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Thursday
Dec222011

Missing Kansas Student Aisha Khan Found, Reunited with Family

Ryan McVay/Thinkstock(KANSAS CITY, Kan.) -- Aisha Khan, the 19-year-old Kansas college student missing for nearly a week has been found safe and unharmed, according to ABC News' Kansas City affiliate KMBC-TV.

Police said they made contact with Khan by phone Wednesday night and that she was not in danger.  The police investigation has now been closed, but no other details on Khan's whereabouts or what happened were immediately available.

Khan was last heard from on the morning of Dec. 19 when she left her sister a troubling voicemail, saying that while she was studying for finals at an outdoor picnic table, a drunk man had been harassing her and attempted to kiss her before she hit him and took off.

"Oh my gosh he was so scary.  My heart is, like, pounding.  I've never got this scared in my life," Khan can be heard saying in the message.  "Pick up your phones, I am freaked out right now."

Her family had feared the worst, with her mother and husband of five months pleading with her alleged captor to let her go.

In a brief press conference late Wednesday night, a Khan family spokesperson thanked the community for their outpouring of support.  But no family members would speak to reporters.

Police, who just days ago told ABC News that they were treating the case as an abduction, had no comment on Khan's reappearance.

Overland Park Officer Brian Schnavel told KMBC Wednesday that "Khan was not abducted or held against her will and no criminal act occurred," and that their investigation has concluded.

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Wednesday
Dec212011

Missing Kansas Student: Husband Believes She Was Kidnapped

Ryan McVay/Thinkstock(OVERLAND PARK, Kan.) -- Though police say all possibilities are being considered in the case of missing Kansas student Aisha Khan, her husband of five months firmly believes she was kidnapped.

"My message to the kidnapper is, let her go," Waseem Khan told ABC's Good Morning America Wednesday. "You have the power to let her go and I will completely forgive you if you let her go."

Aisha Khan, 19, was last heard from on the morning of Dec. 16, when she left her sister a troubling voicemail, saying that while she was studying for finals at an outdoor picnic table, a drunk man had been harassing her and attempted to kiss her before she hit him and he took off.

Though Khan's message is disturbing, some have noted that her voice is strangely calm as she speaks. This has led to questions about whether the disappearance could be a setup or a runaway situation, but police are staying mum on the matter.

"It's still classified as a missing person and that hasn't changed since day one," Overland Park police spokeswoman Michelle Koos told ABC News. "But we have dedicated our resources as though it's the worst-case scenario."

Koos would not comment on whether police are considering that the situation could be staged, saying only that police are "looking at all different angles."

Investigators are looking for clues in Khan's personal life, including her cellphone, iPod touch and social media accounts. Some have questioned whether her devoutly Muslim family may have arranged her marriage against her will.

But those close to Khan refuse to believe she could have taken off without warning.

"She doesn't do anything without her phone," Khan's cousin Sana Habib said. "Her leaving her stuff out like that is not her."

Aisha's cellphone, backpack and other items were at the University of Kansas picnic table where she had been sitting, but she was nowhere to be found.

Khan was last seen around 11 a.m. on Friday at the University of Kansas Edwards Campus. She is a student at the Johnson County Community College, which partners with the University of Kansas, which is why Khan was on the campus.

Police have interviewed family, friends, students, faculty and construction workers that were working nearby. Police said construction workers and a faculty member believe they saw someone that matched Khan's description walking away from the area alone, but police have not yet confirmed if it was Khan.

FBI agents are assisting the Overland Park Police Department in the investigation. Searchers on foot and on horseback have searched the campus, nearby woods, a creek bed, park and a nearby golf course to no avail.

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Monday
Dec192011

Student Leaves Troubling Voicemail for Sister Before Disappearing

Ryan McVay/Thinkstock(OVERLAND PARK, Kan.) -- A missing 19-year-old Missouri college student last seen on the University of Kansas campus left her sister a troubling voicemail the morning she disappeared.

In the voicemail, Aisha Khan told her sister that while she was studying for finals at an outdoor picnic table, a man who appeared drunk had been harassing her and attempted to kiss her before she hit him and he took off.

"'I slapped him. He just smelled really bad, and I didn't know what to do,'" Khan's sister, Faiza Khan, recalled her sister saying in the voicemail, according to ABC News' Kansas City affiliate KMBC. "She's like, 'You need to pick up your phone. I'm confused.' She was freaked out at that point."

Shortly after, Faiza Khan tried to call her sister back, but her sister did not answer the phone. Faiza Khan rushed to where her sister said she had been studying on the university campus and found Aisha's belongings -- her cell phone, backpack and other items -- but Aisha was nowhere to be found.

"We have no information that it was an abduction and no information that it wasn't," Overland Park Police Chief John Douglass said at a news conference Monday. "We are looking at it as a missing person case and putting the resources into it as if it was an abduction."

Khan was last seen around 11 a.m. on Friday at the University of Kansas Edwards Campus. She is a student at the Johnson County Community College, a partner of the University of Kansas, which would explain her presence on campus.

Police have interviewed family, friends, students, faculty and construction workers who were working nearby. Douglass said the construction workers believe they saw someone that matched Khan's description walking away from the area alone, but police have not yet confirmed if it was Khan.

FBI agents are assisting the Overland Park Police Department in the investigation. Investigators on foot and on horseback have searched the campus, nearby woods, a creek bed, park and a nearby golf course to no avail.

There are no suspects or hard leads in the case. Khan's family is offering a $10,000 reward for information regarding her disappearance.

Khan was married this year and police have spoken to her husband. The couple was living together in an apartment. Douglass said there was "no reason to believe that he is a suspect."

Khan is 5 feet, 2 inches and weighs 120 pounds. She was last seen wearing a black head scarf, black sweat pants, a yellow and black shirt, a black jacket and a black and white coat. The Overland Police Department is asking that anyone who has any information call 913-344-8703.

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