Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Cindy Lesko was last seen in her St. Clair Shores home on October 23, 1994. Her husband, Albert Lesko, came there to drop off the children after a weekend visit. When they arrived at the Leskos' house that Sunday night, the husband got out of his truck and went to the door while the children waited in the car. He encountered Cindy and somewhere between five and 20 minutes later, returned to the truck. Rather than leave the kids with their mother, he got back in the truck and drove with the children back to his parents' house almost four hours away.
He was the last person to report ever seeing or hearing from Cindy Lesko. The husband has maintained that he arrived at the house to find his wife irrate at his being late. He says she told him to take the kids back with him and get them ready for school the next day himself. According to him, Cindy was alive and well when he left. The Lesko children say they were asleep on and off during the ride home from northern Michigan back home, including the time they were waiting in the driveway.
Albert Lesko hid Cindy's car several miles away in a Detroit neighborhood where it was discovered three days later with her purse in it. Lesko admitted to police that he parked it on a side street near Van Dyke and Seven Mile out of spite because of their pending divorce. The couple was scheduled for a pretrial divorce hearing three days before Cindy Lesko disappeared.
When police found the car, it contained Cindy's pocketbook but not her wallet, as well as a handgun Cindy was known to carry.
Albert was charged with Cindy's homicide in 2001. He was acquitted of the charges in December 2001. Cindy has never been located.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Saint Clair Shores Police Department