‘Help us bring Danielle home’

Police, parents of missing Hills woman speak on case, $121,000 reward offered

By: Kayla Dimick | C&G Newspapers | Published December 7, 2016

 Police have released this photo of Danielle Stislicki's vehicle.

Police have released this photo of Danielle Stislicki's vehicle.

Photo provided by the Farmington Hills Police Department

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During a press conference Dec. 7 at the Farmington Hills Police Department, the parents of a local missing woman pleaded for the public to come forward with information on their missing daughter.

According to Farmington Hills Police Chief Chuck Nebus, local police — along with a number of local and national agencies — continue to investigate the disappearance of Danielle Stislicki.

Farmington Hills police and Stislicki’s parents, Richard and Ann Stislicki, held a press conference to provide an update on the investigation at 2 p.m. Dec. 7.

Stislicki, 28, is described as white, and she has brown, wavy, medium-length hair. She is 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs 123 pounds.

The woman 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.

Police said she was last seen Dec. 2 leaving her place of employment, MetLife Life Insurance in Southfield, according to her missing person’s poster, but her vehicle was left at her home at Independence Green Apartments, in Farmington Hills, in the area of Halsted and Grand River.

Although Nebus declined to comment on the nature of the investigation or any leads on suspects, he said police are looking for information from the public on four key items.

Anyone who may have seen Stislicki or her vehicle leaving the MetLife office building and parking lot Dec. 2.

Anyone who may have seen Stislicki and/or her vehicle arriving at her residence between 5 p.m. Dec 2 and 6 p.m. Dec. 3.

Anyone who may have observed Stislicki anytime between 5 p.m. Dec. 2 and 6 p.m. Dec. 3, when her car was located.

Anyone who may have seen or found a Samsung Galaxy Core Prime cellphone in a rose colored case, or a keychain with a charm and two keys.

Nebus said at the press conference that police are trying to nail down the timeline of events that led up to Stislicki’s disappearance. 

Stislicki had made plans through text messages to leave work in Southfield early to meet up with a childhood friend. Her plan was to go home, change, and meet up with the friend to make dinner, Nebus said.

When Stislicki did not show up, the 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.

Stislicki was scheduled to work at MetLife on Dec. 3, but she did not show up, police said. 

Nebus declined to comment on the investigation of any surveillance video from MetLife.

At around 8:18 p.m. Dec. 3, Nebus said, police launched an investigation. Upon searching Stislicki’s vehicle, police discovered that her purse, her credit cards, her driver’s license and several personal belongings were still inside. Nebus said there was no sign of a struggle or foul play inside the car or in the woman’s apartment.

On Dec. 4, a search party began to canvaas the area immediately surrounding Stislicki’s apartment complex, Nebus said. Once a light snowfall that had blanketed the ground early that morning had melted, a Michigan State Police helicopter also searched the area.

Ann Stislicki, Danielle’s mother, asked for anyone who may have seen Danielle Stislicki driving between the hours of 5 p.m. Dec. 2 and 6 p.m. Dec. 3 to come forward.

Ann Stislicki noted that her daughter’s vehicle stands out because it usually is covered in dirt and mud from driving on back roads.

“I’m asking for everyone to look and think back to Friday when you were driving home — were you in anywhere of the vicinity of Telegraph? Were you anywhere in the vicinity of Independence Green, between Independence Green and where the MetLife location is and Telegraph? Think about when you were sitting in traffic when you were driving — did you see or happen to see the somewhat dirty vehicle? Did you happen to see Danielle sitting, driving? If you did, what was your impression of her facial expression?”

In addition to the missing cellphone, Nebus said police are also looking for a yellow smiley face keychain with a green body and yellow-and-white arms.

Ann Stislicki said the blue jacket her daughter was last seen wearing is a three-in-one jacket with a detachable vest. The vest was located inside Danielle Stislicki’s apartment.

Nebus said Stislicki did not suffer from any mental health issues, and friends and family believe she would not just run away.

“The way you can help this is spread this across the world. Spread this to your family, coworkers; talk about it. I ask you as a family, as a mother from the deepest of my heart, help us bring Danielle home,” Ann Stislicki said at the press conference.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to raise funds for a reward for information that leads to the discovery of Danielle. At press time, the page had raised $21,135 toward the cause.

“We are totally amazed at the amount of support from friends and family and how it has extended beyond our immediate friends and family to their families and the mothers — they really stand out. They have that bond with their children and other people’s children, and they have been of just such tremendous help,” dad Richard Stislicki said at the press conference.

Nebus said that Independence Green Apartments is offering a reward of $50,000 for information that leads to an arrest of a suspect involved in the disappearance. MetLife is also reportedly offering up $50,000 reward. In total, $121,000 in reward money is being offered.

Nebus said that the Farmington Hills Police Department is working with the Southfield Police Department, the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office, the Michigan State Police, the Michigan Department of Corrections, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the FBI, the Secret Service,  and the South Oakland Narcotics Intelligence Consortium.

“There’s been hundreds of hours of investigation that has already gone into this case,” Nebus said at the press conference.

Nebus declined to comment on SONIC’s involvement in the investigation, but he said the agency also provides surveillance and undercover work.

Richard and Ann Stislicki said they fear for what may have happened to their daughter.

“Our concern is that Danielle is somewhere being held not by her choice and wants to come home, and we want to bring her home, so we’re asking if you could just think about your drive home on Friday. Did you see the vehicle? What did you  see?” Ann Stislicki said.

“Was she alone in that vehicle?” Richard Stislicki said.

Stislicki’s family and MetLife are coordinating a candlelight vigil for Danielle at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 10 outside the MetLife office in the Raleigh Officentre, 25300 Telegraph Road.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the Command Desk at the Farmington Hills Police Department, (248) 871-2610. The line is manned 24/7, Nebus said.

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