MINOOKA – A Minooka woman has been missing for the last few days, according to police and a close friend.
Tina Saunders, 40, was last seen at about 2 p.m. March 21 in Morris at her stepdaughter’s residence and was reported missing the next day by her father, according to a news release from the Minooka Police Department.
Saunders drives a 2014 gray Ford Escape with a small dent on the right side panel and the license plate 343 4251. She has brown hair and blue eyes, is 5-foot-7 and weighs about 130 pounds. She also has tattoos on both shoulders. The tattoo on her right shoulder is of a tree of life and contains the words “Que sera sera.”
Saunders’ longtime friend Joanne Speiser Bernat said Saunders has ties to the Lemont and Oak Lawn areas. While the police news release said Saunders has a “history of mental illness,” Speiser Bernat said she only recently received a diagnosis of a mental illness. She did add that Saunders might not be thinking clearly.
“I never in a million years thought this would happen to her,” Speiser Bernat said. “I feel like we would have heard by now.”
Speiser Bernat said that she doesn’t believe her friend was abducted, rather that she might have run away since her car was seen packed and that items of importance were taken from her house. She also said that Saunders might not have a working cellphone since the one she did have was lost.
Anyone with information about Saunders’ whereabouts is asked to contact the Minooka Police Department at 815-467-2298 or 815-467-2161 after business hours.