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 Ann and Rich Stislicki, the parents of Danielle Stislicki, watch the proceedings at a March 6 hearing in their daughter’s case at the 47th District Court in Farmington Hills. Stislicki, 28, of Farmington Hills, went missing in 2016.

Ann and Rich Stislicki, the parents of Danielle Stislicki, watch the proceedings at a March 6 hearing in their daughter’s case at the 47th District Court in Farmington Hills. Stislicki, 28, of Farmington Hills, went missing in 2016.

Photo by Deb Jacques

Former security guard charged with murder in Danielle Stislicki case

By: Kayla Dimick, Sherri Kolade | Farmington Press | Published March 11, 2019

 A car in the parking lot of the court spreads the message about Stislicki’s disappearance with #FindDani.

A car in the parking lot of the court spreads the message about Stislicki’s disappearance with #FindDani.

Photo by Deb Jacques

 Ann Stislicki wears a yellow ribbon in honor of her daughter at the March 6 hearing.

Ann Stislicki wears a yellow ribbon in honor of her daughter at the March 6 hearing.

Photo by Deb Jacques

FARMINGTON HILLS — Rich Stislicki was really hoping to look his daughter’s alleged killer in the eyes.

Floyd Russell Galloway Jr. was arraigned March 6 at the 47th District Court in front of Judge James B. Brady, over two years after Danielle Stislicki went missing. Galloway is charged with one count of first-degree premeditated murder, a felony that could carry a life sentence without parole, according to Brady.

“It is alleged in the complaint and warrant before the court that on or about Dec. 2, 2016, within the city of Farmington Hills, that you did deliberately — with the intent to kill and with premeditation — kill and murder one Danielle Stislicki,” Brady said.

Parents Rich and Ann Stislicki, surrounded by friends and family, watched as Galloway was arraigned via video conference from prison.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced the charges against Galloway during a March 5 press conference in Lansing. Farmington Hills Police Chief Chuck Nebus joined Nessel in the announcement.

Nebus said during the press conference that on the day Stislicki went missing, she was supposed to meet a girlfriend.

“Right from the very beginning, we knew things were wrong — this was not just another missing case where somebody ran away or we were going to find somebody,” Nebus said at the press conference. “Right away we went to the media immediately; we held a press conference very quickly. … We originally hoped for the best but had to start preparing for the worst.”

At the press conference, Nessel said she believes there is “more than enough” evidence to charge Galloway with murder. Nessel was briefed on the investigation after she took office in January, she said, and she took over the case from Oakland County Prosecutor Jessica Cooper.

Cooper could not be reached for comment by press time.

In December, Galloway was sentenced to 16-35 years in prison for the Sept. 4, 2016, attempted rape of a Hines Park jogger in Livonia. Prior to that arrest in June 2017, Galloway was considered a person of interest in the Danielle Stislicki case.

Galloway is a former security guard who worked for a contracted company that previously provided security at MetLife in Southfield. According to a press release, Galloway was acquainted with Stislicki at work.

Although Stislicki, 28, 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.

While Stislicki’s body has not yet been recovered, Nessel said during the press conference that the evidence against Galloway in the case is “compelling.”

Nebus said Farmington Hills detectives had “huge challenges.”

“We had a murder case without finding Danielle. We had no known witnesses to the case. We had a killer who made many attempts to conceal his crime, and a number of jurisdictions that were involved in this crime,” Nebus said, adding that the Police Department reached out “early” for help, and the law enforcement community responded, “and an absolutely incredible team was formed.”

The team included Farmington Hills police officers, who posted daily briefings that were frequented by as many as 40 to 50 investigators, he said.

“We met daily. We discussed evidence, tips, leads and what to do next,” Nebus said, adding that there were 28 local, county, state and federal law enforcement partners that contributed to the case. “(They) assembled pieces of the puzzle one piece and one day at a time.”

In addition to Farmington Hills detectives, evidence technicians and a directed patrol unit; the  South Oakland Narcotics Intelligence Consortium, or SONIC, unit — made up of undercover officers from Farmington Hills, West Bloomfield and Novi; the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office; the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office; and the Oakland County Medical Examiner’s Office were all on the case.

Farmington Hills lead detectives, teamed with members of the Prosecutor’s Office, initiated, authored and executed 77 search warrants, Nebus said.

“More search warrants than any case in the 45-year history of the Farmington Hills Police Department,” Nebus said. One of those search warrants was “very valuable.”

“It provided evidence that linked Floyd Galloway to an unsolved brutal attack in Hines Park,” Nebus said.

During the March 6 hearing, Brady entered a plea of not guilty on behalf of Galloway. Bond in the case was denied.

“Normally, the last matter would be the matter of bond,” Brady said. “Bond is denied in this particular case for obvious reasons.”

Jim Williams, Galloway’s attorney, said he was only appearing with Galloway for the purpose of the arraignment.

Brady said that following the hearing, Galloway would be given a court-appointed attorney.

Rich Stislicki said the charges were a long time coming.

“I wish there was a close-up of Mr. Galloway. I was really hoping to have the opportunity to look Floyd Galloway in the eyes and to see him for the person that I believe that he truly is,” he said.

Ann Stislicki said she believes her daughter will finally have justice.

“I think more of it is the reality that we are here, and to know in our hearts and our minds this is what we’ve been waiting for and we are getting our justice for Danielle,” Ann Stislicki said. “This is all about Danielle. This is not about anyone else but Danielle and those that are missing and continue to be missing.

“It’s not a political thing. It’s not anything other than getting justice for Danielle and the many other people that are missing that are not found. People have said we cannot go forward because we don’t have a body,” Ann Stislicki continued. “That’s not acceptable anymore. So, it’s nice to know that we are moving and making some changes in Danielle’s name.”

Williams, with the sign of the cross marked in ashes on his forehead for Ash Wednesday, said Galloway was shocked to learn of the charges.

“He’s distraught. He’s predictably distraught. Disappointed that this is proceeding,” Williams said. “I believe the facts show that he’s innocent, first of all. Secondly, he’s innocent at the moment like we all are. He hasn’t been proven (guilty of) anything.”

Williams said he believes the charges were a political move.

“I’ve had enough conversation with (Galloway) to believe he’s innocent, and I believe the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office probably felt the same way, which is why they didn’t charge him a week ago, a month ago, a year ago,” he said. “In my opinion, this is a publicity stunt that’s something that (Nessel) has chosen to do,” he said.

Williams said he hopes police are able to track down Danielle’s “real” killer.

“I hope they find the killer. In fairness, I hope they find Danielle as well,” he said.

Nebus — wearing a yellow ribbon on the right side of his uniform for Danielle and other missing people in Michigan — thanked the Stislicki family during the press conference.

“Thank you for believing in us, for trusting us — for your strength, for your inspiration. Thank you for enduring all the meetings, the conference calls where we discuss very painful and difficult topics. … I pray for your continued strength. I know you have it … (as) you seek justice for Danielle and the days ahead.”

Galloway will appear at 9 a.m. March 15 in front of Brady for a pre-exam conference.