Missing 75-year-old Crete, (IL.) woman may be in Chicago

Raquel Erhard – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Crete, IL, United States (4E) – Police are asking the public’s help in finding a 75-year-old woman with dementia from Crete, Illinois who disappeared more than a week ago and may be in Chicago.

According to a police statement, Marija Niksich, who is also known as Maria E. Dosen-Niksich, was last seen by her family on November 8 around 6 a.m. at their home along Walden Lane.

The woman, who suffers from dementia and organic delusional syndrome, is white, stands 5 feet 4 inches tall, weighs 130 pounds and has hazel eyes and gray hair.

Niksich was wearing a hot pink windbreaker, a knit hat, blue jeans and gray and pink sneakers.

Will County Sheriff’s Police said Niksich is known to walk from her home to businesses on Sauk Trail and Torrence Avenue in Sauk Village, about 3.5 miles north of her home.

She has no credit cards and is not carrying enough cash to sustain herself on her own.

Preliminary searches that involved a helicopter, bloodhounds and a fire department dive team failed to find her.

A priest from Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Chicago, where Niksich has some relations, claimed she was seen November 15 between 10 and 11 a.m. at a Walgreens and a McDonald’s in the area of 92nd Street and Commercial Avenue in Chicago.

The woman previously mentioned she wanted to visit fellow Croatians in Chicago’s South Deering community, which is about 20 miles north of her home.

If anyone has information about Niksich, please call the Will County Sheriff’s Police at (815) 727-8575.

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