CARPENTERSVILLE, IL – The community of Carpentersville, Illinois, is on high alert as the search for 17-year-old Brissa Romero continues. The teenager disappeared earlier this week while going to a holiday party. Local law enforcement has released new information to aid the search, and friends and family are clinging to hope for her safe return.
Romero was last seen on December 4th, heading to a festive gathering at Bowlero in Vernon Hills. Her cell phone signal was later traced to the vicinity of the bowling alley before it was switched off. Romero is 5 feet tall, weighs 115 pounds, and was last seen in a green long-sleeve shirt, black vest, ripped black jeans, and short black Ugg boots.
The local police have initiated extensive ground and aerial search operations in hopes of locating the missing teen. Family members, friends, and volunteers have also organized search parties in and around Vernon Hills, extending their efforts as far as they can to find any trace of the missing teenager.
Romero’s family is increasingly worried as the days pass without seeing her. They insist she has no history of running away and deeply cares for her loved ones. The teenager’s phone is currently off, her car is missing, and her social media accounts show no activity since her disappearance. This sudden and unexplained silence has only heightened the concern and urgency surrounding her disappearance.
Surveillance footage from her cousin’s house in Des Plaines shows Romero arriving around 5:30 p.m. on the day she disappeared and leaving approximately an hour later. However, she did not attend the holiday party despite telling her friends she was just minutes away. This has only added to the mystery surrounding her disappearance, and police are working diligently to piece together her last known movements.
The Carpentersville Police Department, leading the investigation, has been using drones to survey the area and has checked nearby ponds for any signs of Romero’s vehicle, a gray 2008 Nissan Rouge with Illinois license plate CZ64618. The police department leaves no stone unturned to locate Romero and bring her home safely.
Romero, the youngest of five siblings, is a recent graduate of Barrington High School and a current student at Harper College, where she is studying to become a sonogram nurse. Her dedication to her studies and her family’s insistence that she has no reason to run away only adds to the situation’s urgency.
Her family now offers a $1,000 reward for any information leading to her safe return. They are pleading with the public to come forward with any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem. Any information could be the key to finding Romero and bringing her home.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has also offered resources to assist the investigation. This additional support underscores the seriousness of the situation and the commitment of local and federal authorities to locate Romero.
Anyone with information about Romero’s whereabouts is urged to contact the Carpentersville Police Department. The community hopes that Romero will soon be found safe and sound.