Missing teen returns home

November 12, 2008 8:28:45 PM PST
A 15-year-old who went missing in the Lakeview neighborhood Monday morning has returned home, her father says.Tisha Muentes left her home in the 5000-block of West Wolfram on her way to Lincoln Park High School when she vanished.

A $10,000 reward was offered in the disappearance. Friends and family of the Chicago teen stepped up efforts to help find her Wednesday. Chicago firefighters handed out fliers at Diversey and Halsted in hopes that someone would recognize the 15-year-old.

Muentes is the daughter of a Chicago firefighter.

The family reported the teenager missing to police about 12 hours after she did not show up for school and had not contacted any of her friends.

Her father says someone saw her get on a southbound CTA Halsted Street bus at Diversey on the North Side. Fabian Muentes says she apparently never made it to school. He tried reaching her on her cell phone, but it automatically went to voice mail.

"She had talked to a friend at school, and she was not seen at school. And that was it and that is the last communication they have," said Fabian Muentes

He was joined by his colleagues and his daughter's school friends Tuesday at the corner where she was last seen. They were passing our flyers with a picture of the high school sophomore and her description.

"She's never had problems before and an individual who follows through what she is going to do, and I am very concerned because you hear of so many things that go on in the city. And she never made it to school," said Fabian Muentes.

Tisha Muentes' friends claim it is unlike her to just disappear.

"I never thought anything like this would happen, and it's really scary and we're all really concerned," said friend Natalia Evans.

"She wasn't the type of person that did anything rash. She was always very calm. She never kept her problems to herself," said friend Gabrielle Ugarte.

"And we can only hope and pray she comes home and if somebody knows anything and if she can notify us or the police or 911, this is my daughter. I'm going to be here until I bring back my daughter. I'm not going to go home," said Fabian Muentes.

Tisha's father said he would stay all night at the location at the corner of Halsted and Diversey and he will not leave until she is found.

Chicago police investigators checked her computer and cell phone activity.


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