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‘It's Very Hard Not Knowing:' Family Searches For Missing Brookfield Woman

Erica Thompson, 53, was listed as "endangered" by Brookfield police

Nearly a month after a suburban Brookfield woman disappeared, her family hopes that she'll be found safe. 

Erica Thompson, 53, was reported missing on Oct. 1, and listed as “endangered” in a news release issued on Oct. 5 by the Brookfield Police Department.

Thompson’s son, Michael Russo, said that when he went to check on his mother, he found the back door of her home open with the air conditioning “running at full blast.” He said there were moldy dishes in the sink, and cat vomit was everywhere.

Russo said it was unlike his mother, a comptroller for a local company, to not show up at work, or check in with her family.

“Just a lot of things that don’t add up and don’t make sense,” he said. “Not in her character.”

The Brookfield woman’s family told NBC 5 she lived alone after breaking up with her boyfriend. In the news release, police said they knocked on every door in the surrounding area, checked video footage and utilized several police K-9s.

Investigators added that Thompson’s phone traveled through several communities early Sept. 26.

Thompson’s vehicle is a dark purple 2014 Nissan Juke with Illinois license plate #E273380. Her son added that while it appears purple in the sun, the SUV normally looks faded black or brown on the road.

Russo said he only has one wish with his birthday coming up on Friday.

“I love her and miss her… get her home,” he said.

Thompson’s family members have been busy handing out fliers, hoping to find any information that will lead them to her. Anyone with information about her whereabouts is encouraged to contact Brookfield Police at 708-244-4862.

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