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|Bradley P. Olsen Missing January 19, 2007 - DeKalb County (Maple Park, Illinois)|
Male, Age: 28 (DOB 04/04/1980), last seen at Bar One on West Lincoln Highway and Annie Glidden Road, DeKalb, Illinois. He's 5ft. 8 in. and weights about 170 lbs with short brown hair and blue eyes. He has a tattoo of a sun between his shoulders, a tattoo of a palm tree on his left ankle, and a surgical scar in the center of his back. Olsen's nickname is Brad. Wearing black short sleeved collarless shirt, blue jeans, brown 3/4 length leather coat and black lace-up boots.
CALL DeKalb Police Department 1-815-748-8400 - DeKalb County Sheriff's Office 1-815-895-2155
OR From Bradley's MySpace: "No Cops Tip Line" is totally confidential. Please call 1-866-479-5284
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March 24, 2007
Please Help Me Find My Son Brad Olsen!
|Timeline for Bradley P. Olsen Missing since January 19, 2007|
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Last Seen: 2:25am
1000 W. Lincoln Hwy
DeKalb County Illinois
|Brad left well after 2 a.m. and his last outgoing call from his cell phone was made about 3 a.m. Jan 20.||ILL||2007 (charleyproject.org) "Bradley P. Olson"|
"Olsen was last seen at approximately 2:25 a.m. on January 20, 2007 at Bar One, a nightclub in the vicinty of the 900 block of west Lincoln Highway and Anne Glidden Road in DeKalb, Illinois. He was intoxicated at the time and was calling people on his cellular phone, trying to find a ride to his home to Maple Park, Illinois. His cellular phone went dead around that time and Olsen has not been seen or heard from since. Olsen had gone to the nightclub with some friends, and stayed until closing time, but his friends left earlier. The night he disappeared was extremely cold, with temperatures close to zero degrees Fahrenheit."
"Olsen was living with his parents, who were on vacation in Florida, at the time of his disappearance. They reported him as a missing person when they returned on January 24. Olsen left both his vehicles behind at their home and his bank accounts have not been touched since his disappearance. He also left behind young daughter, who lived with her mother. His parents stated they had never been out of contact with him for more than two days before; they believe he came to harm."
|February 6, 2007|
February 6, 2007
"Susan and William Olsen last saw Brad, who lives with them, on Jan. 12th before they went on vacation. They returned on Jan. 24th"
|"According to the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office, Bradley Olsen's possessions, including his vehicles, money and clothing, are all at his home"||ILL||02/06/2007 (dekalb-chronicle.com) "Family offering $20,000 reward in missing-man case"|
"The family of a Maple Park man missing for more than two weeks is putting up a $20,000 reward for any information leading to his whereabouts." On Monday, the Olsens printed hundreds of color fliers with their son's photo and information about the reward. Bradley Olsen, 26, was last seen around 2:30 a.m. Jan. 20 at Bar One, 1000 W. Lincoln Highway in DeKalb, said Detective Sgt. Rudi Ziegler with the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office. Olsen was allegedly intoxicated and looking for a ride home."
"A friend told police he last spoke to Olsen around 3 a.m. that day, when Olsen invited him and some women to his house. However, police said it does not appear Olsen ever went home." Family reported Olsen missing to the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday. Ziegler said this morning that the office is working with the DeKalb Police Department because Olsen was last seen at a DeKalb business. Susan and William Olsen last saw Brad, who lives with them, on Jan. 12 before they went on vacation. They returned on Jan. 24."
"According to the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office, Bradley Olsen's possessions, including his vehicles, money and clothing, are all at his home. Police said they are familiar with Bradley Olsen, who has a criminal record and can be violent."
|February 7, 2007|
February 7, 2007
Bradley P. Olsen, a 26-year-old construction worker from Maple Park, last was seen about 2 a.m. that day at Bar One in DeKalb. This week, his family has printed hundreds of fliers and compiled a $20,000 reward for information that helps locate Olsen."
|"Susan Olsen describes her son as a “jovial, happy-go-lucky guy,” which leads her to believe that foul play is the reason for his Jan. 20 disappearance."
||ILL||02/07/2007 (www.kcchronicle.com) "Maple Park man missing for weeks"|
"DeKalb County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Kevin Hickey said Olsen arrived at the bar with some friends late Jan. 19. Olsen stayed at the bar after his friends left, and apparently tried to find a ride home about 2 a.m. “We have talked to no one who has seen him after that,” Hickey said, adding that Olsen was “drinking heavily.” The bar has security cameras, but Hickey would not comment on what, if anything, was on those videos to aid the investigation."
"Although sheriff’s police are assisting in the investigation, DeKalb police became the lead agency as of Monday, Hickey said. “We are doing parallel investigations to run down any and all leads,” he said. “We have no single theory that would outweigh others.” DeKalb police Lt. Jim Kayes said investigators are talking with Olsen’s friends, co-workers, and frequent patrons of Bar One. Kayes said he doesn’t believe Olsen was suicidal and, although he would not speculate on what happened, “it would be odd for someone to just fall off the face of the Earth."
"None of his clothes are missing and no money has been taken out of his bank account, she said. “I think it’s foul play somewhere along the line,” she said. Olsen’s mother doesn’t believe her son’s criminal history is a factor in his disappearance. Bradley Olsen has been arrested in DeKalb, Kendall and Kane counties for various misdemeanor and felony charges in the past 10 years. The charges include property damage, resisting arrest, illegal possession of a firearm, violating an order of protection, and aggravated assault of a police officer"
|February 24, 2007|
February 24, 2007
"A graduate of Kaneland High School, [Bradley] Olsen works for a construction company and has a 6-year-old daughter, who is living with her mother."
|"Police said their investigation has been hampered by the fact that Bradley Olsen wasn't reported missing until Jan. 31st"
||ILL||02/24/2007 "Family, friends search for missing man 26-year-old from Maple Park"|
"So far, police have found no clues to indicate whether Olsen suffered some kind of accident or whether he was the victim of a crime. Police said they also can't rule out the possibility that Olsen is safe and simply living somewhere else without contacting his family, but his family and police agree that scenario seems unlikely. Olsen had no motive to deliberately drop out of sight, and probably not the means to do so, said DeKalb Detective Jim Kayes. Olsen's bank account also remains untouched.”
"Police have done some searching in areas they think he might likely have gone after leaving the bar, including a wooded area a short distance away. Those searches, which included police dogs, did not find anything. Police said their investigation has been hampered by the fact that Bradley Olsen wasn't reported missing until Jan. 31, which means evidence like security camera tapes already have been erased. Meanwhile, the snow and cold weather have made extensive outdoor searches difficult."
"Today, search parties assigned to scour specific territories are being dispatched at 9 a.m. from the Maple Park Fire Department. Searchers who can't start at 9 will be sent out later in the day. The search will be coordinated by Bradley's uncle, Maple Park Fire Chief Kevin Peterson, who said he has mapped out a number of little-trafficked areas in DeKalb to search first."
February 24, 2007
"Susan Olsen: "My husband and I are out there every day. We just have to keep on going,” she said. “We just hope we find something.”
|"DeKalb police Lt. Jim Kayes said about 10 officers between his department and sheriff’s police are working on the case."
||ILL||02/24/2007 (www.kcchronicle.com) "Family searches for man"|
"Family members of a man missing for five weeks are taking matters into their own hands. More than 100 people will gather at 9 a.m. today at the Maple Park Fire Department to begin a search for Olsen. His mother, Susan Olsen, said that although both DeKalb and DeKalb County Sheriff’s police had worked on the investigation, family members wanted to do more. “We’re very anxious,” she said. “We need to get out there and find him.” Searchers will look in ditches, wooded areas, and other places where the weather did not allow police to search more thoroughly at the time of Olsen’s disappearance, Susan Olsen said."
"DeKalb police Lt. Jim Kayes said about 10 officers between his department and sheriff’s police are working on the case. Officers have followed about 100 leads, but still have turned up nothing, he said. Investigators have not been able to place where Bradley went from there. “He either walked away or got a ride,” Kayes said, adding he could not specify any theories investigators have formulated. “Until we find him, we won’t know what happened,” he said. Investigators talked to everyone in the bar that night, and conducted K-9 searches, Kayes added."
|February 25, 2007|
February 25, 2007
"In addition to the 141 friends and family who searched, “tons” more helped by donating food and coffee to warm searchers, Susan Olsen said."
"Officers have followed about 100 leads and performed K-9 searches"
|"141 people volunteered to look for Olsen, searching the countryside on foot, in cars and on four-wheelers. The search started at the Maple Park Fire Department."
||ILL||02/25/2007 (www.kcchronicle.com) "Family, friends keep searching"|
"From 9 a.m. to about 3:30 p.m. Saturday, 141 people volunteered to look for Olsen, searching the countryside on foot, in cars and on four-wheelers. The search started at the Maple Park Fire Department. “They would have all known my son,” said Olsen’s mother, Susan Olsen. “Relatives, friends, townspeople, friends of my other son and daughter, just tons of people.”
"Maple Park Fire Chief Kevin Peterson said the search covered as much of DeKalb city and county as possible. The cold snap at the time of Olsen’s disappearance kept the DeKalb Police Department and DeKalb County sheriff’s office from searching as thoroughly as could be done now. Officers have followed about 100 leads and performed K-9 searches, but to no avail. Saturday’s search was done with the full cooperation of DeKalb Police Department and the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office, Peterson said. “We had groups of 10 walking through forest preserves,” he said. “We had groups of three or four on four-wheelers out in the country, checking creeks and waterways and things. We had groups of four in cars driving along the roads, stopping and digging out culverts.” However, the search did not turn up the missing construction worker. “We found like cell phone boots, some clothes, shirts here and there,” Peterson said. “But once we got them in they weren’t what we were looking for.”
|February 28, 2007|
February 28, 2007
|$20,000 Reward offered for information||ILL||02-28-2007 (www.midweeknews.com) "Family Offers Reward To Find Olsen"|
"To Susan Olsen he is still the young boy who loved football and wrestling and water sports, and even as a grown-up, was never out of touch with his family more than 48 hours. But it's now been an incredibly long month since Bradley's dad William [Olsen] and mother Susan, of Maple Park, have heard from their son." - "In fact, Bradley's father has arranged for helicopter flights over the terrain from Bar One on Lincoln Highway east toward his home when he snow is erased by welcome temperatures in the 40s. To date, posters, fliers, newspaper stories and a $20,000 reward haven't brought the Olsens closer to an answer."
"After meeting with detectives last week, Susan said, "We are confident that they are trying to follow up on all the leads they get." - "Her husband has operated his own business, William Olsen, Inc., since 1976 and the couple's older son is now taking over the business. "Bradley has an older brother and an older sister," Susan said, "and three nephews and a niece. We have had a lot of family support. My parents are still alive and in their 70s and this is affecting them a great deal."
|March 17, 2007|
March 17, 2007
"For information, call Chief Kevin Peterson at the Maple Park fire station at (815) 827-3500"
|-||ILL||03/17/2007 "Family plans second search for missing Maple Park man"|
"The family of a missing Maple Park man has planned a second search Sunday. Bill and Sue Olsen will lead a search for their son, Bradley, 26, who has been missing since Jan. 19. Bradley Olsen last was seen leaving Bar One in DeKalb and looking for a ride home at the 2 a.m. closing time. Those interested in searching can meet at 9 a.m. at the Maple Park Fire Station, at 305 N. County Line Road. The family is looking for volunteers to search along waterways, forest preserves, and country roads." - "Earlier this week, divers searched a retention pond off of Annie Glidden Road in DeKalb, less than a mile from the bar where Olsen last was seen"
March 17, 2007
"Naperville Police Department's Underwater Recovery Team searched the pond at the South Annie Glidden Road entrance of The Knolls subdivision"
|-||ILL||03/17/2007 (daily-chronicle.com) "Divers scan pond for man gone missing"|
"On Thursday, the Naperville Police Department's Underwater Recovery Team searched the pond at the South Annie Glidden Road entrance of The Knolls subdivision, which is about three-quarters of a mile from the bar. “The guys that are helping us - this is one of their training days,” DeKalb Police Lt. Jim Kayes said around noon. “They have not turned anything up.” The team arrived around 9:30 a.m. and stayed about six hours. Kayes said the team of five or six divers did a thorough search of the pond."
"Olsen's family will again search the area for one last time on Sunday, Peterson said. “We're searching again because there was a lot of ice and snow last time,” he said. “We'll go farther out into Genoa and Kirkland. We may also go out along Route 47 in Kane County.”
|March 25, 2007|
March 25, 2007
"Tom Dewese a licensed clinical social worker at TriCity Family Services in Geneva, said every family reacts differently in missing person situations. In most cases, though, family members have a sense of hope, Dewese said. “There’s always a little bit of hope,” he said."
"If I find him, I’ll have closure,” she said. “We’re preparing ourselves for the worst.” At the same time, she understands how some families might believe their missing loved one might return safely. “I’ll always be looking. We’re looking wherever we go,” she said."
|ILL||03-25-2007 (www.kcchronicle.com) "Living in ‘limbo’"|
"Hope can be a powerful emotion, but it also can fade. Either way, it’s present in the minds of the families searching for missing loved ones. In the first three months of 2007, two Kane County men have joined the more than 50,000 active missing-persons cases across the nation, according to the National Center for Missing Adults. The families of John Spira and Bradley Olsen continue to publicize their stories and actively search for them. While fearing the worst, they continue to hope that their loved ones will safely return."
"Sue Olsen of Maple Park said she was searching for closure as much as she was searching for son, Bradley Olsen. He’s been missing since Jan. 19 when he last was seen at a DeKalb bar. The family has directed two searches, using a helicopter and all-terrain vehicles. They searched through forest preserves, in ditches and remote areas. Sue Olsen said she knows her son has been harmed."
"Stephanie McNeil has spent the past four weeks wondering where her brother is. John Spira, 45, of St. Charles last was seen Feb. 23 at his office in West Chicago. Spira’s family has conducted searches, posted fliers, and contacted media outlets. When McNeil heard that her brother was missing, she said, she immediately thought that foul play must be involved. Still, McNeil said, she clung to some hope that he might be OK."
"Lorna Smith can hear doubt in the voices of those that talk to her about her daughter, Tyesha Bell. The 22-year-old went missing from her Aurora home in May 2003. While others might doubt Bell is alive, Smith said she hasn’t let go of the hope that she’ll talk with her daughter again. “I’m holding onto hope until they prove me different,” she said. Aurora police spokesman Dan Ferrelli said investigators have identified someone who might be involved in Bell’s disappearance, but no charges have been filed. “What keeps me together is prayer,” Smith said."
|April 28, 2007|
April 28, 2007
"To help in the search for Spira, a billboard recently was placed at Interstate 294 and Ninth Street, and another billboard will be put up next month on Ogden Avenue, near Interstate 355. In addition to the Spira billboard, there are three billboards along Route 38 seeking help in finding Olsen."
|DeKalb Police Lt. Jim Kayes:
“I can’t believe there is no one who has any knowledge of what happened to him.”
|ILL||04/28/2007 (www.kcchronicle.com) "Search still on for men"|
"The families of two missing area men continue to voice frustration with no new leads into their respective disappearances. John Spira, 45, of St. Charles last was seen Feb. 23 at his office in unincorporated West Chicago. Bradley Olsen, 26, of Maple Park has been missing since Jan. 19, when he last was seen at Bar One in DeKalb. “It’s getting harder as time has gone by,” said his mother, Sue Olsen of Maple Park. “He has a daughter who is 6 who needs to be taken care of.” The family has organized two searches for Olsen, but no new searches are planned. “Friends and family are out on their own looking,” she said."
"DeKalb Police Lt. Jim Kayes said there were no leads into his disappearance. “It’s still a big mystery,” Kayes said. “I can’t believe there is no one who has any knowledge of what happened to him.” The DuPage County Sheriff’s Office on Friday took over the Spira investigation from St. Charles police. “At this point, we have to review the case again and see where we have to go from here,” Detective Joe DelGiudice said. DelGiudice said billboards could help bring attention to the case."
"[John] Spira’s sister, Stephanie McNeil, is frustrated by the lack of answers. McNeil, who lives in Phoenix, has organized several searches and is planning another May 19 when she returns to the area. The search will begin at 10 a.m. May 19 at Brian’s Charhouse, near the corner of County Farm Road and North Avenue in West Chicago."
|May 18, 2007|
May 18, 2007
"[Scott] Arcaro’s twin sister, Sherri Arcaro, was living in Los Angeles and recently returned to the area to answer questions from police and participate in the search. “I didn’t hear about his appearance until two months after the fact, in April,” Sherri Arcaro said. The twins celebrate their 38th birthday today."
|"[Scott] Arcaro, 38, was last seen on Feb. 22 and his girlfriend, Downers Grove resident Nicole Goyette, reported him missing the next day"
||ILL||05/18/2007 (suburbanchicagonews.com) "Families search for missing men"|
"Scott Arcaro of Lisle, John Spira of St. Charles and Bradley Olsen of Maple Park have never met each other. But since all three went missing earlier this year, their families have an unfortunate connection. “Our son has been missing since Jan. 19 and John has been missing since Feb. 23,” Olsen’s mother, Sue, said. “We’ve known about (John’s story) all along.” On Saturday, members of all three families are coming together to search for Spira, who was last seen in West Chicago. Olsen said participating in the search is a way of showing solidarity."
"Arcaro, 38, was last seen on Feb. 22 and his girlfriend, Downers Grove resident Nicole Goyette, reported him missing the next day, Lisle Police Sgt. Ron Wilke said. Goyette said the two, who had been dating for four years, were planning a life for themselves. After Goyette finished nursing school at the College of DuPage, the two were going to get married. Arcaro has been missing since Feb. 22. Goyette has since taken a break from school. “I just couldn’t concentrate,” she said."
"Wilke said there is no indication of foul play, but the Lisle police are not ruling it out. He also said there is no new information in the case. But Goyette and Sherri say Arcaro would never just up and leave. They say he had a nice house in Green Trails in Lisle, and that he was excited to get married. “I know he’s probably not alive,” Goyette said. She believes he was murdered. “I think it’s someone he knew that wanted something from him.”
|May 19, 2007|
May 23, 2007
"Sue and Bill spend every other weekend with Brad's 6-year-old daughter, Meredith. They also take solace in spending time with their four other grandchildren who live in Maple Park and Elburn, while hoping for new developments in the search for their son."
|"We keep in contact with the police weekly,” Bill Olsen said. “Lately they just don't have any leads, which is disheartening to hear, but they feel confident that Brad will be found somewhere."
||ILL||05/23/2007 "Family of missing Maple Park man reaches out to another family"|
"Anne Bielby, coordinator for Rachelfind, met the Olsens during a search for Brad on March 19. She had posted a link on the rachelfind.com Web site to Brad Olsen's Web page. Bielby put the Olsens in contact with Stephanie McNeil, Spira's sister, who headed up the search on Saturday. “One of our goals is to become better trained for searches,” Bielby said. “What we are right now is a resource.”
"About 325 people searched DeKalb County on March 19 for Brad. Volunteers used planes, all-terrain vehicles, horses and canoes to scour the county, while focusing on an area in which Brad's cell phone signal relayed off two towers. The Olsens hired a helicopter for the search. Maple Park Fire Chief Kevin Peterson coordinated the search using grids that arranged volunteers in a way that covered most of DeKalb County, Bill Olsen said. Many of the people who came did not know the Olsens before learning about Brad's disappearance. Among them was Bielby."
“With searches for Brad Olsen, John Spira and (38-year-old) Scott Arcaro from Lisle, it is very important that people check their private properties,” Bielby said. “If people looked through farm and forest areas that border their property, they would cover so much more ground than a group of volunteers.”
|May 20, 2007|
May 20, 2007
"Leigh Harris, a former television producer working for KPHO CBS 5 in Phoenix, immediately set to work creating a plan to get Lisa's face and information in front of cameras and on the front pages of newspapers.
|"As of Jan. 31, there were 2,960 active missing person cases in Illinois -- 1,798 are children, said Kelly Bennett, a case manager for the National Center for Missing Adults. Nationally"
||ILL||05/20/2007 "POWER PLAY - Families have sizable impact on the media"|
"Several days after Lisa Stebic disappeared, her story made national headlines. Seemingly vanishing without a trace, she was last seen at her Plainfield home April 30. Eventually, news of the search for Lisa went international, with help from a highly-publicized family Web site. The attention was largely the result of a campaign that began soon after Lisa was reported missing. Her cousin, Melanie Greenberg, got the ball rolling with help from a friend in the news industry. Leigh Harris, a former television producer working for KPHO CBS 5 in Phoenix, immediately set to work creating a plan to get Lisa's face and information in front of cameras and on the front pages of newspapers. Harris had Greenberg set up the site www.findlisastebic.com, which Harris ensured used colors and a layout that would photograph well. She also told the family to hold a press conference, gave them scripts to work from and tips to maximize their time on camera. It worked. Every television news crew in Chicago and print and radio reporters showed up for the family's first press conference, held near the Stebics' house."
"On Saturday, Spira's family and friends organized a search in West Chicago. The group plans to post a video of the event on youtube.com. Scott Arcaro's twin sister, Sherri Arcaro, joined the search -- to help look for Spira and to raise awareness of Scott's case. Olsen's family also planned to attend. "You feel so alone when you hear about (a missing family member)," Arcaro said. "There are a lot of transient males. That's the assumption. A male, he's got his credit cards and could just leave. (Missing) women and children get priority."
|May 23, 2007|
May 23, 2007
"Bradley P. Olsen of Maple Park holds his newborn daughter Meredith in 2000 in this photo provided
by his family."
|"They joined about 50 other people to look for 45-year-old John Spira, who disappeared Feb. 23 near West Chicago"
||ILL||05/23/2007 "Family of missing Maple Park man reaches out to another family"|
"Several searches by hundreds of volunteers in and around the DeKalb area have failed to turn up any information on the whereabouts of the 27-year-old. “Closure is what we need mostly,” Sue Olsen said. “It's hard to believe it's been four months and we don't have anything.” Last week the Olsens decided they needed to give back some of the help they've received in the search. They joined about 50 other people to look for 45-year-old John Spira, who disappeared Feb. 23 near West Chicago. As with Brad Olsen's disappearance, there have been no records of Spira or anyone else using his bank accounts or credit cards since he disappeared."
"Bill Olsen said before the search on Saturday. “When we did our search for Brad, I was so choked up by the people who helped us I couldn't talk to thank them. We wanted to do the same.”
"The search was organized as part of Rachelfind, a grassroots, Web-based effort to find missing persons. Rachelfind is a volunteer organization to help people search for lost loved ones in or near the Chicago area who are still missing after police searches. Rachelfind was started by Jeff Skemp, whose daughter Rachel Marie Mellon Skemp disappeared on Jan. 31, 1996. The group works to keep names of missing people in the minds of the public and helps to coordinate volunteer searches. The organization does not take donations, but directs those interested to donate to The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Alexandria, Va."
|June 1, 2007|
June 1, 2007
"A new piece of legislation, House Bill 0194, would help prevent situations such as these. The legislation states: "... all law enforcement agencies shall accept without delay any report of a missing person," regardless of who files the report or how long the person has been missing."
|"The Senate and the House passed the bill May 22. It needs a signature from Gov. Rod Blagojevich to become a state law."
||ILL||06/01/2007 (suburbanchicagonews.com) "Bill eases filing of missing person reports"|
"Naperville resident Renata Bielskis knew her boyfriend, John Spira, was missing Feb. 23. He wasn't returning phone calls and didn't show up to meet his friends. After searching for Spira with no luck, Bielskis contacted the police in St. Charles, where Spira lived. She said the police told her she could not file a missing person's report because she was not next of kin. Paul McCurtain, spokesman for the St. Charles Police Department, said the report was finally signed at 5:30 a.m. Feb. 25, when Spira's estranged wife, Suzanne Spira, agreed to sign the paperwork. McCurtain said there was no mention in the report of Bielskis's attempt to file one. "It was precious hours and minutes ticking away," Bielskis, 44, said."
"Rep. Joe Dunn, R-Naperville, said he voted in favor of the bill to eliminate delays. Reps. Patricia Bellock of the 47th District and Sandy Pihos of the 42nd District are sponsors of the bill. Pihos said she knows the legislation comes at an extra cost to police stations, but she feels a law like this is necessary. "If you suspect someone is missing, they should start the search right away," Pihos said. Without the law, each police department can make its own policy when it comes to handling missing persons reports, said Lt. Dave Hoffman, public information officer for the Naperville Police Department."
"When Scott Arcaro of Lisle went missing Feb. 22, his boss, Sam Lento, said he had no problem filing a missing person's report with the Lisle Police Department."
|September 11, 2007|
September 11, 2007
"We are 110 percent certain there was foul play," Sue says. "And we know it is not going to be a good outcome. But we need closure. We need to be able to tell his daughter what happened."
|Bradley Olsen's parents increase reward from from $20,000 to $50,000
||ILL||09/11/2007 (suburbanchicagonews.com) "Family boosts reward for info on missing son"|
"It has been more than six months since Sue and Bill Olsen reported their son Brad missing. But that doesn't mean they have gotten used to him being gone. "It doesn't get any easier," Sue Olsen said. "Every day, we're hoping to get that phone call." That call could come from police, reporting they have found the 26-year-old Brad, who disappeared Jan. 19 after having dinner with friends and staying through closing time at a DeKalb nightclub. Or maybe it will be from someone with information about his whereabouts, something no one claims to have but that the Olsens believe must exist."
"That's why the couple recently increased the reward the family is offering for information about Brad and where he might be, or what happened to him, from $20,000 to $50,000. Sue Olsen said she believes someone knows what happened, but they just have been unwilling to come forward. "That's what we're hoping for," she said. "Maybe this'll be enough to get someone to remember something."
|December 7, 2007|
December 7, 2007
|Susan Olsen said family did a search two weekends ago||ILL||12-07-2007 (northernstar.info) "Missing man gone for almost a year"|
"Olsen, 27, of Maple Park, was last seen in the early morning Jan. 20 at Bar One, 1000 W. Lincoln Highway, trying to find a ride home. He has not been seen or heard from since." - "The DeKalb Police Department is actively investigating the case, said Lt. Gary Spangler of the DeKalb Police Department. Olsen’s family has organized a lot of ground searches that DeKalb police have participated in, and interviews are still being conducted for the investigation, Spangler said. Spangler said foul play is potentially involved based on the time Olsen has been missing."
"At the community building in Maple Park, Olsen’s family decorated a tree in his memory, said Susan Olsen, Bradley Olsen’s mother. Susan Olsen said the family is always looking for Olsen and performed a search two weekends ago. The family is constantly asking people in rural areas to look over abandoned buildings, creeks and wooded areas, she said."
|December 9, 2007|
December 9, 2007
Stebic’s cousin Don Zimmerman said he and his family were committed to helping others in similar situations even after some resolution was found in Stebic’s case. “When we do bring her home and lay her to rest properly, that will not be the end of our journey,” he said."
|The group also brought attention to lesser-known cases
Esmeralda Anacleto age17 last seen 08/22
and Diamond and Tionda Bradley, last seen 07/06/2001
|ILL||12-09-2007 (kcchronicle.com) "Fliers handed out for searches"|
"Family and friends of four missing suburban residents gathered to hand out fliers informing people of their missing loved ones. Originally, the families of Stacy Peterson, Lisa Stebic, Bradley Olsen and John Spira planned to search for any trace of Spira. However, the recent snow canceled the search. “I have a lot of hope that we’ll find him,” Spira’s sister Stephanie McNeil said. “I don’t have a lot of hope that we’ll find him alive.” Instead, families and friends of the four pamphleted the area with information about the four and other missing people."
"The group planned to take their case to Bolingbrook on Saturday night, getting the attention of the TV news cameras parked in front of the Peterson house. “We’ve had so many people help us,” [Kerry] Simmons [Stacy Peterson’s stepsister] said. “Why not help someone else in the mean time?”
"In addition to talking about their own missing family members, the group also brought attention to lesser-known cases, such as Bolingbrook resident Esmeralda Anacleto, 17, who last was seen Aug. 22, and Chicago residents Diamond and Tionda Bradley , who last were seen July 6, 2001, and now would be 10 and 16, respectively. Bradley Olsen’s mother, Susan, said it helps to talk to other people going through similar experiences. Her son last was seen at Bar One in DeKalb on Jan. 19. “We talk about the police. We talk about things we’re doing,” she said."
|December 11, 2007
December 11, 2007
"Susan Olsen, mother of missing Maple Park man Bradley Olsen, organizes a display of missing persons fliers during a gathering at Brian’s Charhouse in West Chicago on Saturday."
"Susan Olsen knew something was wrong the minute she and her husband returned home from Mexico Jan. 24 and saw their son’s car keys sitting on the table."
|“It shouldn’t matter whether it’s a woman that’s missing — an attractive young white woman — or an African-American woman, or a man that’s missing,” Stebic’s cousin Melanie Greenberg said. “Everyone should have equal attention.”||ILL||12/11/2007 "Uncommon bonds: Families of missing persons unite to find answers"|
"Stephanie McNeil and Susan Olsen have a bond no one would want to share. Both are searching for missing loved ones. Both are adamant about finding closure. And both are frustrated over the lack of media attention given to the men missing from their lives. McNeil’s brother, St. Charles resident and West Chicago business owner John Spira, has been missing since Feb. 23. Olsen’s son, Bradley, was last seen at a bar in DeKalb Jan. 20. “(The lack of exposure) is incredibly frustrating and I think the simple reason for that is because he’s a man,” McNeil said. “For some reason, (stories of) missing men don’t get picked up by the media."
"Nearly a year after the men went missing, Olsen and McNeil have found help from some unexpected sources. The women have teamed up with the families of Stacy Peterson and Lisa Stebic, two missing suburban Chicago women who have received an abundance of media attention, in an effort to bring their loved ones’ stories to the public. The families gathered at Brian’s Charhouse in West Chicago on Saturday, hoping to organize a ground search for Spira. Although a layer of snow prevented the search, volunteers distributed hundreds of fliers and the families found comfort in each other’s shared understanding of unimaginable grief."
"Within a couple hours of the gathering, local and national media descended upon the restaurant, one of Spira’s favorite hangouts. Family members of Peterson and Stebic offered to participate in a joint press conference Monday, knowing their presence would help draw exposure to the Spira and Olsen cases. “You might as well take advantage of (the exposure) and spread the word," Peterson’s step-sister, Kerry Simmons, said. "She’s not the only one missing.” They were right. The press conference outside of Peterson’s home drew media from around the Chicago area and, for the first time, Olsen and McNeil saw the spotlight on their missing loved ones. “I’m just holding my breath,” Olsen said. “This is the most coverage I’ve ever had for Brad and along with John Spira or Scott Arcaro. This is like a Christmas present for me."
"More than 50,000 missing adults cases are active in the United States, according to the National Center for Missing Adults. Only a handful will receive the wide-spread media coverage of cases like Lisa Stebic and Stacy Peterson."
December 11, 2007
|ILL||"Relatives of missing suburban moms Stacy Peterson and Lisa Stebic pledged Monday to work with other suburban families searching for missing loved ones. Their joint efforts will help keep public interest and police investigations focused, even on missing persons cases that lack the high profile of the baffling disappearances of Peterson and Stebic, relatives said." - "Together, we all will continue to look for our loved ones,'' said Susan Olsen, whose 26-year-old son, Bradley Olsen, vanished last Jan. 19 in DeKalb. Along with Olsen, relatives of two other missing suburban men, John Spira and Scott Acaro, joined the effort, announced at a news conference outside the Bolingbrook home where 23-year-old Stacy Peterson was last seen on Oct. 28.|
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|December 12, 2007
December 12, 2008
"We're trying to maintain and feel like we're doing everything we can," said Sue Olsen, who remains in constant contact with the DeKalb detective who is assigned to her son's case.
"I think somebody knows (where he is), and it's more than one somebody."
|ILL||12/12/2007 (suburbanchicagonews.com) "Sue Olsen: '. . . we're doing everything we can'"|
"It was Jan. 20, 2007, when 26-year-old Brad Olsen was last seen in a parking lot outside Bar One in DeKalb. He had spent the night at the pub with friends, a married couple, his mother recalled, who had decided to leave before the 2 a.m. last call. Brad decided he'd stay at the bar, and would find a ride back to his parents' Maple Park home from someone else. But Brad never returned home, or to the bar. Brad never returned to anywhere. Let's just put it this way," said Brad's grieving mother, Sue Olsen. "I think somebody knows (where he is), and it's more than one somebody."
"Almost a year later, as the holidays approach, the Olsens are left wondering what happened to their son. On the Saturday after Thanksgiving, based on the intuition of a family member, the Olsens trudged through wooded areas and abandoned buildings, searching for a sign of the bright young father who mysteriously fell off the face of the earth."
|December 19, 2007|
December 19, 2007
|-||ILL||12/19/2007 (ericsumberg.blogspot.com) "The Search for Bradley Olsen"|
"Chronicle photo ERIC SUMBERG - "The immediate relatives of Bradley Olsen — his sister, Tracy Feece (clockwise from left); father, Bill Olsen; brother, Billy Olsen; sister-in-law, Megan Olsen; nephew and godson, Brady Feece; daughter, Meredith Olsen; and mother, Sue Olsen (center) — stand Saturday in front of a tree that was decorated with lights and yellow ribbons by his extended family (background) to help keep his memory alive. The tree, which is in front of the Maple Park Civic Center, was decorated Dec. 1. Bradley Olsen, who has been missing since Jan. 20, was last seen at the former Bar One in DeKalb. His parents recently joined forces with the families of four other missing people in the Chicago area to provide support for each other and to help search for lost family members."
|March 2, 2008|
March 2, 2008
|-||ILL||03/02/2008 (cbs2chicago.com) "Peterson Fundraiser Helps Other Missing Persons"|
"Merrionette Park, Ill. (CBS) - Family and friends of Stacy Peterson are gathered Sunday for a fundraiser. The money will help pay for searches for Stacy and a trust fund for her kids, as CBS 2's Joanie Lum reports. She was 23-years-old when she was last seen October 28. Her husband, Drew Peterson insists she ran away with another man. But supporters don't believe she would abandon her children."
"The first song was dedicated to Stacy Peterson, but the event focused attention on several missing person cases. Lisa Stebic, the Plainfield mother of two, lived a few miles away from the Petersons. In April, she will have been gone a year. "We have a common bond, we understand what it is to lose a loved one and we all want answers," said Stebic's cousin Melanie Greenberg. And they're supporting the family of Brad Olsen, who was last seen leaving a DeKalb bar a year ago. "It's crazy to go to bed and wake up not knowing where your loved one is," said Olsen's cousin Audrey Williams."
|03/02/2008 Stacy Peterson Fundraiser - 115 Bourbon Street in Merrionette Park, Illinois|
|April 14, 2008|
April 14, 2008
|-||ILL||04/14/2008 (texasequusearch.org) Texas Equusearch Missing Persons|
Bradley Olsen , age 26, was last seen on Saturday, January 20, 2007 around 2:00 a.m. at “Bar One” at 1000 W. Lincoln Hwy in DeKalb, Illinois and has not been seen or heard from since. Bradley was last seen wearing blue jeans, a black short sleeved shirt, a brown leather coat and black boots."
4/14/2008 – "TES special water teams have searched an area of interest but still have no answers."
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