SHELBY COUNTY, Illinois - A woman from Stewardson is being sought by police after she failed to return her two daughters after a scheduled visitation.
Police say Sherry Coonce, 39, took her daughters, Destiny and Desirae Hewing, on April 6.
A state warrant for child abduction has been issued as a result. Authorities also told WAND News a federal warrant for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution has also been obtained.
Coonce is believed to be operating a 1997 blue extended cab Ford Ranger truck bearing the license plate 67159R. The truck has a metal tool box and damage near the left front head light.
Coonce is described as a white female, 39 years old, brown hair and green eyes. She is approximately 5' 8" tall and weighs 125 pounds. She has several tattoos and may dye her hair.
Destiny is 9 years old, 4 feet tall, 80 pounds, and was last seen wearing knee-length blue printed shorts and white tennis shoes. She has blonde/brown hair and green eyes.
Desirae is 8 years old, four feet tall, 60 pounds, has long dark brown hair, brown eyes, with a scar on the bottom of her left shoulder blade approximately 3 to 4 inches long, a dime-sized birth mark on her forehead, and was last seen wearing an orange shirt and shorts and purple sandals.
The girls are not thought to be in any immediate danger, so no Amber Alert was issued.
While the investigation has focused on Shelby County, Effingham, Cumberland, and surrounding counties are looking for Coonce and the girls in several locations.
"The local authorities there have been assisting us with checking those places that are frequented by her in an attempt to locate the children," said Michael Miller, Sheriff of Shelby County.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Shelby County Sheriff's Office at 217-774-3941 or the FBI at 217-522-9675.
For detailed information on the missing children and their mother, please scroll down to "Site Watch" on our home page and click on the "missing children" link.