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John Spira, Chicago Johnny Is Missing: Please Help Us Find Him!
$10,000.00 reward for any information directly leading to John's whereabouts.
 John Michael Spira, 45 years old, 5'8", 165 pounds, brown hair, brown eyes. He has been missing since Friday, February 23, 2007, 7:00 pm. from West Chicago, Illinois.
Resident of St. Charles, Illinois. Last seen wearing blue jeans, black turtleneck sweater, black shoes, olive green aviator jacket.
This is no ordinary guy; as hundreds of friends and relatives will attest. Everyone has something wonderful to say about John Spira who has been missing since Friday, February 23, 2007; last seen at 7:00 pm at his workplace on County Farm Road near North Avenue in unincorporated West Chicago, Illinois. 
To report information call St. Charles Police Detective Troy Peacock at (630) 377-4435 or DuPage County Sheriff’s Investigation Commander Mark Edwards at (630) 407-2321

John Michael Spira is a man of many talents -- you may know him:

Hundreds of friends and relatives will attest that John was no ordinary guy; everyone has something wonderful to say about John Spira.

Owner of Universal Cable Construction in West Chicago, Illinois,

John was active in community affairs.John, a U.S. Army veteran, was a tank driver stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado,

An electronics and machinery aficionado, a race car builder and driver, and a private pilot;

About to launch a promising aviation venture with Marchetti and warbird training.

John Spira was an active, fun-loving guy with a straight-forward approach to life; loved, respected, and admired by all; always helping anyone in need.

Music was John Spira's passion; he has been mesmerizing listeners with his hard-driving, soulful blues for 30 years. John was an accomplished guitar and slide-guitar player with the Rabble Rousers Band prior to his mysterious disappearance.


John placed a cell phone call to a friend at 7:09pm confirming that he would meet for a dinner date in Oak Brook, IL. at 8:30pm, but he was never to arrive.

While no further communication was received from John Spira, his cell phone did continue to 'ping' off of two (2) local service towers until 11:00pm that night.

John's friend, Renata Bielskis, reported that she had contacted the St. Charles Police Department shortly after his uncharacteristic disappearance on the evening of February 23rd. The St. Charles P. D. failed to recognize Miss Bielskis' concerns for reason that she was not qualified to file a report.

John and his estranged wife, Suzanne, had agreed on the final details of their divorce settlement on the morning of February 23rd. She was finally coaxed into filing an official missing person's report with the St. Charles Police Department at 5:30am of the following Sunday, February 25th, 2007. The couple's divorce was to be official on March the 8th.

Although this case was originally filed with the St. Charles, IL. Police Department, it is now categorized under the jurisdiction of the Du Page County Sheriff's Office for reason that Spira disappeared in an unincorporated area within the parameters of Du Page County.

Some of John's employees at Universal Cable have officially reported a large roll of plastic wrap material to have been missing from the premises, but the Du Page County Police Department's position remains that they believe John to have simply walked away from his family and his life, stating that there is no evidence to prove otherwise.


John's Business was burned to the ground Sunday, September 16, 2007. The (now) gutted building that was once home to former Du Page County "Business of the year" nominee, Universal Cable Construction Inc., is co-owned by John's estranged wife and the wife of John's business partner, David W. Stubben.
If you would like to contribute to our search efforts please make a donation via the paypal link below or mail a check to:
The John Spira Search Fund - at Chase Bank, IL1-2520 c/o - John Spira Search Fund - 1825 West Lawrence Ave. Chicago, IL 60640 (ACCOUNT NUMBER: 734664360). 
Please email us at: if you have information about John's disappearance. or a kind word to share
The Spira family is very grateful for all of your help.

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Help find John. Keep your hope and your prayers constant. 

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« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2009, 12:10:59 am »

January 26, 2009
The Missing - A Weekly Exposé of Lost Souls - Issue #28

The Mysterious Disappearance of John "Chicago Johnny" Spira

In this week's edition of "The Missing," we revisit the mysterious disappearance of John "Chicago Johnny" Spira, a 45-year-old resident of Chicago, Illinois, who went missing in February 2007.

A popular Chicago musician and owner of a successful construction company, John had a lot of things going right in his life. He had money, a new girl, and plenty of fans who fawned over his musical talent. What John didn't have was a reason to walk away from his life, which makes the mystery of his disappearance all the more difficult to understand.

John was last seen at around 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 23, 2007, leaving his business, Universal Cable Construction Inc., in West Chicago. He had a dinner date planned for later that evening, but for reasons unknown, he never arrived. The following morning John's girlfriend, Renata Biekskis, attempted to file a missing persons report with the St. Charles Police Department but was turned away because she was not his next of kin.

The following evening, John's band, The Rabble Rousers, was scheduled to play a gig at Jason's Steakhouse in Montgomery. However, for the first time in years, "Chicago Johnny" was a no-show. Determined to get the police involved, Renata persuaded John's estranged wife, Suzanne, to contact the police and file a missing persons report.

Police initially did little to locate John, suspecting that he had run off or went on a trip without notifying his friends. Investigators found no signs of foul play at his home or at his business, and both of his vehicles were accounted for.

Stephanie McNeil immediately knew something was wrong when she heard her brother was missing. It was out of character for him to leave without contacting anyone, and she felt there was no way he would take off when he had already purchased tickets to fly to Phoenix, Ariz., the following week to visit his mother, who had recently been hospitalized.

As the weeks turned into months, Stephanie found herself making dozens of trips to Chicago to try to determine what had happened to her brother. Stephanie helped erect billboards with John's picture and information, and she diligently distributed fliers and organized several searches, all to no avail.

In September 2007, on an early fall Saturday evening, there was more intrigue and mystery added to John's case when a fire truck was dispatched to a mysterious blaze at his construction company. Despite firefighters' best efforts, the business was a total loss. Despite the fact that the fire appeared to be suspicious, investigators have been reluctant to label it arson.

John In addition to the fire, across the street from the business, someone had destroyed a large banner with John’s picture and information on it. John's business partner, David Stubben, and younger brother, Tom Spira, both remain convinced that these incidents are connected to John's disappearance.

"It wasn't just a coincidence," Tom told "There might be a motive because someone somewhere is going to get that money, so maybe that will prompt the police to take a look at somebody. They've never brought anyone in for formal questioning."

Trying to develop support for John's search has been difficult for his family and friends. They have regularly voiced their frustration over not getting media coverage comparable to that of other missing persons cases in the city, resulting in their having to take the bulk of the search responsibilities into their own hands.

John's family has organized several vigils as a way to keep his face in the newspapers and on television. Dozens of volunteers have also donated time to pass out leaflets and posters to keep his story from fading into the background. Family members of Stacy Peterson and Lisa Stebic, two women who also went missing in 2007, have admitted that it is unfortunate that young, attractive missing females seem to get more media attention than missing men, a fact that they would all like to see changed.

John Spira is described as 5 feet 7 inches tall, 140 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair. A $10,000.00 reward is being offered for information leading to the discovery of his whereabouts. Anyone with information should contact the St. Charles Police Department at 630-377-4435 or the DuPage County Sheriff's Department at 630-407-2321.

For more information or to help, please visit:

Photo Credits: All photos courtesy of John Spira's family.

If you are a family member of a missing loved one and have a case you would like covered here, contact me via e-mail. If you are a reader who would like to help, please spread the word about this site so others can find us. The more people who see these stories, the better the chances that someone might come forward with information.

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