SPECIAL REPORT: The search for Lori Ann Slesinski
AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - The disappearance of Lori Ann Slesinski has been one of the most disturbing cases for the Auburn Police Department.
A missing person's case that is almost six years old.
"We were first made aware of the situation on Tuesday, June the 13th of 2006. Lori's mom came down and reported to us that she had not seen or heard from her for several days" says Auburn Assistant Police Chief Paul Register.
Register is all too familiar with this case.
He says when word about Slesinski's disappearance reached police, the investigation officially started.
"At that point we immediately began to seek out and talk with acquaintances of hers and friends that she did things with, and of course unable to locate her."
But what police did locate four days after Lori's disappearance was her 2005 Mazda Tribute burned to the frame off of Dekalb Street in Auburn.
"We did retrieve that vehicle, did and extensive examination of it, and not only us but we included the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences and did a lot of work with that and still maintain custody of that vehicle today". We still have it, says Register.
Once the fire was extinguished investigators stated there was no evidence that anyone was inside the car when the fire started.
Which took police back to square one.
Register says, "At this point we still do not know the whereabouts of Lori. That's something we desperately want to find out for the family."
And no one is dealing with the stress of this case more than Lori's mom Arlene Slesinski.
"Not knowing is a living hell," says Slesinski,
Slesinski also says, "I have no idea. Lori had no enemies at all. I hope she's still alive. I'll put it to you that way. As a parent you will always have hope."
Captain Tom Stoffer with the Auburn Police Department says,"Her mom is handling this as any mother would that has a missing child.
He says this kind of case can be very difficult for a family to endure.
"Having three children of my own I could not imagine what Mrs. Slesinski is going through, so we want to bring closure to that family and we're going to keep our nose to the grindstone until we get the answers that we need to bring closure to this case and give the answers to Mrs. Slesinski that we feel she deserves,"says Stoffer.
"I just feel in my heart that they are trying everything in this case, that they are working on,"says Lori's mom Arlene Slesinski.
According to police, it was out-of-character for Lori to just disappear without a trace and that's where the public comes in. If you have any information you can offer police regarding this disappearance, it would be of great help to them.
"There maybe someone who have information that could be that one piece of the puzzle that makes us unable to turn the corner in this case. We just urge anyone with information, how rival they may think it is just to contact us and let us be the judge of what is important and what is not,"says Register.
Although this case is approaching its sixth year, police do not consider it a cold case.
Register says "None of our cases actually are considered that way and once our case is assigned to an investigator it remains with that investigator until such time that a conclusion is reached with it."
When News Leader 9 asked if Lori may have simply ran away from home, police were not convinced.
"Her behavioral pattern, the fact that she had a job, the fact that she maintained close contact with her family with her friends, she had just purchased a vehicle she had a pet at home that she tended to regularly. All those things considered and the fact that all of that stuff ended at one time. Would lead us to believe that it maybe something more than just a missing person's case,"says Stoffer.
"She would never do that. She would never leave her little dog that she left. We were close. If there was something bothering her I'm sure she would have told me,"says Slesinski.
According to police, the last time Lori was ever seen again was a few days before she was reported missing.
"During our investigation we determined that the last time she was seen by family or friends was that Saturday evening June 10th,"says Register.
Even though an investigator has been actively working this case since day one, investigators desperately need your help.
"We've gotten the information out there in a variety of ways. So we're just doing everything we can to make the public aware of any situation and hope that the person who may know something and not understand the significance of it may come forward and give us that piece of information that can put us over the top,"says Register.
Lori Ann Slesinski vanished when she was 24 years old.
In 2006, she was described as having blonde hair, about 5-feet-7 inches tall and weighing around 160 pounds.
If you know anything about this missing person's case you are asked to call the Auburn Tip Line at 334-246-1391 or Crime stoppers at 1-888-522-7847.
If your information can help police close this case a reward will be offered.
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