LISA STEBIC UPDATE:Family makes plea for kids

Court to consider visitation request

January 15, 2008
By JANET LUNDQUIST The Herald News

Article Source-NapervilleSun:suburbanchicagonews

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 his and Lisa’s 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.

State gives rights
Illinois law states that a grandparent, great-grandparent or adult sibling of a minor child can file a petition for visitation rights if visitation has been unreasonably denied by a parent, and if the other parent has been missing for at least three months.[Full story]

UPDATE: Lisa Stebic-Family of missing Plainfield woman to ask Michigan deer hunters for help

By Jo Napolitano Tribune staff reporter
November 13, 2007
Source:Chicago Tribune

I have combined two updates here, one dated Nov. 8th regarding the Stebic children having to testify and one Nov. 13th about how they plan to pass out fliers to hunters.   

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.

Lisa Stebic, 37, was divorcing when she vanished from her family home April 30. Her estranged husband, Craig, who was one of the last people to see her, is a hunter, and his family spent part of each year in the Upper Peninsula. He has been identified by police as a person of interest in the case, but he has denied any involvement.

Melanie Greenberg, Lisa Stebic’s cousin, said family members plan to distribute 300 hand warmers with Lisa’s picture and police contact information at a breakfast held each year in Crystal Falls, Mich., to kick off firearm deer hunting season.

“Everyone tells you when you are looking for a missing person that you need to look at the places where they spent the most time,” Greenberg said. “Lisa spent a lot of time up there.”

Greenberg said she hopes the hunters, who usually cover a wide area, might stumble across information that will help police find Lisa Stebic.

“They’re going places people haven’t been all summer and, with the change of seasons . . . things that may have been overgrown could be more revealed now,” Greenberg said.

Greenberg said she has had no contact with Craig Stebic but he has complained about tfliers and billboards bearing Lisa Stebic’s picture—in the Chicago area and in the Upper Peninsula. He has said they upset the couple’s two children.

November 8, 2007
BY JANET LUNDQUIST Herald News
Source: Chicago Sun Times 

Stebic, kids at courthouse to testify before panel: sources
MISSING MOM | Officials only confirm probe is ongoing

Craig Stebic and his children reportedly were at the Will County Courthouse on Wednesday to testify before a grand jury, sources say.

Authorities have been trying to interview the children of missing mother Lisa Stebic, who seemingly vanished without a trace April 30 from her Plainfield home.

Will County state’s attorney spokesman Charles Pelkie declined to comment Wednesday except to say the Stebic case is an active investigation and is one of several high priorities for the office.

Plainfield Police Chief Don Bennett also declined to comment on the case. He said investigators still want to talk to the Stebic children about their mother’s disappearance.

Aside from a preliminary interview, Craig Stebic has blocked police from talking to his children, ages 11 and 12, under the advice of Dion Davi, his lawyer.

In July, police said they were focusing their investigation on Craig Stebic, naming him a “person of interest” in his wife’s disappearance. Stebic has not been charged in connection with the case.

When asked Wednesday whether he was at the Will County Courthouse, Craig Stebic said, “I don’t know” and that it was not a good time to talk. “I don’t have anything to say right now.”

Desperate for answers in Lisa Stebic’s disappearance, her family has urged her husband to allow interviews with his children. Initially, authorities said they wanted to talk to the children at a child advocacy center, but Davi advised Craig Stebic not to allow it.

In September, Plainfield investigators met with members of the state’s attorney’s office to review the case.

Sun-Times News Group

Lisa Stebic added to FBI’s missing person Web site

October 4, 2007

The FBI on Wednesday added pictures of Stebic, a 1987 graduate of Libertyville High School, and information about her disappearance to its kidnapped and missing persons Web site, http://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.

In September, the FBI page listing missing and kidnapped persons got 250,000 views. The fbi.gov Web site gets between two million and three million visits a month.

The FBI has helped Plainfield police since Stebic was first reported missing last spring. The missing person case remains Plainfield’s jurisdiction, Rice said.   Continued…> >

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