A 39-year-old woman, who is originally from Lake County, has been located safe after her family said she had been missing for three months from the Chicago area.
Jess Porter, also known as Jess Porter-Sypniewski and Jess Quatraro, was last heard from in September.
Her last known location was near Belmont Avenue and Kedzie Avenue in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood.
Porter, who is 39 years old, is a graduate of Grayslake Central High School and previously worked at The Vine in Grayslake.
“She has a big heart and an amazing smile that lights up the room. She will always be part of our family,” The Vine said on social media.
“With all of your help we hope to find her soon, so that she can safely come home to her family,” the restaurant added.
A family friend told Lake and McHenry County Scanner that Porter’s parents reside in Gurnee.
Porter grew up near Lake Villa and has bounced between Lake, Kenosha and Cook counties.
The family initially contacted the Gurnee Police Department but the case was transferred to the Chicago Police Department.
Porter was believed to be in a mental health crisis and the police have said they could not pursue the case because she is considered homeless, the family friend said.
In an update Tuesday, the family reported that Porter had been located.
Someone submitted a tip to the family by email and reported knowing where Porter was. A relative arrived at the location and spoke with Porter.
“At this time, family and friends are seeking some privacy as the situation is evaluated. We are very appreciative for all of the help we received from the community in finding Jess,” a joint statement from family and friends said.