Stebic agrees to let kids see missing wife’s family

July 4, 2008

Article Source : Chicago Sun Times

PLAINFIELD | Her relatives had filed suit to visit the children

Lisa Stebic’s relatives will be able to visit her two young children under an agreement reached with her estranged husband, attorneys said Thursday.

The agreement appears to end a legal battle that began last November, when family members of the missing Plain- field woman filed suit in Will County, seeking court-ordered visitation with her children

Since April 30, 2007 Lisa Stebic when she vanished from her home, Lisa’s parents have been battling Lisa’s husband for the right too see the grandchildren but the children’s father, Craig, has done everything he possibly could to keep the children at bay. 

[ Why has he been so adamant about the kids seeing their maternal grandparents? Makes one wonder if he is afraid of something they might say that would or could definitely incriminate him.  Naturally these statement’s are my own and not to be taken as factual, just my own opinions.  I can’t in reality see why her husband wouldn’t want to keep them apart.  Does he have anything to hide?????………flagranny2 ]

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Lisa Stebic:9-week search for Plainfield mom shifts to state park today

July 7, 2007
BY DAN ROZEK Staff Reporter

Police and volunteers are conducting a massive sweep today through the 1,350-acre Silver Springs State Park near Yorkville to look for the 38-year-old Stebic, who vanished from her home on April 30.

Three searches in Plainfield haven’t turned up any sign of Stebic, a mother of two young children whose estranged husband told police he last saw her leaving the home the family still shared.

Plainfield Police and the Plainfield Emergency Management Agency are leading the search, which is targeting the sprawling state park because Stebic and her family had visited there before.

“It’s a place the family went to frequently,” Plainfield Deputy Police Chief Mark Eiting said.

But investigators — and Stebic’s relatives — are hoping for lots of help from volunteers to thoroughly check the park, which sprawls along the Fox River and includes thick forest and open grasslands.

“It’s going to take a lot of people to find someone there,” said Leigh Harris, a family friend who is helping coordinate search efforts. “If she’s out there, we hope someone stumbles across some hint of her.”

Nearly 50 people have signed up on the family’s Web site, FindLisa

Stebic.com, to volunteer for the search. But Harris expects more volunteers to turn out this morning for the daylong sweep.

Volunteers wanting to take part in the search must assemble by 9 a.m. today at the Kendall County Fairgrounds near Yorkville for a safety briefing, police said.

Investigators have released few details about her disappearance, though family members — who have posted a reward of more than $60,000 — said she wouldn’t have voluntarily left her children.

Police turn to TV and the news videos to help in Stebic case

June 20, 2007

Stebic, 38, has been missing since April 30. She was last seen at her Plainfield home about 6 p.m. that day. Her cell phone and credit cards have not been used since.

Deputy Police Chief Mark Eiting said Tuesday there were no new leads or suspects in the investigation into her disappearance.

The department also paid $20.41 to Yahoo to access Internet postings looking for workout partners that Lisa Stebic possibly made on an exercise Web site before she disappeared. Nothing significant was found, Eiting said.

Reward increased

Area residents and businesses continue working to keep Stebic’s case in the public eye.

Jimmy John’s restaurant in Plainfield will host a fund-raiser Sunday for the Lisa Stebic and Children’s Fund, a reward fund set up at First National Bank in Plainfield.

The reward for information on Stebic’s disappearance was started with $50,000 from Stebic’s family. About $3,000 has been added through donations from the public. If the reward is never claimed, it will become a college fund for the Stebics’ two children.

Anyone with information on Stebic’s disappearance is asked to call the Plainfield Police Department at (815) 267-7217 or Will County Crime Stoppers at (800) 323-6734.

Sun-Times News Group

Bones Found During Search for Missing Illinois Mom Lisa Stebic

Wednesday, June 13, 2007


The Kendall County, Ill., coroner on Wednesday will analyze bones found during the search for the missing mom who disappeared April 30.

Local news outlets reported that friends of Stebic found the bones that police say likely are from an animal as they searched for her Tuesday in Silver Springs State Park in Kendall County.

The four bones were found almost exactly to the point indicated on a map of the 1,350-acre park a psychic hired by Stebic’s friend and coworkers had drawn, The Naperville Sun reported.

Some of Stebic’s co-workers at the Lincoln Elementary School cafeteria, acting on advice from a psychic, searched the park and another site Sunday and returned Tuesday to the park near Yorkville, The Herald News reported.

Kim Young, a coworker of Stebic’s, told The Naperville Sun the psychic contacted her with a “vision” and only wants to help. She said Stebic, her husband, Craig, and her children often came to the park.

Click here to read The Herald News report

The park was just one area searched. Stebic’s coworker Betty Stubner told a local CBS affiliate that with the investigation seemingly stalled, saarching a construction site mentioned by the psychic seemed like the right thing to do.

“We’ve tried everything else,”  a Stubner told CBS2 in Chicago.”  All the ladies pooled their information together and we thought a psychic wouldn’t hurt.” 

They next plan to contact Sylvia Brown, a nationally known psychic of whom Stebic was a fan, CBS2 reported.

After the school workers found the bones, Kendall County sheriff’s deputies secured the area until a Plainfield investigator and evidence technician arrived.

Meanwhile, in an effort to raise money for The Lisa Stebic and Children’s Fund, the Plainfield Jaycees were to host a “Find Lisa” car wash on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. EDT. On July 1, the Plainfield and Midwest Regional chapters of the Jaycees were to sponsor a “Find Lisa” pancake breakfast.

A $50,000 reward has been offered for information leading to Stebic’s return.

The missing mother of two last was seen April 30. Craig Stebic told police he was in the backyard when Lisa Stebic presumably was picked up by someone to go to exercise class. Her two children, 10 and 12, were not home at the time.

Police have not yet named a suspect or person of interest in the case and told FOXNews.com that Craig Stebic no longer is talking to police about the investigation into his wife’s disappearance.
                                                        Click here to read The Naperville Sun report

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

Missing Mom, Lisa Stebic’s husband denied sole custody of children

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Story Highlights

-Husband denied sole custody
-Blood on tarp claims it is animal
-Friend says Craig was verbally abusive
-Possibly another man?
-Financial problem

See previous posts –
-“Illinois Mom Was Trying to Oust Husband From Home When She Disappeared”
Family not yet casting blame

JOLIET, Ill. — The husband of missing Illinois mom Lisa Stebic was denied sole custody of the couple’s two children Tuesday. Craig Stebic’s lawyer, Dion Davi, filed the legal motion after Lisa disappeared, arguing that his client was afraid that if and when Lisa ever came back, she may take off again, this time, with the children — Alexis, 12, and Zachary, 10. In family court on Tuesday, Davi argued that while Lisa has been missing for three weeks, she has not assisted with any parenting responsibilities.

Lisa’s attorneys have filed on her behalf requesting that petition be denied. Judge Joseph Polito ruled that Craig’s case had no merit and struck his motion from consideration.

Lisa’s attorney, Glenn Kahn, told reporters after the hearing that the judgment has no impact on the kids and that they will remain under Craig’s care, since he still has all of his legal rights.

But Davi countered that, saying it’s “unfortunate” the court ruled this way, because Craig is subject to the loss of certain rights if his wife were to take the kids to another jurisdiction without his permission.

“There’s the other possibility that Lisa is out there and she is a runaway estranged woman and she has legal rights to take the children and do what she wishes with the children,” Davi told reporters. “That is a concern to me.”

But Lisa’s husband’s cousin, Melanie Greenberg, said the idea that Lisa ran away on her own is absurd, and that she would never leave her children. She said the idea that Lisa’s abductor — if she was abducted — would take the kids is also improbable.

Greenberg said she doesn’t think Craig has received the best legal advice from his attorney and she doesn’t understand why he would petition for sole custody of the children while his wife was missing.

Lisa was last seen at about 6 p.m. April 30 at her Red Star Drive home in Plainfield, Ill., and was seeking a divorce from Craig.

Davi said he has the option to refile the motion should a fresh set of allegations surface. But for now, he and Craig will refrain from further legal filings as the investigation continues.

Meanwhile, The Joliet Herald News reported that Craig said the blood recently found in his truck by police is animal blood.

“We do a lot of hunting,” Craig told the Herald News Monday, adding that any blood in his truck is likely from a dead animal. “I know there’s blood all over the back of the truck. For them to find blood in the back of the truck doesn’t surprise me a bit.”

Davi could not confirm that Craig said the blood on the tarp was from a deer. But two different law enforcement sources told FOX News the blood was Lisa’s.

But Davi told FOX News that it’s not yet clear whether the tarp was the cause of a May 14 warrant to search the home, or if such a tarp even existed. Davi said that after two searches of the Stebic home earlier this month, he received from police an itemized list of what was taken from the home, which included the family computer. The tarp was not on the list for either of those two searches

That means it may be something else police found after those two searches that prompted the May 14 warrant.

Davi told FOX News that his client maintains his innocence. Craig has not been named a suspect or a person of interest by police. He gave police the family’s computer but would not submit to a lie-detector test on the advice of his divorce attorney.

Davi said he has never asked his client whether he had a role in his wife’s disappearance.

Craig’s father owns a cabin in Michigan, which has also been searched by police. Davi said Craig did go to the cabin the weekend before Lisa disappeared, but he doesn’t know if Craig was deer hunting.

Davi said his client has become an easy target and there are a number of other leads police need to investigate, aside from Craig.

“It’s possible Craig was set up,” Davi said, adding that investigators and others need to have an open mind and not be led by tunnel vision during the investigation.

Another Man, Possible Money Problems

FOX News confirmed with law enforcement and some of Lisa’s friends that she began seeing a divorced man sometime within the month before her April 30 disappearance. The two had only been on a few dates but they saw each other the weekend before Lisa disappeared. Police have questioned him and they say he has fully cooperated thus far.

Meanwhile, Lisa’s cousin says her family is holding off casting blame on who may be responsible for her disappearance until evidence proves exactly what happened to her.

“The police have not told us they have a suspect,” Mark Greenberg told FOX News on Monday. “The people pointing fingers at this point are the media.

He added: “We just have to hold out hope as long as we possibly can.”

Lisa disappeared while her husband was in the backyard and her two children were out. Lisa was reported missing by her husband the next day. Craig said he believes someone picked her up. Since then, there has been no activity on her cell phone or credit cards. Her car never left the driveway.

“She never went anywhere without her car,” one of Lisa’s coworkers at a nearby school cafeteria told FOX News.

Divorce proceedings began in December. The couple has lived in the same house since then but rarely spoke.

” Lisa was trying to have her husband evicted from their home so the family could “live in peace,” according to a petition for temporary eviction filed by the missing mom. That stated he was being “unnecessarily relentless, cruel, inconsiderate, domineering and verbally abusive.” His behavior was “jeopardizing the mental well-being” of their children, she wrote.

“He would just degrade her, say mean things to her and constantly yell at her and the kids,” Ruby Zegar, Lisa’s friend at the school, told FOX News. “She was literally scared of him.”

But Davi denies any abuse allegations and has said Lisa was never in danger from her husband.

Authorities say that it’s unlikely that Lisa is still alive, but they added that no matter what it takes, they will find her.

“I do expect us to locate the location of Lisa Stebic,” Plainfield Police Commander Mike Altenhoff told FOX News. “‘Because I’ve got a 10-year-old and a 12-year-old child in that house that wants to know where their mother is.

” Meanwhile, The Naperville Sun reported that the Stebics may have been going through financial difficulties. Their mortgages exceeded their home value, and, according to the petition Lisa filed to evict Craig from the family home, she earns less than $10,000 a year as a lunchroom worker while her husband earned more than $80,000 annually at his union job.

The newspaper reported that the couple’s history of taking multiple mortgages on their Plainfield home and later refinancing for larger amounts shows they were looking for cash.

Click here to read The Naperville Sun story

FOX News’ Steve Brown, Marla Cichowski, Jeff Goldblatt and Megyn Kelly contributed to this report.

Family of Lisa Stebic Not Yet Casting Blame (update to previous post)

Monday, May 21, 2007

See previous post – “Illinois Mom Was Trying to Oust Husband From Home When She Disappeared”

3_61_stebic_lisa.jpg The cousin of missing Illinois mom Lisa Stebic says her family is holding off casting blame on who may be responsible for her disappearance until evidence proves exactly what happened to her.

“The police have not told us they have a suspect,” Mark Greenberg told FOX News on Monday. “The people pointing fingers at this point are the media.”

Plainfield, Ill., police were able to obtain a warrant to search Stebic’s home on May 14. Local news reports said they obtained the warrant because they had found traces of her blood on a tarp in her husband’s vehicle.

But Dion Davi, the attorney for Stebic’s husband, Craig, told FOX News that it’s not yet clear whether the tarp was the cause for the warrant. Davi said that after two searches of the Stebic home earlier this month, he received from police an itemized list of what was taken from the home, which included the family computer. The tarp was not on the list for either of those two searches.

That means it may be something else police found after those two searches that prompted the May 14 warrant.

Unnamed police sources, as reported in local newspapers like The Naperville Sun and the Joliet Herald News, had said officials used the blood evidence to obtain the warrant by positing a scenario that her husband Craig, an avid hunter, might have used the tarp to transport his wife’s body from the home.

Charles Pelkie, spokesman for Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow, would neither confirm nor deny the report for the Sun, saying that “the contents of the warrant are under court seal.”

But FOX News confirmed that the car the blood was found in was one of the family’s two vehicles, a 2002 Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck. The family’s other car was a 2004 four-door Saturn Ion. Both were registered to Craig Stebic, but Lisa used the Saturn. Both have been confiscated by police.

Craig Stebic has never been named a formal suspect in the case and has been compliant with police requests, according to Michelle Sigona, a correspondent for America’s Most Wanted, which has profiled the Stebics’ case. Craig Stebic gave police the family’s computer but would not submit to a lie-detector test on the advice of his attorney, Sigona told FOX News. His divorce lawyer has advised him against submitting to the test.

“We just have to hold out hope as long as we possibly can,” Greenberg told FOX News on Monday.

He said Lisa’s family was “very concerned” about the couple’s children, ages 10 and 12, and how they’re holding up while their mother is missing. Greenberg said Craig Stebic brought the children to stay with another relative two weekends ago to take a break from the media frenzy surrounding the case.

“It’s very important we try to preserve as much of a normal life as possible for these children,” Greenberg said.

On Saturday, friends and family of Lisa Stebic gathered for a candlelight vigil to mark the mother of two’s 38th birthday.

FOX News’ Steve Brown contributed to this report.