Aisha Khan, a teenager from Olathe, Kansas, who went missing on Dec. 16, from the Edwards campus of the University of Kansas has been found, said Overland Park police officials. According to a statement released late on Wednesday evening, she was not abducted and had left of her own free will.
Khan's family, who had organized several searches for her, was reportedly overcome with joy. Her husband, Waseem Khan, had earlier told ABC's Good Morning America he believed his wife to have been abducted while studying for her finals.
However, it is still unclear where Khan has been since her disappearance. A Fox News report said no details had been released over her movements since the reported abduction.
On behalf of the Khan family, we are ecstatic to announce that Aisha has been found. She is safe and is unharmed. The family is truly grateful to each and every one of your support and encouragement during this difficult journey. Thank you for your prayers, locally, nationally and from across the world. Thank you to all local and national media outlets for keeping her story alive. And most of all, thank you to the Overland Park Police Department who have put in hundreds of hours into finding her safely and to the hundreds of volunteers who dedicated their time around the clock toward the search efforts. Our prayers have been answered, Khan's family said in a statement on the Help Find Aisha Khan Facebook page.
According to the Facebook page, landscapers at a nearby construction site, when questioned, said they might have seen a woman who matched Khan's description walking around Pflumm Road.
Ron Rugen, a Kansas City private investigator told Fox 4 News it wouldn't be an ideal scene for abduction. If something happened in that area it could go unnoticed, but leaving from that area, it would be hard to go unnoticed.
Khan disappeared from Overland Park, at approximately 11.58 a.m. However, before she left, she recorded a voice mail for her elder sister, saying she had slapped a drunken man who had tried to kiss her. Police officials have confirmed there will be no criminal investigations.