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UPDATE 6:35 a.m. Thursday: Jill Hawkins was found early Thursday morning, according to her husband Steve Hawkins. He posted the information on Facebook, but did not mention where she was found. Racine County Eye has spoken to a source close to the family, who said Jill was found alive just outside of Appleton. She is in a hospital now. She had been missing since Monday afternoon after she told her family that she was going to see her dying mother. She never showed up. UPDATE 2:45 p.m. Wednesday: A source with the Racine Police Department has said that Jill’s case does not meet the criteria for being missing or endangered person based on the information given to the officers. However, Steve said that while the case doesn’t meet the criteria for a missing person search by police, a significant effort is being made by the community to locate her. “Although it’s not on the books, people are out looking,” he said. ORIGINAL STORY: Jill Hawkins, a 40-year-old Racine woman, has been missing since Monday afternoon and her family is asking the community to help find her because she suffers from depression. Her husband, Steve Hawkins, wrote on Facebook that Jill is driving a black VW Passat with the license plate of 559XJB. She told Steve she was going to visit her mother in Milwaukee at about 4 p.m., but never arrived. He filed a missing persons report with the Racine Police Department Monday night. Jill is five-foot two-inches, 95 pounds to 100 pounds, and has long dark brown hair. She was last seen wearing jeans and a short-sleeved brown sweater. She also has a large tattoo of her son Benjamin on her arm. “She is rail skinny because she hasn’t been eating,” Steve said. “She was supposed to head up to her mom’s because her mom is dying. She left at about 4 p.m. and I got a hold of them at about 6:30 p.m…. They said they hadn’t seen her. “She’s not in a great mental state,” he said. “She’s severely depressed and it has a lot to do with her mom and her past.” Steve’s employer, Ray Stibeck, said that well over 100 people — including Steve — are out looking for Jill. “She lefter her phone at home and there’s no credit card transactions… nothing,” he said. “She suffers from depression and we’re all hoping that she didn’t commit suicide.” If you see Jill, please call 911 or the Racine County Joint Dispatch Center at (262) 886-2300.          

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.