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Waukegan girl missing since Monday

Arielle Claudio Beach Park has been missing since Monday October 25 2010.

Arielle Claudio of Beach Park has been missing since Monday, October 25, 2010.

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Updated: October 29, 2010 10:34PM



Police are issuing a “Missing Person” poster for Arielle Claudio, 17, of Waukegan after she failed to show up at Warren High School on Monday and has not been seen since.

Her father, Ismael Claudio, said he has no clue where she is.

“We don’t know who she is with,” he said. He recently looked at her Facebook account and was surprised she had 117 people as friends. “That’s a little scary, too. I know she doesn’t know 117 people,” he said.

Recently she was not allowed to go out on dates because the senior at the Gurnee school’s Almond Road campus had a bad grade in a class. Her cellular telephone also was taken away from her.

Claudio said she went to school on Monday like she does every day, first going to a religious class at the Church of Latter Day Saints on O’Plaine Road. She was driven by her boyfriend, who the father said has asked her to marry him.

Usually they both go on to school after her religious class, but this time she told him that she was getting a different ride from the church to school and that was the last time she was seen.

She never made it to school, but she did call her boyfriend, but he has not heard from her since Tuesday.

“She looks younger than she looks and she does not have street smarts,” said her father, who said she always had one of her brothers or sisters chaperone her when she was on a date.

“I love her and miss her and I want to talk to her,” he said. “I want her to call me,” he pleaded.

Waukegan police Sgt. Brian Mullen said police are going to enter the missing person information in some data bases and distribute it to local police departments like Gurnee. They will also notify Berwyn, where her biological mother lives.

“We recently went back to her room and discovered that she did pack a coat and a bunch of different clothing for whereever she was going,” he said.

“We are actively working the case,” he said.

Her father said her five brothers and three sisters miss her. He hopes she is not being held against her will. “I don’t know if it is someone who owns an apartment or an irresponsible parent. It’s just a little scary,” he said.



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