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Posted: 9/7/2004 5:41:55 AM EST
I think this guy got it backwards...

UCLA student who has been missing for weeks found in Mexico

Tuesday September 07, 2004

LOS ANGELES (AP) A 20-year-old student who disappeared on the way to a meeting with a school counselor has been found in Tijuana where he was taken in by a family after being disoriented.

Ahmad Yaseen Arain contacted his family Sunday by e-mail and was picked up that evening by relatives, family members said. It's not known how or why he ended up in Tijuana but family members said he may have had a mental breakdown.

Arain, of Orange, is on a full academic scholarship at the University of California, Los Angeles and apparently spent about a month in Tijuana sustained only by drinking water from gas station hoses, his brother, Sulaiman Arain, said.

``We were just so relieved,'' Sulaiman Arain, 19, said. ``It's like a dream come true. Every day, it just got more and more bleak.''

A family found Arain about two weeks ago by the side of a road and befriended him, his family said. They took him into their home, giving him food, clothes and shelter even though there was a language barrier. The Mexican family was given an undisclosed amount of money for their help, said Rafe Husain, Arain's uncle.

Arain, who lost a significant amount of weight in six weeks, was recovering at home Monday and not yet ready to publicly discuss it, his brother said.

Arain was the subject of a nationwide search after failing to arrive for an appointment July23 with his academic counselor at UCLA. He had gotten on a bus in Anaheim and was supposed to arrive in Westwood.

Security tapes showed Arain getting off at a bus stop in the Fairfax district of Los Angeles, short of his destination.

The family hired a private investigator, created a Web site and offered a $20,000 reward for his safe return.

Arain's mother, brother and college roommate had described him as a religious and quiet man who had held the family together since his father's death in 1997. They said it was out of character for Arain not to let them know his whereabouts.

Born in Pakistan, Arain moved to the United States as an infant and is a U.S. citizen, family members said.

Link Posted: 9/7/2004 5:43:27 AM EST
Don't worry...I am sure they are all peaceful.

SGatr15
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 5:46:55 AM EST
nothing new they have been doing it for years well before 9/11 too.
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 5:59:31 AM EST

Originally Posted By photoman:
nothing new they have been doing it for years well before 9/11 too.



True. Old news, but it's good to remind ourselves that the "religion of peace" is still active in its preparations.
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