Lisa Stebic is a mother of two who mysteriously vanished from Plainview, Illinois. She worked locally as a cafeteria aid at Lincoln Elementary School. Lisa was 37 years old at the time she went missing.
Leading up to her disappearances Lisa and her husband, Craig, were headed toward divorce. The couple had been married for 14 years. The couple had had a domestic disturbance in October 2006, but no arrests were ever made. On April 29, 2007, Lisa had a private conversation with a neighbor where she expressed concern for her safety. Lisa told her neighbor that Craig had threatened to kill her.
The day Lisa went missing. April 30, 2007, was a relatively normal day for Lisa. She went to work at Lincoln Elementary that afternoon. After her shift, she went to a local Jimmy Johns to grab a sandwich for herself before heading back home. Part of Lisa’s usual routine was to pick up one of her children from school.
Her husband, Craig returns home from work at 5:40 pm, and claims this is the last time he sees Lisa. After returning home, Craig gave the kids money to get candy from a nearby Walgreens before going outside to work in the backyard. Typically, Lisa would work out at the North Plainfield High School in the evening. On this evening, Craig told police that Lisa must have gotten a ride or went to her class on foot because her car was still parked in the garage. However, Lisa never showed up to her workout class that evening. This was odd for her, as Lisa enjoyed working out and was known to do it 3-4 times a week.
When she was declared missing. The next morning, Lisa’s co-workers got a call from Craig asking if they had seen or spoken to her. They did not hear from Lisa that morning. Lisa was reported missing by a neighbor on May 1, 2007. A short time later, the search begins. When police arrived at the Stebic residence located on the 13200 block of Red Star Drive, Lisa’s car was still on the property. Lisa’s phone has never been recovered and per police analysis, her phone was not used since her disappearance. There has been no activity on her credit cards or bank account. Craig did permit police to look through his computer via forensic analysis.
But, Craig's willingness to cooperate changed quickly. On May 8, 2007, Craig refused a polygraph test and then refused all future interviews with law enforcement involving him and his two children in relation to Lisa’s disappearance.
On May 20, 2007, police found a small amount of blood on a tarp in Craig’s 2002 Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck, while Craig told police it was leftover blood from deer hunting in their upstate Michigan home. When the blood was tested it came back as Lisa’s blood.
Craig has been named as a person of interest as of July 12, 2007, in her case but has never been arrested. In July 2007, a video was leaked of a local news reporter who was covering the case, Amy Jacobson using the Stebic pool. Jacobson claims she was invited as part of her investigation.
In December 2007, another local woman, Stacey Peterson went missing which dominated national headlines and shifted the focus from Lisa Stebic to Stacey Peterson.
Where the case stands today. Lisa’s case remains unsolved. There have been no arrests in the case. Police believe it is unlikely that she is still alive. However, the family has not given up hope.
Lisa is described as a white female being 5’2” tall, with brown hair and brown eyes, and weighing approximately 125 pounds. She also has a tattoo of a rose on her ankle, a pink heart on her belly, and a butterfly with her children's names (Zach and Lexi) on her mid-back area. She may be using her maiden name, Lisa Ruttenberg.