I've seen is there's a significant number of men who get away with it and go on to kill another partner or significant other," she said.

..............more at link..............

chicoliving
05-09-2008, 08:59 PM
Threats Craig Stebic allegedly made toward his now-missing wife could be used against him in a pending grandparent visitation case.

Lisa Stebic’s family has asked Craig about things he may have said in front of his children, including an alleged threat to “cut Lisa Stebic into pieces and no one would ever find her,” according to court documents.

Or the time he allegedly said Lisa’s face “would be on the back of a milk carton someday.”

http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/941443,JO09_STEBIC_WEB.article

fran
05-15-2008, 05:54 PM
http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/952371,JO15_stebic_web.article

STEBIC CASE: Judge wants to cut to the chase on visitation


May 15, 2008

By JANET LUNDQUIST

JOLIET — The judge presiding over the grandparent visitation case filed by Lisa Stebic’s parents wants to get to the heart of the matter -- grandparent visitation.

"Let’s just get this case to issue, guys," Judge Robert Brumund said Thursday while addressing the attorneys for Lisa’s family and for her husband, Craig Stebic. "I know it’s hard on everyone, Mr. Stebic, the Ruttenbergs. The court wants to get this done."

What was at issue Thursday was a list of questions Lisa’s family — her parents, Lawrence and Judith Ruttenberg, and grandparents, Milton and Charlotte Ruttenberg — want Craig to answer under oath as part of the proceeding.

<<<<<<<<<<snip>>>>>>>>>>>

Legally the Ruttenbergs are allowed to ask 30 questions — they listed 31. The Ruttenbergs’ lawyer Timothy Daw agreed to withdraw question 31, which read, "Was your son held back from attending kindergarten to give him a chance to become more mature and during this time period did you begin to instruct your son on how to shoot a gun or guns."

But Davi said he would likely object to the entire list, which includes some interrogatories that contain multiple questions.

A hearing was set for May 27.

chicoliving
05-23-2008, 01:44 AM
State police revoked Craig Stebic's firearm owner's identification card Wednesday following a request from Plainfield police Chief Don Bennett.

"We feel it's in the best interest of the community, based on our investigation of the Lisa Stebic case," Bennett said. "We had the opportunity to view some conduct of Mr. Stebic and, based on numerous things, we felt that it was in our best interest to revoke his FOID card."

http://cbs2chicago.com/westsuburbanbureau/craig.stebic.FOID.2.731011.html

chicoliving
05-23-2008, 04:12 PM
Craig Stebic’s lawyer Friday questioned the timing of a police move this week to revoke Stebic’s firearm owner identification card.

Craig and his attorney George Lenard are due in Will County Court June 24 on their petition asking police to return 24 guns taken from Craig’s house with a search warrant in May 2007.

Lenard said he believed the court would eventually give Craig his guns back — but not now.

http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/967458,JO23_STEBIC_WEB.article

chicoliving
05-24-2008, 12:20 AM
New accusations are surfacing against Craig Stebic Friday.

His wife is missing and now her family says the children have been exposed to alcohol, drugs, even guns. CBS 2's chief correspondent Jay Levine reports on court documents filed Friday.

The search for Lisa Stebic is now in its second year. The Naperville mother of two disappeared a year ago April. Her husband Craig, already labeled a person of interest, is now being charged with trying to turn the couples' two children against their grandparents, Lawrence and Judith Ruttenberg, refusing to allow them to visit -- even returning their cards and gifts unopened.

http://cbs2chicago.com/local/craig.stebic.lisa.2.731816.html

SewingDeb
05-24-2008, 09:26 AM
Family of missing Plainfield woman allege abuse, threats by her husband
Lisa Stebic has not been seen since April 30, 2007

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-stebic_both_24may24,0,1830590.story

chicoliving
05-27-2008, 02:08 PM
A looming legal battle to determine whether Lisa Stebic's relatives can visit her young children was averted today when her estranged husband offered to settle the dispute outside the courtroom.

No terms were disclosed, but attorneys on both sides confirmed a settlement offer was made on behalf of Craig Stebic that would allow relatives of his missing wife to see the couple's two young children.

"Hopefully we'll have a agreement," said attorney Dion Davi, who represents Craig Stebic in the visitation battle.

http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/972290,stebic052708.article

chicoliving
06-05-2008, 04:41 PM
The younger sister of missing Plainfield mom Lisa Stebic testified Thursday before a special grand jury investigating Stebic’s disappearance.

Jamie Bouma declined to comment on her testimony as she left the county building in downtown Joliet. She said it was her first time testifying before the grand jury, which was convened late last year.

http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/990280,JO05_STEBIC_WEB.article

chicoliving
06-10-2008, 05:11 PM
Lisa Stebic's Parents, Craig Stebic At Impasse

Lisa Stebic's parents will have to wait a little longer to see their grandkids.

Lawyers for both sides of a grandparent visitation case said Tuesday in Will County Circuit Court they have not reached an agreement on visits with the Stebic children.

"I was looking forward to hopefully a settlement today," said Judge Robert Brumund. He set the case for a hearing on July 3.

http://cbs2chicago.com/local/stebic.grandchildren.visitation.2.744969.html

chicoliving
06-19-2008, 08:07 AM
Over the last year, hundreds of people have combed farm fields and forest preserves searching unsuccessfully for missing Plainfield mom Lisa Stebic.

And since traditional detective work has failed to turn up any promising leads on her whereabouts, Plainfield police are taking a decidedly nontraditional approach.

For about two months, investigators have been working with a psychic detective to find Lisa Stebic.

http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/1013634,4_1_JO19_STEBIC_S1.article

chicoliving
06-24-2008, 03:41 PM
A Will County judge has decided to return weapons seized from a suburban Chicago man whose wife has been missing for more than a year.

But Judge Richard Schoenstedt on Tuesday said Craig Stebic first needs to find someone with a valid firearm owner's ID card to receive the 24 guns.
Illinois State Police revoked Stebic's gun card last month.

The judge says a seized pickup truck will stay with police investigating Lisa Stebic's disappearance for now.

http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&id=6224859

chicoliving
07-03-2008, 06:13 PM
~snip~

Lawyers say a deal has now been worked out, but they won't discuss terms of the agreement.

http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&id=6244213

fran
07-08-2008, 12:57 PM
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-amy-jacobson-suit-web-jul08,0,7303618.story

Fired TV reporter Amy Jacobson sues CBS for airing tape of her visit to Stebic home

By Ray Quintanilla | Chicago Tribune reporter

6:32 PM CDT, July 7, 2008

Former television reporter Amy Jacobson and her husband, Jaime Anglada, filed suit in Cook County Circuit Court on Monday seeking more than $1 million in damages from CBS Broadcasting Inc. and several employees for airing a video of her last year at the home of Craig Stebic, the husband of a missing Plainfield woman.


<<<<<<more at link>>>>>>>

chicoliving
07-09-2008, 12:58 PM
The family of missing Plainfield mom Lisa Stebic turned the one-year anniversary of her disappearance into a financial boost for a local charity.

Inspired by her love for children, Lisa's family chose Guardian Angel Community Services in Joliet as the beneficiary of a community fundraiser.

http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/1046139,4_1_JO09_STEBIC_S2.article

fran
08-22-2008, 09:31 AM
Stebic's family returns to TV to help others

By Janet Lundquist, Sun-Times News Group
When Plainfield mom Lisa Stebic disappeared in April 2007, her family had a Web site up with vital information a couple of days later.

One week later, they were being interviewed about her case on national news programs.

With the help of a family friend who worked as a TV news producer, Stebic's family successfully coordinated a media campaign that kept her case in the public eye for more than a year.

Now, they're sharing their knowledge with the world in a segment to be featured next month on Fox TV's "America's Most Wanted" program. A segment called "Making Noise" will give families of missing people suggestions on how to keep their cases in the headlines. It will feature Stebic's cousin Melanie Greenberg and the story of Stebic's disappearance.

The Sept. 13 program also will include the family of missing Bolingbrook woman Stacy Peterson, who vanished Oct. 28 and whose case has received national media attention as well.

<<<<<<<<<<full article at link>>>>>>>>>>>>

http://www.southtownstar.com/news/1120719,082208amwstebic.article

fran
09-08-2008, 09:34 AM
Craig Stebic to get back seized truck, judge rules; friend set to hold his 24 firearms

Tribune staff report
1:30 PM CDT, September 5, 2008


Craig Stebic will get back his truck that Plainfield police seized last year in their investigation into the disappearance of his wife, Lisa, a Will County judge ruled Friday. Stebic's firearms, which also were taken in May, will be handed over to a friend.

Judge Richard Schoenstedt said police must return Stebic's Chevrolet S-10 by Monday. Stebic's 24 firearms will be turned over to his friend Marco Aguilera Jr., who has a valid firearm owner's ID card. Illinois State Police have revoked Stebic's card.

<<<<<<<full article at link>>>>>>>>

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-stebic_websep06,0,6281234.story

fran
09-08-2008, 09:38 AM
Lisa's parents fight for a second visit

September 8, 2008Recommend

By JANET LUNDQUIST The Herald News

JOLIET -- Scheduling visits between Lisa Stebic's parents and her children isn't going so well.

In July, the parties reached an agreement on a petition that was filed by the missing Plainfield mom's parents and grandparents - Lawrence and Judith Ruttenberg and Milton and Charlotte Ruttenberg - in November seeking visits with the two Stebic kids.

Communication between the Ruttenbergs and Lisa's husband, Craig Stebic, apparently broke down after an initial visit this summer.

Lawyers were in court Friday for a status hearing, where they scheduled a meeting with Judge Robert Brumund for Sept. 12.

<<<<<<<<<<full article at link>>>>>>>>>>>


http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/napervillesun/news/1150306,6_1_NA08_STEBIC_S2.article

fran
09-12-2008, 05:19 PM
No End In Sight For Stebic Visitation Case

PLAINFIELD, Ill. (STNG) -- Lawyers attempting to arrange visits between the family of missing Plainfield woman Lisa Stebic and her children, who are cared for by her husband Craig Stebic, were in court again Friday for a closed-door conference with a judge.

Apparently, they didn’t get much closer to their goal of a second visit.

“The judge gave recommendations to settle or address the difficulties the parties are having,” Dion Davi, Craig Stebic’s lawyer said outside the courtroom.

The case will return to court later this month.
<<<<more at link>>>>>>

http://www.wbbm780.com/pages/2958266.php?contentType=4&contentId=2739309

fran
09-12-2008, 05:28 PM
Stebic lawyers back in court over visitation
.............snip.....................


The visitation agreement is confidential, as well as the date of the visit between the grandparents and grandchildren that occured this summer.

Last week in court the Ruttenberg’s attorney Timothy Daw accused Craig of unreasonably withholding a second visit. Davi denied that and said the dispute centered on the Ruttenbergs rejecting the date and time Craig chose for a second visit.

<<<<<<<<full article at link>>>>>>>>
http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/1159913,JO12_STEBIC_WEB.article

fran
09-15-2008, 11:05 AM
http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/napervillesun/news/1163174,6_1_NA15_STEBIC_S1.article

Lawyers meet over Stebic visitation

September 15, 2008

By JANET LUNDQUIST
The Herald News

..........snip.............

The case will return to court Sept. 29, when both sides will report whether they were able to resolve their differences.

In July, the parties reached an agreement on a petition filed in November by Lisa Stebic's parents and grandparents - Lawrence and Judith Ruttenberg and Milton and Charlotte Ruttenberg - seeking visits with the two Stebic kids

<<<<<<<<<<full article at link>>>>>>>>>>>>

fran
09-27-2008, 09:08 AM
UPDATE: Stebic Family Calls CBS 'Reckless' And 'Malicious'

CHICAGO -- Craig Stebic’s family filed a lawsuit against CBS and several of the station’s reporters Friday, claiming their coverage of the relationship between Craig Stebic and former NBC reporter Amy Jacobson was false, malicious and illegal.

Stebic’s sister, Jill Webb and her husband Robert Webb claim they and their children suffered “severe emotional distress” from the media attention surrounding Jacobson’s swim with the family last summer in Stebic’s Plainfield home.

The suit, filed in Cook County Circuit Court, claims that CBS Broadcasting, Inc. and its employees, Joseph Ahern, Carol Fowler, Mike Puccinelli, Rob Johnson, Michele Weldon and Alita Guillen were reckless in reporting the Jacobson incident, which has allegedly alienated and damaged their family.

<<<<full story at link>>>>

http://www.wbbm780.com/pages/3040752.php?contentType=4&contentId=2812466

fran
09-27-2008, 09:12 AM
http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/1188140,stebic092608.article

Stebic family: CBS 'reckless' and 'malicious'

.............snip...............

The Webb’s claim that Stebic’s neighbor, Tracey Reardon, maliciously videotaped the outing from an upstairs window and gave the tape to CBS reporter Puccinelli, who the family “did not trust.”

“At no time” did the family indicate that their meeting with Jacobson was going to be an “adult pool party” or had any purpose of being “social,” the suit said.

Puccinelli accused of naming Craig Stebic as a “person of interest” in his wife’s disappearance more than a week before authorities did. Despite the fact that Craig was ultimately named a “person of interest,” the Webb’s claim Puccinelli's reporting was “reckless” and “incorrect.”

The suit asks for more than $40,000 in damages from the incident, claiming the media frenzy has caused “extreme mental anguish,” “ongoing medical bills,” and “severe emotional distress” for the family.

It also says Jacobson’s relationship with the family was of no “legitimate concern to the public.”

“At no time did [the Stebic, Webb or Jacobson families] authorize videotaping,” the suit said, accusing Reardon and CBS employees of invading their privacy and “spying on” them.

Jacobson filed a similar suit against the network in July, claiming the videotape from that day was maliciously edited and the story had destroyed her career.

In a statement following Jacobson’s multimillion dollar lawsuit, Channel 2 said, "CBS 2 stands by its reporting. Ms. Jacobson's claim has no merit, and we look forward to vigorously defending ourselves in court."

fran
09-29-2008, 01:36 PM
CASE CLOSED: Stebic agrees to grandparent visitation


JOLIET — The file on the Stebic grandparent visitation case has been closed.

Craig Stebic, whose wife Lisa Stebic has been missing for a year and five months, has agreed to allow visits between his children and Lisa’s parents and grandparents.

<<<<<<<full article at link>>>>>>>>

http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/1191092,jo29_stebic_web.article

fran
09-30-2008, 01:20 PM
Family of missing Illinois woman's husband sues TV station

CHICAGO -- WBBM-TV says it will "vigorously" defend itself against a lawsuit filed by relatives of the husband of missing Plainfield woman Lisa Stebic.

<<<<<<<full article at link>>>>>>>>>

http://www.bnd.com/news/state/story/484979.html

PattyCake
10-28-2008, 10:29 AM
http://www.cnn.com/2008/CRIME/10/28/cc.lisa.stebic/index.html

A news story about Lisa's case. Lisa's case stays with me the most out of all of them. God speed to the LE.

Rizzy
12-29-2008, 12:57 PM
http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/plainfieldsun/news/1352726,4_1_JO29_TOPSTORY_S1.article

Stebic case remains a mystery
Top stories of 2008: Plainfield mom remains missing
December 29, 2008

Lisa Stebic, a mother of two, was last seen at her home at 13244 Red Star Drive the afternoon of April 30, 2007. No trace of her has been found.

SeriouslySearching
01-01-2009, 12:07 AM
In November 2007, Lisa's parents, Lawrence and Judith Ruttenberg, and grandparents, Milton and Charlotte Ruttenberg, filed a petition seeking visits with the Stebic children, now ages 12 and 13.

During the case, Lisa's family asked Craig to confirm some things he may have said in front of his children, including an alleged threat to "cut Lisa Stebic into pieces and no one would ever find her," according to court documents.

Or the time he allegedly said Lisa's face "would be on the back of a milk carton someday."

Craig never had to answer the questions, as he and his lawyer offered to compromise on visits soon after the request was made.

http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/plainfieldsun/news/1352726,4_1_JO29_TOPSTORY_S1.article

Kat
03-01-2009, 04:22 PM
http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1504560/amy_jacobson_wins_round_one_in_court.html?cat=17

Amy Jacobson Wins Round One in Court Battle Against CBS
February 23, 2009

"Former NBC-5 news reporter Amy Jacobson has won round one in her defamation suit against CBS. According to the Chicago Tribune, Associate Cook County Judge Elisabeth Budzinski ruled that four of Amy Jacobson's eight counts could go forward, paving the way for what is sure to be a high-profile showdown in court.

All of this stems from Amy Jacobson's involvement in a scandal that ignited a media firestorm back in in July of 2007. Amy Jacobson had been covering the mysterious disappearance of Lisa Stebic, a Plainfield, Illinois mother of two who went missing on April 30, 2007.

More at link

Kat
04-18-2009, 12:37 PM
http://www.wowowow.com/politics/new-developments-case-missing-illinois-mom-lisa-stebic-video-270339

04/17/2009 1:00 pm

Renewed Hope? New Developments in Case of Missing Illinois Mom Lisa Stebic (Video)

... reports say there has been some development, although officials in charge of the case won’t give specifics...

... There have been developments that have occurred. They are NOT going to cause a resolve in the case, but give a clearer picture of what happened to Lisa," Charles Pelkie, spokesman for the Will County State Attorney’s Office, told local ABC affiliate WLS...


Note: The video in the article is one of the tribute video's for Lisa.

Links from within the article are:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-stebic-17apr17,0,1418735.story

http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&id=6764014 (video at this link)

http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/1529357,4_1_JO16_STEBIC_S1.article

http://www.findlisastebic.com/index/

Come home soon Lisa, you are missed.

chicoliving
05-27-2009, 12:53 AM
The Will/Grundy Major Crimes Task Force, consisting of 36 local law enforcement agencies, will begin operating June 1.

Fifty-seven officers from departments large and small will share resources when called to investigate a homicide or mass shooting.

Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow cited the April 2007 disappearance and potential homicide of Plainfield's Lisa Stebic and the slaying of five woman in February 2008 at a Lane Bryant store in Tinley Park as examples of the types of cases the task force would work on.

http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/1593163,Riley-Stacy-Lisa-inspire-task-force_jo052609.article

AmandaReckonwith
10-26-2009, 05:55 PM
http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/1846718,Stebic-charged-with-assault_jo102609.article

October 26, 2009

Stebic charged with assault

By STEWART WARREN swarren@scn1.com/swarren@scn1.com

"He was arrested for assault on a matter that is not related to the disappearance of his wife," Plainfield police Cmdr. Ken Ruggles said Monday afternoon.

The incident involving Stebic, 43, happened at 1:37 p.m. in front of his home, 13244 Red Star Drive, Ruggles said.
"He was arrested for the charge of assault after he made a threatening statement to a neighbor," Ruggles said, although he wouldn't elaborate.
The police went to the neighborhood after receiving a complaint about fireworks, Ruggles said.
"Beyond that, I can't comment on who was directly involved at this point," Ruggles said.





Pics from Lisa's case:
http://s296.photobucket.com/albums/mm166/crankycrankerson/Lisa%20Stebic/

Texas Mist
12-01-2009, 07:11 PM
Lisa Stebic's husband won't face charges for alleged threats

<snip>

December 1, 2009 (WLS) -- Craig Stebic will not face any further legal action for allegedly making threatening statements to a neighbor.

Stebic was arrested, but the Will County state's attorney's office has now declined to file charges based on the evidence.



http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&id=7147725&rss=rss-wls-article-7147725

Angel Who Cares
03-07-2010, 11:55 PM
From hearsay to testimony
Lisa Stebic's husband is the only suspect is her disappearance. Could his alleged threats be used against him?
March 7, 2010
<snipped>
People said a lot of bad things about Drew Peterson after his fourth wife went missing. The same thing happened to Craig Stebic, whose wife Lisa vanished in April 2007.

While seeking visitation rights to their grandchildren in 2008, Lisa's parents asked Stebic to confirm whether he said he could "cut Lisa Stebic into pieces and no one would ever find her," according to court documents. They also alleged he may have said Lisa's face "would be on the back of a milk carton someday."

Previously inadmissible in court, some hearsay statements may make it into Peterson's trial, thanks to a new state law passed in 2008 that allows hearsay evidence from witnesses determined to have been murdered to keep them from testifying.

Could Craig Stebic face hearsay testimony in court one day? The Stebics were in the midst of a divorce when Lisa disappeared, and the hearsay law applies to both civil and criminal cases.

The day she disappeared Lisa sent her attorney a petition to temporarily evict Craig from their house while the case was pending.

Dangerous law?
Stebic's attorney, George Lenard, is part of the team representing Drew Peterson. Lenard declined to comment on the Peterson hearsay hearing because the judge has not issued his ruling.

No new leads
At this point, Plainfield police say they have no immediate plan to apply the law to the Stebic case, but are watching to see what happens with the hearsay law in Peterson's case. "It's something that's so relatively new that it's my understanding that the state's attorney is not looking at that angle in the Stebic investigation," said Plainfield police Detective Sgt. Troy Kivisto.

Charles B. Pelkie, spokesman for Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow, declined to comment on whether the hearsay law could apply to the Stebic case. Perhaps new information will come up in the future, or Lisa will be found, to complete the puzzle of her disappearance, he said. But he did not rule out the option of the hearsay law, "should it become necessary."

"I imagine they continue to look only at Craig Stebic. That's the way it's always going to be. That's a real problem," Lenard said. "They refuse to look anywhere else."

Lenard declined to comment on whether he or Stebic have information that points to another culprit in Lisa's disappearance.
*Much More At Link!

Photos: Search for Lisa 2007
http://preview.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/photos/379382,gallery_JO12_STEBIC.photogallery

Photos: Remembering Lisa 2008
http://%20http//preview.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/photos/918999,gallery_jo28_stebic.photogallery

Article:
http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/plainfieldsun/news/2088196,4_1_JO07_STEBIC_S1-100307.article

Cubby
04-30-2010, 05:47 PM
PLAINFIELD, Ill. (AP) ―
A suburban Chicago police department that's been investigating the disappearance of a woman for three years is getting some help.

A task force made up of officers and crime scene technicians from 36 agencies in Will and Grundy counties, the Illinois State Police and the FBI will assist Plainfield Police detectives in their investigation into the April 2007 disappearance of Lisa Stebic.

In an announcement made Friday, officials said Plainfield police will continue to lead the investigation.


A little more at link:


http://cbs2chicago.com/local/Lisa.Stebic.three.2.1667405.html

Texas Mist
04-30-2010, 06:32 PM
Police step up search for Lisa Stebic

April 30, 2010
BY DAN ROZEK Staff Reporter

Three years after Lisa Stebic vanished, police are stepping up — not scaling back — their search for the missing Plainfield woman.

A new regional police task force will assist Plainfield investigators in trying to determine what happened to the 37-year-old mother of two young children who was last seen at her home on April 30, 2007.

“It never hurts to have fresh eyes look at an investigation,” Plainfield Police Chief William Doster said Friday.

Marking the anniversary of Stebic’s disappearance, Plainfield police announced they will begin working with the Will/Grundy Major Crimes Task Force to solve the baffling case.

The regional task force, launched last year, can field more than 80 detectives and crime scene specialists to assist suburban departments in demanding investigations.

The Plainfield department has five investigators.

“Criminal investigations can be very complex, dynamic and challenging. When you have a team of highly skilled, well-trained, seasoned detectives at your disposal, it only makes sense to bring them in,” said Joliet Police Chief Fred Hayes, who chairs the task force’s executive board.

more here

http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/2220504,lisa-stebic-missing-plainfield-043010.article

BeanE
05-16-2010, 07:40 AM
Loved ones celebrate missing woman's birthday
Saturday, May 15, 2010

Family members and friends of Lisa Stebic held a vigil Saturday marking her 41st birthday. The Plainfield woman disappeared three years ago.

http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&id=7444266

BeanE
05-16-2010, 07:42 AM
Remembering Lisa
May 16, 2010

http://media1.suburbanchicagonews.com/multimedia/JO16_STEBIC_P2_scn_feed_20080415_21_44_20_550-300-400.imageContent

Thirty-seven purple balloons blew in the wind Saturday evening, along with four white ones.

The purple balloons represented the years Lisa Ruttenberg Stebic was around to celebrate her birthday -- the four were for the birthdays she has been missing.

"(Lisa) laughed loud. She was fun," said Melanie Greenberg, Lisa's cousin and a family spokeswoman. "She loved every celebration."

http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/plainfieldsun/news/2278730,4_1_JO16_STEBIC_S1-100516.article

BeanE
05-16-2010, 07:44 AM
Birthday candlelight vigil takes place for missing Plainfield woman
WGNtv.comWGN News
May 15, 2010

A somber birthday weekend for a missing Plainfield woman.

Friends and family gathered Saturday night to celebrate Lisa Stebic's 41st birthday, which will be May 19.

They held a candlelight vigil where Stebic was last seen just over three years ago.

http://www.wgntv.com/wgntv-lisa-stebic-birthday-vigil-may15,0,3218392.story

BeanE
05-16-2010, 07:45 AM
Birthday Vigil Held for Lisa Stebic
Updated: Saturday, 15 May 2010, 9:27 PM CDT
Published : Saturday, 15 May 2010, 9:27 PM CDT

The people who loved Lisa Stebic were lighting candles, fighting tears, sending their love and birthday wishes skyward, as they wonder what has become of her.

http://www.myfoxchicago.com/dpp/news/metro/missing-plainfield-woman-20100515

fran
05-06-2011, 06:00 AM
http://www.myfoxchicago.com/dpp/news/metro/lisa-stebic-plainfield-mother-still-missing-after-four-years-20110429

Plainfield Mother Lisa Stebic Still Missing after Four Years

Updated: Friday, 29 Apr 2011, 9:36 PM CDT
Published : Friday, 29 Apr 2011, 3:45 PM CDT

By Craig Wall, FOX Chicago News

Plainfield, Ill. - It has been four years, but there are still no answers for the family of a missing Plainfield mother.

Friday is the anniversary of Lisa Stebic's disappearance.

.........................snip..................... ............

May 19th would have been Lisa's 42nd birthday. Her family is still offering a $75,000 reward.

<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<full article and video at link>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

http://www.myfoxchicago.com/dpp/news/metro/lisa-stebic-plainfield-mother-still-missing-after-four-years-20110429

Reader
02-11-2012, 02:51 PM
Craig Stebic, Husband Of Missing Mom, Sued By Own Attorney

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2011/12/30/craig-stebic-husband-of-missing-mom-sued-by-own-attorney/

PLAINFIELD, Ill. (CBS) — An attorney for the husband of a missing Plainfield mother Lisa Stebic is taking his own client to court.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Dave Berner reports, Craig Stebic, whose wife was last seen in April 2007, is being sued by his longtime attorney, Dion Davi.
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On Dec. 22, Davi filed a petition asking for payment of $10,371 in fees, and filed a motion to withdraw as Craig Stebic’s attorney.
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A $75,000 reward has been on the table for information in the Stebic case.


More at link...

AmandaReckonwith
11-02-2013, 01:38 AM
http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/news/23483578-418/stebic-case-still-troubles-plainfield-police.html

The victim remains missing, the prime suspect still isn’t talking and the tips have run dry.

For the most part, tips have stopped coming in. Police get sporadic calls about Lisa’s whereabouts, Siegel said. Most are about locations they’ve already checked out, McQuaid said.

Often tips are sparked by a television show or a news story about the case, such as the Investigation Discovery segment on it that aired last week, though that episode did not bring in any new tips, Siegel said.


Lisa Stebic Case Archive:
http://s296.photobucket.com/user/crankycrankerson/library/#/user/crankycrankerson/library/Lisa%20Stebic%20%20-IL-?sort=6&page=1&_suid=138337062921709249790690569751


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