6:45 p.m., January 13, 2011: My cousin has been found. Thank you all for your thoughts, prayers, comments, emails and good wishes. You have my deepest gratitude.
I will be keeping this post up at the top of my blog for awhile, 365 photos will return later.
Please, read the following. Thanks very much.
On January 11, 2011, my cousin, Kristen Longhi, wandered away from Timberline Knolls, a treatment facility in Lemont, Illinois, where she has been a resident since July 2010. She was last seen around 12:40 p.m. on Tuesday, January 11, 2011, when she told a nurse she was going for a walk. Since then, a missing persons report has been filed with the Lemont Police, and we are told that she has been added to the National Missing Person's database.
Kristen has a mental illness; her mother is her court-appointed legal guardian and has given the Lemont Police the permission to speak to anyone who calls in regarding Kristen. A Facebook page, In Search of Kristin Longhi, has been created. If you are on Facebook and are so inclined, please post the link on your wall - the more people who see her photo, the better chance there is of locating her quickly.
My family asks that you take a look at the pictures here. Kristen is 22 years old, 5' 3" inches tall, and weighs approximately 145 pounds. She has brown hair and dark hazel eyes. She occasionally wears glasses. We believe she was last seen wearing a green coat and purple stocking cap. She has an Indian tattoo on the top of her right foot.
Kristen has a history of walking away from treatment and has previously been located in both Colorado and Texas at various times. She has bipolar disorder and suffers from delusions and paranoia. She requires medication in order to function. That she is gone from Timberline means that she is off her medication, and according to her mom, who is also a nurse, the meds Kristen must take should not be withdrawn suddenly as seizures and/or other unpleasant symptoms can and often do occur.
If you see Kristen or have any information regarding her whereabouts, please contact Sgt. Jonikas, of the Lemont, Illinois Police Department, who can be reached at 630-243-2750, or through the main number of the Lemont, Illinois Police Department: 630-257-2229.