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Joliet Police Searching For Woman Missing Nearly 2 Weeks

The missing woman's boyfriend told the Joliet police she stole a bunch of his cash and one of his guns, a detective said.

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.

Patches November 02, 2012 at 05:46 AM
I don't believe the boyfriends story.
Mayhem November 02, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Showing a picture of their home does what?
Freddie Kissell November 02, 2012 at 03:57 PM
I agree with you, Patches. Something's off.
Jenn King Radtke November 02, 2012 at 05:24 PM
Kinda of sounds "Drew Peterson" like. I hope they find her safe and sound!
Tyschra92 November 02, 2012 at 05:25 PM
I think he probably lied and said she took the gun, when in reality he probably killed her with it. No good mother in her right mind would leave her children and not try to contact anyone. Its sad but she probably is not alive :-/
A reader... November 02, 2012 at 06:59 PM
It's very unfortunate in a situation like this that stories are written and possibly paint the wrong picture. I do not believe that Mr. Hosey bothered to look into this woman's history or her own police record before writing this article. Possibly could have taken a very different turn. People will naturally jump to the wrong conclusions when they read the half truths. Women are not always the victims. If her family is so concerned about her well being why are they waiting 2 weeks to organize a search? Isn't the first 48 hours the most important in finding someone?
mr close to situation November 02, 2012 at 07:04 PM
I think first of all people need to quit making assumptions. What the newspaper failed to mention was fallenbaum is not the innocent victim they are playing her out to be. She is wanted on warrants in kankakee as well as in Wisconsin. She also has been driving on a suspended license on a regular basis. So her car shouldn't have been there in the first place. what they also failed to mention is that fallenbaum has in the last six months posted 25+ Craigslist adds looking for men among other things. Using fake names meeting strange men. Her family has not heard from her in months and so they are trying to portray that this is out of character for her..really ...were the Craigslist ads in character? Were the picking up of men in character too???. She also actually did not live at the address, she was merely staying there out of the kindness of Mr.wolak because of her supposed apt had a mold issue. Mind you she lost her apt never leading on that she did. I also would like to add regarding her character is it in her character to give up her children for adoption and give up custody ...so really Mr newspaper reporter get ur story straight before portraying people as victims. Mr wolak missing his hard earned money is a victim ....wake up people you ever think she may be in hiding being she has warrants and is prime suspect in a major theft case!!!!!
Freddie Kissell November 02, 2012 at 07:29 PM
I suppose nothing bad ever happens to criminals. If what you say is true, Mr. close, couldn't she have met up with a frickin Craigslist killer? How do you know all this stuff about her, anyway? Are you trying to direct attention away from Mr. Wolak for some reason? Even a criminal like you say she is would have grabbed her damn shoes and probably her phone when she ran out!
A reader... November 02, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Yes Mr. Kissel bad things do happen to criminals THEY GET CAUGHT which is probably what she was afraid of and ran as soon as she was confronted. Clearly this is not a woman in her right mind, why would you think she would rationalize like one? Sounds to me like she's got this little operation down pat....find men...steal from them...and move on to the next one.
mr close to situation November 02, 2012 at 08:28 PM
Mr kissell ....I personally know both parties involved. I have direct knowledge of situation.When someone is confronted and is caught red handed and told the police will and are being called they tend to scramble to get the hell away before the police arrive. Facing numerous warrants and a possibly another felony theft might make someone run quickly without grabbing anything.the scam that was being run was out of the bag and knowing ur wanted might make someone hide. There are details that Mr reporter failed to mention that would have shed more light on situation. The amount of nonsense that surrounds fellnbaum is incredible. Mr reporter needs to get all the facts before writing a story Like the fact police were called on the night she took off running and they took sweet time to arrive. So again get all facts
Concerned November 02, 2012 at 09:00 PM
This definitly follows her track record, I know of someone she pulled a similiar thing on, she has this game down pat....
mr close to situation November 02, 2012 at 09:48 PM
Mr kissell now more details are coming out and this supposed innocent victim isn't so innocent ..her own family has said she has done this before in a news acticle from tribune. Now reports of her sex search on.Craigslist is coming out. So again get all facts before reporting
Tina November 02, 2012 at 11:32 PM
I think mr close to situation is actually Mr. Situation himself. Did the reporter have any of the facts he listed wrong, or did he just not include EVERYTHING? When you say she has done "this" before, what do you mean? Meet guys on Craigslist? Scam them or steal from them? I've heard about her meeting men online, but not stealing from them. And for her to just disappear & not pick up her son & not see or contact him for even one day is not like her, as far as I know. I really don't know what happened, but I last saw Linda just 2 nights before she dissappeared. Our kids were playing & she was laughing & playing with them. She just seemed so happy...
Hummergal November 03, 2012 at 01:30 AM
All of this is irrelevant! Here we have a beautiful mother of three missing. You people who are trying to destroy her character witness really need some help. I will continue to pray for sick people like you. As for the others, let's continue to pray for as safe return to her kids and family. Mr. Close to Situation and Mr. Kissell sounds like they were there on October 21st. Hmmmm???
mr close to situation November 03, 2012 at 07:45 AM
Mrs.pastor yes the pd does have this information. And no I'm not Mr situation. Tina have you spoken with the police about seeing Linda? ? Pastor come on nobody is lying, the facts are the facts. And if they in fact are lies that would mean that the police are lying. All the facts I have stated have been verified and are the truth. Facts are as follows this is not the first time she has done this. I in fact hope she found safe.
mr close to situation November 03, 2012 at 07:48 AM
Hummer I do not have to smear her character. She has done a great job on her own.
Hummergal November 03, 2012 at 01:35 PM
I'm going to say this and then leave it alone. Linda has not done a great job of smearing her characters. You characters are trying and trying hard. A few questions for Mr. Close to Situation, if Linda has not done anything to you, why would the police disclose all that info to you? Hmmm.....??? You sounds like an ex, the ex or the ex's next door lying neighbor! Also, you asked the young lady Tina if she called the PD, why would she call the PD, because she and Linda were at the park playing with their kids? DUH!!!! The reporter that took this story must have been broke himself to print something as such. He needs to look into writing a book of JOKES! The whole story is not adding up! A few things I do know and can prove that you are lying is Linda worked at certain jobs that required background checks and none of your lies showed, because she got the jobs! When you google her name, all you see is a MISSING BEAUTIFUL YOUNG MOTHER of 3! When you goole Donald Wolak's name, you see is a person who has been convicted of doing bodily harm to someone and aggravated battery. He actually made MUGSHOT.COM! That let us know that he is/was capable of hurting her. Who walks in, get into a heated agrument, take her shoes off, and then runs out without them? If she ran out of the house with no shoes, she was fleeing for safety/her life! Lastly, with his record, why is he allowed to have guns? Large sums of cash in the home? What is your/your friend's profession? Point proven!
Hummergal November 03, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Corrections: He is on Bustedmugshots.com! And who would take a large sum of cash and a handgun and go skipping back like Little Red Riding Hood to the big bad wolf, like nothing happened? If it was me, I would skipped out of state, not back to the spot I stole it from. That's like a bank robber robs a bank and then turns around with the same mask on a few days later to deposit it into his account. Bwahahahaha!!!! I had to laugh at these jokes!
Hummergal November 03, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Sorry Mr. Kissell, I misread you comments. I apologize for my first comment. I meant it for Mr. Close to Situation and Concerned.
Infamous Steve November 03, 2012 at 03:21 PM
How do you know she was a good mother?
sugarbop November 04, 2012 at 01:54 AM
She is someone's daughter and she deserves the same respect as anyone else. She is a mom.. she may have problems but it doesn't mean that she is less important. let's concentrate on finding her and if she has something to answer to the police will take care of it.. I am sure her family is reading this..
mr close to situation November 04, 2012 at 04:07 PM
tina no I am not mr situation just somene close to the situation with a knowledge of the real facts..I would be more concerned with where jason is going and not whats going on with this
mr close to situation November 04, 2012 at 04:30 PM
tina im not mr situation just a person who is very close to whats going on ..yes there is documention that she has stolen before. your right you dont know what really happened. the acts linda has commited can put her in jail for a very long time and contacting you and jason would get her caught .you act like linda was this wonderful person yet according to jason his account of her isnt so good. I really hope you werent dating jason in sept because there is some very interesting things with him and a back rub with her!!
mr close to situation November 04, 2012 at 04:41 PM
the police have talked with me regarding the situation as well so that is why I have the info I do have.I am no ex or a neighbor..the police no full well who i am and my knowledge. tina should call the police because her bf is lindas ex. the where lindas child was left prior to going to mr.wolaks. I would agree this reporter is a joke himself.I am far from lying do some checking into kankakee you will see. there are many types of background checks out there . some are county checks state and federal depends how in depth they are.
mr close to situation November 04, 2012 at 04:50 PM
as for her running out with out her shoes,,,, well ms I think i know it all do you know where the information came from that she left without her shoes..yup thats right mr wolak. so nobody would have even know unless he told them a few mins after she in fact left he was on phone with police dept.and heated argument??? are you assuming that ??were you there to see if it was heated?? you know what happens when you assume and yes lastly he must not be this criminal you speak of if he is allowed to have guns, subject to federal fbi checks. which by the way he apparently passed all checks and since when is it a crime to have cash in your home ??cash that only he knew and apprently linda found and helped her self too. he is a gainfully employed person who has a decent job which last I checked was not a crime so really what have you proven ...that you dont know shitt about what is really going on...I hope she is found safe and healthy so she can be convicted for the sham that she is and all her lies will come to light . once olice find her then the evidence can be made public and everyone can see her for the fraud she is
mr close to situation November 04, 2012 at 04:53 PM
it sure is funny when her finger prints are all over the safe she stole the money from all over the inside of the safe she supposedly had no access to ...shes the dumb ass who thought nobody knew what she had done.
DonaldWolakMurderer November 19, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Mr Close to the Situation aided in killing Linda Barr Fellenbaum. Justice will prevail when these suburban hilljacks are finally caught!
DonaldWolakMurderer November 19, 2012 at 02:22 PM
The FBI needs to investigate this case. Chicagoland police are corrupt and racist and could give two sh!ts about finding a missing black woman & investigating her white trash criminal ex boyfriend
toldya November 30, 2012 at 05:02 PM
All you stupid asses who thought foul play ..who's laughing now she's been found in GA and arrested on yet more theft charges. So you idiots and know it all's can kiss my a**...karma got the bit*h..hope she gets what's coming
toldya November 30, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Where all the people at who made accusations? ?? That's what I thought chicken sh*t people can smear someone and now can't apologize..where's the families apologies to Mr wolak for accusation? ?why aren't they on news making public apologies? ?

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