The parents of a missing Schaumburg woman made a direct appeal Wednesday for their daughter to return home to her husband and children.
Beata Candre, 48, has been missing along with her black 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee since Oct. 11. Family members fear she may be in danger because of an ongoing medical issue.
"Beata, please come home," her father, Tony Dzierzak, said Wednesday during a news conference at the Schaumburg police station. "We love you. The kids love you. (Husband) Frank loves you."
Schaumburg police Sgt. John Nebl said that Candre had been showing signs of depression for the past year, and disappeared for two days in August before alerting police to her presence in the Oriole Park neighborhood on the Northwest side of Chicago, where she grew up.
As with that disappearance, Nebl said police firmly believe Candre left on her own.
And that's why her parents decided to reach out to her directly.
"Try and get some help," her father pleaded. "If you can, try to go to the hospital."
As of last week, Schaumburg police had received about 100 reports of sightings, none of which have led to any clue to her whereabouts, Nebl said. It's believed that most of these were sightings of people who only looked like Candre.
Reported sightings have come from as far away as Texas and Nebraska, but the majority have been in the Chicago area, Nebl said.
Candre's father broke down in tears as he made the same appeal to his daughter in his native Polish language. He told the reporters that Candre and her husband have three children, aged 19, 17 and 13.
"She's a very good mother and the kids are wonderful," Dzierzak said. "It's hard on them. They are asking her to come back."
Though the family was just as concerned the last time Candre vanished, she was found before the disappearance had really sunk in, Dzierzak said.
Nebl said he wasn't aware of any medication Candre might be taking and confirmed that there had been no suicide attempts in her past. The main symptoms of her depression over the past year have been that Candre, once actively involved in the community, had become more withdrawn, he added.
Anyone who believes they have information about Candre's whereabouts or has seen her or her vehicle is asked to call 911 immediately.
Candre is white with brown hair and blue eyes, 5 feet 3 inches tall and 170 pounds. The Illinois license plate number on her vehicle is ARH 648.