JEFFERSON PARK — A worried mother wants Northwest Siders to be on the lookout for her missing daughter, who has not come home since the middle of December.
Peaches Loreck, 42, of Jefferson Park, was reported missing to police by her mother, Marilyn Wenzel, on Jan. 1. Loreck was last seen Dec. 18 at her mother’s house in the 5500 block of West Farragut Avenue, Wenzel said.
Loreck told her mother she had somewhere to go but did not say where, Wenzel said. The two got into an argument, and Loreck left the house with a suitcase full of some of her belongings, Wenzel said.
“I want to know what happened to her,” Wenzel said.
Loreck is Black with brown eyes and black hair, is 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs 195 pounds, police said. She is considered a high-risk missing person and needs to take medication, her mother said.
Loreck has experienced homelessness and bounces around the area, Wenzel said. She often hangs out near the Jefferson Park transit center and close to North Pulaski Road and West Foster Avenue, but she hasn’t been seen there, either, Wenzel said.
“She was staying with family [and] moving from place to place,” Wenzel said.
Loreck sometimes hangs out at a Jewel-Osco at 4042 W. Foster Ave., but her mother and her friends have searched the area without any success, Wenzel said.
Loreck’s cellphone, wallet and other valuables were stolen before she went missing, making it even harder to track her down, her mother said. Someone accessed Loreck’s Snapchat account over the weekend and changed its name, one of Wenzel’s friends told her.
This is not the first time Loreck has gone missing, Wenzel said.
“She was missing a few months ago, and as soon as I filed a police report, she came back,” Wenzel said. “I am worried to death … and scared. Where is she?”
Wenzel thinks Loreck could be anywhere in the city, she said.
Anyone who sees Loreck or has information about her whereabouts should contact the Area Five Special Victims Detectives at 312-746-6554.
Subscribe to Block Club Chicago, an independent, 501(c)(3), journalist-run newsroom. Every dime we make funds reporting from Chicago’s neighborhoods.