Police: Missing Farmington Hills woman a crime victim

Mark Hicks

A Farmington Hills woman missing for more than two weeks is believed to be the victim of a crime, authorities said Monday.

Danielle Stislicki vanished after leaving her job at MetLife around 5 p.m. Dec. 2, police said. She had asked to leave work early with plans to meet a longtime friend but never arrived.

Investigators have “worked tirelessly” since the 28-year-old was reported missing, receiving help from federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, said Farmington Hills Police Chief Chuck Nebus in a statement Monday. A reward for tips in the case stands at more than $125,000.

Now, “all available information and evidence leads investigators to believe Danielle Stislicki was the victim of a crime,” he said.

Nebus said officials have collected evidence but did not elaborate. “No information will be released regarding the specifics of the case in order to maintain the integrity of an active investigation,” he said. Police would not discuss if they had a suspect in the case.

Police have said investigators found no signs of a struggle or foul play, and relatives called her sudden disappearance “out of character.”

When Stislicki failed to show up Dec. 2, a friend went to her home at the Independence Green Apartments near Halsted and Grand River at around 6 p.m. the next day. Stislicki’s mud-covered black 2015 Jeep Renegade was found parked and locked about 10 feet from the front door with her purse inside. Police later searched for two missing items: a key charm with a yellow smiley face and a green body as well as Stislicki’s Samsung Galaxy Core Prime phone in a rose-colored case.

At a news conference this month, Stislicki’s parents appealed to the public for information that could lead to their daughter, whom they described as funny and artistic.

“There is a huge community out here that Danielle belongs to and we need to go ahead and bring her home,” her mother, Ann Stislicki, said at the time.

Meanwhile, Farmington Hills police are continuing to seek clues and pursue leads.

“All of the investigating agencies want the Stislicki family and the public to know that the law enforcement community is determined and committed to finding Danielle and solving this case,” Nebus said Monday.

MetLife and Stislicki’s apartment complex have each pledged $50,000, police said, while a GoFundMe page supporters launched raised more than $26,100 through Monday night.

Stislicki is described as 5-foot-5, white, weighing 123 pounds with wavy, medium-length brown hair. She was last seen wearing blue jeans, a black zip-up shirt, a blue Eddie Bauer coat and burgundy boots.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call the Farmington Hills Police Department at (248) 871-2610. Tipsters may remain anonymous.