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    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.

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    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.


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    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.

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    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."

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

    POSTED: 6:39 pm CDT May 9, 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

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    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.

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    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.

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    May 10, 2007 6:08 am US/Central

    Friends: Missing Woman's Marriage Was Troubled
    One Friend Says Lisa Stebic's Husband Threatened Her Several Times
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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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    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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    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.

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    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.
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    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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    The search for Stebic: Authorities canvass nearby Lake Renwick

    May 10, 2007
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    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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    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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    Friends: Missing Woman's Marriage Was Troubled
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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.



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    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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    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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    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.

    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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