CHICAGO — Vikki Cihon Vukelich, 32, was last seen on Feb. 23, 1991, by her husband, David Vukelich, in their home at 508 Tulip Drive in Glenwood.
The couple met at a bowling alley and married in 1986. The marriage produced a daughter, Ashley. Vukelich has another daughter, Jill, from a previous relationship.
The marriage was rocky from the get-go, which led to Vukelich obtaining a restraining order against her husband in 1988. But in November 1990, David Vukelich accused his wife of biting and hitting him, followed by a police officer accusing Vukelich of resisting arrest. That led to a warrant for her arrest post-disappearance.
Vukelich ran a hair salon, Hair Designs by Vikki. Jill was 12 years old when her mother vanished.
On the night of her disappearance, Vukelich returned home from work at 9 p.m. Her husband wanted to go to a party, but she was tired from a long day at the salon. Jill said her mother put her and her sister to bed, but she awoke to the sounds of her mother and stepfather arguing.
Jill awoke a second time and found her stepfather in the living room. She assumed her mother was sleeping in the basement as she sometimes did. However, her mother had disappeared by morning.
David Vukelich never reported his wife missing – Vukelich’s close friend, Mary Prskalo, did a few days later when she learned through Crawford that all of Vukelich’s belongings were still in the home. However, as she was not a family member, Glenwood police officers had David Vukelich fill out the missing person report.
When investigators questioned him, he said he went to bed at 10:00 p.m., after his wife had left the house on foot and walked toward the highway, Dateline reported.
Witnesses told investigators they saw figures sitting in a car at the Vukelich home on Feb. 23, 1991, and heard a woman screaming, “Help me, please help me!”
Years later, neighbors said they heard terrible screams coming from the Vukelich home, then silence. However, Jill never mentioned hearing these screams.
Interestingly, David Vukelich removed the carpeting in the home, did cement work in his driveway after his wife’s disappearance, and sold the house after that. He and Ashley relocated elsewhere in Illinois.
And if all of that isn’t bad enough, David Vukelich filed for divorce two months after his wife’s disappearance. He’s a piece of shit.
Although Vukelich’s husband is considered a prime suspect, he has never been charged with her disappearance. Her case remains unsolved.
In 2003, FBI agents and local police excavated portions of the family’s old home searching for clues in the concrete and dirt. Police never revealed the results from the search, if any.
Later that same year, authorities exhumed the body of Mary “Susie” Jonker-Vukelich, David Vukelich’s second wife, who reportedly died of breast cancer in 1994, to see if foul play was involved. However, police filed no charges in her death.
David Vukelich has never cooperated with police regarding his first wife’s disappearance, and they claim they cannot force him to the police station for questioning. M’kay.
Updated on Dec. 9, 2022