Emily Czajkowski, 14, missing from St. Charles for 5 days

ByJade Hernandez WLS logo
Monday, July 27, 2015
Community joins search for missing St. Charles teen
Family friends and neighbors who didn't know Emily Czajkowski are ramping up efforts to find the teen, who has been missing for five days.

ST. CHARLES, Ill. (WLS) -- Family, friends and neighbors are ramping up efforts to find Emily Czajkowski, 14-year-old girl who has been missing from west suburban St. Charles for five days.

Mark Burger, who owns Button Man Printing, and his business partner, Jake Martens, are assisting in the search by making color copies of the missing-person flyers posted all over town.

"It's so important that we're all together and trying to bring 'our' child, so to speak, home," Burger said.

"She is a part of our community. We just want to help out. We can't go out door-by-door, but we can donate the printing," Martens said.

The teen was dropped off at Pottawatomie Community Center for her dance class around 6:35 p.m. on July 22. She never made it to class. Security video shows she left the building while talking on her cell phone.

Shortly after, police said a post appeared on Emily's Facebook page in which she apparently threatened to harm herself, but it was quickly deleted. She was then seen walking west on West Main Street.

Emily was last seen near West Main and South 14th streets around 7 p.m. or 8 p.m. on July 22.

Police said the 14-year-old girl was wearing a bright-colored shirt, bright-colored dance shots and blue knee-high socks. She was carrying an oversize, furry, leopard-patterned bag.

Family and friends have posted missing person flyers with Emily's photo on them and tied yellow and purple ribbons all over town. Friends said those are her favorite colors.

A Facebook page containing that information dedicated to finding Emily has gained 10,000 likes.

A meeting is scheduled at a yogurt shop in Main Street to spread the word and coordinate efforts to find Emily.

A prayer service at Martens' church in nearby Elburn is scheduled for Tuesday night.

Anyone with information regarding Emily's whereabouts should contact police at (630) 377-4435.