Round Lake Park Police Search For Missing Mother

UPDATED 04/21/11 5:00 p.m.

ROUND LAKE PARK, Ill. (CBS/WBBM) –Police in Round Lake Park have a mystery on their hands: What happened to Melissa Ann Best?

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Mike Krauser reports, Best is a 34-year-old stay-at-home mom and student at the College of Lake County in Grayslake. She is married with two kids.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Mike Krauser reports

Police say she dropped one of her teenagers off at a friend’s home in the Rosewood Apartments around 1 p.m. this past Friday, and has not been seen since.

Round Lake Park Police Chief George Filenko says Best’s husband, Clinton, reported her missing.

Filenko says it is very unlike Best to disappear.

“She was a homebody. She lived a relatively non-social lifestyle,” he said. “So we’re just interested in reaching out to anybody that might have some information regarding seeing her or having social contact or any contact with her.”

Filenko says the husband is not a suspect.

“You try to put it off, out of your head for a little bit to try to help you deal with it,” Clinton Best told CBS 2’s Roseanne Tellez. “When I turned on the radio today it was pretty crushing. It’s like reality hitting you.”

He helped distribute these flyers around town, with pictures of  Melissa and her missing minivan.

Neighbors are nervous.

“To know that our neighbor is just gone, it’s scary,” Heather Rosin said.

Best was driving a green 1993 Pontiac Transport minivan with gray trim with a license plate number of A 770-405.

Best was last seen in wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt with “Chicago” on the front and blue jeans. She is 5 feet 4 inches tall with brown-blond hair and hazel eyes.

Police in Round Lake Park would like to hear from anyone who has seen Best or her car. They ask that you contact them at (847) 546-7275.

The Lake County News-Sun contributed to this report, via the Sun-Times Media Wire

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  • Linda Angelo

    He has an odd way of expressing his feelings. He is saying you, not I. \

    I suspect Clint.

  • pak31

    In interviews he is very calm. His statements seem very typical, the usual things people always say. My question is that she left food out for dinner, then leaves at 1 pm to take her daughter to a friends house only a little ways from her own home, then never comes back? So from 1pm til he went to bed he didn’t question where his wife could be at? How could he even sleep? Plus didn’t he find it odd she wasn’t home to make dinner? I love how he was caught in a fib when he told a reporter he has a wonderful marriage and she confronted him about 2 separate calls to police for verbal disputes. He says it’s typical marriage stuff. Sorry you don’t call the police over simple arguments. I think he knows more than he’s saying. Here we go again.

  • pak31

    Also wanted to comment that since her van was seen going to and from the location of her daughter’s friends house, it shows she did indeed drop off her daughter and then head back toward the direction of her home. Did she make it home? Did the daughter stay overnight at the friends or did she come home that night? What about her other child was he home at all or out all night? What was Clint doing during all that time? I think these questions aren’t being addressed by the media for a reason, police must know something.

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