FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – Farmington Hills police have uncovered new clues as they continue to investigate the disappearance of Danielle Stislicki.
It's been nearly a year since Stislicki vanished from her office, and Defender Karen Drew spoke exclusively to the Farmington Hills police chief.
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Chief Chuck Nebus and his team of investigators are confident that they will solve the case.
The 28-year-old woman disappeared Dec. 2. She was last seen leaving her job at MetLife in the 25000 block of Telegraph Road in Southfield. She was planning to meet a friend for dinner after work.
Where does the case stand?
"You start with a police report that doesn't contain much in the way of evidence," Nebus said. "The year has gone on (and) we have made remarkable progress."
Nebus said police have executed 74 search warrants through the year, but he can't say what was found during the searches.
"We have to keep that confidential," Nebus said. "I don't want to give the perpetrator any advantage of knowing all the things we are gaining."
In July, police searched Hines Park in connection with Stislicki's disappearance. It's the same place where a Livonia jogger was sexually attacked by a man named Floyd Galloway.
Galloway just pleaded guilty in the case of the Livonia jogger and will be sentenced next week. How does that affect Stislicki's case?
"Probably too soon to tell," Nebus said. "But we are grateful the investigators on the Stislicki case were able to give some of the finds we found in our case to Livonia. It's probably too soon to know the impact it will have."
Where have police searched, and how recently?
"We have been all over Southeast Michigan, where tips have led us," Nebus said. "We continuously do searches. In the past 3-4 weeks we also have been to several locations, although under the radar."
He said the hardest part of the investigation is the difficulty it brings to Stislicki's family.
"(We want) to give the Stislicki family closure in the case and (get) someone charged," Nebus said. "There is not a day that goes by we don't think about them and think about Danielle."
Will the case be solved?
"We feel very strongly we are going to solve this case," Nebus said. "We are very optimistic."