Car belonging to Illinois 17-year-old missing for a week is found in pond

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A car belonging to an Illinois teenager who has been missing for a week was found in a pond Monday, police said.

The Nissan Rogue that had been driven by Brissa Romero, 17, was pulled from a large retention pond Monday afternoon in Vernon Hills, a community north of Chicago and around 17 miles east of her home in Carpentersville, police said.

No body has been found, Vernon Hills Police Chief Patrick L. Kreis said at a news conference, but it is a recovery operation at this point. Officials believe Romero was driving when the vehicle went into the pond.

A person in the area spotted a backpack believed to be hers by the edge of the pond Monday morning, and the SUV was later found in the pond, Kreis said.