Born Lisa Michelle Ruttenberg on May 19, 1969, Lisa lived with her husband and two children in a three-bedroom house on the outskirts of Plainfield. She worked in the local school’s cafeteria and was, according to her family, highly devoted to her son and daughter. Lisa’s kinfolk are adamant that the young mom would ever have abandoned her kids.
However, she was keen on giving up on another member of the family. At the time of her disappearance, Lisa was going through an acrimonious divorce from her husband of 14 years. The couple were apparently living together but no longer speaking. In fact, on the day she vanished, Lisa had initiated legal proceedings to have Craig evicted from the family home. But her husband denied any knowledge of this at the time of her disappearance.
Lisa went missing on April 30, 2007. According to Craig, he was in the back yard of their house when someone arrived at around 6:00 p.m. to take his wife to the gym. Craig claimed that Lisa had left the house with her purse and cell phone, never to be seen again. In fact, Lisa was often seen jogging at around that time of the evening but, oddly, not on April 30.