Family searches for missing mentally-handicapped teen

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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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