Emilia Cortes


Riverside police are reaching out to the public to help them locate a 16-year-old Riverside girl who has been reported missing for nearly two weeks.

According to police, Emilia Cortes was last seen on March 24 while visiting her father, who lives in the 5200 block of South Rutherford Avenue in Chicago. Police say Cortes sneaked out of her father’s house through a window on that date and hasn’t been seen since by either parent 

Friends of Cortes, who is a student at Riverside-Brookfield High School, say they have seen posts on social media indicating that she is OK. Police say Cortes left her cellphone at her father’s house and took her father’s cellphone with her.

However, she apparently has been turning the phone off and on, making it difficult for police to track her down.

Police also have talked to the girl’s boyfriend multiple times, according to Chief Thomas Weitzel, but the boyfriend reportedly has told police he doesn’t know anything about her disappearance.

“While the missing juvenile has reached out on social media accounts to friends saying that she is OK, both her mother and the Riverside Police Department have not been able to physically locate her or talk to her in person via telephone,” Weitzel said.

Weitzel is asking anyone with knowledge of Cortes’ whereabouts to contact them at 708-447-2127.

Cortes is described at being 5 feet, 4 inches tall and weighing 125 pounds. She has black hair, brown eyes and a light brown skin tone. She was last seen wearing a black sweater and light blue jeans.

Police have entered Cortes into the statewide and national missing persons computer databases, and have released an alert with her photo to all police agencies in Illinois.


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