Dozens of volunteers handed out fliers Saturday as Overland Park police searched for a Johnson County Community College student missing since Friday morning.
Aisha Khan, 19, was studying for semester exams at the University of Kansas Edwards Campus when she phoned and texted relatives shortly before 11 a.m. Friday. In her messages she said an intoxicated stranger was harassing her and that she slapped the man, friends and relatives said Saturday.
Khan’s book bag and cell phone were later found on a picnic table near the campus’ Regents Center Library, 12600 Quivira Road.
Police said there were no witnesses to Khan’s disappearance. “We don’t know if she is gone willingly or not,” said Matthew Bregel, an Overland Park police spokesman.
He said 40 police officers were actively searching for the woman.
The area where her belongings were found bordered a construction site where workers would have been milling.
“If you can’t be safe on the Edwards Campus at noontime in a suburban neighborhood, where can you be safe?” asked Haneen Abujalalah of Overland Park, who joined about 100 volunteers knocking on doors and circulating leaflets across a two-mile radius from the campus.
Khan’s uncle, Sam Habib, said his missing niece was recently married and had stayed in contact with a wide circle of friends and family.
“We are all very close and know each other inside and out,” which made it unlikely she chose to disappear without telling anyone, said family friend Heena Ali.
Khan — 5 feet 2 inches and 120 pounds — was last seen wearing black sweat pants, a yellow and black shirt and black head scarf. She wore a black jacket beneath a longer black-and-white coat.
Police said she may also be wearing glasses.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8474).
The Star’s Karen Dillon contributed to this article.