Khan family donating $10K reward to OPPD, charities - KCTV5

Khan family donating $10K reward to OPPD, charities

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OVERLAND PARK, KS (KCTV) -

Aisha Khan's family announced Friday evening that they are donating the $10,000 reward fund to the Overland Park Police Department and area charities.

A week ago, Khan's family said they had received frantic voice mails from her indicating that she had been accosted by a drunk man. The 19-year-old girl vanished and her family believed she had been abducted from the University of Kansas' Edwards campus.

But the Johnson County Community College student left voluntarily, Overland Park Police announced Wednesday. Police said no crime occurred.

The woman, who married five months ago, had refused contact with her family after Overland Park Police said they are verified that she was safe and had not been abducted.

In a statement posted on Facebook, the family asked for privacy during a difficult time.

"The last few days have been very difficult for the Khan family, especially Aisha. We are deeply thankful that our prayers were answered and that she was found safe and unharmed," the statement read. "The family is dedicated to giving Aisha the unconditional love, support, time and whatever other tools she needs to work through these trying times."

The family, who had emotionally pleaded for her safe return earlier in the week, said they would pay $5,000 to the Overland Park Police Department to cover the search costs. If OPPD doesn't accept the donation then the money would go to another law enforcement related charity.

The remaining $5,000 will go to charities that the family did not identify.

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The following is the family's statement:

"We would like to express our utmost gratitude for all the support, help, and prayers we received during this past week. To our neighbors; to the hundreds of volunteers who dedicated their time towards the search efforts; to the online community who helped spread awareness of her story and prayed for her; and to all local and national media outlets for keeping her story alive; we extend our heartfelt appreciation. Last but not least, we are tremendously grateful to the Overland Park Police Department who put in hundreds of hours into finding Aisha safely.

The last few days have been very difficult for the Khan family, especially Aisha. We are deeply thankful that our prayers were answered and that she was found safe and unharmed. The family is dedicated to giving Aisha the unconditional love, support, time, and whatever other tools she needs to work through these trying times.

This is a difficult period for Aisha and the family, so we ask for compassion and privacy as we remain committed to healing. We will be making no further statements on this matter as we hope you recognize this very public matter has now become a private family matter. We thank you in advance for your cooperation."

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