Police advise people to watch for a comforter and clothing as they search Hines Park in Livonia for signs of a Farmington Hills woman missing since December.
Danielle Stislicki was 28 when she was last seen in Southfield on Dec. 2. Police believe she is dead and was the victim of a crime, according to a news release Wednesday.
"We are with heavy hearts today," said her mother, Ann Stislicki, who lives in Fowlerville. "We will continue to do what it takes to bring Danielle home, and hope to remain strong along with our family and the public who have supported us since her disappearance."
The search is at a park where Floyd Galloway Jr. of Berkley is accused of trying to rape a female jogger last September. Police advise the public to not distract the searchers and police dogs in the park. Evidence may be out in the open or hidden in containers such as bags, suitcases, trunks or bedding, according to the news release.
"Items to be watchful for are Danielle's sky blue colored three-in-one Eddie Bauer coat, black zip-up shirt, blue jeans and burgundy boots. The public is also asked to look for a tan- and brown-striped comforter, which could also be important to this case," according to the news release.
Stislicki was last seen at about 5 p.m. leaving her job at the MetLife insurance office building on Telegraph north of 10 Mile in Southfield. Her car, a 2015 Jeep Renegade, was found at about 6 p.m. the next day, in front of her apartment building in the Independence Green Apartments complex in Farmington Hills, police previously said.
The woman in the separate case against Galloway told investigators she was grabbed from behind and dragged kicking and screaming down an embankment while her attacker demanded sex. She kept fighting and eventually, the man ran away.
Farmington Hills Police Chief Chuck Nebus said Wednesday morning that no direct information has been obtained from Galloway in the Stislicki case. But he also said talks with FBI profilers convinced him that criminals often return to the scene of previous crimes. The fact Galloway was arrested for a crime police believe he committed in Hines Park made Wednesday's search seem a good idea.
"This is a routine search because we know (Galloway) was arrested for a crime in the park," Nebus said. "It's a natural place to search."
The search party, Nebus said, involved more than 100 people from various agencies, including 14 police dog. Farmington Hills police said in a previous statement that they searched Galloway's home for evidence.
"Galloway is a former security guard who worked for a contracted company that previously provided security at MetLife in Southfield, where Danielle Stislicki was employed," Police Chief Chuck Nebus said in the statement. "Galloway was acquainted with Danielle during his security duties at MetLife."
Police have executed dozens of search warrants in the Stislicki case, and investigators "are optimistic the case will be solved," according to the statement.
A GoFundMe account by this morning had raised $34,375 in reward money for information that leads to Sislicki being found alive. Police said Stislicki’s employer and the apartment complex owners also are each offering $50,000 for information about her disappearance.
More photos of Sislicki and information have been posted at www.finddani.org.
Anyone with information about the disappearance of Danielle Stislicki is asked to call Farmington Hills police at 248-871-2610.
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