LOS ANGELES, July 27, 2004: Police continued searching Monday for a UCLA student who vanished Friday while traveling between his Orange County home and the university.
Ahmad Yaseen Arain, 20, a bookish computer science student, hurriedly left his family's home in Orange on Friday morning to catch a bus for a meeting with an academic counselor. He was last seen by his younger brother, who dropped him off at a Harbor Boulevard bus stop in Anaheim about 8:30 a.m.
After interviewing family members Monday morning, University of California police - who are leading the investigation - left with Arain's personal computer and expect to review surveillance videos and interview drivers from the buses Arain might have ridden. Police filed a missing-person report with national, state and local authorities late Friday after receiving a call from Arain's family.
Zahida Arain, Ahmad's mother, said she last spoke to her eldest son on his cellphone about 9:30 Friday morning as he was presumably traveling on a Los Angeles MTA bus to downtown Los Angeles, where he planned to transfer to another bus bound for UCLA.
She said she admonished him for leaving the house without eating breakfast, and he told her he would buy a late breakfast after his meeting at 11:30.
Arain, who rents an apartment near campus during the school year, had returned home for the summer. It was his first time making the bus journey from Anaheim to UCLA, his brother said.
The mother first grew worried Friday when she telephoned Arain a second time about 11 a.m. and found that his phone had been turned off - something that rarely happened. The family became increasingly concerned throughout the day after Arain missed his appointment, did not attend afternoon Muslim prayers at the school, and did not return home that night.
Arain's mother, brother and his college roommate described him as a religious and quiet man who had held the family together since his father's death in 1997. They all said it was out of character for Arain not to let them know his whereabouts.
"He is a responsible person," Zahida Arain said.
"He does not like to miss prayers and is very family-oriented. It is not like him to leave home without telling us where he is going. He always lets us know where he is."
His brother said there had been no activity on Arain's credit cards since the disappearance.
Arain, who family members said is enrolled at UCLA on a full scholarship and earns good grades, was preparing to start his senior year at the university.
Born in Pakistan, Arain moved to the United States as an infant and is a U.S. citizen, his mother said. She said he made several trips to his homeland, most recently in 2002. "He enjoys visiting family members," she said, "but he loves it here in America much more."
Arain is described as about 6 feet, 185 pounds with dark hair and dark eyes. He wears glasses and was carrying a black backpack.
Source: Los Angeles Times
|In the Name of God, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful
Missing UCLA College Student
(Anaheim, CA - July 25, 2004) - An Anaheim family is asking the public for any information they may have about the disappearance of a University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) student who has been missing since Friday, July 23, 2004.
[Contacts: Shakeel Syed (family friend) 310-384-7791; Sulayman Arain (brother) 714-473-6855; Mrs. Arain (mother) 714-322-8574; Note: The family (mother, brother, and sister) is available for interviews.]
Ahmad Arain, 20 years old, was last known to be boarding an MTA bus from Anaheim, California at the Disneyland bus stop on Friday at 8:30 a.m. He was on his way to an appointment with an academic counselor at UCLA who confirmed that Ahmad never showed up. He was last in touch with his mother by cell phone around 10 a.m. that morning. He was scheduled to return home at 5:30 p.m. the same day.
The FBI has placed him on the national network of Missing Persons. An official case has been filed with the UCLA Police Department (Case No: 01-04-001993) and the incident and case number has been reported to the Anaheim Police Department.
Volunteers have called area hospitals in Los Angeles and Orange County - with no luck. They have also placed flyers near the MTA Main station in downtown LA. Special prayers have also been held at some area mosques for his safety
Name: Ahmad Yaseen Arain
DOB: 8-20-1983 (Born in CA)
Computer Sciences Student at UCLA
Resident of Anaheim, CA
Last seen Friday, July 23, 2004
Contacts: Shakeel Syed (family friend) 310-384-7791; Sulayman Arain (brother)714-473-6855; Mrs. Arain (mother) 714-322-8574
If you have any information please call UCLA Police Detective Bureau: Officer Terry Brown (310) 825-9371 or (310) 825-1491 and notify any of the contacts above.
... "If there be (but) the weight of a mustard-seed and it were (hidden) in a rock, or (anywhere) in the heavens or on earth, God will bring it forth ... (Quran 31:16)
Please pray that may God rejoin Ahmad Arian safely with his family.
i am very sorry for your missing son.i shall pray for his safety and security.my allah(swt)protect him wherever he be and i pray for his safe return home.
And please brothers and sisters this is the Muslim's way in any situation like this if the Muslims' heart hurts by the harsh comments of any hidden Munafiqeen or Mushrikeen, we keep our patience with the intent of reward from Allah. And Allah knows best.
(Peace be to you)
Very fine young responsible lad as I know him.Cannot do anything irresponsible.
Insha'Allah Ahmad Arain is safe. Insha'Allah Ahmad Arain will shortly be returned to his family and friends.
i pray that Allah preserves him and returns him to his family inshaAllah. i would like also to comment on the fact that i live in Bay Area california and the news addressed all kidnapped people including a little 4 year old boy etc. but did NOT even ONCE mention this situation concerning this young muslim american boy. For those who are misinformed about the biased media in USA and are not aware of the internal predudices against muslims both born americans and immigrants; this is a prime example.
May Allah bless us all.
We all share in Ahmad's family's time of hardship and pray that Allah(SWT) help Ahmed and keep him safe wherever he is and join him with his family safely INSHA ALLAH.
Also to the family that keep praying to ALLAH(SWT) for his safe return. May ALLAH(SWT) make it easy for you to bear this trial in life steadfastly (Ameen).
May allah give patience and courage to Ahmed's family