Farmington Hills, Southfield
May calls attention to missing people
Danielle Stislicki still missing, Southfield woman found safe
By Kayla Dimick and Sherri Kolade
Missing Farmington Hills woman Danielle Stislicki’s uncle, Chris Paliewicz, and her parents, Richard and Ann Stislicki, sing “This Little Light of Mine” Dec. 10 at a candlelight vigil outside the place Stislicki was last seen, 25300 Telegraph Road in Southfield. Stislicki was last seen Dec. 2, and the search for her remains ongoing.
Posted May 17, 2017
SOUTHFIELD/FARMINGTON HILLS — According to the Michigan State Police, there are over 4,300 active missing person cases in Michigan.
To shed light on the number of missing people in the state and hopefully decrease that number, local law enforcement and elected officials have designated May as Michigan Missing Persons Awareness Month.
Detective Sgt. Sarah Krebs, of the Michigan State Police, said in a news release that on top of the thousands of active cases of missing people in Michigan, police are also working on nearly 300 unsolved unidentified remains cases. However, more than 70 missing people cases have been resolved since 2011, she said.
“Our goal is to ensure families of the missing, law enforcement and members of the community are working together to get answers and provide the justice that the missing deserve,” Krebs said in a written statement. “These cases won’t go cold if we don’t let them.”
In support of the MSP’s efforts, Gov. Rick Snyder proclaimed May as Missing Persons Awareness Month.
Snyder said in a written statement that nationally there are as many as 86,500 cases of people who are missing.
It is important to draw attention to such cases, Snyder said, because of the devastation that victims’ families feel and because the cases often challenge law enforcement’s resources.
“Missing Persons Awareness Month provides the families held victim by a loved one’s disappearance a chance to be recognized. It is also an important opportunity to learn more about missing persons and to show support for the numerous organizations and individuals providing advocacy efforts, services and assistance to bring missing persons home,” Snyder said in a prepared statement.
Earlier this month, the MSP hosted its annual Missing in Michigan event in Livonia. Members from the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System were on hand to update their nationwide, searchable internet database for missing people and unidentified human remains. Child ID kits were provided at no cost to families.
One of those individuals in the NamUS database is missing Farmington Hills woman Danielle Stislicki.
Stislicki, 28, has been missing since Dec. 2, 2016. Local and national police agencies have been conducting an investigation to find Stislicki, who was last seen leaving MetLife, her place of employment, in Southfield.
Her loved ones and hundreds of community members are wondering still: Where is she?
Although Stislicki was last seen in Southfield, according to Farmington Hills police, her vehicle was left at her home at Independence Green Apartments in Farmington Hills, in the area of Halsted Road and Grand River Avenue.
Stislicki is described as white with brown, wavy, medium-length hair. She is 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs 123 pounds.
She was last seen dressed in blue jeans, a black zip-up shirt, a blue Eddie Bauer coat and burgundy boots. She has a fish tattoo on her hip, a constellation tattoo on her shoulder, a peacock tattoo on the lower left side of her back, and a candy, peanuts and popcorn tattoo on her foot.
After leaving work in Southfield around 5 p.m. Dec. 2, Police Chief Chuck Nebus said, Stislicki planned on stopping at her apartment in Farmington Hills before meeting a friend to make dinner. When Stislicki did not show, Nebus said, her friend became concerned and started calling and texting Stislicki.
After several attempts to get a hold of her, the friend then went to Stislicki’s apartment around 6 p.m. Dec. 3, which is where she discovered Stislicki’s vehicle, a black 2015 Jeep Renegade with the Michigan license plate DGH 8957. Nebus said Stislicki’s personal items were still in the vehicle. Police then launched an investigation.
Nebus commented on her disappearance relating to Missing Persons Awareness Month.
He said in an email that the FHPD has made progress on the case.
“We continue to assemble the pieces of the puzzle, one piece at a time, every week. We remain optimistic the case will be solved,” Nebus said. “We are still gathering evidence, following up leads and still taking potential new pieces of possible evidence to crime labs.”
The FHPD is still working closely with the FBI, the Michigan State Police, the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office and other local partners, he said.
“We remain committed to seeking justice for Danielle and the Stislicki family. We are not going to share our evidence or risk jeopardizing the integrity of the case, including educating a perpetrator. This is not a cold case investigation,” he said.
Police are also looking for Stislicki’s phone, a Samsung Galaxy Core Prime in a rose-colored case, and a keychain with a charm — a yellow smiley face with a green body and yellow-and-white arms — and two keys.
In early April, Southfield police were seeking the public’s assistance in locating 27-year-old Arlisa Johnson, of Southfield.
Deputy Chief Nick Loussia, of the Southfield Police Department, said recently that Johnson has been found safe.
Loussia said previously that Johnson was last seen leaving her home in Southfield around 11 a.m. March 28. The woman was last heard from the same day around 4 p.m., when she spoke with her aunt by phone.
Previously, Loussia said it was unusual for Johnson to not have any communication with her family.
“She was found safe with a male companion,” Loussia said.
For more information on Missing in Michigan, visit www.michigan.gov/missinginmichigan.
Anyone with information on Stislicki is asked to call the command desk at the Farmington Hills Police Department, (248) 871-2610. The line is manned 24/7, Nebus said.
About the author
Staff Writer Sherri Kolade covers Farmington, Farmington Hills, Farmington Public Schools, and Oakland Community College for the Press. Sherri Kolade has worked for C & G Newspapers since 2013 and graduated from Central Michigan University.
About the author
Staff Writer Kayla Dimick covers Southfield, Lathrup Village and Southfield Public Schools. Kayla has worked for C & G Newspapers since 2014 and attended Oakland University and St. Clair County Community College.
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