DEKALB, Ill. (CBS/WBBM) Police are searching for Northern Illinois University freshman Antinette "Toni" Keller, who was reported missing last week.
The 18-year-old, of Plainfield, was last seen on Thursday. Keller had told friends that she was planning to go for a walk near the Junction Center shopping mall on West Lincoln Highway to take photographs.
"It makes me worried. It makes my whole family worried," Amie Fischer, a friend of Keller, told CBS affiliate WBBM. "Even people who didn't know her are worrying because it could have been anyone."
Campus police and volunteers have been combing the area in a desperate search. Volunteer Ben Yamamoto described the experience as "unsettling."
"You're just walking through the woods hoping to find anything, but there's nothing out there," Yamamoto told the station.
According to the Daily Chronicle newspaper, Keller's family expected her to come home to Plainfield for the weekend. When she didn't call to arrange for a ride, her family became concerned.
Keller is a white female, 5 feet 6 inches tall, approximately 130 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing blue jeans, a gray jacket and a scarf and may have been carrying an art portfolio and professional-grade camera.
Anyone who may have seen Keller or having information about her whereabouts is urged to call the NIU Dept. of Public Safety at (815) 753-1212.