$250K Search All for Naught: Wife Is Safe

Chicago woman ran away with her lover, authorities say
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Dec 29, 2007 3:36 PM CST
An undated photo released by the Solanki family shows Anu Solanki, 24, of Des Plaines, Ill. Solanki disappeared Monday, Dec. 24, 2007, after going alone to a forest preserve in Wheeling, Ill. but met...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Police in Chicago who spent $250,000 searching for a missing suburban wife now say she's safe and sound—she just ran away with her lover. Police spent the week searching along the Des Plaines River after finding the woman's car in a parking lot with the door open and the engine running. She returned to the area last night and met with authorities, the Chicago Tribune reports. No word yet on possible charges.

"Hey, she's alive," said her brother. "That's the most important thing." A search of cell phone records revealed that Anu Solanki, 24, had been having an affair and left the area voluntarily with the man. She had told her husband she was going to the river to dispose of a broken Hindu idol used at their May wedding.