Lisa Stebic’s Husband Refuses Polygraph Test

Reward Offered For Information Leading To Stebic

PLAINFIELD, Ill. — Police said the husband of a missing Plainfield woman has now refused to take a lie detector test.

Authorities say that Lisa Stebic’s credit cards and cell phone have not been used since her disappearance one week ago.

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

Plainfield Police Chief Don Bennett said even though a polygraph is inadmissible in court, “it’s an investigative tool that certainly we look at that can substantiate when it’s just his word of what transpired.”

Craig Stebic, the husband of Lisa Stebic, was also refusing to go into the police station for further interviews, NBC5’s Amy Jacobson reported.

“He’s asked that they not interview the kids, that he’s not willing to go back into the station for another interview,” said Lisa Stebic’s cousin, Mark Greenberg. “As far as I know, he is still otherwise cooperating, but we would ask Craig, and have asked him to reconsider that because, obviously, there may be things he knows that the police still need to know.”

Police said Craig Stebic told them he got home at 5:40 p.m. the night of the disappearance, sending the children out with some money so they could buy candy a few minutes after that. An hour later, Lisa Stebic had disappeared.

Craig Stebic did not return a phone call, Jacobson reported.

Lisa Stebic’s family is offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to her whereabouts as of Monday.

On Sunday, more than 100 people turned out for a search of the area around the woman’s home.

The mother of two was living with her husband in that suburb while the two were in the process of a divorce.

Relatives said, however, that Stebic was doing well under the circumstances.

“They spoke to her just a few days before she went missing and she was in very good spirits,” said Stebic’s cousin, Melanie Greenberg.

Stebic’s husband, Craig, was not out at the search on Sunday.

Police are also seeking the public’s help in searching for Stebic, who seemingly vanished without a trace last week.

Authorities said Friday they are stepping up efforts by distributing fliers, and friends and family started a Web site — http://www.FindLisaStebic.com — hoping it will help as well.

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.

Craig Stebic said he hasn’t seen his wife since she left the house with her purse and cell phone at about 6 p.m. Monday. She left on foot or was picked up because she didn’t drive her car, he said.

“It’s been, like, three days now. It’s getting a little crazy,” he said, his eyes red and watery. He held a crumpled tissue as he spoke.

“Somebody’s got to see her somewhere,” he said. “You just don’t drop off the face of the earth.”

The couple, married 14 years with a 10-year-old son and a 12-year-old daughter, is divorcing and had not talked much over the last six months, Stebic said.

Police were called to the house once in 2006 for a non-violent verbal fight, Eiting said. No one was arrested.

Stebic said his wife had been going out almost every night, but always came home by 10 or 11 p.m. and always went to work during the day.

Lisa Stebic is a Sodexho Food Service worker at Lincoln Elementary School. She is a responsible employee and calls in if she is running even five minutes late for her shift, said Eloise Stopka, general manager of Sodexho Food Service for the school district.

“She’s always been tremendously dependable and just a beautiful person,” she said.One of the Stebics’ neighbors, who asked to remain anonymous, said she is used to seeing Lisa come home from work each day at about 2 p.m. and leave again at about 4 p.m.

“This week was unusual because I didn’t see her at all,” she said.Stebic said he has called Lisa’s cell phone repeatedly, from his phone and their children’s cell phones, but it goes directly to voice mail.

Police said she has not used her cell phone or credit cards since Monday.

“For her to take off without the kids … is not (in her character),” Craig Stebic said. “To miss work, too, is not in her character. She didn’t miss work.

“Described as 5 feet 2 inches tall, 125 lbs. with brown hair and eyes, Lisa often worked out in the evenings, possibly at Plainfield North High School.

Last month she posted a profile on aerobicfriends.com seeking female friends to work out with. On the profile she said she wanted to include her children in her exercise. She also posted to health.exercisefriends.com, asking how she could find running or walking partners in her area.

Eiting said police are aware of her Internet posts and are checking any contacts she made through the sites.Anyone with information about Stebic’s whereabouts is asked to call Detective Sgt. Troy Kivisto at 815-267-7217.

On The Net: http://www.FindLisaStebic.com

source of information: nbc5,com

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