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Officials working to locate missing Emporia State student

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A missing college student's family is praying for a safe return after she did not return from fall break overseas.

Emporia State officials contacted university police after they were notified about Emilee Irsik's disappearance.

Irsik's roommates told members of the dorm room staff that the 20-year-old Wichita student did not return from fall break.

Her own family and friends didn't know she planned to spend the break in Europe. She had told her family that was staying on campus over the four-day break. She wanted to study abroad in Germany next semester, and had never been to Germany. Her major is German and education.

"We love Emilee and we miss her and we want her to contact us through any means," her aunt, Jan Jones, told KCTV5. "If it's online, if it's through Facebook, if she can send a message through a friend to us, our main concern for Emilee is that we just want to confirm her safety and well-being."

When the 20-year-old didn't return from the break, her roommates at Morse Hall called university officials who in turn tried to reach her. When they couldn't, university officials called her family and the authorities.

"We want to make sure that Emilee is fine," said Lynn Hobson, associate vice-president of student life. "Our hopes and prayers are with Emilee's family and her friends as they deal with the uncertainties right now."

Irsik flew on American Airlines from Wichita to Dallas-Fort Worth International, and then to London Heathrow Airport, on Oct. 19, Irsik's family and friends said on a Facebook group to help locate the student.

She then flew on British Airways to Hamburg, Germany, arriving Oct. 20. She cleared customs in Hamburg. She had a return flight from Germany on Oct. 26.

However, she did not board her scheduled return flight, and she has not rebooked on a later flight, her family said.

Her cell phone has been off since she departed Dallas.

Family and friends also attempted to contact her by email and other social media outlets with no luck.

Those who know Irsik said it is possible that she visited Trier University, University of Hanover, or Bielefeld University in Germany.

The missing student's mother said she hopes someone knows where she is and why she didn't fly back.

"We don't have any information that any harm has come to her, but we are still concerned and want to make sure she's OK," said Gwen Larson, spokeswoman for Emporia State.

Irsik's family has many unanswered questions about why she would leave the country without telling them. But those answers can wait.

"Our main concern is to find out that she's safe. We're concerned about her welfare," Jones said. "I believe that people don't just disappear. Somebody knows something about Emilee, and our plea as a family is that they help us put those pieces together."

Jones and others said that the lack of contact with her family is out of character even for the confident, independent college student.

"That's what's really gotten us worried," Jones said.

She has been listed as a missing person with the National Crime Information Center registry, and the American Citizen's Service Unit of the U.S. Embassy in Berlin been notified.

Her family is concerned about her safety and says the police in Hamburg have in turn notified other police departments across Germany to look for her. There is also information regarding her on German radio.

If anyone has information that may help authorities located her, they are urged to contact local law enforcement or the U.S. Department of State at 202-647-4000 and ask to be transferred to the duty officer in Berlin.

A Facebook page has been set up to help find the missing student. Click here.

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