Ann and Richard Stislicki have awakened in their Fowlerville home to the uncertainty, the fear and the loneliness that comes with the realization their daughter Danielle is still missing.
It's been that way since Dec. 2, 2016, when Danielle, their bubbly 28-year-old daughter, left the insurance office at which she worked in Southfield, never to be heard from again. Danielle was supposed to go out with friends that night, but never showed up. Her car was found in her Farmington Hills apartment complex the next morning, but there's been no sign of her since.
That was a little more than a year ago and, though the family is doing what it must to get by, it never gets any easier. This week, with the one-year anniversary having passed Saturday, was especially difficult.
"It's a challenge. ... It was very difficult this past week to get through," Ann Stislicki said. "We started to make a commitment that we'd focus on ourselves and the family and not look at Facebook. You work through it, you talk through it as much as you can, but we all have our moments when we break down. But we're there for each other. We know we're all challenged with the struggle and (try) to keep that hope up."
Chris Paliewicz, Danielle's uncle, remembers those days, not like they happened more than a year ago, but like they were just yesterday. He was walking his dog Dec. 3, 2016, the day after Danielle went missing, when he got a call saying they needed to get into Danielle's apartment.
The day after that was spent searching for her, which has been pretty much how the ensuing 365 days have gone.