Ohio State University Student Almina Alhaj-Omar Still Missing, Search Continues

The search for a missing Ohio State University student, Almina Alhaj-Omar, enters its seventh day as authorities intensify efforts to locate her. Columbus police are focusing their search near Interstate 270 and South High Street, hoping to uncover clues that may lead to her whereabouts. Alhaj-Omar, 25 years old, was last seen on Saturday morning and is believed to be experiencing a mental health crisis, making her endangered.

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The Disappearance

Alhaj-Omar’s sister reported her missing on Saturday evening, prompting Columbus police to initiate an investigation. On Monday, Alhaj-Omar’s abandoned vehicle was discovered on I-270, showing signs of a possible minor crash. However, there was no evidence of injuries, and the airbags did not deploy. Hours before the missing person report was filed, surveillance footage captured Alhaj-Omar inside a local gas station, displaying unusual behavior and carrying two kitchen-type knives.

Possible Sightings

Further developments emerged when a call about a female trespasser was made at the Olen Corporation’s Columbus plant, and police later confirmed the woman was Alhaj-Omar. Another potential sighting was reported near a Walmart on South High Street, although it has not been definitively linked to the missing student.

Search Efforts

A comprehensive search operation commenced on Monday, focusing on the area where Alhaj-Omar’s vehicle was found and the gas station. The search continues to concentrate on the plant’s surroundings, including a quarry on the property, as well as the vicinity of the Walmart. Columbus police, along with the missing persons unit and the Division of Police’s dive team, are actively involved in the search.

Appeal for Information

Columbus police are urging anyone who was in the vicinity of South High Street on Saturday morning or who may have seen Almina Alhaj-Omar since then to contact the Missing Persons Unit at 614-645-2358. While she is not considered a threat to the public, authorities advise against approaching her and recommend immediately notifying 911 if she is spotted.

Concern for a Missing Student

Alhaj-Omar is enrolled in summer classes at Ohio State University and has been working with the university. However, there is currently no evidence linking her disappearance to any specific locations on campus. The community remains deeply concerned for her well-being, and efforts to find her continue with determination.

As the search for Almina Alhaj-Omar, the missing Ohio State University student, extends into its seventh day, authorities are urging the public to come forward with any information that could assist in locating her. The investigation, supported by the Columbus police and various units, remains focused on the area where her vehicle was found and key locations associated with her last known whereabouts. The priority now is to reunite Alhaj-Omar with her loved ones and ensure her safety.

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