The front door was busted open. The doorknob was on the floor. The family dog was in the basement. The television set was on. On February 25, 1983, Kathy Nicarico, a 13-year-old eighth grader from the Chicago suburb of Naperville, arrived home to discover that her family’s house had been burglarized. And her ten-year-old sister, Jeanine, who’d been off school sick that day, was gone.
Born in Naperville on July 7, 1972, Jeanine was reportedly a sweet, sensitive girl with bright eyes and a dimpled smile. According to her friends and family, she loved learning, reading, baking, puppies, horses and make-believe games.