Lisa Stebic ~ Missing Since April 30, 2007
I didn’t remember hearing about her disappearance in 2007 but remember custody battles. When the body was found in the Des Plaines River recently, it was stated the remains could be Lisa Stebic or Stacy Peterson. Both women lived outside of Chicago, Stacy in Bolingbrook and Lisa in Plainfield. Both women are the same height and only a 20 pound difference in weight. Both deserve to come home.
Lisa Stebic, a 38 year old mother of 2, last seen by her husband, Craig, on April 30, 2007. Lisa worked at a local elementary school in the cafeteria. She had worked the last day seen and was home when her children got home from school. Craig was a former private investigator.
Lisa and Craig were in the process of divorcing but still living in the home together. On the day Lisa disappeared, she mailed a petition to her attorney seeking to have Craig removed from the home.
Craig filed for divorce in January 2007 and cited irrconciable differences. Lisa’s complaints against Craig were: “unnecessarily relentless, cruel, inconsiderate, domineering, and verbally abusive”.
It was reported that Lisa had a few dates with a divorced man in the weeks prior to her disappearance. It was not speculated she ran off with another man and left her children. Lisa’s family said she would never leave her children.
On the night Lisa disappeared, Craig was the last person to see Lisa. He had sent the kids to the local store to buy candy, leaving him alone in the house with Lisa. He stated he was working in their backyard. He said Lisa took her purse and her cell phone and left on foot. He later stated he thought Lisa was picked up for an exercise class or went to the gym. Her vehicle was still in the garage. Lisa’s cell phone, credit cards and bank account have not been used since her disappearance.
Blood was found on a tarp in Craig’s truck. He claims it was deer blood but 2 different law enforcement officers state the blood was Lisa’s. I found a Nancy Grace transcript where the blood was confirmed to be Lisa’s.
May 22, 2007: Craig was denied sole custody of Alexis (12) and Zachary (10).
October 20, 2007:Craig cut off all communication between the children and Lisa’s sisters. He had already barred her parents from the couple’s home and has not allowed his wife or their children to speak to them for the last two years. When they attended parties for extended family members, the children were not permitted to speak to their grandparents, who often were standing in the same room. No explanation was given. The children continue to live with Craig Stebic. I will update this story if I am able to find any more information concerning the custody issue.
Craig Stebic cooperated at the beginning of the investigation and turned over the family computer but he refused to submit to a polygraph test. His attorney told him it was an unscientific tool. Craig ordered his children not to speak with authorities about their mother. A few days after Craig was named person of interest in Lisa’s disappearance, he filed a motion to have the divorce proceedings dismissed.
If the blood was found in his truck, why hasn’t he been arrested? Finding blood is not necessarily a sign of death. If it had been a large quantity to suggest Lisa was deceased, it would possibily have been a different outcome. Also, it was not like in other cases, the smell of death. The grand jury failed to indict him during the 18 months in which they indicted Drew Peterson in the murder of his 3rd wife, Kathleen Savio. Prosecutors were forced to subpoena the children of Lisa because of Craig’s refusal to allow LE to question them. Craig brought the children to the Grand Jury hearing but was not allowed in the room at the time of questioning. Since the Grand Jury is sealed, it is unknown what the children were able to contribute to the investigation.
Here is another case of suspected controlling of a spouse. If Lisa were alive and just ran off as Craig stated, why did he file a motion to dismiss the divorce? As of this date, no charges have been filed against Craig and he continues to raise their children.
Illinois has two beautiful missing women who allegedly were married to controlling and domineering men. It must be very hard on each family awaiting the autopsy of the remains found so they can have closure. Unfortunately, only one will be able to have closure, at this time. I wish they could find both of them so that justice can be served.
Investigators continue to search Des Plaines River and continue to find more bones, one being a leg bone. This was just reported on the Nancy Grace Show.