Daughter of former C.P. police chief unaccounted for after not boarding plane with family

2012-10-11T12:45:00Z 2012-10-12T09:15:04Z Daughter of former C.P. police chief unaccounted for after not boarding plane with familySusan Erler susan.erler@nwi.com, (219) 662-5336 nwitimes.com
October 11, 2012 12:45 pm  • 

CROWN POINT | Family in Crown Point continue to hope for information about the 26-year-old daughter of former city Police Chief Ed Rysiewicz.

"We haven't heard much," mother Barbara Rysiewicz said Thursday.

Jeanne Rysiewicz has not been accounted for since Sept. 16 when she waited at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport with her parents and sister to board a plane for home after a family gathering in Fort Worth.

Ed Rysiewicz, Crown Point police chief from 1992 to 1993, and his wife said in published reports they saw their daughter trailing behind them in line, but Jeanne never boarded the plane.

Barbara earlier told Chicago CBS 2 news she got off the plane and searched for Jeanne in the terminal but couldn't find her. 

Barbara declined to say more on Thursday. Ed Rysiewicz was not available for comment on Thursday.

Investigators continue to work the case, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport spokesman David Magana said Thursday.

"We have gotten a little information and we continue to pursue leads," Magana said.

Surveillance video at the airport indicates Jeanne left the terminal on her own, in a voluntary way, Magana said.

"She did not appear to be coerced into leaving. She walked out in a normal manner," Magana said.

Jeanne's dead cell phone and one of her two carry-on bags were found outside an airport terminal. Items that could be considered non-essential were the only ones left in the bag recovered by investigators, Magana said.

"Our best estimate is she apparently combined some things from each bag into one bag and left the others in the suitcase she left behind," Magana said.

Jeanne's case has been classified as a welfare concern, Magana said Thursday.

"Because her parents indicated she is of sound mind and there were no concerns about any kind of disability — and also because she's 26 years old, it's very difficult for us to do more at this point," Magana said.

Ed Rysiewicz retired from the police force in 1997 after 20 years and six months with the Crown Point department.

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