Tuesday, January 15, 2019 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews || Updated: 1/16/19
Featured image: Christopher Guadarrama, 25, who has been missing since Jan. 11. | Submitted photo
Family and friends of a mentally disabled Maywood man who has been missing for four days are asking community members to help locate him.
Christopher Guadarrama, 25, was last seen at his home at 619 N. 5th Ave. in Maywood. Family members said that they reported him missing to Maywood Police at around midnight on Jan. 11.
When contacted Tuesday afternoon, Maywood police said that Guadarrama was not reported to be a clear and present danger to himself or the public. They said that a detective with the Cook County Sheriff’s office had encountered the 25-year-old twice in a nearby forest preserve.
The latest sighting of Guadarrama was made by county law enforcement authorities on Jan. 14, Maywood Police said, adding that those authorities released Guadarrama after noticing he was an adult and did not appear in danger.
But during a follow-up interview on Jan. 16, Maywood police said that the initial report of two Guadarrama sightings turned out to be false.
“We did a name check and it turns out that Forest Preserve Police ran his name unbeknownst to us,” said Maywood Det. Luis Vargas. “The family actually went to the Forest Preserve Police Department to inquire about their son. When the Forest Preserve Police ran the name, we were under the assumption that they spotted him, since on our end them running his name indicates they made contact with him.”
“He left without his backpack, cell phone or his medication, which he always has with him whenever he goes, anywhere,” said the man’s sister, Maria Guadarrama, during an interview on Jan. 15.
Guadarrama has schizophrenia, she said, and was last seen wearing a black hoodie, blue jeans and gray gym shoes.
Maria said that her brother is Hispanic, 5’6 inches tall and around 170 pounds. He also has a long beard. She said that this is the first time he’s gone missing.
“He doesn’t talk to anybody,” Maria said. “He always covers his mouth. He makes a lot of movement and sounds with his mouth.”
Relatives said that Christopher frequents the Melrose Park area and the CTA Green Line station, near Harlem and North Ave., in Oak Park. Relatives said he also frequents the Back of the Yards neighborhood in Chicago.
Vargas said that some relatives of Guadarrama who live in Chicago said that he had been spotted in the neighborhood two days ago.
“We’re doing everything on our behalf to find him,” Vargas said. “We’re calling and going to hospitals, he has mental issues. We’ve had missing person posters printed that we’re distributing. We’re doing everything we can.”
Maria said that if anyone has information on her brother’s whereabouts, they can call her mother, Stella, at (773) 397-1403. VFP
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