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Missing Mom: Cops Obtain Search Warrants for Lisa Stebic's House

This is a rush transcript from "On the Record ," May 16, 2007. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, HOST: Why did police raid the home of Lisa and Craig Stebic? You have been following this case closely with us. Lisa Stebic, of course, is the mother of two. She vanished more than two weeks ago. Lisa and her husband, Craig, are divorcing, but oddly, despite that decision to divorce five months ago, they've been living in the same house together. After she vanished two weeks ago, Craig quickly filed for sole custody of their children.

So what's up now?

Joining us, Chicago Tribune staff reporter Jo Nepolitano. Jo, any news? I know that there's been an execution of a warrant. When — or a search warrant. When was that?

JO NEPOLITANO, CHICAGO TRIBUNE: That was late Monday night. I believe it started around 11:45 in the evening and carried on well into Tuesday morning.

VAN SUSTEREN: Do you know how long they were actually at the house and whether anything was removed from the house?

NEPOLITANO: I was — I believe they were at the house approximately four-and-a-half hours, and I'm not sure if anything was removed.

VAN SUSTEREN: Do you know why it was done late at night, 11:45? I mean, obviously, it seems that — I mean, it seems peculiar. Maybe there's some reason to have a surprise factor, but that's a big surprise.

NEPOLITANO: Yes, I actually asked that same question, and I was told that was when the warrant kind of became available. I couldn't really pin police down on why they chose that specific time. But apparently, Craig and his two children were home at the time.

VAN SUSTEREN: You know, it's terrible to ask this question constantly, but you can't help but ask it. The husband — I mean, you always look at the family members. Is he considered to be — he's not a suspect. He's not a person of interest. But is he cooperating?

NEPOLITANO: I believe, initially, when this happened, he was really open about talking with police and he did for several days. Then he kind of — he asked his divorce attorney, Dion Davi, to kind of help him out as he deals with police. And so at that point, he was kind of less willing to talk with them without Davey's presence.

VAN SUSTEREN: And of course, people have asked about a polygraph, which is not necessarily the end-all or it's not truth serum, but nonetheless, he has backed off taking one, is that right, Jo?

NEPOLITANO: Yes, that's correct. His attorney said polygraphs are not reliable. They're often not admissible in court. They could lead to false results, and that's really not what he needs to be doing right now.

VAN SUSTEREN: Jo, thank you.

Joining us, Plainfield police chief Don Bennett. Chief, any update in the search for this woman?

CHIEF DON BENNETT, PLAINFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT: No, Greta, we have no additional leads or information on Lisa's whereabouts.

VAN SUSTEREN: Do you — now, she left, apparently, about — or at least, the husband says left about 6:00 o'clock at night to go out. Her car is still there, is that right, Chief?

BENNETT: It was there, Greta. We took...

VAN SUSTEREN: Until it was seized. It...

BENNETT: Right.

VAN SUSTEREN: All right. I'm sorry. You seized it though, right?

BENNETT: That is correct.

VAN SUSTEREN: Have you gone through the car yet?

BENNETT: We were working on that today with forensic people from the FBI.

VAN SUSTEREN: Is there an active search going on for her, or is this sort of like — have people now assumed that there is foul play and this is more of a criminal investigation?

BENNETT: Well, for the last two weeks, we have done extensive search both in the immediate area around Lisa's house, we've checked waterways with divers. We've done a lot in that area. And nothing has turned up, and so we need to take another direction in this case, have to make an assumption that she may not have left on her own free will. And so we started out at the home, and we're working out from there.

VAN SUSTEREN: Have you spoken to the children?

BENNETT: Not since the initial report.

VAN SUSTEREN: Were they helpful?

BENNETT: Not necessarily, but they had not a lot of information to share.

VAN SUSTEREN: All right. And obviously, it's horribly traumatic to them, and I will, you know, probe no further about questioning them because I know it's tough for the kids. Chief, thank you, and good luck, sir.

BENNETT: Thank you.

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