3-year-old nephew located; teen still missing

Fourteen-year-old Maya White and her nephew, 3-year-old Elijah Williams went missing near Pulaski and Wilson Thursday night. Police said Elijah was found late Friday. Maya remains missing.

June 9, 2011 10:00:00 PM PDT
A Chicago boy who went missing with his teenage aunt has been located, police said.

Elijah Williams, 3, was found safe but 14-year-old Maya White remains a missing person.

Relatives say they got a call from Maya around 7 p.m. Friday telling them where to find Elijah. She had apparently dropped the boy at a friend's house. By 8 p.m., the 3-year-old was back in his parents' arms as an emotional reunion took place outside their Albany Park home.

"When I talked to him on the phone when they first picked him up, he said he was watching Power Rangers. And when we were trying to get him out of the car, he was trying to get his nuggets together. He didn't understand why there was such a big rush. So, he's fine and hopefully he was just well taken care of and he doesn't seem to be fazed by it," said Autumn Bastyr, Elijah's mother and Maya's sister.

Maya's mother, Sheila Musker, made a plea to her daughter to come home.

"I just want her home safe. That's my message. And we still love her. We don't understand why she took this action, but we still love her and we want her home safe," said Musker.

Maya and Elijah vanished Thursday night near Pulaski and Wilson after picking up a pizza from a restaurant. Musker had followed the pair in a car but lost track of them.

Family members say Maya is bipolar and has not been taking her medication. She was wearing a peach shirt, jeans and black shoes. Her hair is dark, but she has blonde bangs.

According to family, Maya was going to be sent to live in a special home next month and that may have motivated her to run away.

Earlier on Friday, friends took to the streets to hand out flyers on the North Side.

Her family says Maya had recently skipped medication and run away while living with her mother in Rogers Park. She was later found in the neighborhood. At the time of this latest disappearance, she was staying with her sister Autumn.

Anyone who has seen the teenager should call Chicago police.

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