CHICAGO (CBS)– A family is searching for a missing woman last seen in Evanston.
Elise Malary, 31, texted her sister Fabiana on March 9 around 9 a.m.
Fabiana Malary told CBS 2 that her sister Elise pays monthly bills and regularly checks with receipts. This month, she didn’t hear from her sister initially, then received a text saying “I’ll pay sis.”
It was the last known contact.
Evanston Police have confirmed there is an active investigation into Elise’s disappearance.
“I called her phone and couldn’t get in touch with her,” Fabiana said. “It was very scary.”
Fabiana said that when maintenance workers went to Elise’s apartment, they found the front and back doors unlocked. Elise’s blue 2008 Honda Accord is also missing.
“Elise doesn’t play with her safety, she would never leave her apartment open,” Fabiana said. “I was alarmed by this.”
She said her sister never disappeared and said it was “very different from her”.
According to her family, Elise is 6ft 2in tall and weighs around 145lbs.
Friends of Elise have taken to social media to raise awareness. Elise has been described as a “lawyer” who has dedicated her life to “uplifting” the local LGBTQ+ community.
Chicago Therapy Collective, an Andersonville nonprofit, released the following statement:
“Elise, we love you very much and just as you work tirelessly as a devout lawyer, board member and friend, your community also rallies around you.”
Aldus. Andre Vasquez (Ward 40) posted on Facebook, calling Elise a “Ward 40 neighbor” and “a good friend”. He said “We all want to see her again and be safe at home.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact the police.