Marija Niksich (also known as Maria E. Dosen-Niksich) was last seen by her family at 6 a.m. Nov. 8 at their home in the 24000 block of Walden Lane in Crete. She was found was found today in Sauk Village and is expected to be reunited with her family this evening, Sheriff's police said in a release tonight.The release announcing she was missing said that Niksich has been known to walk from her home to businesses on Sauk Trail and Torrence Avenue in Sauk Village, about 3.5 miles north of her home; she has neither credit cards nor enough cash to sustain herself on her own.
The woman, who is described as suffering from dementia and organic delusional syndrome, is white, stands 5 feet 4 inches tall, weighs 130 pounds and has hazel eyes and gray hair. She was wearing a hot pink windbreaker, a knit hat, blue jeans and gray and pink sneakers.
An initial search for the woman involving a helicopter, bloodhounds and a fire department dive team did not find her, the original said. A subsequent conversation with a priest at Sacred Heart Catholic Church at 2864 E. 96thStreet in Chicago, where Niksich has some ties, turned up reports that she had been seen between 10 and 11 a.m. Nov. 15 at a Walgreens and a McDonald's in the area of 92nd Street and Commercial Avenue in Chicago.
According to the original release, the woman had earlier said she wanted to spend time with some fellow Croatians in the area of 96thand Commercial in Chicago in Chicago's South Deering neighborhood. That's about 20 miles north of the woman's home.
Further details about how Niksich was located were expected to be release on Tuesday, police said.