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Joliet man missing nearly three weeks

Michael Hollins
Michael Hollins

A Joliet man vanished nearly three weeks ago, and his family has heard nothing from him or about him since.

“It’s just too long,” said Carla Hollins, sister of the missing man, Michael Hollins. “It’s going on three weeks.”

Carla Hollins filed a missing person report with the Joliet Police Department March 1. She said her brother disappeared Feb. 25. The report said Michael Hollins, whose nickname is “Lil Beno,” is 42 years old and was last seen at a residence on North Ottawa Street.

Michael Hollins was released from prison Dec. 29. He had served seven months at Vandalia Correctional Center for a drug conviction, according to Department of Corrections records. Corrections records list Michael Hollins’ height as 5-foot-7 and his weight as 250 pounds.

Hollins was last seen with a shaved head, the police report said. He has tattoos on both arms and his chest, and a scar on his left hand, according to corrections records. Carla Hollins’ said her brother’s parole officer has been very helpful and is confident he will be found.

“She said, ‘We’ll find him,’ ” Carla Hollins said.

Michael Hollins has never dropped out of his family’s life before, his sister said, except to check into rehab.

“That’s really where I hope he is,” she said, telling how Michael Hollins generally stayed at home or with his girlfriend and was not known to go out much.

Carla Hollins also said her brother has struggled with depression since his mother died when he was 15.

“Mike is well-kept, a sweetheart,” she said.

Carla Hollins said she has not heard much from the Joliet police since filing the missing person report. She asked anyone with information on her brother’s whereabouts to call The Herald-News at 815-280-4094.

Carla Hollins had a message for her missing brother: “We miss you. We love you.”

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