Lockport search could provide clues in Ashley Tucker disappearance

LOCKPORT, Ill. — Police may be getting closer to answers in the search for 25-year-old Ashley Tucker, who disappeared from Joliet nearly two weeks ago.

The Joliet Police Department and Will County Sheriff’s Office spent Friday searching a property in Lockport. A source told WGN News the home is associated with a man who may have been the last person to see Tucker alive.

While investigators wouldn't provide specifics, they said physical evidence recovered Friday is on its way to a state police crime lab.

Peter Zabala, 42, a convicted sex offender with a history of violence, was taken into custody Sunday night for questioning in Tucker’s disappearance.

Police won’t say whether Zabala is cooperating with their investigation. He’s being held on two counts of resisting arrest and one court of unlawful restraint. Police said he was detaining a woman at a home at the time of his arrest.

Family members gathered in Lockport on Friday to watch authorities search. Relatives haven’t heard from Tucker since she left a party at her father’s house Oct. 13. The jacket she was wearing that night was found in the backyard with blood on it.

“We haven’t been sleeping, barely eating,” aunt Lakisa Tucker said. “It’s been very rough.”

Investigators said there’s been no activity on Ashley Tucker’s phone or credit cards since Oct. 13. Adding to the family’s heartache are questions from Tucker’s 4-year-old daughter, who doesn’t understand where her mother is.

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