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Student Aisha Khan found safe, was not held against her will

Authorities say they have spoken with Olathe woman who disappeared Friday.

Updated: 2011-12-22T21:53:04Z

By GLENN E. RICE and DAWN BORMANN

The Kansas City Star

The 19-year-old Olathe college student who had been missing since Friday is safe and was not abducted, officials said late Wednesday.

Law enforcement officers have spoken with Aisha Khan, Overland Park spokesman Sean Reilly said.

Khan was never held against her will, Reilly said.

“We are all pleased she was found safe and sound,” Overland Park Police Chief John Douglass said.

Khan, a student at Johnson County Community College, was studying in Overland Park on the University of Kansas Edwards Campus before she vanished about 11 a.m. Friday. She had called her sister and said she had slapped a man who had tried to kiss her. Her sister drove to the campus to pick up Khan and found her sister’s book bag and cellphone.

Reilly said the missing-person investigation was complete and no further action would be taken. He said he did not have information about where Khan was while relatives, friends and police officers searched for her the last six days.

Her family had not heard the news as late as 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.

An hour later, they were gathering at their search headquarters at the Clarion Hotel in Overland Park, sharing celebratory hugs at the news.

Family friend Aamer Trambu spoke at an 11:30 p.m. news conference at the hotel.

“Our prayers have been answered,” he said. “… The family is very, very ecstatic about this.”

“The fact is, she’s alive, she’s well. We believe our prayers have been answered.”

Trambu said he could not answer questions about how Khan was found.

“We do not have enough information yet, and we cannot tell you any more,” he said.

The Star’s Dawn Bormann and Joe Lambe contributed to this report. To reach Glenn E. Rice, call 816-234-4341 or send email to grice@kcstar.com.

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