Murder Trial To Begin For McHenry County Man; Body Never Found

WOODSTOCK, Ill. (CBS) — The body never was found, but prosecutors are going forward today with a murder trial in McHenry County.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Regine Schlesinger, Mario Casciaro, now 28, is accused of killing his co-worker, Brian Carrick, 17, in 2002 when they both worked at a grocery store co-owned by Casciaro’s family in far northwest suburban Johnsburg.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Regine Schlesinger reports

Carrick was a stock boy at the store, while Casciaro was his supervisor.

Carrick’s body was never found, but former federal prosecutor Tad DiBiase, an expert on no-body murder cases, says new technology makes it easier than ever to prove conclusively that a missing person was probably murdered.

“It’s a lot easier than even 20 years ago to show” ‘Hey, this person hasn’t used their cell phone. They haven’t updated their Facebook status. They used to update things every day,’” DiBiase said.

DiBiase says when there is no body, prosecutors bring only the strongest circumstantial cases to trial.

“They’ve got to believe there’s a better than 50 percent chance to win,” DiBiase said.

Two high-profile no-body cases in the Chicago area remain unsolved.

Lisa Stebic disappeared in April 2007 from her Plainfield home, and her husband, Craig Stebic, has been named a person of interest in her disappearance, but has never faced criminal charges. Lisa Stebic has never been declared dead.

Stacy Peterson has not been seen since October 2007, and her husband, former Bolingbrook police Sgt. Drew Peterson, has been named a person of interest in her disappearance but has not been charged. Peterson is being held on separate charges of killing his third wife before Stacy, Kathleen Savio.

No-body cases have a mixed rate of success when it comes to prosecution. In 1994, Edward Lyng, of Palatine, was convicted of the 1977 murder of his wife, Stephanie, even though her body was never found.

But in 2004, Robert Dianovsky Sr., of Schaumburg, was acquitted of the murder of his wife, Peggy. While Criminal Court Judge Dennis Porter said there was overwhelming evidence that Peggy was dead, there was no proof that her husband was involved.

  • George Gollias

    Become easier to prosecute? Sounds arrogant. Please consider the evidence and present your case with the sensitivity and understanding that there are people involved in your stories on both sides of the law.
    There is nothing easy when someone is murdered. Names are thrown into a story and the consequential emotions ripping through those who hang on every report of every missing person and story alert are not ever considered. May the souls of those who were killed rest in peace. May they all have known their Savior in Christ and may those who protect and prosecute in cases like this never have to experience what too many of us have had to bear in these horrific life experiences. To those who aren’t personally involved these are stories or cases. To the families of the survivors this is and always will be our lives. God Bless all including the people who murdered those loving creations of God. You know who you are and know too that God will take care of you as only He truly shall. May peace in God and His Son Jesus Christ and His gift of accepting Him and having eternal life to all. Survivor of a murdered Sister.
    Proud brother George Gollias (Peggy (Duanovsky) Gollias, 1982

  • Anne Gollias Peterson

    Having gone through a trial like the one that will start today in McHenry I just pray for the loved ones of Brian Carrick. May you have the strength to go through this. Testifying in my sister’s murder case was one of the most difficult things I have ever done in my life. I also hope that the family puts little stock in a possible conviction. Though the judge found my sister’s husband “not guilty,” I knew nothing would change our outcome. It’s hard when you lose a loved one, but when they are taken in a violent way it changes your world forever.
    Anne Gollias Peterson
    Sister of Peggy (Dianovsky) Gollias 1954-1982

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