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Missing 17-year-old girl from Vernon Hills found safe

17-year-old Andjela Lazic was last seen around 7:15 p.m. April 18 getting into this blue hatchback on Annapolis Drive in Vernon Hills.

UPDATE: The girl has been located safe Monday evening, police said.


The family of a 17-year-old Vernon Hills girl, who suffers from depression, is asking for the public’s help after the girl was picked up by an unknown vehicle on Saturday and has not been seen since.

Andjela Katarina Lazic, 17, was last seen around 7:15 p.m. Saturday getting into an unknown make and model blue hatchback, according to Vernon Hills Police Department Public Information Officer Jeff Hemesath.

Andjela is 5-foot-5, 130 pounds, and was last seen wearing a plaid hooded red sweatshirt and black leggings with a white stripe, Hemesath told Lake and McHenry County Scanner.

Andjela’s mother, Maria Lazic, said that her daughter has chin length dark brown hair and dark brown eyes. She was also wearing brown high top shoes.

17-year-old Andjela Lazic was last seen around 7:15 p.m. April 18. | Photo provided.

“She suffers with severe depression and severe anxiety. We know she ran away and that she was picked by two unknown males in a blue hatchback. Based on the details we know we fear that she is in grave danger,” Lazic told Lake and McHenry County Scanner.

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Lazic said that Andjela got into the vehicle outside of their family’s home in the Deerpath subdivision of Vernon Hills near Annapolis Drive and Deerpath Drive.

Andjela’s cellphone and bank card were left behind and her social media accounts have been deleted. “Someone, somewhere will see her or know something,” Lazic said.

Hemesath said that the Vernon Hills Police Department Investigations Unit is continuing to following up on leads and contacting those who last spoke with Andjela.

“We’ve taken extensive steps to locate Andjela and all resources are being used to locate her. We are working with the National Center For Missing and Exploited Children, and are working very closely with the family,” Vernon Hills Deputy Police Chief Patrick Zimmerman said.

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