Parents Pleading For Missing Teen’s Return

A Lincolnwood teen has been missing since May 2. Family members say Carlee Lemel, 17, of Lincolnwood is “mentally unstable” and has not taken her medication since her disappearance.

Family members are seeking the community’s help in finding their 17-year-old daughter, Carlee Lemel, who has been missing since May 2.

Renee Lemel, Carlee’s aunt, said the teen is “mentally unstable.”

“She has not taken her medication since May 2,” she said. “We’re worried.”

Carlee is described as a white female, 5-foot-7, about 155-pounds, light brown hair and brown eyes.

She was last seen near her home in Lincolnwood, which is near the intersection of Touhy and Kostner avenues.

Renee Lemel added that the family recovered her vehicle at 3404 Thorndale Ave. in Chicago on May 4.

Renee added that Carlee left a note prior to her disappearance.

“Can I just be happy? Just let me be,” the note read.

Anyone with information regarding Carlee’s whereabouts should reach out to:

  • Bruce Lemel (father): 847-962-9752
  • Mia Lemel (sister): 847-912-0067
  • Lincolnwood Police Department: 847-673-2167


Editor’s note: The Lemel family reached out to Patch seeking assistance in the return of their daughter.

Patch changes User names! May 06, 2013 at 02:25 AM
Prayers to St. Jude for her safe return.
Melanie May 06, 2013 at 02:37 AM
Let us hope and pray that she returns to her family safe and well.
Joseph Zubeck May 06, 2013 at 03:37 AM
I am praying for Carlee's safe return home. My thoughts and prayers are with her family. Will keep a vigilant eye out.
carolyn alder May 06, 2013 at 03:49 AM
my thoughts and prayers are with this family. i pray for her safe return home.
Susan Watkins May 06, 2013 at 05:11 AM
My daughter ran away early last December. She was gone for 56 hours and was found at the home of a remote acquaintance. She convinced the boy that she was being abused at home which made the boy feel like he was doing the right thing. My daughter was hiding in his closet the entire time without his parents knowing. The reason I am saying this is because I want you to stay hopeful. Some of the things I did which helped find her are: I tracked all of her calls on her cell phone through Verizon to figure out who she last spoke to and gave the police all the telephone numbers I could come up with (I cross-referenced our school directory to match names with the numbers). I also went on her facebook to see who she was interacting with. Keep checking your cell phone company for any activity on line. If you have Verizon, you can go online and look at the usage data and replace the telephone numbers with the names of the people they called, received calls from, texted or received texts from. This helps you see trends of your daughter's calling and texting activity more easily. What I have learned is that they reach out to the most unlikely person in these situations, so try to think a little bit out of the box. They are not thinking logically. My thoughts and prayers are with you!!!!
kat sloan May 06, 2013 at 12:49 PM
My thoughts and prayers are with the family. I'm in Baltimore MD and I will share the post. I have a 13 year old daughter and don't know what I would do if it happpend to me <3
Carmen L Mercado May 06, 2013 at 04:14 PM
My prayers are with you at this time. Just to let you know it's not just Verizon, Tmobile works the same so does sprint. So you can check all her calls and messages. I will pray for her safe return.
carolyn alder May 10, 2013 at 04:09 AM
i'm so happy to hear this beautiful young lady has been found safe+sound. i hope the family is able to discuss this with her and assist her in getting the help+support she needs. God be with you all.
Citizen of the 21st Century May 10, 2013 at 12:19 PM
C'mon, she was not missing....she was a selfish runaway...
A Bromberg May 13, 2013 at 01:08 AM
G-D Bless. Hottie!


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