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updated: 2/24/2014 2:19 PM

Police searching in Evanston for missing Des Plaines woman

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    Debra Fredricksen


Police are searching Evanston today for clues into the disappearance of a Des Plaines woman whose car was found there this weekend.

Debra Fredricksen, 61, was reported missing by her husband Saturday night after several phone calls to her cellphone went unanswered. Police found her car in a "public area" in Evanston that night, and on Monday, were searching the area for additional clues and possible witnesses who may have seen Fredricksen, said Des Plaines Police Cmdr. Randy Akin.

Akin said Fredricksen has no known medical condition and foul play is not suspected at this time. She hasn't gone missing before.

Police believe Fredricksen went through a McDonald's drive-through in Morton Grove about noon on Friday -- a conclusion investigators reached after finding a receipt in her car.

The vehicle was in good condition, Akin said.

"There was nothing out of the ordinary," he said.

Since Fredricksen's husband works a night shift at his job, when he came home on Friday, it didn't seem unusual at the time for his wife to not be there, Akin said.

"When he comes home in the afternoon from work, she may or may not be home," Akin said. "It wasn't clicking until the next day."

After her husband tried calling her on her cellphone and wasn't able to reach her, he came to police.

Other family members interviewed by police said they have spoken with Fredricksen on the phone within the last week, but that was before she went missing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at (847) 207-4576.

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