DIVERS HUNT FOR WOMAN AFTER RIVERSIDE RITE
Woman’s Family Says She Went to the River to Perform a Hindu Ceremony
Solanki was last seen leaving her job at the gift shop in a Westin Hotel in Wheeling, Ill., and her husband, Dignesh Solanki, told ABC News’ Chicago affiliate WLS that she had been planning to stop by the river after a religious idol of the Hindu deity Ganesha kept at their Des Plaines home broke.
The family’s priest, citing a tradition of the religion, had instructed the family not to keep the broken statue in the house but instead to either bury it or bring it to a body of water.
The diving team and helicopter joined the search for Solanki after officers from the forest preserve and sheriff’s office spent Christmas day on foot scouring the area around Solanki’s vehicle for clues.
“The initial ground searches turned up nothing,” Mayberry said, “which is why we are there today.” Mayberry said there were no immediate signs of foul play.
But Dignesh Solanki told WLS that he believes his wife may have been the victim of a crime. After Solanki left her hotel job around 2 p.m. Monday, her husband said, she telephoned a friend to say she thought that four men were following her as she drove to the forest preserve. Five minutes later, she called the friend back to say that the men appeared to be gone. It was the last time her family and friends heard from her. Her abandoned car was found at 4:30 p.m.
The woman’s family told WLS that the woman’s cell phone and laptop were missing from the car.
Dignesh Solanki did not return a phone call from ABC News, but a man who answered the phone at the family’s house said he had left to go to the river to help search for his wife.
He told WLS today that he is leaning on his loved ones as the search for his wife in a freezing Illinois river intensifies.
“I’ve got really good support with her family and friends,” he said. “They are doing everything. I have good support and they are helping me.”
Solanki appears to be alive and well:
Solanki expresses regret, embarrassment at prompting search for her:
Missing woman “wanted clean break”: