Authorities digging at Joliet home, searching for ex-deputy missing since 1990

JOLIET, Ill. -- Authorities are searching a home Thursday, as they follow a new lead in a cold case.

Former Will County Sheriff's Deputy Robin Abrams went missing in October of 1990.

Just hours after she vanished, police found her locked car, with the keys still inside, but they never found any trace of Abrams.

Almost three decades later, a combination of FBI agents and Illinois State Police are digging in a basement of a home in Joliet in response to a new lead in Abrams' case.

Abrams, who was 28 when she disappeared, was hired by the Will County Sheriff's Office in January of 1988 and then fired by Sheriff John Johnsenon in December of that year with only weeks to go before her probationary status was going to end.

According to the Tribune, after her dismissal Abrams filed a lawsuit against eight department officials including a man named Tony Marquez, with whom she said she had an affair.

The family currently residing in the home are unrelated to the investigation and have been temporarily relocated to a hotel while the investigation continues.The current owner bought the property within recent years from a man who neighbors say lived there for decades. The home was built in 1990, the same year Abrams disappeared.

WGN's Patrick Elwood has more.