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Family of Missing Woman Asks for Public's Help, Demands Answers From Police

Hayes has been missing since May 1

The family of a woman who’s been missing since May 1 is asking the community for help, and is demanding answers from local law enforcement.

Daisy Hayes, a 65-year-old resident of the city’s Woodlawn neighborhood, has been missing for nearly a month, and her family spoke about the disappearance at a news conference on Thusrday afternoon.

“She knows everybody on these streets, and nobody has seen her,” Hayes’ daughter Teresa Smith said. “It’s like she just disappeared. I just want my mom back.”

Hayes, a long-time community leader, went missing at the beginning of May, and according to relatives police searched her apartment and found all of her identification inside.

 Her family says that police have not kept them updated on the investigation into her disappearance, but a police spokesman disputed that assertion.

“The safety and security of every Chicagoan in every neighborhood is CPD's highest priority,” the department said in a statement. “Our officers and detectives work together as part of the communities they serve to bring justice to victims and hope to their families during their most difficult moments. 

“We encourage anyone who may have any information about Ms. Hayes' case to please contact CPD Area Central Detectives directly, or anonymously through,” they added.

Hayes’ family also says that the management of the building where her mother lives has not provided them with security footage or other information that could help explain her whereabouts.  

“My mom has been missing since May 1 and I am not getting any answers (from) the people in this building,” she said.

The family says that Hayes doesn’t have any medical conditions or any history of Alzheimers, and that it’s not like her to go missing without informing anyone.

“It’s really strange. It’s not like her,” Smith said. 

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