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    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.
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    The Stebic Family, Craig, Lisa, Alexis, Zac, and Craig's dad, Joe enjoy a Family Outing aboard The Migrator.

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    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

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    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.
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    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.


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    "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.

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    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.


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

    By Mary Owen and Hal Dardick
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    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.



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    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.


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    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.
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    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.


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    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

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    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.

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    '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.
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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

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    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.

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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.


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    May 9, 2007 10:14 pm US/Central

    Vigil Held For Missing Plainfield Woman
    Meanwhile, Woman's Husband Temporarily Seeking Sole Custody Of Children Who Already Live With Him
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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.


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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.

    ~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:

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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?

    (Story continues below)
    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.

    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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    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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