Back of the Yards family desperate for news about missing 13-year-old girl

Lesly Morales has been missing since late April, family said.

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Lesly Morales’ sister Anabily Morales, right, leans on her mother Regina Trujillo, left, during an interview with a Chicago Sun-Times reporter at Lincoln Methodist United Church in the Heart of Chicago neighborhood, Friday morning, May 20, 2022.

Lesly Morales’ sister Anabily Morales, right, leans on her mother Regina Trujillo, left, during an interview with a Chicago Sun-Times reporter at Lincoln Methodist United Church in the Heart of Chicago neighborhood, Friday morning, May 20, 2022. Morales, 13, was last seen in her bedroom on the night of April 21, according to her family. Her sister noticed she was missing from her bed around midnight, her family added.

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Weeks after 13-year-old Lesly Morales crept out of a bedroom window at night in her Back of the Yards home, her distraught family still has no clue where she might be.

And they are particularly worried, because Morales was depressed at the time, having recently lost her father, her family said Friday.

“She became extremely depressed,” said the girl’s mother, Regina Trujillo, 46.

Lesly Morales, 13, was reported missing Apr. 21, 2022 from Back of the Yards.

Lesly Morales, 13, was reported missing Apr. 21, 2022 from Back of the Yards.

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Morales’ family huddled and prayed at Lincoln United Methodist Church, in the 2200 block of South Damen Avenue, where Pastor Emma Lozano is helping get the word out about the missing girl.

Lesly was last seen April 21, according to a Chicago Police Department missing person report.

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The family says she went to school at Hedges Elementary that day and returned afterward to the family home in the 4900 block of South Wood Street. She shared a bedroom with her two sisters, one of whom noticed early the next morning that Morales was gone and that the bedroom window was open.

“She had obviously used that window to leave,” Lozano said.

When last seen, she wearing a white T-shirt with an image of the Virgin Mary, blue jeans and black gym shoes with yellow stripes. She is in eighth grade and was supposed to graduate from Hedges later this year.

Morales had become withdrawn since her father’s death. “After her father passed away, she started to show signs of cutting herself,” Lozano said.

Lozano said she has been in contact with Chicago police, but said that when she called the department, she was told the officer handling the case is on furlough.

Anyone with information is urged to contact detectives at 312-747-8380.

Friends and family of Lesly Morales, who is missing, pray together before an interview with a Chicago Sun-Times reporter at Lincoln Methodist United Church in the Heart of Chicago neighborhood, Friday morning, May 20, 2022.

Friends and family of Lesly Morales, who is missing, pray together Friday morning before an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times at Lincoln Methodist United Church in the Heart of Chicago neighborhood. Morales, 13, was last seen in her bedroom on the night of April 21, according to her family. Her sister noticed she was missing from her bed around midnight, her family added.

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