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Little known about Kansas college student who was found safe

December 22, 2011

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— Family and friends were awaiting information Thursday about a 19-year-old college student found safe five days after she went missing, but authorities said there were no plans to file charges and otherwise provided few details.

Aisha Kahn’s mother said she still hadn’t talked to her daughter, a day after Overland Park police released a statement saying law enforcement officials personally contacted the young woman, verified her identity and determined she hadn’t been taken or held against her will.

“Right now we just got the information from the cops that she is safe and sound and there are no more further details,” Fouzia Khan said Thursday in a brief phone interview. She said there was excitement among family members that she’d be found safe.

Police had been looking for the woman since last Friday, when she left her sister a voicemail saying she’d slapped a man who tried to kiss her while she was studying outside the satellite campus for the University of Kansas. Khan is a student at a nearby community college that has an agreement to offer classes at the satellite campus.

When the sister drove to get her, she found only Khan’s book bag and cellphone. Her disappearance led to a massive manhunt and prompted concerns that she had been abducted. Her husband, Waseem Khan, had gone to the media and begged for his wife’s release.

No details were released about where Aisha Khan is now or where she’d been since she was reported missing Friday. Police said they had no plans to file charges, noting that her disappearance was reported by university officials and that Aisha Khan hadn’t contacted police.

Aisha Khan lived in the nearby Kansas City suburb of Olathe. No phone number is listed for her.

“I know there are probably a lot of unanswered questions regarding Aisha Khan,” Chief John Douglass said on his blog Thursday. “The most important fact for us all to remember is that she is safe. Everything else is now a personal family matter and we respect their privacy.

“I want to thank everyone who dedicated their time and effort to this case. In the end, one that was missing has now been found.”

Family friend Sara Jawhari, 21, of Kansas City, Mo., had organized a Facebook and Twitter effort to find Aisha Khan and helped mobilize a group of volunteers who distributed flyers throughout the area. She said the family plans to release more information when they learn what happened.

“Regardless of the fact that we worked long hours to find her, I can’t judge her motives for leaving because I don’t know,” Jawhari said. “I can’t be mad right now. All I can be is happy knowing that she is safe and that we have done everything we could do to find her and bring her home safely.”

Johnson County Community College, where Aisha Khan was a student, posted updates on the search on its website and released a statement Thursday expressing relief.

“We applaud the efforts of the Overland Park Police and the assisting agencies that worked diligently to find her and know how happy her family and friends are that she is safe,” said college president Terry Calaway.

Comments

bearded_gnome 5 years, 3 months ago

I am so glad she's been found!

many possible scenarios here from: she had a psychotic break; she was fleeing an actual stalker who really scared her so bad that she had to hide; she converted to christianity; she got overstressed ad ran away from it ... etc.


Aisha Kahn’s mother said she still hadn’t talked to her daughter, a day after Overland Park police released a statement saying law enforcement officials personally contacted the young woman, verified her identity and determined she hadn’t been taken or held against her will.

---okaaaaay, how do you determine over the phone whether someone is safe, not being held against her will, not being threatened, not being told "I'll kill your family if you don't say what I want you to say ..." etc. sounds a little weak to me!

Fouzia might want to learn that "cops" is possibly still a derrogatory term for the police.

I also wonder if she's out of the area and hiding from family. many if not most muslim families will kill or disown a daughter who converts to christianity or other nonislamic faith, or a daughter who disgraces them with an unapproved relationship.
I hope that the family will continue to be loving and gracious. I think that's what Aisha Khan might need most right now.


and Sara did a great job. somebody could hire that girl to do this kind of work professionally.

littlexav 5 years, 3 months ago

That is just blatantly ignorant. "[M]any if not most [M]uslim families will kill or disown a daughter who converts to [C]hristianity or other non[-I]slamic faith, or a daughter who disgraces them with an unapproved relationship." Are you talking about tribal regions in Peshawar or are you talking about America? Because in America, among American Muslims, that is completely inaccurate. Maybe you should try to meet someone who practices Islam before you jump to wild conclusions about them.

ezbreezy 5 years, 3 months ago

You can't ignore the fact that there are extremist in EVERY religion. "Gnome" maybe wrong about this case, but not completely wrong in general.

ksjayhawk74 5 years, 3 months ago

Gnome is completely wrong in general. Most Muslims will not kill their own family members for disgracing them.

KayCee 5 years, 3 months ago

Read carefully, he said " kill or disown". And if you read the news here in America, there are cases of 'disowning' family members.

KayCee 5 years, 3 months ago

"Because in America, among American Muslims, that is completely inaccurate." News reports say otherwise, it does sometimes happen. Gnome was putting out possibilities, and they could be true or maybe just speculation, but that does not make him 'ignorant'.

John Spencer 5 years, 3 months ago

/quote "---okaaaaay, how do you determine over the phone..." /end quote How did you determine this was done over the phone?

pusscanthropus 5 years, 3 months ago

She is now at risk of becoming victim to an "honor killing." Even though she is American, her family comes from a culture where they will kill their daughters if they dishonor the family. They married her off to another Pakistani while still a teenager, most likely in an effort to keep her "pure."

Run Aisha run!

ksjayhawk74 5 years, 3 months ago

-1,000 points.

You obviously don't know the difference between racist stereotypes and reality.

50YearResident 5 years, 3 months ago

This is a chance to learn if "American Muslims" believe in the American Justice System, or prefer to follow Sharia Laws. I see several Muslim posters on this blog, so please continue to post your thoughts on this.

ksjayhawk74 5 years, 3 months ago

Dumb.

First that you must put "American Muslim" in quotations...

Second that you think this story is a good opportunity to see if Sharia Law will be used...

Third that you claim to have identified "several Muslim posters"...

I am curious to know if I'm Muslim or not. Could you tell me?

littlexav 5 years, 3 months ago

There is no reason that sharia must conflict with state, federal, or local laws, wither civil or criminal. I respect that you are earnestly trying to learn more, but comments on a news article are not how you are going to learn. Visit a mosque or the Islamic Center, or find an Arabic-language professor at KU who wouldn't mind sharing office hours with you (although they are not all Muslim, most are deeply versed in the fine distictions between religion and culture, an interplay we struggle with even here in America).

wheatridge 5 years, 3 months ago

And the time and effort of a reported 400 police officers, including FBI - " . . . just a family matter now" Really?

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