Authorities digging at Joliet home, searching for ex-deputy missing since 1990

JOLIET, Ill. -- Authorities are searching a home Thursday, as they follow a new lead in a cold case.

Former Will County Sheriff's Deputy Robin Abrams went missing in October of 1990.

Just hours after she vanished, police found her locked car, with the keys still inside, but they never found any trace of Abrams.

Almost three decades later, a combination of FBI agents and Illinois State Police are digging in a basement of a home in Joliet in response to a new lead in Abrams' case.

Abrams, who disappeared in 1990, was hired by the Will County Sheriff's Office in January of 1988 and then fired by Sheriff John Johnsen in December of that year with only weeks to go before her probationary status was going to end.

According to the Tribune, after her dismissal Abrams filed a lawsuit against a department official, Tony Marquez, with whom she said she had an affair with.

The family currently residing in the home are unrelated to the investigation and have been temporarily relocated to a hotel while the investigation continues.

WGN's Patrick Elwood has more.