Elderly Crete woman found after disappearance

2012-11-19T11:30:00Z 2012-11-19T23:11:20Z Elderly Crete woman found after disappearanceTimes Staff nwitimes.com
November 19, 2012 11:30 am  • 

CRETE | An elderly woman was found safe and unharmed after she was missing for about a day, Will County Sheriff's Police said.

Marija Niksich was found in Sauk Village after police issued a news release for the public to be on the lookout for her, officials said.

She suffers from dementia, according to a news release.

Niksich, 75, was last seen at 6 a.m. Sunday by family at their home in the 24000 block of East Walden Road. She was wearing a hot pink windbreaker and knit hat, blue jeans and gray and pink sneakers. She has been known to walk from her residence to the businesses on Sauk Trail and Torrence Avenue in Sauk Village. Niksich also suffers from organic delusional syndrome and has no credit cards or large amounts of cash.

A search by helicopter, bloodhound and dive teams did not find Niksich. Prior to her leaving, Niksich was overheard saying she wanted to be with her fellow Croatian people in Chicago at 96th Street and Commercial Avenue, the release states. She has ties to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 2864 E. 96th St. in Chicago, and the pastor there has been notified. He told police that between 10 and 11 a.m. Thursday members of the church saw Niksich at the Walgreens and McDonalds around 92nd Street and Commercial Avenue in Chicago.

She was found, but the details of where she was were not available late Monday.

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