Missing Since: 04/30/07
Missing from: Plainfield, Illinois
Date Of Birth: 05/19/69
Age at disappearance: 38
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Brown
Distinguishing Characteristics: A small rose tattoo on her
ankle and a large butterfly on her lower back with the names
of her children.
Details of Disappearance
Lisa Stebic was last seen on April 30, 2007 at her home in Plainfield, Illinois. Her husband, Craig , was the last person known to have seen her and is now considered ‘a person of interest’ in her disappearance. The Stebic’s were going through a divorce. According to Mr. Stebic, their children had gone to a local store to buy candy when Lisa left the house and he was in the backyard and did not see her leave. Her cell phone and credit cards are also missing, but have not been used or located since her disappearance.
Plainfield Police Department
Family Website- http://www.findlisastebic.com
Three years after Lisa Stebic vanished, police are stepping up — not scaling back — their search for the missing Plainfield woman.
A new regional police task force that can field more than 80 detectives has started working with Plainfield police to determine what happened to the 37-year-old mother of two.
“It never hurts to have fresh eyes look at an investigation,” Plainfield Police Chief William Doster said Friday.
Stebic was last seen on April 30, 2007, while in the midst of a divorce from her husband, Craig Stebic, who has been named by police as a person of interest in her disappearance. Craig Stebic, who couldn’t be reached for comment Friday, retains custody of the couple’s children, now 13 and 15. To mark the anniversary of Lisa Stebic’s disappearance, Plainfield police announced they have joined forces with the Will/Grundy Major Crimes Task Force to solve the baffling case.
The two-county police task force launched last year draws experienced investigators and crime scene specialists from local police agencies to help smaller departments with difficult cases. The Plainfield department, for example, has five investigators.
“Criminal investigations can be very complex, dynamic and challenging. When you have a team of highly skilled, well-trained, seasoned detectives at your disposal, it only makes sense to bring them in,” said Joliet Police Chief Fred Hayes, who chairs the task force’s executive board.
Friends and relatives said they are hopeful the addition of new police investigators could help solve the case.
Family members said the time that has passed has only sharpened their pain over Lisa’s disappearance. “This has been an extremely difficult time,” said Stebic’s cousin Melanie Greenberg. “There’s a gaping hole in our family where Lisa used to be.”
The Will/Grundy Major Crimes Task Force will join the investigation into the disappearance of Lisa Stebic, authorities said today, the third anniversary of the day she was last seen.
The move means that the case will now be investigated by more than 80 new detectives who will try to determine what happened to the mother of two. New Plainfield Police Chief William Doster said he requested help from the task force because the case needs fresh eyes.
“One of the priorities I set for myself when I became chief was to review the Stebic files,” he said. “The investigation was very well done by my detectives. It never hurts to have fresh eyes look at an investigation.”
Doster said in three years, no one has seen any activity by Stebic: no cell phone use, no use of her credit cards, social security number or identification. That has led authorities to believe she was a victim of foul play.
Stebic was last seen on April 30, 2007, at her home in Plainfield. Her husband, Craig Stebic, was working in the yard and her two children had gone to the store for candy, said Melanie Greenberg, a spokeswoman for Lisa’s family and the missing woman’s cousin. When the children returned, Lisa Stebic was gone, and no one saw her again.
“She vanished seemingly into thin air,” Greenberg said, holding a picture of her cousin. “The person who wanted Lisa to go missing wanted to erase her. It’s been three years but we’re fighting just as hard for Lisa to be found.”
— Lolly Bowean
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