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Teen with mental disability found, cops probe video of alleged attack

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

BREAKING UPDATE: A FOX 32 News source says Jessica Deshazer has been found, and is being evaluated at a local hospital. Police are on their way to investigate what happened to her.


A mentally disabled teen has been missing for more than a week. Now, there's word that a video of her being attacked before her disappearance was posted online.

The girl's family says the boys who assaulted their loved one may have something to do with her disappearance.

Family members say Jessica Deshazer is an adult but has the mind of 7-year-old. They fear she's holed up in an abandoned house, drugged and confused.

"My gut telling me, she been passed around from house to house to house," Jessica's mother Ora Deshazer says.

Her mother says she last saw her daughter about 1 a.m. on Monday morning. The two spent much of the night watching movies. Ora went to bed, but other relatives say Jessica walked out of the house, talking on her cell phone.

Hours later, Jessica was spotted in a park, on July 7 near 93rd and Elizabeth talking to a group of guys.

"She always wanted to go out and have fun," Eugene Thompson says. "She's always at the park or the store, doing something for her mom. She's never really by herself."

"[We're getting] sent on a wild goose chase cause it's like she's here she's there and when I go follow up on those leads and come up out of those leads then some of them are partially true," brother-in-law Robert Nobles says.

Family members are concerned about Jessica's whereabouts and safety. A couple of weeks ago, the mentally challenged teen was allegedly gang raped by other teens who live in the neighborhood.

Family members say those boys videotaped the assault and posted it on the internet. They say Chicago police discovered the horrific incident and picked those teens up for questioning, but didn't hold them.

Now, those looking for Jessica wonder if those have anything to do with her disappearance.

"Anytime you put a video footage out of anybody that's not in their right state of mind there are some problem and consequences and you know you're facing the law- and you broke the law," says Andrew Holmes of the Comm. Act.

"Jessica, come home if you're not being held against your will you're not in no trouble," her mother pleads. "Just come home and let us know you're alright."

Deshazer is described as a 5-foot-4, 140-pound black woman with a dark complexion, black hair and brown eyes, police said.

She was last seen wearing a blue halter top and blue skirt, police said.

Anyone with information about her whereabouts should call Area South detectives at (312) 747-8274.

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