Mystery surrounds disappearance of Chicago college student Shalyha Ahmad, who has not been seen in two weeks
The family of an 18-year-old Illinois college student, who has not been seen in nearly two weeks, is pleading for help.
Shalyha Ahmad disappeared at some point on Dec. 14 after relatives dropped her off at a train station in Chicago. They were supposed to pick up the University of Illinois at Chicago freshman later that day.
"She didn't arrive at our meeting place and that's when we really got worried," mother Shetti Ahmad said during a press conference on Wednesday, according to ABC News. "We waited around, but she never arrived and that's when we called the police."
The teen's mother said a classmate saw Shalyha on campus on the same day at around 11 a.m., a few hours after she was dropped off. The teen has not responded to messages on social media, according to her mother.
Shalyha was supposed to attend a celebration of her brother's 11th birthday that evening, according to the non-profit Missing Persons Awareness Network.
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"We found out that she was able to get to school and that she didn't disappear at the station," her mother said, according to ABC News. "We are trying to reach some of her friends, but we haven't heard anything from them."
Shetti Ahmad ended the press conference by speaking in Tausug, a language spoken in the Filipino village where they hail from.
"You can come home when you're ready, just try to call us and ... tell us that you're safe," she said, according to ABC News.
Anyone with information on Shalyha's whereabouts should contact the Chicago Police Department at (312) 744-8266.
“Eighteen years old and you’re missing at Christmas time, imagine what her family going through,” UIC student Hassan Raza told CBS in Chicago.