Chicago Police: Missing UIC Student 'Never Missing'

Mike Krauser
December 27, 2018 - 12:31 pm
Shalyha Ahmad

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Chicago police are ending their investigation into the disappearance of UIC student Shalyha Ahmad, because, as a spokesman said, she was "never missing."

"The missing UIC student featured in recent news reports stopped into a #ChicagoPolice district and indicated she was safe and never missing," said CPD spokesman Anthony Guglielmi in a tweet.

"CPDs missing person case will be closed."

"We don't believe there is anything criminal," First Deputy Anthony Riccio told WBBM Newsradio earlier in the day.

"They are continuing to search for her," he said. "We believe she is ok."

He declined to comment further.

Her family had been asking for the public’s help in finding her as late as Thursday morning.

Ahmad was last seen Dec. 14 at UIC Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted St., according to the nonprofit Missing Persons Awareness Network.

Her mother last saw Ahmand Wednesday after she dropped her off at the Jefferson Park Blue Line station on the Northwest Side.

“We were supposed to meet at 6:30 p.m. because we told her we were going to pick her up from school,” Shetti Fatima Ahmad told reporters at a news conference.

They were all supposed to go out as a family and celebrate her brother’s 11th birthday downtown, network officials said.

“She did not arrive at our meeting place and that’s when we got worried,” Ahmad's mother said.

Ahmad is described as a 5-foot-5 tall woman, 110 pounds with long straight, black hair and dark brown eyes.

Ahmad’s mother said she contacted UIC police and Chicago police, but Chicago police said Wednesday afternoon that no police reports were made under her name.

(WBBM Newsradio's Lisa Fielding contributed to the report. Sun-Times Media Wire & Chicago Sun-Times 2018 also contributed to this report. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. )