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Family continues search for missing Joliet woman

Family and friends of a missing Joliet woman continued their search for her on the city’s east side Thursday night.

Jasmine Morrow, 33, was reported missing July 2. Her mother, Rosemary Morrow Hester, 58, said it wasn’t like her daughter to not be in contact with her, and she broke down in tears before a group of about 20 people who came to canvass the neighborhood near the BP gas station at
6 McDonough St. The gas station is where Hester last saw her daughter.

“I just ask everyone to continue to believe that she is going to come back,” Rosemary Morrow Hester said.

The Joliet Police Department said earlier this month that it was seeking assistance from the public to locate Morrow. She is 5 feet, 11 inches tall, weighs 187 pounds and was last seen wearing a white shirt, pink pants and white shoes, according to police.

Morrow’s loved ones originally had planned a prayer vigil for her June 9 in the parking lot of Sacred Heart Church on South Ottawa Street, but it didn’t happen because an encounter with Joliet police resulted in a family member being tackled and arrested.

Morrow’s sister, Jamaica, 31, said the encounter was overwhelming and frustrating, but she and her family have continued their search.

“That’s not what we came down here for,” Jamaica Morrow said. “We came down here to find my sister.”

Jamaica Morrow added that she felt Joliet police weren’t responsive enough to her inquiries about the search for her sister.

Joliet police Sgt. Chris Botzum said investigators still are actively following up on leads as they come in.

Anyone with information is asked to call Joliet police detective Paul Rodriguez 815-724-3020 or call the Joliet police nonemergency number at 815-726-2491. Anyone with information who wishes to remain anonymous can call Will County Crime Stoppers at 800-323-6734 or online at crimestoppersofwillcounty.org.

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