She was reported missing by her family members Tuesday evening, police said.
Laws is described as an African-American female, 5-feet-2-inches, 140 pounds, with a single piercing in each ear. She was wearing a dark colored shirt at the time of her disappearance.
Her family has indicated that Laws has an undiagnosed emotional disability. She is known to walk around the villages of Park Forest and Matteson. She attends church in Kankakee, IL, and has family in Indianapolis, IN, police said.
News reports suggest that Laws went missing while walking the Old Plank Trail path, but police told a resident who posted on the Park Forest Police Facebook page the only information they have is that Laws was leaving her residence.
"[We] do not have any information at this time that she had been on Old Plank Trail. Detectives are actively investigating her whereabouts, and we appreciate any information that members of the public may provide," Park Forest police said.
Anyone with information regarding Jerrica "Ric Ric" Laws' whereabouts is asked to call the Park Forest Police Department's investigations unit at 708-748-1309 or 708-748-4701, or call 911.
"Any information you have may be important, so please call," police said.