LIVONIA, Mich. (WJBK) - The FBI and several local police agencies are searching Hines Park in Livonia Wednesday morning in connection with Danielle Stislicki's disappearance.
The Farmington Hills Police Department says they're looking for evidence that may be linked to her disappearance and, from day one, that they've believed she's been a victim of a crime.
"The facts of the case lead us to believe she is not alive," Farmington Hills Police Chief Chuck Nebus said Wednesday. "Several air, land, and water searches have been conducted at various places throughout the investigation. Hines Park is being searched as the result of a recent Livonia and Farmington Hills joint investigation."
Police want people to keep an eye out for Stislicki's blue coat, black shirt, jeans and boots. They also want people to watch for a tan and brown striped comforter.
Stislicki, 28, has been missing since December of 2016. Police have a person of interest in custody that worked as a security guard at her workplace, but that person is being held on unrelated charges.
Floyd Russell Galloway Jr., a 30-year-old resident of Berkley, has been charged with the assault of a female jogger that allegedly took place in September of 2016 at Hines Park, which is where authorities are searching Wednesday. The victim reported that a man grabbed her, dragged her down an embankment as he strangled her. She fought the suspect off and was able to call police.
Chief Nebus says no specific evidence or information has led them to believe Stislicki's remains are in Hines Park, but since the jogger incident occurred there he says it is a location that requires searching.
Wednesday's search is centered in the area of Hines Drive and Newburgh Road. Hines Drive is shut down in the area right now.
Stislicki disappeared after leaving her place of work in Southfield on December 2, 2016. Galloway worked as a security guard at Sticlicki's workplace. Her SUV was found a day later outside of her apartment at Independence Green in Farmington Hills. Her purse was still inside of her car.
Galloway has not been charged in Stislicki's disappearance.
“The Stislicki case remains an active investigation. The pieces of the puzzle have been slowly falling into place since Danielle disappeared on December 2. Investigators are optimistic the case will be solved. They will not rest until justice is obtained for Danielle and the Stislicki family,” Farmington Hills Police Chief Chuck Nebus has previously said.
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