A Carpentersville community is riddled with concern after 17-year-old Brissa Romero went missing following an apparent trip to a holiday party at a local bowling alley. According to ABC7 Chicago, the high school graduate and Harper College student was last seen on surveillance video near Bowlero in Vernon Hills on Monday, December 4. While detectives have utilized car license plate readers and electronic pings to track her last known location, the footage at the venue failed to capture her attending the festivities.
"I just really, really want her to come home. That's what we all hope for, just for her to simply show up, be fine; nothing happened to her. And just come home," remarked her sister Jocelyn Rubi Romero in a statement obtained by ABC7 Chicago. In the unnerving uncertainty, family and friends are left grasping for any thread of hope, disseminating her description widely—a 5 ft. tall girl, around 115 lbs., with brown hair and brown eyes, last seen driving a 2008 Nissan Rogue with Illinois license plate CZ64618.
The search for Romero has seen local authorities and drones combing the area extensively near the location where her phone's last signal came from. "Police used drones for their search on Friday and surveyed the local ponds for her vehicle," described her sister, communicating the gravity of the situation in an interview with NBC Chicago. Nearby hotels and other potential whereabouts have also been scoured for any trace of the teen, who balanced her studies with holding two jobs and had her sights set on a career in healthcare as an ultrasound technician.
Romero's family has emphasized her reliability and their closely knitted practice of sharing locations, highlighting their alarm when her digital footprint vanished. "One thing about our family, we all share our locations with our parents," Brissa's sister said, as reported by NBC Chicago. The mysterious circumstances of her disappearance have left more questions than answers, with police now probing into her social media accounts for potential clues.
The community, united by concern and the wish for a safe return, keeps a vigilant eye as the investigation pushes forward. Anyone with information regarding Romero's whereabouts is urged to contact Carpentersville police at 847-551-3481. In a heartfelt plea, her sister encapsulates the communal hope: "God forbid someone took her, but if they did please, please don't do anything to her," shared with ABC7 Chicago.