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Police treating student's disappearance as abduction

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OVERLAND PARK, KS (KCTV) -

Overland Park police say they are treating the disappearance of a 19-year-old student as an abduction.

"If she left on her own, then OK. She's OK and that will be fine," Police Chief John Douglass said during an afternoon news conference. "But if she had a problem or she's in trouble, we want to find her."

He said four FBI agents and other law enforcement agencies are assisting Overland Park police in the search for Aisha Khan. Family members, friends, fellow college students and construction workers in the area in which she was last seen have been interviewed.

Douglass said detectives are treating the case as if the worst happened to Khan.

"We are looking it as a missing persons case and we are putting resources into it as if it were an abduction," Douglass said. "We are going to be on this as if it were an abduction. If it turns out otherwise, so be it."

The police chief spoke on the same day that her family announced a $10,000 reward.

Her father, Amanat Khan, was among family members attending the news conference. He was overcome with emotion when speaking to reporters and had trouble getting coherent sentences out.

"Please keep praying for us. We need all your help," he sobbed before become overcome with emotion. "I can't take it."

Khan recently married and lived in Olathe with her husband. Douglass said the 24-year-old husband, Wasseem, is cooperating with police and is not a person of interest. He was at the news conference but too distraught to make a public plea.

Overland Park police used 30 officers in a search, and family members have passed out more than 1,000 flyers near the KU Edwards campus, Olathe and Overland Park. Ten OPPD detectives are also assisting in the investigation.

On Friday, a spokesman for the Overland Park Police Department told KCTV5 that officers did not suspect foul play.

But since then, Khan's family members have revealed alarming details about her last contact with them.

Khan was sitting outside the library on the Edwards campus before she went missing Friday.

More than a dozen of Khan's family and friends fanned out from the KU Edwards campus Saturday to search for the missing 19-year-old.

Khan has brown hair, brown eyes and stands 5'2" and weighs 120 pounds.

Khan was studying for finals and had sent text messages to her family just before noon Friday. Khan said a drunken man was harassing her and attempted to kiss her. She said she had slapped him and ran away.

Khan's brother said it is unlike his sister to do this and disappear. She loved her family, she loved her religion and was very happy. He was quick to criticize anyone who believes she ran away because of pressure or stress in her life.

Shortly after receiving the texts, Khan's sister found her purse, cell phone and personal belongings sitting out on a bench at the campus alcove where she was studying. Family members says she studied often on the KU Edwards campus even though she attended Johnson County Community College.

Overland Park police say they have no solid information. In addition, the KU Edwards campus doesn't have cameras, something that could have helped in this case.

This has upset family members.

"I was so mad," said Henna Ali, the missing woman's aunt. "There is no camera anywhere."

If anyone has any information on Aisha Khan's whereabouts, they are asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

"Just bring her back home safe," said Fozia Khan, the girl's mother. "We will forgive you. Just back her back to our arms."

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