NY NY - Mena Rezkalla, 17, Syracuse, 29 March 2014

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  1. los2188

    los2188 North Carolina Tar Heels..your NCCA Champs!!

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    Superintendent: Alexandria Central foreign exchange student missing -

    ALEXANDRIA BAY —
    http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/article/20140331/NEWS09/703319877
     
  2. poppygirl

    poppygirl Active Member

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    They need to release a picture!
     
  3. TripleA

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    This school is right up the road from me. I can't figure out how the host family mom left Syracuse without him being with her? Did she report him missing while she was at the mall still? The mall is about 1 1/2 hour from where they live. Where is the photo? Did he have a cell phone? Money? WTH?
     
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    We had another of these in the last year or two didn't we? Indian or Korean I think? And I think also no name/details released....and also at a mall.

    Anyone remember details? Or even if he (pretty sure it was a male in that case also) was found?
     
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    JLMcKenna83 LOL ≠ Lots of Luck

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    Cny Central.com - Missing Egyptian exchange student boarded bus to New York City

    News Channel 9 - Police: Exchange student missing from North Country school district boarded bus to NYC on his own

    Sryacuse.com - Missing Egyptian exchange student boarded bus to New York City, police say

     
  8. TripleA

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    Just saw the update about the bus to NYC. I wonder if he is trying to go home. NYC is really not a great place for a teenager who is not familiar with the area. Hope that he is okay and that he has contacted his parents.
     
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    I heard two rumors today - complete opposites. One I that he is trying to get home and the other that he is avoiding going home. Either way I pray for his safety in the city.
     
  10. TravelingBug

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    Clearer picture (though still from a distance) here - http://www.syracuse.com/news/index...._boarded_bus_to_new_york_city_police_say.html

    Curious what makes them say this the way they clearly seem to be emphasizing it...

     
  11. TripleA

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    I assume it is just a word choice and no real emphasis intended - JMO.
     
  12. ellabella

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    Having been part of a foreign exchange program where a participant "defected"(ie. ran away in an attempt to stay) that was my first guess as well. Still hoping he is safe, a lot of these kids don't understand the huge implications of their decisions. I know my friend certainly didn't.
     
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    Has he been found in NYC? No respect for program he is in, worrying host parents, spending LE resources, our tax$, IMO revoke visa now.
     
  14. TripleA

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    Nothing new that I can find today. Are they even looking for him in NYC?
     
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    He could be anywhere in the US by now. NYC is a huge transportation hub, especially if he took something like Megabus (which stops in Syracuse) and was transferring. Megabus can be super cheap too if you buy your ticket in advance. I got a roundtrip ticket from NY to Boston for $2 once..

    I wonder when his visa was to expire? I may be wrong, but I assume it's not easy to get a visa from Egypt to the US. Or to get it renewed.

    Did he have friends from Egypt staying anywhere in the US?
     
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    :denied:Student visa based on staying with host family. Now he is on the run. I sure want to know what the follow-up is.
     
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    http://www.wwnytv.com/news/local/Missing-Egyptian-Student-Not-A-Terrorist-Friend-Says-253870881.html


    "Maybe in his mind his only option was to run away to stay here in America," said Skylar Pastor, a friend of missing Egyptian foreign exchange student Mena Rezkalla.

    That's why Pastor thinks Rezkalla ran away from a group trip to Destiny USA in Syracuse and boarded a bus bound for New York City. The two met at a Watertown church last fall.

    "He gave me a bookmark actually, an Egyptian bookmark with hieroglyphs," she said. "He was just really nice and sweet. He was polite and friendly."
     
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    He is breaking the rules. There are lawful avenues for staying here.
     
  19. TravelingBug

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    The start of that article strikes me as so odd.

    I get that they're quoting the friend (who, clearly is qualified in saying whether he's a terrorist or not. Not. :facepalm:) but she clearly had said something else prior.

    His only option for what? What was he running from or trying to get away from? Or?

    Am I alone in feeling like it reads awkwardly or am I just missing something and being very obtuse at the moment?
     
  20. AzPistonsGirl

    AzPistonsGirl Detroit to the Bone

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    This sounds a bit like victim bashing since we really don't know anything yet. He is a kid, and in a foreign land, please consider that too.
     

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