DOWNERS GROVE – A March 24 search of Mallard Lake in Hanover Park for a woman missing since November 2017 from her home in unincorporated DuPage County near Downers Grove came up empty, but organizers are calling the effort a success.
“To us, the search was a success,” said Gia Hoffman, founder and president of the Missing Persons Awareness Network.
The 948-acre park, which is part of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, can now be crossed off the list of potential places Cheyann Klus may have been since she went missing, Hoffman said.
Law enforcement officials initially believed Klus may have been at Mallard Lake sometime after she disappeared, she said.
“We do not believe she was there,” Hoffman said.
The Missing Persons Awareness Network, which works to locate missing children and adults in Illinois, conducted the search, along with the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office and Forest Preserve District police.
About 100 volunteers participated in the daylong search. The lakes and ponds were not included in the search, Hoffman said.
Klus was reported missing by her father on Dec. 12, 2017, according to the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office. She was last seen by her family Nov. 27 at her residence.
The search for Klus will continue with the release of a video made by her aunt and cousin, who are hoping to contact her, Hoffman said.
Klus, 22, traveled to Chicago and was in the 2100 block of North Kilbourn Avenue on Dec. 1 and 2, 2017, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release from December. She is described as 5 feet 5 inches tall and 115 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes, the release stated.
Hoffman has said it is likely someone knows what happened to Klus.
“All the information that is out there simply does not add up to Cheyann leaving on her own accord,” Hoffman said in a news release. “Someone young with no vehicle, no money and no job would have contacted her family and friends by now. She has never been gone this long without any contact by phone, visit or social media. Somebody knows something.”
Anyone who has seen Klus or has any information on her whereabouts is asked to contact Sheriff's Office investigators at 630-407-2400.