Historic/Cold Cases

The Disappearance Of Stacy Lucien “Luke” DiLenardi – Missing From Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Since November 2005

Stacy DiLenardi had lived in Sudbury his entire life. In September 2005, when he was 31 years old, he moved to Sault Ste. Marie (Garden River) to start a new job as a technician at the Ontario Forest Research Institute (OFRI). He still kept in touch with his family in Sudbury. ⁣ ⁣⁣

On November 27, 2005, Stacy spoke to his father on the phone. On the morning of November 28, he went to work wearing beige pants and a beige/khaki vest over a blue-sleeved sweater.⁣ ⁣⁣

He left work at lunch and drove his 2003 red Chevrolet Cavalier to Sewell’s Gas Bar, located on the Rankin Reserve (436 Frontenac Street). At 1:12 p.m., he purchased some Player’s Light cigarettes. ⁣ ⁣⁣

What happened next remains a mystery. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣

Investigators launched an extensive search for Stacy following his disappearance. On December 1, 2005, his abandoned vehicle was found “disabled” 7 km in on Connor Road in Duncan Township, 13.5 km from where he was last seen. Some reports describe the location as a snowmobile trail 15 km behind Garden River First Nation Reserve. No other evidence was found, and the search was called off due to heavy snowfall.⁣⁣ In April 2006, investigators conducted a second search over 20 days. According to a Sudbury Police press release, up to 55 trained searchers from Sault Search and Rescue, OPP and the Sault Ste. Marie City Police scoured the brush for any signs of DiLenardi. ⁣⁣
Investigators used OPP helicopters, snow machines, and specialized OPP canine handlers with cadaver dogs. The area where the vehicle was initially located was searched again. ⁣

At the time, Const. Bill Mackan of the OPP said they were looking for any evidence “that he is still there and he is dead or that he walked out.” ⁣ ⁣⁣

In May, the search was called off. No evidence of Stacy DiLenardi’s whereabouts was ever found. ⁣At the time of his disappearance, he had only lived in Sault Ste. Marie for less than three months. He wore glasses, was known to smoke menthol cigarettes, and is described as thin, 5’8” tall, 155 to 160 lbs, with brown eyes and brown hair to his ears, balding on top.

He has psoriasis on his legs, arms, and back, and took medication for thyroid and depression. ⁣He had recently legally changed his name to Luke.

Source: https://www.canadaunsolved.com/cases/missing-stacy-luke-dilenardi-sudbury-ontario-2005

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