Khan family says thanks, donates reward money

A close-knit Muslim community in Johnson County came together Friday to say thanks to the Overland Park Police for their work in the Aisha Khan case.

They also gave the $10,000 reward offered for her safe return to the Overland Park Police Department and other charities.

During Friday prayers, religious leaders asked community members to sign a poster for the officers to thank them for their work. Nearly 200 signatures were gathered. A family friend said religious leaders also expressed relief that Khan was found safe and urged community members not to ask why, when or where, but simply move forward.

Khan, 19, disappeared a week ago while studying at the University of Kansas Edwards Campus in Overland Park. The young woman left her sister a frightening message last week that said a man tried to kiss her and she slapped him. When her sister later retrieved the message she went to the campus and found some of Khan’s belongings, but the young woman was nowhere to be found.

Law enforcement and volunteers came out swiftly and in force to help find the young woman, who many believed had been abducted.

However, on Wednesday police said that Khan had been found safe and was not being held against her will.

Family members said they have not heard from her since last week when she disappeared.