The Joliet police are searching for a missing mother of three whose boyfriend said she stole a load of his cash and one of his handguns, investigators said.
Linda Fellenbaum, 33, had moved in with the boyfriend about two months ago and was last seen departing his 3608 Crockett Court home on foot, said Joliet police Cmdr. Brian Benton.
Not only was she on foot, said the missing woman's mother, Deborah Barr, but she was barefoot, having left her shoes behind in the boyfriend's house.
"Her car, her phone, her shoes," Barr said of the various items her daughter left at the home of her boyfriend, 40-year-old Donald Wolak.
The sudden departure from Wolak's home was on Oct. 21. Five days earlier, Benton said, the boyfriend—whom he declined to identity—filed a police report saying he has a "large sum of cash missing," that he thinks Fellenbaum took it, and that he also suspects she stole one of his handguns.
When Fellenbaum returned on Oct. 21, Benton said, she and the boyfriend argued over the money and she fled the house, leaving all the things one would think she would have taken. A neighbor backed up the boyfriend's account and said he saw Fellenbaum leaving, Benton said.
Property transfer records show Wolak purchased the house at 3608 Crockett Court in 2004. Will County Sheriff's Department records have Wolak getting booked into the county jail in March 2011 on charges of aggravated battery and battery. Wolak's address when he was arrested was 3608 Crockett Court in Joliet, according to jail records.
No one answered the door at 3608 Crockett Court Thursday night. The window shades were drawn on the first floor and paper covered the windows around the door.
Four days after a barefoot Fellenbaum supposedly disappeared into the night, her sister went to the Joliet police to file a missing person's report, Benton said. The sister had earlier reported Fellenbaum missing to the Hinsdale Police Department, but officers there decided they do not have jurisdiction for the case, he said.
Fellenbaum was living in Hinsdale before she moved in with Wolak, her mother said. Benton said Fellenbaum and her boyfriend met on the Internet. Fellenbaum's dating profile was listed on the dating site meetme.com.
Fellenbaum's boyfriend cooperated with police and allowed officers to search his house, Benton said. The father of one of her three children, a 7-year-old boy, was also interviewed and was cooperative, he said.
Barr said Fellenbaum dropped the boy off at the Country Club Hills home of his father, Jason Dedera, on Saturday, Oct. 20. She planned to pick her son up Monday morning and take him to school in Hinsdale, Barr said.
Fellenbaum confirmed this with a text message to Dedera the night she supposedly ran out of Wolak's house barefoot, Barr said.
Dedera could not be reached for comment Thursday night.
Fellenbaum moved from Rockford to Chicago about nine years ago, according to a Facebook page set up by her family. Fellenbaum's Linkedin page says she studied pre-med, chemistry and sociology for two years at Marquette University. It also says she worked as an office Administrator at Sparkle Painting and Construction Company in Chicago.
A woman answering the phone Thursday at Sparkle Painting and Construction confirmed that Fellenbaum works there. The woman said she called a detective about Fellenbaum's case but declined to comment further.
Family and friends of Fellenbaum have organized a search for her Sunday at Mistwood Golf Course in Romeoville. The search starts at 10 a.m.
Barr said her daughter would not willingly take off for weeks on end without telling her family where she was going.
"This is 100 percent out of character for her," she said.