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Updated 10/19/12 – 4:36 p.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) — Police in Calumet City are turning to the public for help in finding a woman who’s been missing for nearly a week.

Gena Chiodo, 42, of the 1300 hundred block of Price Avenue, was last seen at her home last Saturday.

Officially, it’s a missing person case, but police and Chiodo’s family fear the worst, because of what was found at her Calumet City home after she disappeared six days ago.

CBS 2’s Brad Edwards reports sources said a sheriff’s bloodhound was requested in the case Wednesday night, after blood was found in Chiodo’s home.

Police also have spoken to her boyfriend a number of times.

Her boyfriend could not be reached for comment on the case.

Friday afternoon, some of Chiodo’s friends were distributing 1,000 flyers, in hopes of finding someone who might have seen her.

“She would never leave and not call somebody,” said co-worker Donna Wuchter. “All we want to do is find her now, and get her home, or at least find her. We want her back.”

Chiodo’s best friend, Michelle Mack, said, she’s “a beautiful person; didn’t deserve it, didn’t disappear on her own. It’s just a waste.”

Crime scene technicians were at Chiodo’s home again on Friday, searching her garage.

Calumet City Police Chief Ed Gilmore said, “We have to now think that it may be she may have become the victim of foul play.”

Chiodo, a cosmetologist, was last seen last Saturday. Her car, and her keys were found at her home, which she shared with her boyfriend.

Police were organizing a public search for Chiodo on Saturday morning, at the old Ford dealership on River Oaks Drive, starting with the surrounding woods.

A police alert describes Chiodo as a 5-feet-4 inch, 145-pound white woman – with light skin, brown eyes and blonde hair.

Anyone with information regarding her whereabouts should call the South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force at (708) 868-2500 or the Calumet City police at (708) 868-2500.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya Reports

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