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Police Asking for Help in Search for Missing Illinois Woman Darcey Cottrell

Darcey Cottrell Danville Police Department

The search is on for an Illinois mother who was last seen leaving for work last Wednesday afternoon.

"What happened after she left her house that day is the mystery here, because I've never not been able to get a hold of her," Cindy Lee Lowe, Darcey's mother, told Dateline. "We're all worried sick and think maybe someone took her."

Darcey Cottrell, 34, left her home in Danville, Illinois around 2:30 p.m. on June 1 in a green Ford Ranger borrowed from her father. She was supposedly headed to Discount Tobacco Warehouse, where she’s worked for the past two years.

But the mother of two never arrived, prompting fellow employees to notify her family. Her eldest son reported her missing that same evening, police say.

"She's never not shown up for work. Her oldest son was home when she left, and everything was completely normal until her coworkers stopped by to see why she didn't come in," Cindy said.

There are two Danville Police detectives assigned to the case, but little information is available to be released, according to Commander Jane McFadden who spoke with Dateline.

“We don’t know at this point if there is any foul play involved,” McFadden said. “We’re puzzle-piecing this thing together. We have to look at it first as the worst-case scenario. You never know what could have happened.”

Officials are asking anyone who may have seen or spoken to Darcey after 2:30 p.m. the last day she was seen, to phone police.

“If we have an established timeline, we’re more likely able to hopefully figure out what may have happened,” Commander McFadden told Dateline.

While police search, Darcey’s wide array of family and friends are leaving no stone unturned in their search for answers. Dozens of people turned out to search the areas surrounding Darcey’s neighborhood Saturday. The original posting Darcey’s mother made on Facebook, regarding her daughter’s disappearance, has also been shared more than 3,200 times.

"We just want her home safe for her sons and all her loved ones," Darcey's mother Cindy told Dateline. "If anyone has any information, we're begging you to come forward."

Darcey Cottrell is described as 5’2” tall, weighing 130 lbs. with blonde hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a burgundy shirt and jeans. The green Ford Ranger truck with Indiana veteran license plate number AN382 is also still missing.

Anyone with information regarding Darcey’s whereabouts is urged to call the Danville Police Department at (217) 431-2250.