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Volo community searches for missing mother, 2 young daughters

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VOLO, Ill. (FOX 32 News) -

Aneta Czaja Marsek's former co-workers placed fliers in the entrance of a local JCPenney in hopes of helping authorities find the missing mother and her two daughters, 2-year-old Chevelle and 4-month-old Macenzie.

"Even though she wasn't working here at the time that everything happened, the Replenishment Team, they all left early today to hand out fliers and stuff," Amber Rizoff said. "They're all pretty shaken up about it."

Co-workers said Marsek spent nearly five years as a supervisor at the Johnsburg JCPenney before being laid off nearly two months ago when the company restructured its management team.

They describe Marsek as pleasant and happy.

"If she is just trying to get away like call somebody you know because we're all looking for you," Rizoff said.

It wouldn't be the first time Marsek tried to get away. Her father said she attempted to avoid her estranged husband in the past by staying with friends - but this is different.

Marsek was last seen with her daughters on Saturday leaving her parent's home in Wauconda. Her estranged husband, Dan Marsek, reported her missing four days later.

SEE: Volo woman, 2 young children missing

"It's just surreal at this point, we don't know where she is and that's the biggest unknown and we want to find her," Aneta's brother William Czaja said. "It's just hard to grasp to move beyond that until we figure out where she is and what's going on."

Friday afternoon, the Fox Lake Fire Department's dive team searched retention ponds near Marsek's Volo home, and plan to return Saturday morning. The Law Enforcement Aviation Coalition and Illinois State Police conducted aerial searches.

Marsek's brother said childhood friends may recognize his sister by her maiden name.

"Aneta Czaja Marsek," William said. "Some other people might recognize her from growing up by that name."

The sheriff's office and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children have sent out more than 9,000 faxes, distributing the flyer with photos of the woman and girls. NECMC also sent alerts to truck drivers in Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Indiana, Wisconsin and Iowa.

In addition to faxes and alerts, NECMC has provided the a member of "Team Adam," retired Chicago Police Officer John Laskey, who is skilled in locating missing persons, who is working with detectives on the case, a statement from the Lake County Sheriff's Office said.

Aneta Marsek is described as white, 5-foot-10 and 150 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes. Chevelle is about 30 inches and 30 pounds with brown hair and eyes; while Macenzie is 28 inches and 25 pounds, also with brown hair and eyes.

Marsek's vehicle, a black Chevrolet Trailblazer, is also missing. It has Illinois plates CZAJA28 and may have rear bumper damage from a recent accident.

Anyone with information should call the sheriff's office at (847) 377-4250 or (847) 549-5200.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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