Canton woman missing since Sunday night

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CANTON, Ill. (WMBD) — Canton Police are searching for a woman who has been missing since Sunday evening.

32-year-old Jennifer Wages of Canton was last seen walking in the northeast area of the town. She was last seen wearing black Capri leggings, a blue top, and is believed to either be wearing sandals or going barefoot.

Wages is around 5’4” and weighs about 195 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes.

Crews began their search at Canton High School around 6 a.m. Monday morning and as of Monday night, crews are still canvassing cornfields with police dogs, drones and even airplanes. Public Information Officer with Canton Police Edward Glad said they hope to find her before dark.

“The concern is obviously they searched through the night last (Sunday) night which when you’re talking about corn and bean fields and timber, that’s a lot of ground to cover in the dark,” Glad said. “That’s not easy terrain either, but we really don’t want to see this go into another nighttime search, that’s where the concern is to try and find her today in the daylight.”

Police said Wages was last seen in the northeast part of town near Linden and Fourth Streets around 6:00-8:00 p.m. Sunday night. Wages’ husband is a police officer and according to Glad, the husband is working to help find his wife.

“It’s the wife of a Canton Police officer so it’s very near and dear to us,” Glad said. “We all know her so it’s a personal thing, but we’re using as much personnel as possible, apparatus as possible to cover as much ground as possible.”

Due to the large amount land, officials from other nearby agencies are assisting the Canton Police in the search. Crews from Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, Illinois State Police and Farmington Fire and Rescue along with multiple other agencies have crews searching high and low for any trace of the missing mother.

“If anybody has seen anyone matching that description please call the police department,” Glad said. “Even if it was a slight chance, may or may not be here, just still give us a call because we’d rather check it out and have it be a dead lead than be her and miss it.”

Those who have seen Wages are encouraged to contact the Canton Police Department at 309-647-5131.

(UPDATE: 11:30 a.m.) — The search continues Tuesday for Jennifer Wages, the 32-year-old woman who went missing Sunday evening.

The Canton Police Department, the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office and Fulton County Emergency Services and Disaster Agency are asking for volunteers to search fields and other areas in an attempt to locate Wages.

Police said volunteers must be willing and able to walk through cornfields, bean fields, and timber and should dress accordingly. Attire should include long sleeves, long pants, some kind of bandana or other face-covering hat and boots, or other appropriate footwear. Volunteers are expected to withstand the heat and understand the risks of navigating the terrain.

Those looking to volunteer can go to the south parking lot of the Canton High School Tuesday, Aug. 18 at 1 p.m. Volunteers will be broken up into groups and dispatched with public safety personnel to create “a coordinated effort”.

Those unable to walk the fields but would still like to volunteer can do so by donating food and water for search teams.

Those that are interested or have questions and concerns can call Public Information Officer Edward Glad at 309-357-3274.

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