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Lisa Stebic’s husband refuses to cooperate with police
Meanwhile investigators in the Plainfield, Ill. continue to look for Lisa Stebic, the 37-year-old missing mother of two that was last seen by her estranged husband on the evening of April 30th. Stebic’s husband, Craig, who was to be served papers evicting him from the home they shared with their children, said he had sent their children to the store. According to one media account, he last saw her walk out of their home carrying only her cell phone and purse.

Lisa, like Paige Birgfeld, has not been seen since. One unconfirmed media report indicates that traces of Lisa’s blood was found on a tarp in the back of Craig’s pick-up truck, a vehicle friends say she never rode in. Some are aware that these same friends recalled Lisa saying that Craig said that if she ever left him, "he could make her disappear," a remark that obviously got law enforcement’s attention. Craig has steadfastly refused to allow his children to be interviewed by investigators. Now the local district attorney must decide to if there’s a need to force this issue through a grand jury investigation. One would include an interview of the children by the grand jury, something that most investigators believe would be far less desirable than an interview by a qualified child psychologist.

MSNBC video
The search for a missing mom
May 18: MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski talks to former FBI profiler Clint Van Zandt about the disappearance of Lisa Stebic.

Amy Jacobsen, a local NBC affiliate television reporter, was fired when a rival television station filmed her in a bikini visiting poolside with Craig Stebic and his sister. Jacobsen says she was attempting to develop the story. Some called her investigative tactics unethical. Others question who was more unethical in this case: Jacobsen for her attempts to pry information from the Stebics, or the rival television station for spying on Jacobsen.

Meanwhile, Lisa Stebic is still missing.

Prospective law school student still missing in Florida
And in yet another high profile missing persons case, Florida police has apparently run out of good leads in the disappearance of 22-year-old recent John Jay College honors graduate Stepha Henry, last seen at a club in Ft. Lauderdale on May 29. The man who took her to the club says he lost track of her that night and that the borrowed car he used to take her to the club is also missing. Although his story sounds shaky at best, police have yet to name a “person of interest” in this case.

The reward offered for the return of Stepha, all of the above women, and many other missing persons across the U.S., are still unclaimed.

Clint Van Zandt is a former FBI Agent, behavioral profiler and hostage negotiator as well as an MSNBC Analyst. His web site provides readers with security related information.

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