By Jo Napolitano Tribune staff reporter
November 13, 2007
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