Missing Iraqi Foreign Exchange Student Located in Canada
Teen had gone missing from National 4-H Conference Center in Chevy Chase
Via Montgomery County Police
A 17-year-old Iraqi foreign exchange student who went missing from the National 4-H Conference Center in Chevy Chase in the early morning of July 30 has been located in Canada, safe and unharmed, Montgomery County police officials confirmed Monday morning.
At 5:08 a.m. Monday, a person representing himself as the missing teen, Abdalla Ahmed, commented on a Bethesda Beat article saying the FBI has been looking for him and that he was in fact in Canada.
“Who ever wrote this. I knew that fbi was looking for me and I’m in Canada now after 4 days on my way to Canada and I can give you detail and update just contact me on my gmail,” the post by “Abdalla” read.
Police spokesperson Lucille Baur said the department could not confirm the identity of the commenter by the email address he left or whether or not his departure is the subject of an FBI investigation.
Ahmed was enrolled in the Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program as part of a group of English-speaking Iraqi secondary school students in the U.S. for a four-week summer exchange program. The program, which is facilitated by World Learning, focuses on leadership development, civic rights and responsibilities, diversity and community engagement.
On Aug. 1, county police reported they did not suspect foul play was involved in his disappearance after sending out an initial request asking for the public’s help in finding the missing teen.
The FBI did not immediately return a request for comment.