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Missing mentally-handicapped teen found beaten

Family searches for missing mentally-handicapped teen19-year-old Jessica Deshazer was missing for over a week. Searchers became even more worried when what appeared to be a video of  the mentally-challenged young woman being abused by a group of young men surfaced online.

The video was taken down after residents began to connect it to the missing teen.

According to sources, on July 17th, 10 days after anyone had contact with Jessica, she was found near 107th and Prairie around 2:00 a.m.  She appeared to have been beaten and was taken to an area hospital for treatment.

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A mentally-challenged teenager who vanished for nearly 10 days is found alive on the South Side.

The 19 year-old girl was discovered at 107th and Prairie around 7am Wednesday. Her mother and community activist Andrew Holmes found her, thanks to a tip she received.

“Gory to God,” said the teen’s mother.

“I just want to say, ‘thank you all for helping me find my child,’” she added.

The girl was last seen at her home at 93rd and Elizabeth.

The victim is being treated at “Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park.”

No arrests have been made.

A mentally-handicapped south side teenager has been missing for over a week now and her family fearing the worst.

The family of 19-year-old Jessica Deshazer opened a missing persons file, while her relatives and neighbors hand out these flyers. What has searchers most worried right now are what they’re hearing has turned-up on-line.

Sources say a video was posted online that some say features the mentally-challenged young woman being abused by a group of young men. WGN News has seen images from that video, which a source says is now in the hands of police.  The video has been taken down after residents began to connect it to the missing teen.

For volunteers, mere talk of its existence is making this search all the more urgent.

“We’re hopeful that somebody can recognize this child and give up the information where she’s at or these people themselves can just tell where she’s at,” said community activist Andrew Holmes.

She’s described as 5’4”, about 140 pounds, last seen wearing a blue halter top and black leggings in the 9300 block of S Elizabeth St in the Washington Heights neighborhood.

She has five siblings, lives a quiet life with few close friends and can be far too trusting, says her mother.

“I hope she will come home safe.  That’s all I want is her to come home,” said Ora Deshazer-Wilson.

Volunteers say tips have been coming in, but nothing so far that has led them any closer to Jessica.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Area South detectives at 312-747-8274.

 

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