Cindy Marie Lesko
Missing since October 23, 1994 from St. Clair Shores, Macomb County, Michigan.
Classification: Endangered Missing
Circumstances of Disappearance
Cindy Lesko was last seen in her St. Clair Shores home on October 23, 1994. Her husband came to their St. Clair Shores home to drop off the children after a weekend visit. When they arrived at the Leskos' house that Sunday night, the husband got out of his truck and went to the door while the children waited in the car. He encountered Cindy and somewhere between five and 20 minutes later, returned to the truck. Rather than leave the kids with their mother, he got back in the truck and drove with the children back to his parents' house almost four hours away. He was the last person to report ever seeing or hearing from Cindy Lesko. The husband has maintained that he arrived at the house to find his wife irate at his being late. He says she told him to take the kids back with him and get them ready for school the next day himself. According to him, Cindy was alive and well when he left.
The Lesko children say they were asleep on and off during the ride home from northern Michigan back home, including the time they were waiting in the driveway.
Lesko hid Cindy's car several miles away in a Detroit neighborhood where it was discovered three days later with her purse in it. Lesko admitted to police that he parked it on a side street near Van Dyke and Seven Mile out of spite because of their pending divorce. The couple was scheduled for a pretrial divorce hearing three days before Cindy Lesko disappeared. When police found the car, it contained Cindy's pocketbook but not her wallet, as well as a handgun Cindy was known to carry.
The last known person to speak to Cindy before Albert arrived that night was a friend who was on the phone with Cindy at about 10:30 that night. Cindy got off the phone when she said she heard the truck pull up in the driveway. When the friend could not reach Cindy the next day, she became increasingly worried and eventually called police and filed a missing persons report. According to another friend Cindy had planned on taking a nursing exam with her the morning of October 24, but didn't show.
Police entered Cindy's house that night without a search warrant, arguably looking to see that she was all right rather than investigating a possible crime. They found nothing amiss but said it appeared Cindy had left suddenly. Before that, the Leskos' babysitter had gone in through a window and also found no signs of violence. With still no sign of Cindy, police returned to the Lesko house the following day on October 25; this time with a search warrant. They found $700 in cash, $620 in uncashed checks, including a child support check and a payroll check; and four pieces of jewelry including Cindy's wedding ring.
During their visit to the Lesko home, police did not turn up any forensic evidence.
The husband was a suspect in Cindy's disappearance and charged with her homicide in March 2001. The theory presented in court was that he and his estranged wife argued after he returned the children late from a trip up north to his parents in Oscoda County. Prosecutors alleged that he killed her, put her body in the pickup bed and disposed of it while returning to Oscoda County.
A jury acquitted him of the charges in December 2001.
Several searches for Cindy over the years have been unsuccessful.
Investigators St. Clair Shores Police Department
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Lt. Timothy Keelan
St. Clair Shores Police Department
Agency Case Number: 94-30217
Source Information: Return to the Unexplained Disappearances' Index
NamUs MP #13920
The Macomb Daily
The Detroit Free Press
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