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Investigators Hopeful in Search for Missing College Student

Kevin Killeen
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Bahia Bisharat

Bahia Bisharat

ST. LOUIS–(KMOX)--Ten days into the search for a St. Peter’s college student who vanished leaving her car behind on the parking lot, investigators now say there is no evidence she was abducted.

Bahia Bisharat, 19, was last seen on the Dardenne Prarie campus of St. Charles Community College March 19.

“Investigators still have hope she may be alive,” said Sheriff’s Department spokesman David Tiefenbrunn, “There’s no evidence of an abduction at this time.”

Tiefenbrunn declined to comment further, citing the sensitivity of the ongoing investigation.

Meanwhile, the missing woman’s family was planning a search of the woods on the community college campus Saturday morning at ten.

Her mother, Munira Qader, says her daughter had a Samsung computer tablet and a debit card, but neither has been in use since before she disappeared.

The five-foot-ten, 140 pound, missing nursing student with dark hair and brown eyes is described by her mother as focused on her career, and was reportedly not involved with any known boyfriend with whom she may have run away.

“Nobody in the family knows about any boyfriends,” Qader said, “Her cousins and her sister say she never talked about boyfriends. Actually, she was refusing the idea that she wanted to think about boyfriend or getting married now, because she’s having a happy life and getting everything she needs.”

Qader says investigators told her earlier reports that a woman matching her daughter’s description was seen at a restaurant in Sedalia with an older couple turned out to be someone else.

St. Charles County Sheriff’s investigators will not be participating in the family’s Saturday search of the community college woods, saying that area has already been combed by search dogs and there is “no reason to believe she is there.”

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