Missing Indian origin girl student found, contacts New York Police

February 4th, 2009 - 5:38 pm ICT by ANI  

New York, Feb 4 (ANI): An Indian origin American student, Erica Desai, who has been missing since January 20, has notified the New York Police that she is alive after running away from school.

Desai, (19), a student at St. Johns University and was last seen when a cousin dropped her off close to her dorm on Union Turnpike after she returned from a trip to North Carolina. She hasnt been seen since, and has had her cellphone turned off.

After seeing missing person reports on the news, Desai contacted police from a Coney Island pay phone, Newsday reported.

At first, she told police that she had been abducted, but after further questioning she admitted that she met a man and ran away with him rather than tell her family that she was having trouble at school, Newsday reported.

Police said that, despite knowing her cousin was meeting her at the airport, Desai had also arranged a pick-up with a cab firm. They didnt know where shed asked to be taken.

Earlier, police sources said Desai had written about plans to run away on her MySpace page shortly before her disappearance.

Desai had been suspended by the school for using a roommates credit card and never informed her family of her problems and simply told them that she was returning to school on January 20 and flew back to Queens from her North Carolina home.

The friend didnt pursue criminal charges, but the school took action, the source said. Desai was also in academic trouble, police sources said.

Seena said her sister, a freshman studying to be a physicians assistant, had not told relatives about her troubles and school officials refused to confirm those details.

Her disappearance is not yet being treated as a criminal case; The Post quoted the Police, as saying. (ANI)

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