Date of Incident: April 5, 2008
Location: 1236 N. Oaklane Road
Victim: Michelle Bianco
Michelle Bianco was last seen and heard from on April 5th, 2008 at her cousin’s home at the 2100 block of South Grand Avenue East in Springfield. At the time Michelle had blond shoulder length hair and blue eyes. She was described as being a white female standing 5’7” tall and weighing 112 pounds. She was reported missing by her boyfriend who discovered her missing when he returned home from an out of town trip on April 6, 2008. No family or friends have spoken to her since she was last seen at her cousin’s home.
Police received information that on the evening of April 5, 2008 Michelle, also known as Shelly, was seen getting into a black Pontiac with a sunroof which was driven by a white male with a small build, black hair over his ears, and an unshaven face. The driver appeared to know Michelle and offered her a ride home which she willingly accepted. She has not been seen or heard from since. Due to the suspicious nature of her disappearance and the likelihood of foul play, Crime Stoppers is presenting this case to the public seeking information for investigators. If information is presented to Crime Stoppers which leads to an arrest of a person responsible for foul play in the disappearance and homicide of Michelle Bianco, Crime Stoppers will pay $5000 cash to the anonymous tipster.
This is the fifth “cold case” Crime Stoppers is presenting to the public in hope of generating leads which will help investigators solve cases and make arrests. Crime Stoppers will pay $5000 cash for any information which leads to an arrest or any persons responsible for past homicides in Springfield and Menard Counties. Persons with information can leave tips on the Crime Stopper Tipline at 788-8427, on the web site Cashfortips.us, or by text by entering the keyword TIP672 followed by the tip information. This should be sent to 2-7-4-6-3-7 (C-R-I-M-E-S). All anonymous information must be submitted to Crime Stoppers before 9/30/16 to be eligible for the enhanced reward of $5000. After that date, the reward for this and other homicides will revert to the $1000 maximum Crime Stoppers reward.