Plainfield police on Thursday made two significant statements about the investigation into the disappearance of Lisa Stebic: 1.) They believe she was a victim of foul play, and 2.) Her husband Craig is now a person of interest in the investigation.
The immediate question on everyone's mind is, "Why now?" What's different today than when Lisa went missing 10 weeks ago? Well, the immediate reaction to Thursday's developments is that police hope that by naming him a person of interest, it will increase pressure on Craig to allow investigators to interview his two children about their mother's disappearance. This was stated by Craig's attorney.
The other question on everyone's mind is, why don't authorities simply subpoena the children to testify? The answer is that investigators want to be able to talk to children in the relaxed setting of the Will County Children's Advocacy Center. The only way to do that is with Craig's consent. If a grand jury issues subpoenas, the children would have to appear in the intimidating setting of a courtroom, before a judge, and authorities want to avoid putting the children through that traumatic experience.
What should Craig do? Should he continue heeding the advice of his attorney and refuse to allow his children to be interviewed in a casual setting, or should he let them talk to his kids?
What should authorities do? Continue holding out and hoping to talk to the kids with their father's permission, or go ahead and order the children to testify before a grand jury?