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‘No stone unturned’ in search for missing Volo mom, children

Police are looking for 33-year-old northwest suburban woman her two young children who have not been seen or heard from

Police are looking for a 33-year-old northwest suburban woman and her two young children, who have not been seen or heard from since Saturday night. Aneta M. Marsek, 33, of Volo, and her daughters, 2-year-old Chevelle and 4-month-old Macenzie, have not been seen since about 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, when they left her parents' home in Wauconda, according to a missing persons alert from the Lake County Sheriff's office. | Lake County Sheriff's photo

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Updated: December 12, 2012 1:58AM

Modern social media and a lot of traditional police work are being utilized in the search for the missing Volo mother and her two children since they were last seen a week ago today.

A Facebook page was set up Friday where people can download and print flyers for Aneta Marsek and her two toddlers, Chevelle, 2, and Macenzie, 4 months.

One Lake Zurich woman posted a note shortly after the page was created saying, “Been following this story, praying for her and her little ones.”

Lake County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Wayne Hunter said Friday authorities are pulling out all the stops in the investigation of her whereabouts.

“We are leaving no stone unturned. We’re desperately trying to find her and her kids. We’re using every resource we think of,” he said.

That means detectives and other deputies on special assignments are being pulled to work the case under the direction of Sheriff Mark Curran. “All available personnel assigned to this case will be working around the clock until there is a successful resolution,” he said.

The Fox Lake Fire Department dive team has been checking retention ponds in the area of Marsek’s residence at 261 N. Cornerstone Drive in Volo, while the Lake County Aviation Coalition and Illinois State Police have been conducting aerial searches for the family.

The Sheriff’s Office is working with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in distributing more than 9,000 flyers via fax. NCMEC sent the missing alert to long-haul truck drivers in Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Indiana, Wisconsin and Iowa.

NCMEC also has provided the Sheriff’s Office with a member of “Team Adam,” which provides rapid, on-site assistance to law enforcement agencies and families in cases of missing, abducted and exploited children. He is John Laskey, a retired Chicago police officer, who is working side by side with detectives on the case. Hunter said Laskey has an extensive background in locating missing persons.

The case began Wednesday around 4:15 p.m. when the Sheriff’s Office was called to Marsek’s home on Cornerstone Drive in Volo by her estranged husband, Dan Marsek, who told them his wife and kids had not been seen or heard from since Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. when she left her parents’ house in Wauconda.

Police said the husband has been cooperating with authorities and they also confirmed a report that she was supposed to be moving out of the Cornerstone Drive home this week and she had initiated divorce proceedings in June.

Later Friday, another Volo resident posted on Marsek’s Facebook page “Our quiet town has been turned upside down .... may this woman and her children be found safe. Prayers from your neighbor in Volo!!!” Another man wrote that “We are praying for our neighbors.”

Anyone having any information regarding Marsek and her children are urged to contact the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division at (847) 377-4250 or (847) 549-5200.

Further information available at or call 1-800-THE-LOST.

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