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Despite search by plane, helicopter, no sign of missing Volo family

Police are looking for 33-year-old northwest suburban woman her two young children who have not been seen or heard from

Police are looking for a 33-year-old northwest suburban woman and her two young children, who have not been seen or heard from since Saturday night. Aneta M. Marsek, 33, of Volo, and her daughters, 2-year-old Chevelle and 4-month-old Macenzie, have not been seen since about 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, when they left her parents’ home in Wauconda, according to a missing persons alert from the Lake County Sheriff’s office. | Lake County Sheriff's photo

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Updated: October 12, 2012 7:05PM

Aneta Marsek vanished along with her two young daughters during a routine, five-mile drive from her parents’ Wauconda home to her own house in Volo.

A week later, the 33-year-old Marsek and her daughters remain missing, despite an intense police search that began Wednesday and has included a helicopter and a small airplane.

“I am worried, I’m very worried. I’m scared something happened on the road,” her mother, Wanda Czaja, said Friday as she waited for word about her daughter and grandchildren.

Lake County sheriff’s police launched a search for the family after Marsek’s estranged husband reported her and the youngsters — two-year-old Chevelle and four-month-old Macenzie — missing.

Police used a helicopter Thursday to search fields and woods near Aneta Marsek’s rural subdivision in the far northwest suburb. A light plane also was used Friday to comb the area, while a dive team searched ponds around her subdivision, police said.

While there have been several reported sightings of Marsek and her black Chevy Trailblazer in the Chicago area, investigators are trying to confirm if those are genuine, said Sgt. Karen Kates, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s department.

Police say they’re still working to determine if Marsek intentionally left the area or fell victim to foul play.

“It’s uncertain what happened,” said Kates.

Czaja doubts her daughter left voluntarily, saying she’s never “run away” before. Her two dogs were left behind in her house, Czaja said.

In addition to her pending divorce, Aneta Marsek was laid off last month from her retail job and the family’s house has slid into foreclosure, her mother said.

“It’s very tough,” Wanda Czaja said.

But her daughter seemed in good spirits last Saturday when she and her children spent the afternoon at Czaja’s home with several other relatives—the last time Czaja has seen her only daughter.

Marsek’s estranged husband, Dan, has cooperated with investigators, police said. He couldn’t be reached Friday for comment.

Aneta Marsek’s SUV has a license plate of CZAJA28. Anyone with information can contact sheriff’s police at (847) 549-5200 or (847) 377-4250.

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