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Police continue search of Joliet home for missing woman

Brock A. Stein | 3/2/2017, 11:11 a.m.
Authorities from the Illinois State Police and the FBI were continuing work this week at a home on S. Margaret ...
State Police and FBI crime scene technicians continue the excavation on the basement of home on Margaret Street in Joliet in connection to a 1990 disappearance. Photo by Brock A. Stein

Authorities from the Illinois State Police and the FBI were continuing work this week at a home on S. Margaret Street in Joliet that may be connected to a missing person’s case from 1990.

A press release from the Illinois State Police said that the law enforcement agencies were unearthing a concrete basement slab at the home at 100 S. Margaret “in response to new leads provided in the missing person’s case of Robin Abrams.”

Abrams was a Will County Sheriff’s deputy who was last seen alive on October 4, 1990.

State police have indicated that the residents of the house “are not involved in the case” and have been relocated as ISP crime scene investigators conduct the dig.

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IL State Police

Robin Abrams

Abrams’ car was found on Oct. 5, the day after she was last seen. It was discovered, locked with the keys in the ignition, in Harvey. Her purse was later found a short distance from the vehicle.

Before she disappeared, Abrams had ended a relationship with a married officer who was on the sheriff’s auxiliary force. She was terminated from her position at the sheriff’s office after her breakup with the fellow officer and later filed a lawsuit contesting her termination in which the other officer had been named as a defendant.

The home where the dig is taking place was built around the same time as Abram’s disappearance and was investigated at the time as a spot where her remains were perhaps buried though no evidence was ever discovered.

The state police website indicates that Abrams was first reported missing on Oct. 4, 1990 and was 28 years old at the time. She would be 54 today.

Abrams’ case predates by 2 decades the high-profile disappearances of two other Will County women. Lisa Stebic, a then 37-year-old mother of two, disappeared on April 30, 2007. Stebic was in the divorce process with her estranged husband Craig Stebic when she reportedly left the family home and never returned. Later that same year, Stacy Peterson, 23, wife of Bolingbrook police officer Drew Peterson, disappeared on October 28.

Stebic’s husband was named a person of interest in her disappearance though no charges have been filed. Peterson was eventually convicted of murdering his ex-wife Kathleen Savio and was later convicted for a murder for hire plot against the Will County state’s attorney who prosecuted the case.