thank you all for your thoughts, prayers, texts, etc!
we tracked down my aunt. it sounds ridiculous, but apparently she drove down to champagne, illinois yesterday & ended up spending the night there without having warned anyone. she's an adult & obviously free to do whatever, but no one was able to reach her because her phone died, so we were all freaking out. i was fearing the worst considering her health issues, but luckily she's fine. sorry for the scare, but i do so appreciate the prayers! you guys are the best.