A $10,000 reward is now being offered for information in the search for a Johnson County College student who was reported missing Friday.
Dozens of volunteers worked throughout Sunday in the effort to find 19-year-old Aisha Khan. The search began at midday Friday when she was reported missing from the University of Kansas Edwards campus in Overland Park.
“We need everybody to be thinking about Aisha all of the time,” said her uncle Adil Sheikh, one of many out-of-town relatives who have traveled to the Kansas City area.
Late Friday morning Khan called and sent text messages to relatives saying that she had slapped an intoxicated stranger who was harassing her.
A short time later her sister who had gone to the campus at 127th Street and Quivira Road to give her a ride found her unattended book bag and cell phone.
Besides the volunteet effort, an Overland Park police spokesman said Sunday that about 30 officers were involved in the investigation.
About 15,000 flyers have been printed and volunteers have been passing them out and canvassing the neighborhoods surrounding the campus.
Khan was studying for finals at the Edwards location, but she is actually a student at Johnson County Community College.
Besides the efforts on the ground, Khan’s uncle said they are utilizing Facebook and Twitter to disseminate information. The Facebook page “Help Find Aisha Khan” had accumulated more than 5,500 “likes” as of Sunday evening.
The family is offering the reward for information leading to her whereabouts, he said.
“We are appealing for leads and cooperation from the community,” Sheikh said.
Khan is 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighs about 120 pounds. She has brown eyes and dark brown hair. She was last seen wearing a yellow and black shirt, black sweat pants and a black head scarf. She may have also been wearing glasses. She was wearing a black jacket beneath a longer black and white coat.
Anyone with information is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (874-474-8477).