Family of missing man marks his birthday
By Janet Lundquist email@example.com April 8, 2013 6:50PM
Copy photo of Marcus Wright, who was last seen March 20, as photographed Monday, March 25, 2013, in Joliet. | Matthew Grotto~Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 10, 2013 6:39AM
Monday was Marcus Wright’s 25th birthday.
Instead of celebrating, Wright’s family in Joliet spiraled into despair.
Wright disappeared March 20, when his family says he was last seen riding in the back of a beige 1997-1999 Buick LeSabre.
Wright’s parents reported him missing to the Joliet Police Department on March 21.
Authorities say there are a lot of people who know Wright and who may have seen him around — including his friends — but those people aren’t talking.
“I don’t know why people aren’t being forthcoming,” said Joliet police Cmdr. Brian Benton. “That’s been a source of frustration.”
Wright’s family has encountered the same silence.
“Nobody will open their mouth, period,” said Marcus’ mother, Aqua Wright. “He’s been gone more than 16 days. This is not normal.”
Benton said police followed up on tips that suggested Wright’s body was in Spring Creek near his Antram Avenue home or in an abandoned building. None of the tips panned out, he said.
Marcus, a father of three, is black, 6 feet 3 inches tall, 170 pounds, with a tattoo under his left eye.
His mother acknowledges her son is friends with gang members. But, she says, he’s not in a gang. She says Marcus’ disappearance is unusual — he left his identification at home, left a load of laundry in the dryer and had just bought a pet fish.
Marcus’ parents say that, after he disappeared, they began to get phone calls and messages from neighborhood allies claiming that gang members took Marcus because he owed someone money. But there’s not been anyone who has stepped forward to confirm that for Wright’s family.
Benton said police have not found evidence that Wright was a victim of violence, but have not ruled it out. Unless foul play is confirmed, police will investigate the disappearance as a missing person case, Benton said.
Wright’s family has asked anyone with information about Marcus’ whereabouts to call them at 815-212-6273.
Tipsters may also call the Joliet Police Department’s investigations unit at 815-724-3020. Information can be left anonymously with Will County Crimestoppers at 800-323-6734.