Search for Aisha Khan cost OP taxpayers $36K in OT - KCTV5

Search for Aisha Khan cost OP taxpayers $36K in OT

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OVERLAND PARK, KS (KCTV) -

The search for a missing Overland Park college student cost taxpayers at least $36,000.

Overland Park police said Wednesday that overtime for the 63 officers involved in the search for Aisha Khan totaled 788.75 hours at a cost of $35,954.38.

The police department did not detail other costs, such as gasoline or office supplies.

Officer Michelle Koos, spokeswoman for the Overland Park Police Department, said the overtime was the significant cost for the agency.

The amount also does not costs incurred by the FBI for their agents who assisted in the case or other law enforcement agencies.

Khan's family said last month 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 several days later. Police said no crime occurred.

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

Khan has eventually talked to her family and indicated she did not believe so many resources would be spent to search for her.

Police and family members have declined to discuss the circumstances that led to Khan's actions. Family members said Wednesday that they still have questions about why Khan chose to run away under such mysterious circumstances.

Khan's family said they would donate the $10,000 reward fund to the OPPD and area charities.

Koos did not know whether the check has been received by the city of Overland Park and what the amount was. She said any monies would go directly to the city's treasury rather than the police department.

Officials with the city of Overland Park could not be reached for comment late Wednesday afternoon.

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