10/19/2012 04:13 pm ET

Gena Chiodo Missing: Illinois Police Seek Clues In Hairdresser's Mysterious Disappearance

Illinois police are trying to locate a Calumet City woman who has been missing for nearly a week.

According to Calumet City Police Department, Gena Chiodo, a 42-year-old hairdresser, was last seen on Saturday. Her vehicle and keys were found at her home.

Investigators spent all day Thursday searching for evidence inside Gena Chiodo's house and are still at the location today. Police have not said what, if anything, they have found.

Chiodo lives in the house, which is located in the 1300 block of Prince, with her boyfriend. Authorities have not said if they have spoken with the boyfriend or if they suspect foul play in Chiodo's disappearance.

Michelle Mack, a former roommate of Chiodo's, said she found out about her friend's disappearance when police came to her home to speak to her.

"Her job sent a wellness check to my house because she had previously lived at my house," Mack told The Huffington Post. "[Her employer was concerned] because she was [allegedly] in an abusive relationship. I then sent police to where she was living with her boyfriend."

Mack said she does not believe her friend is still alive.

"She has probably been killed and we are trying to find her body," the distraught woman said.

Friends of Chiodo are organizing a community search for her. People interested in joining the search effort are asked to meet at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Knights of Columbus in Lansing, Ill..

Chiodo. is 5' 4, weighs 145 pounds and has brown eyes and blond hair. Police said they are uncertain what clothing she was wearing at the time she went missing. Anyone with information is asked to call the Calumet City Police Department or the South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force.

"I just hope they find here and she's alright," Chiodo's neighbor, Sharon Meek, told



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