The whereabouts of Brenda Jackson, a U.S. Army veteran and mother of six who disappeared in Illinois last week, is a growing source of worry for her family and friends. Despite extensive search efforts, police have been unable to locate the woman or any clues to her whereabouts.
"We want her home and we'll do whatever it takes," Jackson's friend, Carol Lantz, told Chicago's WLS News, adding, "We are going to find her."
Police say Jackson, 31, was last seen Jan. 3, when her father dropped her off at her Park Forest home.
"We said, 'Goodbye. I love you honey. I will see you tomorrow,'" her father, Joel Gonzalez, recalled in an interview with WLS.
Jackson failed to show up for work the next day, and her mother and husband reported her missing to police on Jan. 5.
Jackson's purse and jacket were found inside her residence. Authorities said there has been no activity on her cell phone or bank accounts.
According to Missing Veterans, a volunteer organization that helps raise awareness about missing U.S. military veterans, Jackson served in the Iraq War.
Authorities have not indicated suspicions that a crime was committed. However, family members who have been searching in and around the missing woman's home have told local media that her disappearance is out of character.
Brenda Jackson is described as a Hispanic female, approximately 5 feet tall and 125 pounds. She has black hair, brown eyes, a scar on her upper chest and star tattoos on both sides of her neck. She also has a heart tattooed on her ring finger and a tattoo that says "Michael" on her left inner wrist.
Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to contact the Park Forest Police Department at 708-748-1309.
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